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Duke Libraries Preservation Week 2021 Events

We are participating in two events for Preservation Week 2021. There is so much happening this year. Make sure you follow #preswk to find other events across the country.

FFV1: The Gains of Lossless (Duke University Libraries)

Monday, April 26, 2021, 2-3 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)


One of the greatest challenges to digitizing moving-image sources such as videotape and film reels is the enormous file sizes that result, and the high costs associated with storing and maintaining those files for long-term preservation. To help offset this challenge, Duke University Libraries has recently implemented the FFV1 video codec as its primary format for moving image preservation.

FFV1 enables lossless compression of moving image content, and produces a file that is, on average, 1/3 the size of its uncompressed counterpart. Alex Marsh, Digitization Specialist—Video and Craig Braeden, Audiovisual Archivist will give a brief overview of FFV1, and their experience utilizing it to digitize the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library’s moving-image assets.

Careers in Preservation: A Panel Discussion (University of Illinois)

Thursday, April 29, 1:00-2:00pm Central


Join five preservation professionals as they discuss their education and career paths. The final half of the session will be reserved for questions from the audience.


  • Jacob Nadal, Director for Preservation, Library of Congress
  • Miriam Centeno, Preservation and Digitization Strategist, The Ohio State University Libraries
  • Henry Hébert, Conservator for Special Collections, Duke University Libraries
  • Daniel Johnson, Digital Preservation Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries
  • Sarah Mainville, Media Preservation Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

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  1. We will put additional PW events here as we find them.

    For this year’s Preservation Week (April 26 – May 1, 2021),

    NYU Libraries is delighted to present the following virtual events. All events are free. Hope to see you there!

    Investigating Plastics in The Special Collections
    Mon, April 26, 2021, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EDT
    Link to Event Page and RSVP here

    Artist Interviews and Artist Books
    Tue, April 27, 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
    Link to Event Page and RSVP here

    A Conservator’s Perspective on Caring For Art Created During Art Therapy
    Wed, April 28, 2021, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT
    Link to Event Page and RSVP here

    Beyond the Pale Listening Party and Discussion
    Fri, April 30, 2021, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EDT
    Link to Event Page and RSVP here

  2. University of Illinois:

    Preservation Jeopardy

    Monday, April 26, 1:00-2:00pm Central


    Watch three UIUC library staffers test their knowledge as they answer preservation-related trivia questions. Play along at home and see if you can beat our contestants’ top scores!

    Preservation Office Hours

    Friday, April 30, 1:00-2:30pm Central

    Do you have questions about the best way to store and preserve important documents or treasured family heirlooms? Join us for Preservation Office Hours, where two preservation professionals from the UIUC Library will be on hand to answer questions, offer advice, and share resources to help you keep your items in the best shape possible. Drop in any time during office hours, no need to stay for the whole session.

  3. NYU
    4:30–6:30 P.M.
    Free, though advance registration is required
    CAREER LAB (AGES 15–18)

    What is the role of a scientist within a Museum? Join this interactive teen event and learn how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics intersect with the arts. Discover new interests, ask questions, and expand your knowledge. A device (computer, phone, or tablet) with an internet connection and a camera for video conferencing is required in order to participate.

    Free, though advance registration is required. To reserve a space and receive a link to participate in the live workshop, please register below.

  4. Harvard University
    Monday, April 26th, 2021
    1:00-2:00 PM
    Register Here;!!OToaGQ!6Wd6HO5INOFi451OdUxbi-gC2Jqe7obv9NXWgqrJySzplnt8B_7CvcZGu627MjJ3$

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
    If you would like to request accessibility accommodations, please let us know in advance.

    Please join us for a series of short demonstrations to celebrate Preservation Week 2021!
    This event will showcase a range of preservation activities with staff from across Harvard Library Preservation Services including:

    • Saving Family Treasures: Caring for 20th Century Vernacular Photographs at Home Amanda Maloney
    • Paper Repair: Live from Collections Care Nora Dempsey
    • Ask an Expert About AV Preservation Elizabeth Walters
    • Software Emulation for Long-Term Access to Digital Content Tricia Patterson & Stephen Abrams
    • Making Simple Book Support Cradles from Matboard Susi Barbarossa
    • Supertape! Making and Using Conservation-grade Mending Tissue Christopher Sokolowski
    • Environmental Quick Assessments using Dew Point Calculator Carie McGinnis
    • How to Bake a Video Tape Catherine Siller

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