National Library of Qatar to host webinars on preservation
Doha: The Qatar National Library (QNL), in cooperation with the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) in Lebanon, will host a series of four webinars to provide guidance on collections maintenance and conservation practices for documents. As IFLA’s regional center for Arab countries and the Middle East, the library will provide a platform to discuss collection care procedures, curatorial practices and preservation activities adopted and applied by the USEK library.
The first webinar, titled “Introduction to Heritage Collection Care,” will be held on May 23 and will provide an introduction to the basic care principles and practices of paper and leather-based collecting.
It will be followed by another webinar on May 24, entitled “Papermaking, factors and causes of deterioration” which will discuss the history and technique of papermaking as well as the various factors and causes of environmental deterioration at handling. The third webinar, ‘Collection Care Basics: USEK Library Preservation Strategy, Procedures and Practices’, was designed as a case study on the basics of care applied to the USEK library, including its daily routine of care, its conservation strategy, procedures and practices.
The series will end with the fourth session titled “Tips for the Best Conservation Materials and Exploring the NOs and ODs of Preservation”. The webinar will focus on preventing poor preservation practices and provide guidance on how to choose the best preservation materials for handling different types of records.
Advanced preservation and conservation strategies have been a focus of the Heritage Library’s efforts in recent years with its growing collection of rare and valuable items. These include archival documents, books and periodicals in various European languages as well as printed documents in ancient Arabic, such as books, journals, magazines, newspapers and manuscripts which date back to the 15th century, when the printing process was recently introduced in Europe.
By collecting, preserving and making these documents available, QNL seeks to fulfill its mission of providing equal access to information.