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IFLA Welcomes Steps Toward Better Rules for Cultural Heritage Imports into the European Union

New draft European Union legislation looks to make it more difficult to import stolen or looted cultural goods. IFLA has welcomed these steps, and proposed amendments which will ensure that the new rules work as well for documentary heritage as for other types of heritage.

23 April 2018 | Preservation and Conservation, Cultural heritage, Europe, Heritage, trafficking

IFLA Congratulates New Senior Staff at UNESCO

As the leading UN institution working on education, science and culture, UNESCO is a key partner for libraries. IFLA already engages with the institution across a wide variety of issues, from cultural heritage at risk to Internet universality. The announcement of four new senior appointments in key sectors – in education, culture and communications and information, as well as a new Deputy Director-General – is therefore a useful opportunity to reaffirm these relationships.

12 April 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Education, Information literacy, Preservation, UNESCO

Two Past IFLA Presidents Participate in the 7th International Summit of the Book

The book retains its status as a symbol of the possibility to preserve and share knowledge, the foundation of our evolution and development. Libraries continue to focus on collecting and giving access to books, alongside other resources now, and have a key function in preserving historic texts for the future. This was the message at the 7th International Summit of the Book, held in Baku, Azerbaijan 18-19 March 2018, which two past IFLA Presidents helped open.

11 April 2018 | Asia and Oceania, Information literacy, Literacy, Preservation, Azerbaijan

Restitution of Cultural Heritage – IFLA Calls on Europe to Act to Support Library Efforts

IFLA has provided comments to the European Parliament on a planned report on the restitution of cultural heritage looted or stolen in disasters or wars. It underlines the need to ensure support for efforts to understand better how rare books and documents circulate, and to identify them so that they can be returned.

22 February 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Cultural heritage, Disaster management, Europe, restitution of cultural heritage

PAC Regional Center for Arab Countries invites to participate in training course in Book Binding Conservation

Qatar National Library (QNL) is pleased to invite all paper and book conservators and conservation technicians from libraries, cultural institutions and museums in Qatar and the Arab world to this 5-day hands-on training, conducted by Mireille Porterie – Owner of L’Atelierre Association for Bookbinding and Restoration

20 February 2018

European Year of Cultural Heritage - Briefing for Libraries

2018 has been declared the European Year of Cultural Heritage. While libraries are active in preserving our heritage every day of every year, this is a valuable opportunity to raise awareness of the unique contribution our institutions are making. This brief offers some ideas of how to get involved.

8 February 2018 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Cultural heritage, Digital preservation, Preservation, Europe

Call for Papers — Open Sessions

Preservation and Conservation Section joint with the News Media Section: "Planning for newsprint, now and into the future for paper media"

29 January 2018

Call for Papers — Open Session

Fragile! Careful Handling Required: Manuscript housing, conservation and metadata documentation for access

17 January 2018

Shared History, Shared Challenges, Shared Efforts – Preserving Francophone African Heritage

The countries of French-speaking Africa have a rich and diverse history. Much of this is recorded not through books or manuscripts, but through a vibrant tradition of oral history and know-how. Yet with preservation practices not always well-suited to these forms of heritage, and limited resources available, the need for cooperation in order to ensure that they are not lost is essential. A conference in Dakar on 17-19 November explored how best to do this.

14 December 2017 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Africa, Preservation, oral heritage

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