Preservation Week, May 9 - 15th

The American Library Association will launch its first Preservation Week May 9–15, 2010.

I've just installed a little display about practical things you can do to preserve your family treasures -- using some of my own family treasures as both good examples of what to do and bad examples of what not to do. You can see the my family treasures in the Display case near the Beaufort Branch Library circulation desk (that's where you check out books, videos, and audio books.)

We're giving away copies of an illustrated booklet, "Guide to Collections Care: Paper, Photographs, Textiles & Books," while supplies last. To pick up your copy, just drop by the BDC during regular hours, 10 am until 5 pm, Mondays through Fridays. Download a copy of “Lasting Impressions: Care of Traditional Photographs” to learn how to take good care of your family pictures and albums.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.