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Report from the IFLA Library of Congress Regional PAC Center

The Library of Congress (LOC) has been an IFLA/Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Center for many years, and has changed its focus during that time.   When the PAC produced the International Preservation News, (IPN) the LOC took responsibility for mailing the paper copies within North America.  When the publication ceased the LOC provided digital files of all the issues for the IFLA website to assure the availability of the valuable information that had been produced.  All issues are available for download from the IFLA website at  http://www.ifla.org/publications/international-preservation-news?og=32 Today the  LOC PAC Center focuses on providing resources through webpages and through broadcasting...


Training on preserving photographs at the National Library of Kingkdom of Morocco

  A second round of advanced Environment and exhibition of photographs workshop is taking place from 10th to 21st october 2016 at the Bibliothèque Nationale du Royaume du Maroc in Rabat, as part of MEPPI program (Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative), which is a collaboration benefitting from the contributions of many organizations and individuals. This workshop in particular, is the result of the efforts and commitment of the following institutions: The Arab Image Foundation, the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Conservation Institute. The Middle East Photograph Preservation Initiative is made possible through a generous grant from the Andrew W....


Helping the profession to define new standards for preservation

In August 2016, IFLA launched the survey on standards, guidelines, and best practises for the preservation and conservation of library materials. Why are we doing this? In the IFLA Strategic Plan, it states that IFLA will help with developing standards for the collection and preservation of content in its diverse forms.  In order to start this task, we have created a survey which will give us an overview of what standards, guidelines, and best practises are currently used by the profession when it comes to preservation and conservation or any materials held in libraries. The aim of the survey is...


Report from the IFLA Brazil PAC Centre – A view on the conservation and restoration of the National Library collection

A report from the Center of Technical Processes and Preservation Coordination of Preservation, Biblioteca Nacional  The Coordination of Preservation is made up by the Conservation and Binding Center and the Restoration Laboratory, each respectively carrying out the conservation, restoration, binding and the packing of books and documents with different degrees of deterioration. Those items that show a high degree of deterioration for which conservation techniques are not sufficient to structurally restore them are sent for restoration. All the books and documents that make up the immense collection of the National Library, from journals and general books to those belonging to special...


Report from the IFLA Sri Lanka PAC Centre – Testing Aqua Fumigator (Cyphenothrin 72%) against insect pests of library books in Sri Lanka

The IFLA PAC Center of Sri Lanka conducted recent research on pest control. The members of the advisory committee of Sri Lanka IFLA PAC Center provided their support and expert assistance in this study. Cyphenothrin 72%- Aqua Fumigator is a well known commercial product which has been used in Sri Lanka to control library pests since the 1990s. The product was not imported during the last few years due to delay of local chemical registration processes to reimport. An experiment was designed to measure the effectiveness of fumigation to advise the librarians in the country. The fumigations were carried out...


Report from the IFLA Asia PAC Centre – Conservation activities using washi

This is the first of an ongoing series of reports from the IFLA Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centres regarding their activities and future work in their regions.  The National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) was designated the IFLA/PAC Regional Centre for Asia (PAC Asia) in 1989. PAC Asia was established in order to enhance awareness throughout Asia of the importance of preservation and conservation activities by distributing information, organizing training programs, and conducting other forms of research. Given that Asia is a vast area with a great variety of languages, cultures, and climates, PAC Asia’s task is no simple one, but...


Library of Alexandria’s conservation and preservation training programmes for the Ministry of Antiquities

In the past four years, the smuggling of ancient monuments to outside Egypt has increased dramatically leading to the loss of a huge amount of historical cultural belongings of all types. One of the cultural materials that is less studied and known to archaeologists working at the customs points is paper materials, either printed books or written manuscripts; that is what the Manuscript Museum department of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina can help with. One of the aspects of cooperation between Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities was a one year training program that took place from June 2014 to...


IFLA Conference Session Explores African Cultural Heritage Collaboration

At the IFLA Annual World Congress this year in Cape Town, the Rare Books and Special Collections Section sponsored a session devoted to “fostering collaboration to build and preserve African cultural heritage.” The section’s members devised the program to call broader attention to some of the impressive collaborative work that has been undertaken over the years as well as to get an update on the current state of the Timbuktu manuscripts. Four of the five papers can be found in the IFLA Library. Daryl Green (University of St Andrews, United Kingdom) moderated the session attended by ca. 200 people in...

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