Tag Archives: preservation

Research data should be available long-term…but who is going to pay?

(7 September 2018) There is now a broad consensus that sharing and preserving data makes research more efficient, reproducible and potentially innovative. As such, most funding bodies now require research data to be stored, preserved, and made available long-term. But who is going to pay for this to happen? Marta Teperek and Alastair Dunning outline […]


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Shift books, library told

(6 July 2018, New Delhi) Delhi High Court on Thursday directed the Delhi Public Library to remove hundreds of books from its dilapidated branch in central Delhi, saying they could get damaged in the monsoon. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar said most of the books at the […]


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Keeping our cool: environmental monitoring at the library

(5 July 2018) What do you consider lovely, comfortable weather? Unfortunately, perfect human weather does not look very much like perfect book weather. Books prefer the cool, dark, and dry environments found in climate controlled Cambridge University Special Collection storage. It’s common knowledge for the University Library’s regular readers that the care and keeping of […]


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Reading into the future in China

(8 June 2018) The National Library of China is building a new book repository to protect China’s ancient literary treasures – and its cultural heritage – for future generations. Wang Kaihao reports. China is preparing to build a “Noah’s Ark” for precious books and documents from ancient times, an official from the National Library of […]


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ANU’s Chifley Library uses freezers to preserve cold hard facts after flood

(5 March 2018) Librarians at the Australian National University are busy stacking freezers, not shelves, in the wake of the massive deluge to swamp Canberra last weekend. A pile of sodden rare books from the university’s Chifley Library are being stored in special freezers as librarians figure out the best way to preserve them. The […]


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Preserving cultural heritage – The IFLA Scoping Workshop on Palm Leaf Manuscripts

(22 November 2017) On 6-7 July in Colombo, Sri Lanka, experts, librarians and holders of Palm Leaf Manuscript collections in South and South-East Asia met during an IFLA workshop, to discuss the problem of metadata and digitisation for PLMs in the region. A two-day workshop with 15 participants from around the region took its starting […]


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2017 search for outstanding public libraries with special program on the protection and preservation of cultural heritage

(5 September 2017) In line with the Annual Celebration of the Library and Information Services (LIS) Month every November, the National Library of the Philippines (NLP) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) particularly the National Committee on Library and Information Services (NCLIS), and the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) […]


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IFLA Palm-leaf Manuscript Preservation Workshop

(12 July 2017) IFLA hosted a two day workshop to discuss and scope the needs for metadata standards in palm leaf manuscript preservation. The workshop was held from 6-7 July 2017 at the IFLA PAC Centre, National Library and Documentation Board of Sri Lanka. Experts from Thailand, Laos, India, Indonesia, Germany and Sri Lanka participated […]


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China Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association attends the launching ceremony of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Public-welfare Project held by Caitong Securities

(3 March 2017) On 26 February, China Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Association attended the launching ceremony of Chinese Ancient Books Preservation and Conservation Public-welfare Project held by Caitong Securities Co., Ltd.  Liu Huiping, chairman of the Association, addressed a speech on behalf of the Association. Zhang Zhiqing, executive deputy chairman of the Association and […]


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Take this survey to help shape the future of preservation standards

(3 August 2016) IFLA’s Key Initiative 3.2 states that it will work on Developing standards for the collection and preservation of content in its diverse forms.  In order to achieve this, a small committee of IFLA experts (from IFLA Professional Units, IFLA Core Activities and the wider network) has created a survey to collect standards/guidelines […]


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NDL trains Nepali librarians

(27 June 2016) Since 1989, the National Diet Library (NDL) has served as the International Federation of Library Associations Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (IFLA PAC) Regional Centre for Asia, and has worked to promote cooperation in preserving library materials throughout Asia. As part of the cooperative activities of the Regional Centre, Mr. Yadab […]


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China adds ancient manuscripts to state protection catalogue

(24 May 2016, Beijing, Xinhua) The Chinese government has added 899 valuable ancient manuscripts to the catalog under state protection. They include oracles, manuscripts on bamboo strips and silk scrolls, ancient paper copies of tablet inscriptions, rare manuscripts in ethnic minority languages and in foreign languages such as Latin and English, said Zhang Zhiqing, deputy […]


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Panel on Southeast Asian Manuscripts Studies, ASEASUK Conference London 2016

(29 February 2016) The next Association for Southeast Asian Studies in the United Kingdom (ASEASUK) Conference, to be held 16-18 September 2016, is being hosted at SOAS, University of London. This conference provides a major venue for the dissemination of research on South East Asia in various disciplines for academics both from the UK and […]


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CDNLAO Newsletter highlights Asia and Oceania PAC Centres

(29 February 2016) The 85th issue of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO) newsletter highlights several of the IFLA Preservation and Conservation Centres  in the region. The newsletter features articles by the IFLA PAC Centres of Korea, Sri Lanka and Japan as well as report from IFLA Headquarters on the […]


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UNESCO adopts a new instrument on the preservation of documentary heritage

(11 December 2015)  The preservation of documentary heritage materials is one of the daunting tasks of memory institutions worldwide. This task is becoming more and more important, not least because of the fast development of the Internet and the digital technologies as well as with the well-documented need for updated legislation at national and international […]


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