Pass It On: Samoan collection at UH library part of Preservation Week

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Faletuiga/Robin Tuaniga
Strong advocate for Samoan language eduation and preservation, His Royal Highness Samoa Head of State Tui Atua Tupua Tamaese, speaking at ceremonies marking the 50th Anniversary of Samoa's Independence, June 1, 2012, Malae O Tiafau, Mulinu'u, Samoa.


(MANOA)--Messages in Samoan, Tongan and Hawaiian can expect to be seen among multilingual preservation posters that are in the works for Preservation Week at Hamilton Library, April 23-27.

The theme is “Pass It On." To mark this week, the Library will offer a series of special activities set for 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 through Saturday, April 27 in the first floor lobby.

The multilingual posters will convey ”the responsibility we all have in respectfully caring for the library collections we are privileged to borrow, in ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, Tagalog, Japanese, Samoan, Tongan, Korean and English,” said Hamilton in a University of Hawai’i at Mānoa media release.

Preservation Week at Hamilton Library is a collaborative effort supported by the American Library Association, Library of Congress, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library, and the UH Mānoa Library and Information Science Program.

“As spring cleaning is underway, many in the University community will contemplate how to preserve important archival and library materials,” said the library. “Joining hundreds of libraries, archives and museums across the country, Hamilton Library will provide information and expertise to patrons on how to preserve books, scrapbooks, photos, family records and much more.”

Preservation Week activities in Hawaiʻi have been spearheaded by graduate students in the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.

Activities also include:

• Paper and Book Clinic. Staff, faculty, students and community patrons are invited to bring a treasure to Hamilton Library for assessment by the staff of the Preservation Department, assisted by conservation students. Although no monetary appraisals will be given, patrons can learn how to handle and house materials of personal and professional value.

• Video Clips by Dog Bite Productions, demonstrating the proper methods of handling circulating books.

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