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Release: March 28, 2003

Friends of the UI Libraries Event to Demonstrate, Encourage Preservation

Learn how to help family heirlooms last for generations more at "Keepsakes: Preserving Your Personal and Family Treasure," this year's Friends of the UI Libraries Annual Event.

The presentation will be Thursday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the second floor ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free, although registration is requested by Friday, April 4. To register, call the Friends of the Libraries at (319) 335-6093 or email to lib-friends@uiowa.edu, or visit the event web page http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/friends/2003event.html

"We are pleased to have this opportunity to share the many talents of the Libraries' preservation department," notes Nancy L. Baker, University Librarian. "While preservation is essential to maintaining the Libraries' diverse collections, many of these techniques can be easily and cost effectively applied to personal and family collections."

Nancy E. Kraft, head of the preservation department of the UI Libraries, will give an illustrated lecture that shows how to organize and preserve family history, mementos, books, collectibles, and video and analog materials.

Kraft explains, "When I first started working in preservation, there were few options available to the individual. Fortunately that has changed. A variety of resources and materials are now available to the general public."

A reception will be at 6 p.m., with the main program beginning at 7 p.m. Also at 6 p.m., experts from the UI Libraries' preservation department and University Archives will be available in the ballroom to demonstrate conservation and repair techniques. David McCartney, university archivist, will show how to preserve film and video; Kristin Baum, assistant conservator, will discuss cleaning photos and enclosures for photos and artifacts, including conservation boxes and sleeves; Gary Frost, conservator, will demonstrate copy facsimiles; Susan Hansen, book repair supervisor, will demonstrate pamphlet sewing and book repair; and Kraft will show how to store and annotate photographs.

The demonstrations will resume following the main program.

"We're inviting those who attend to bring items they wish preserved so they can ask our experts for advice before and after the main program," said Kraft.

Baker will also discuss the importance of document preservation, and Jeff Disterhoft, chair of the Libraries' development advisory board, will recognize board members and thank donors.

Food and refreshments will also be available.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.