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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

PERSIST Guidelines for digital heritage available in six languages

The UNESCO PERSIST Project launched Guidelines for the selection of digital heritage for long-term preservation in 2016. We are glad to announce that a Spanish translation is now available, bringing the total number of languages available to six.

21 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

IFLA survey on preservation standards, guidelines, and best practices

To identify and develop standards, guidelines and best practices for the collection and preservation of content in its diverse form (as stated in the IFLA Key Initiative 3.2.1), it was decided to conduct an extensive survey in the library sector to establish currently used standards, guidelines and best practices for material in any format.

5 February 2018

Call for Papers — Open Session

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

17 January 2018

Libraries Protect Women's Cultural Rights

Cultural rights have long been recognised as a pillar of human rights, and women's cultural rights are no exception. A new paper from IFLA brings together lessons from a satellite meeting at last year's WLIC to show how libraries are working to defend these.

2 January 2018 | Women, Information and Libraries, Peace, refugees, Women’s issues, women, cultural rights

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

Cultural Heritage at Risk: IFLA attends the UNESCO Meeting on Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict

The Twelfth Meeting of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the event of Armed Conflict took place in Paris, on 29-30 November. IFLA was invited as one of the eminent professional NGOs who have a formal relation with UNESCO.

8 December 2017 | Hague, UNESCO, conflict, Protection, Cultural heritage

A Common History: Preserving Cultural Heritage in Europe

Today is the first day of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. For the next twelve months, libraries across Europe will be celebrating the importance of heritage, and the contribution it makes to communities. In doing so, they will underline the indispensable role they play in preserving, managing, and giving access.

7 December 2017 | Cultural heritage, Europe, European Commission, European Year of Cultural Heritage

Making Digital Durable: IFLA Celebrates First International Digital Preservation Day

Digital technologies have massively reduced the costs of producing and sharing information, and have allowed for an explosion of creativity. But to ensure we have a record of this for future generations, we need to act today. IFLA is therefore celebrating the first International Digital Preservation Day as an opportunity to mark the work already done, and highlight the challenges before us.

30 November 2017 | PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Digital preservation, Digitisation, Preservation

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