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For Preservation Week 2013, ALA has created a new section in the Preservation @ Your Library website focusing on issues that military personnel, their families, and their friends encounter when they want to save, document, or record their family's military experience.
Librarians who serve this community were asked for information and suggestions based on their interaction with their patrons. Their wonderful feedback has made this new webpage, For Military Families<http://www.atyourlibrary.org/passiton/military-families> possible. The page features articles, resources, and two print-ready handouts, "Quick Preservation Tips: for Military Families"<http://atyourlibrary.org/sites/default/files/presweek/Quick-Preservation-Tips-for-Military-Families-13.pdf> and "Quick Preservation Tips: Take the First Step"<http://atyourlibrary.org/sites/default/files/presweek/Quick-Preservation-Tips-13.pdf> that can be passed on to library patrons for easy reference. Find this information at http://atyourlibrary.org/passiton/military-families.
This information is just the tip of the iceberg and this effort is the beginning of a much longer conversation. To share personal stories that illustrate the importance of saving and preserving meaningful keepsakes for future family members, please share them on the Preservation Week Facebook page<https://www.facebook.com/preservationweek> (www.facebook.com/preservationweek<../../../AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/1L1C27RT/www.facebook.com/preservationweek>). Your stories and examples can encourage military families to take the time to preserve these important memories.
There are additional resources recommended to help librarians who serve military families and veterans. Find this information at http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/preswk/tools/military.
Preservation Week is grateful to the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Society of American Archivists' Oral History Section for their generous contributions to this project.
Preservation Week Working Group