UNT Libraries host Preservation Week 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

What: Activities for Preservation Week 2012, sponsored by the University of North Texas Libraries. Events include two webinars and an open house of the Preservation Department labs.

When: 1 p.m. April 24 (Tuesday), 10 a.m. April 25 (Wednesday) and 1 p.m. April 26 (Thursday)

Where: Webinars will be held in the Forum on the first floor of UNT's Willis Library, which is  located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C at 1506 W. Highland St. The Preservation Department open house will be held in the Library Annex, off of Airport Road at 941 Precision Dr.

Cost: Free

Contact: Jessica Phillips, preservation librarian, at 940-565-2343

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- As yellowed wedding photographs and vintage lace may be stored in boxes sitting in the attic, University of North Texas' Libraries are helping students and community members preserve their most cherished family heirlooms and antiques. The library will host its third annual Preservation Week 2012 beginning April 24 (Tuesday).

Willis Library and Promoting Preservation, an interest group of the American Library Association, are sponsoring the week of events and have focused this year's Preservation Week on preserving personal collections. Events will begin with a webinar called "Taking Care: Family Textiles" at 1 p.m. April 24 (Tuesday). Browyn Eves, an objects conservator from Springfield, Ill., will cover how to carefully stock and display family heirloom textiles, such as flags, garments and framed textiles. Eves has been a conservator at the Field Museum of Natural History and interned at the Museum of New Mexico, the Peabody Museum at Harvard and the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also privately practiced conservation since 1999 and is currently the project manager of the Illinois Collections Preservation Network.

Bill LeFurgy, digital initiatives manager, will present a webinar called "Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs" at 1 p.m. April 26 (Thursday). Both webinars can be viewed in the Forum on the first floor of the Willis Library, which is located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C at 1506 W. Highland St. Attendees may also register online to view the lectures from home. LeFurgy, who has worked with the Preservation Program at the Library of Congress since 2002, will provide easy tips on how to keep up with technologies necessary to store and archive digital photographs. LeFurgy has worked with digital archiving at the National Archives and Records Administration, as well as the Baltimore City Archivist and Records Management Center.

"These webinars will give people a wonderful opportunity to learn for free from experts in the field how to preserve their personal treasures," said Jessica Phillips, preservation librarian at UNT. "They will get tips on how to take care of great grandma's quilt, as well as how to organize and maintain the digital photographs they just took last week." An open house for the Preservation Department of Willis Library will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 (Wednesday). The department is located off of Airport Road at 941 Precision Dr.

Preservation Week began in 2010 to promote the importance of preserving important artifacts, especially in case of a natural disaster.

For more information, contact Phillips at Jessica.phillips@unt.edu and 940-565-2343.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108