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QNL set to host series of webinars on document conservation strategies

QNL set to host series of webinars on document conservation strategies

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
DOHA
Qatar National Library, in collaboration with Lebanon’s Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), will host a series of four webinars to provide information on collection care and document conservation practices.
As the IFLA Regional Center for Arab Countries and the Middle East, the Library will provide a forum for discussion of USEK Library’s collection care procedures, conservation practices, and preservation activities.
The first webinar, titled ‘Introduction to Heritage Collection Care,’ will take place on May 23 and will provide an overview of basic care principles and practices for paper and leather-based collections.
It will be followed on May 24 by another webinar titled ‘Papermaking, Deterioration Factors and Causes,’ which will cover the history and technique of papermaking as well as the various factors and causes of deterioration, ranging from environment to handling.
The third webinar, ‘Collection Care Basics: USEK Library Preservation Strategy, Procedures, and Practices,’ was designed as a case study of the care basics used at USEK Library, including its daily care routine, preservation strategy, procedures, and practices.
The series will conclude with the fourth session, titled ‘Guidance for best conservation materials and exploring the NOs and DOs of preservation.’ The webinar will focus on avoiding poor preservation practices and will offer advice on how to select the best conservation materials for the treatment of various types of documents.
With its growing collection of rare and valuable items, advanced preservation and conservation strategies have been a key focus of the Heritage Library’s efforts in recent years. Archival documents, books, and periodicals in various European languages, as well as early Arabic printed materials, such as books, journals, magazines, newspapers, and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century, when the printing process was just being introduced in Europe, are among them.
The Qatar National Library seeks to fulfill its mission of providing equal access to information and creating a learning and discovery environment that empowers society and contributes to a vibrant Qatari cultural landscape by collecting, preserving, and making these documents available.

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