The National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Almaty, Kazakhstan) and the M.I. Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature (Moscow, Russia) are both hosts of IFLA Strategic Program for Conservation and Conservation (PAC) Centres.

These libraries have had long-standing fruitful relationships. In 2019, they entered into a cooperation agreement in order to expand and develop professional ties and promote cultural exchange between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Promoting the exchange of experience in the field of preservation and conservation of documents is one of the most important goals of cooperation between these libraries.

Despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, on June 25, 2020, the two PAC Centres were able to host a virtual meeting. During the meeting, representatives demonstrated the activities of each of their PAC Centres, presented short-term and long-term plans, and shared proposals for future cooperation.

Librarians meet virtually to discuss preservation and conservation

This meeting was the first one held in an online format. When possible, the future meetings will consist of face-to-face opportunities to meet. Either way, it is planned for these knowledge exchanges to be regularly held in the future, and the cooperation between the libraries will continued be strengthened.

Interested in more information on the expertise and activities of these PAC Centres? Find out more here: PAC Russia & PAC Kazakhastan