ALA Unit/Subunit: ALCTS
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
The Preservation Showdown, first introduced to the American Library Association as an ALCTS program in 2015, has become a highly-anticipated annual event, shedding light on various aspects of preservation issues or actions through the use of a debate model to highlight their pros and cons. This year’s topic looks at the impact of ideal storage environments on collections and sustainability efforts. Two teams, composed of members from the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) and the Library Storage Discussion Group, will debate a resolution that is relevant to all libraries, especially those focused on cost savings or environmental sustainability: “Preservation environments are not sustainable,” bringing their different perspectives to each side of the issue. Audience members will be expected to ask questions, and the debate will be followed by an open discussion with the audience and the debaters.