About the History and Preservation Section

Who are our members?

  • Archivists
  • Librarians
  • Conservators
  • Educators
  • Oral Historians
  • Local Historians

Where do we work?

  • Archives
  • Public libraries
  • College and university libraries
  • Special libraries (such as hospitals)
  • Historical societies
  • Corporate libraries
  • Private consultancies
  • State and county libraries
  • Government archives and libraries
  • Museums

What do we do?

  • We meet to conduct the business of the section and host lively and interesting continuing education/professional development workshops (e.g., general preservation, photo process identification, copyright issues, book repair, creating a local history collection, exhibit text writing, municipal records, and digitization projects) with the goal of better serving our patrons. We also encourage members of other groups to visit, share ideas, learn from colleagues, and seek new ways of approaching archival collections care and management challenges.
  • We tour special collections and archives at NJ institutions. 
  • We promote the work of NJ archivists, conservators, and librarians, as well as their institutions, to raise awareness of the amazing people and resources available to researchers.
  • We encourage and promote publications spotlighting NJ history, especially those concerned with the preservation of historic resources (and those that thank their archivists!).
  • We recognize the achievements of NJ institutions and professionals in the fields of history and preservation through our awards.
  • We provide liaisons between the Section and other agencies and organizations engaged in the fields of history and preservation.
  • We create and implement exhibits and displays.
  • We create conference programming for the NJLA annual conference

What are our goals?

  • To become much more of a resource to our fellow NJLA members.
  • To help our colleagues be better equipped for preservation challenges they may face.
  • To work more collaboratively with other organizations in the fields of history, archives, and preservation.