Preserving and celebrating culture can be key to efforts to promote cohesion and cooperation in diverse societies. This is no truer than in the case of indigenous communities, who have historically been isolated or persecuted, but now, rightfully, demand equality.
2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Lanaguges. It provides a great opportunity to highlight the work that libraries are doing to support and promote languages, and the communities that speak them.
The IFLA PAC Centre at Qatar National Library invites all libraries, cultural institutions and museums in the region to nominate paper and book conservators to attend this three-day training course: Practical Methods for the Scientific Examination of Library Objects, held at the headquarters of the National Records and Archives Authority in the Sultanate of Oman 19-21 February 2019.
UNESCO has opened the call for candidates for the city which will be World Book Capital (WBC) for a year from 23 April 2021. IFLA encourages cities which are realising the potential of libraries to apply.
Qatar National Library (QNL) and UNESCO have signed an agreement to implement a joint project entitled ‘Supporting Documentary Heritage Libraries in the Arab Region’.
UNESCO has announced that Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will be World Book Capital 2020. Taking up the status on 23 April 2020, it will, for a year, be the focus of efforts and activities to promote books and reading for all. Following a successful World Library and Information Congress, it will be a further opportunity for Malaysia’s libraries to show their ability to reach out to the hard to reach.
IFLA’s Preservation and Conservation Centres play a valuable role in IFLA’s work to safeguard cultural heritage. Bringing together diverse experience and expertise, they form a powerful network. As IFLA renews their agreements, there is an opportunity to strengthen collaboration further, to the benefit of the whole global library field.
Mr. Udaya Cabral Director, IFLA PAC Center Sri Lanka and Ms. Jaesun Lee, Director, IFLA PAC Center Korea attended the 8th UNESCO, MOWCAP (Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific) General Meeting in Gwangju, Republic of Korea in beginning of June 2018.
The PAC Regional Centre for Asia at the National Diet Library (NDL) of Japan is one of the sixteen IFLA PAC Centres that are spread all over the globe. The PAC Centres have a wide range of expertise concerning preservation and conservation as well as safeguarding cultural heritage. The PAC Regional Centre for Asia is specialised in paper conservation and digitization, it was this expertise that was shared with experts from Syria.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PAC Regional Center for Arab Countries invites to participate in training course in Book Binding Conservation20 February 2018
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
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.
PAC Regional Center for Arab Countries invites interested to participate in training course on scientific examination of library objects1 February 2018
Preservation and Conservation Section joint with the News Media Section: "Planning for newsprint, now and into the future for paper media"
Fragile! Careful Handling Required: Manuscript housing, conservation and metadata documentation for access
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.
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.