Qatar National Library (QNL), in its role as the International Federation of Library Associations Preservation and Conservation Regional Centre, has held an online lecture, 'Advances in Paper Deacidification: Presenting Eastern Perspectives'.
The lecture marked the inauguration of QNL’s mass deacidification plant, the first in the region.
Featuring renowned international experts in the preservation and conservation field, the lecture aimed to build awareness around the importance of paper deacidification in the preservation of documentary heritage and its different techniques, in addition to sharing experiences about the advances and challenges in the deacidification research and methods.
Stephane J Ipert, director of Distinctive Collections at QNL, said: “The mass deacidification plant at QNL is only one of five in the world and we are grateful we are the first institution in the region to use equipment with mass deacidification systems. Acidity is a major challenge affecting the preservation of documentary heritage. Mass deacidification allows us to control this acidity in large quantities and is a huge breakthrough on how we can preserve QNL's documentary heritage.”
"Modern technology continues to transform the field of preservation and conservation of heritage in the Arab world and has helped knowledge centers like the library discover new ways to safeguard Arab memory and monuments for future generations," he added.
In 2015, QNL’s Preservation and Conservation Centre was selected by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions as a regional centre to support the preservation of documentary heritage in the Arab region and the Middle East and has been on the path to modernise preservation and conservation.
The recent renewal of the agreement between IFLA and the library reflects QNL's efforts to support Arab heritage preservation in the region through numerous projects and initiatives.
The library continues to provide educational and informative sessions to promote the latest technologies and developments.
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