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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

U-M Library experts to offer help preserving personal treasures

Do you have stuff you want to keep forever but don't know how? Books, papers, maps, photographs, LPs, or tapes? Are you getting worried those digital wedding snapshots won't last to show your grandchildren?

  Lauren Calcote (left) and Leyla Lau-Lamb of the U-M Library offer advice on preserving books. (Photo courtesy of U-M Library)

The U-M Library preservation staff will help people determine how to repair, copy, store, display and care for their treasures at the annual walk-in Preservation Clinic in the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery. The clinic, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. May 19, is free and open to the public.

Visitors can find out how to scan and preserve digital files and photos, and receive one-on-one consultations with U-M Library experts. They are encouraged to bring questions, their stuff and their friends.

"Caring for the University Library's vast collections is our daily job," said Shannon Zachary, head of preservation and conservation at the U-M Library. "It's a delight to extend that mission to the public — to connect people with the information and resources they need to care for their personal collections and treasures."

The library's Department of Preservation & Conservation comprises services for the care and maintenance of the library's collections — to prevent damage, extend useable life, or repair damage — and coordinates preservation activities for the library's digital collections.

The Digital Conversion Unit, part of the library's Digital Library Production Services, manages all aspects of scanning so older materials can be stored and shared digitally.