Preserving the Printed Word

This afternoon, I was visiting with the curators of the Rock Island, Illinois Public Library regarding a review of their preservation and risk management goals for their Historical Archives room. What I noticed as I walked into the facility was the number of Internet Stations in the main reading room.

The staff I was meeting with have the passion for preserving the history, but my observations run back to the Internet Stations and my feeling that most entering the facility have no clue this area exists or have any desire to see the regional “One of a Kind” documents and look into the contents within this space. I think there were more checking out movie DVDs or the latest fiction piece.

Kudos to those that care about preserving our historical documents, even if the money and masses overlook their significance. Not everything is “On the Internet” Keep up the fight!


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