Preservation and Conservation Section
To facilitate the global exchange of information about preservation
and conservation activities programs and projects.
To advise, collaborate with, and support the IFLA PAC Core
To promote the importance of preserving the cultural and
intellectual heritage, both tangible and intangible, within national
and international contexts.
To develop publications and other tools that enable libraries to
promote preservation policies and concerns locally, regionally and
1. To promote among libraries, archives, museums, the
general public and governments a better recognition and awareness of
the importance of preservation and conservation of the world's cultural
and intellectual heritage.
(Professional priorities: (a) Supporting the
role of libraries in society; (g) Preserving our intellectual heritage;
(h) Developing library professionals)
1.1 To produce a brochure with the dual purpose of presenting the
section and promoting the importance of preservation and
1.2 To plan for a mid-term meeting of the standing Committee in
Lausanne in conjunction with the Cosadoca two-day workshop on
disaster salvage and the use of RFID.
2. To promote education, training, and continuing
professional development in the field of preservation and
(Professional priorities: (h) Developing
library professionals; (I) Promoting standards, guidelines and best
2.1 To organise a program in the 2008 WLIC in Quebec on the
preservation of hand-held digital objects, and also, on different
institutional scenarios on how to archive and give long-term access
to digital objects within their collections.
2.2 To support the Newspapers Section IFLA International Newspaper
Conference Singapore: Old Issues, New Issues - Impact of Digital
Technology upon Contemporary and Historic Newspapers at the National
Library of Singapore in spring 2008.
2.3 To plan a pre-conference in Ottawa before the 2008 WLIC in
Quebec on the theme ”Preserving Cultural Heritage into the 21st
Century: Current practises and new directions.”
2.4 To plan a programme at the 2009 WLIC in Milan, on
”Dispersed Cultural Heritage-Preservation and Access”.
2.5 To plan a satellite conference in Rome in conjunction to the
Milan WLIC. Details TBD.
3. To promote "best practices" and standardization in
library preservation and conservation activities.
(Professional priorities: (i) Promoting
standards, guidelines and best practice)
3.1. Continue to publish the Section ´s Newsletter in electronic
form and develop the range of information available on the
Section’s web site, collaborating whenever possible with
International Preservation News, produced by the IFLA PAC Core
3.2 Encourage section members to reproduce important section news
in national and local newsletters.
3.3 Collaborate with IFLA’s Division 8 on Regional
Activities in supporting initiatives to raise awareness of
preservation needs in developing countries.
3.4 Work with the Royal Library i Stockholm test the functionality
of the database ”First Do No Harm: A Register of Standards,
Codes of Practice, Guidelines, Recommendations, and Similar Works
Relating to Preservation and Conservation in Libraries and
3.5 To establish a process for the Standing Committee members to
update the First Do No Harm database at least annually and decide on
the long-term maintenance of the database.
4. To encourage and facilitate the establishment of national
preservation strategies and programs.
(Professional priorities: (a) Supporting the
role of libraries in society; (g) Preserving our intellectual
4.1 Work with the Regional Centres of the IFLA PAC Core Activity
and the National Libraries Section to arrange a series of interim
meetings in various parts of the world with the purpose of furthering
committee business and promoting preservation and conservation
activities and Programs.
See also under 1.2 above.
5. To press for development of solutions and methods for
long-term preservation of library materials that are in digital
Professional priorities: (d) Providing unrestricted
access to information; (g) Preserving our intellectual heritage; (I)
Promoting standards, guidelines and best practice; (k) Representing
libraries in the technological marketplace)
5.1 Together with the IT section, monitor developments and track
progress in developing mechanisms, policies, and practices toward
long-term preservation of library materials in digital form to
determine appropriate means to press for solutions and methods.
See also 2.1 above.
6. To promote the awareness of the issues of preservation
management by cooperating with other relevant professional
organizations (including companies) both international (e.g., UNESCO,
ICOM-CC Documents Working Group, International Council on Archives),
regional (e.g., ECPA, LIBER) and national (e.g., CLIR in the USA) in
developing joint programs, seminars and publications.
(Professional priorities: Supporting the role
of libraries in society; (g) Preserving our intellectual heritage; (h)
Developing library professionals; (I) Promoting standards, guidelines
and best practice)
None proposed for 2008, actions for 2009 will be decided in