Yesterday was the first day of our week-long celebration of National Preservation Week 2012 at Iowa State University Library. If you missed yesterday’s events, be sure to check out our full Preservation Week schedule for more great events this week.

To promote awareness and good stewardship of artifacts representing cultural, historical, and family heritage, the Preservation Department is offering free preservation consultations to the public at a Preservation Clinic in the lobby of Parks Library.

At yesterday’s Preservation Clinic, we examined approximately 30 items, including books, photographs, gowns, framed portraits, cabinet cards, and more.  Hilary Seo, Melissa Tedone, Mindy Moeller, Mindy McCoy, volunteer Martha Lincoln, and undergraduate intern Alex Menard were all on hand from the ISU Library Preservation department.  We were further assisted by Sarah Raithel, a paper conservator in private practice in Pella, IA, and Pete Sixbey, the objects conservator at the State Historical Society of Iowa.  We spent an enjoyable afternoon examining and discussing some fascinating cultural and historical items, and meeting the people who are concerned with preserving these mementos.

Over half a dozen people attended the free webinar “Taking Care of Family Textiles” at Parks Library.  Our next free Preservation Week webinar, “Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs,” will be this Thursday, April 26, from 1-2 pm in Rm. 192, Parks Library.

For more photos of Preservation Week events at ISU Library, visit our Flickr album, which we will be updating throughout the week.

How are you observing Preservation Week?