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PRESERVATION & CONSERVATION

PRESERVATION AND CONSERVATION SERVICES

National Libraries are responsible for safeguarding those records that society has considered necessary to create and keep. The National Library of South Africa acts as national preservation library and as such provides a leadership role in the South African library and information profession.

The purpose of Preservation and Conservation Services is to preserve and optimal maintain the NLSA’s collections with the aim of securing current and long-term survival and accessibility of the physical form and informational content of the South African documentary heritage. The task of Preservation and Conservation Services is to ensure that the NLSA maintains and develops world class in-house preservation policies and practices, and a national preservation and conservation function capable of providing preservation and conservation services on a national basis.

Preservation policy formulation includes preservation awareness, the physical environment, and physical care of collections, guidelines for conservation, and disaster planning and recovery. Preservation and Conservation Services consists of three units that are represented at both campuses, namely: Conservation, Digitisation and Stack Management.

Contact details:

Douwe Drijfhout Tel +27 (0)12 401 9705/9700

Londeka Dlamini Tel +27 (0)12 401 9767/9700


Conservation

The purpose of Conservation is the optimal conservation treatment of the NLSA’s collections in line with NLSA preservation policies and procedures. Activities include bookbinding, book repairs, book restoration, de-acidification, conservation treatment, exhibitions, and disaster preparedness and response.

Contact details:

Dale Zietsman Tel +27 (0)21 487 5634

 

De-acidification

The significant role of acidity in the rapid deterioration of paper has long been recognised. Over time acid causes paper to become brittle, and in many cases, cause final loss of valuable heritage collections. De-acidification is the process whereby the acids in paper are neutralised thereby significantly slows down the process of destruction and prolonging the life of paper. De-acidification treatment is reserved for books that are acidic and at risk of loss if no action is taken. The de-acidification service is offered to other libraries and cultural entities.

Contact details:

Londeka Dlamini Tel +27 (0)12 401 9767/9700

 

Digitisation

The purpose of Digitisation is the optimal reformatting of the NLSA’s collections in line with NLSA preservation policies and procedures and as required by users and clients of the NLSA. The digitisation service is a new initiative in line with international best practice, creating digital records of materials for both preservation and access. Activities include the scanning of South African historical newspapers and the NLSA’s special collections.

Contact details:

Antenie Carstens Tel +27 (0)21 487 5617

Tshepo Mohlala Tel +27 (0)12 401 9767/9700

 

Stack Management

The purpose of Stack Management is the optimal management and maintenance of the NLSA’s collections in line with NLSA preservation and conservation policies and procedures. Activities include climate control, verification of heritage assets, shelving of collections, preparation for binding, wrapping of collections and access to book stacks.

Contact details:

Willem Vorster Tel +27 (0)12 401 9721

Leonard Benjamin Tel +27 (0)21 487 5636

 

Workshops and Training

The NLSA offers training in preservation and disaster management for libraries. The purpose of workshops is to create awareness and share appropriate skills to enable library workers to preserve library and heritage collections. Workshops cover topics ranging from library disaster prevention and recovery, proper care of libraries and books, preservation management, risk assessment, digitisation and reformatting, climate control, book conservation and basic book repairs.

Contact details:

Londeka Dlamini Tel +27 (0)12 401 9767/9700

 

IFLA PAC (Preservation and Conservation) Regional Centre

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institution’s (IFLA) Regional Preservation and Conservation Centre for Southern Africa is based at the National Library of South Africa. The purpose of the Centre is to raise awareness among library professionals, the public and authorities of the urgent need to preserve endangered library collections.

Contact details:

Douwe Drijfhout Tel +27 (0)12 401 9705/9700

 

 

 

 

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