Public Knowledge provides support for many different aspects of the preservation and conservation of library and archival materials. The program has recently funded a broad range of initiatives that seek to preserve the record of modern and contemporary times. Current priorities are to support the preservation of:
- Analog audio and audiovisual collections in at-risk media
- Born-digital archives, web-based materials, including scholarly publications, and other digital materials crucial to the scholarly record
- Shared print collections
The program's emphasis is on those projects that develop and disseminate new methods, standards, and best practices that will be widely applicable.