Qatar National Library Hosts Training Program for Conservation Experts from Iraq

Qatar National Library, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Sports, recently concluded an intensive training program for a delegation of conservation specialists from the Republic of Iraq. The sessions focused on preserving documentary heritage in libraries and cultural institutions in the Middle East.

The training, which was also attended by library specialists from the Ministry of Culture and Sports, was hosted by the Library in its role as the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Regional Preservation and Conservation Center (PAC) for Arab Countries and the Middle East.

Experts from the Library shared best practices during a series of practical sessions focusing on the science of conserving and preserving the manuscripts and collections of heritage libraries. Participants also got the chance to experiment with the latest equipment and technologies in the Library’s Conservation Lab, which are used in the restoration, maintenance and study of such collections.

Stephane Ipert, Preservation and Conservation Manager at the Library, said: We continue to provide experts from the wider region with the latest skills and knowledge to preserve valuable heritage material in their institutions. It was a pleasure to work with Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and Sports to deliver this training program for our colleagues from a number of cultural institutions in Iraq.

In our role as IFLA’s Regional Preservation and Conservation Center for the Arab region, we welcome collaboration with institutions in Qatar and beyond to work with us to find sustainable solutions for preserving the rich documentary heritage of this region, added Ipert.

The training program also included theoretical lectures on the importance of preserving Islamic manuscripts and the digitization of heritage collections; a detailed explanation of digitization processes conducted at the Library; risk management and evaluation in libraries; and the key elements that should be available in the evaluation and response plans.

The Library hosted a training program for experts from Jordan in June this year in collaboration with UNESCO Office in Amman, and a training program for a group of Tunisian experts is currently underway in cooperation with Qatar’s Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Source: Qatar National Library