University Libraries Celebrates Preservation Awareness Day with Special Exhibit

Posted: April 15, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Lene Palmer and Veronica Fisher, University Libraries

This year, April 15 is more than the federal tax filing deadline: It’s a day to learn some exciting facts about much-used library materials.

The George Mason University Libraries, in partnership with the Washington Research Libraries Consortium, are celebrating National Library Week by designating Wednesday, April 15, as Preservation Awareness Day.

On Preservation Awareness Day, Fenwick Library will open an exhibit, “Prolonging our Treasures through Preservation,” to highlight various aspects of preservation.

The exhibit will examine book repair and follow a day in the life of a book. It will also outline best practices for taking care of and preserving books. Finally, it will show the kind of nonbook items the library collects and cares for, such as posters, photographs, floppy discs and digital items.

The exhibit will be on display through the end of May on the second floor A wing.

At the same time, Special Collections and Archives will debut a short film, “The FUNdamentals of Book Care in Five Easy Lessons” on its web site.

Framed in a lighthearted and whimsical style, the film features a special guest appearance by Mason men’s basketball head coach Jim Larranaga and provides viewers tips on book preservation and proper book care. The film also goes behind the scenes for a rare tour of the library preservation lab.

The Johnson Center Library, the Arlington Library and the Mercer Library on the Prince William Campus will also participate in Preservation Awareness Day by displaying a poster outlining the “Top Ten Reasons to Preserve the Library Collections” and showing “The FUNdamentals of Book Care in Five Easy Lessons.”

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