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Preservation and Conservation in South Europe: A Survey among National Libraries.

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The issue of the permanent absence of some countries and/or libraries in the Preservation and Conservation sessions at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has been raised in years past. Within Europe, contributions from South Europe have been scarce. This paper discusses responses to a survey of national libraries of South Europe that was conducted to determine the reasons why these libraries do not appear at the international level. The survey questions focused on: internal activities in each library in the field of preservation and conservation; preservation and conservation national activities in the correspondent country including institutional cooperation; and international cooperation. The survey structure considered three levels: the library itself as a first level; the national scene as an intermediary level; and the international level as the broadest one. The paper concludes that it is clear that South Europe libraries face limitations concerning preservation and conservation, and that training in the field of preservation management should not be delayed. (AEF)

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Author:Cabral, Maria Luisa
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Aug 1, 2002
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