Volume 20 No 22 (2022)
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AN INVESTIGATION OF CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION TECHNIQUES AND APPROACHES THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY COLLECTION IN WEST BENGAL
Dr. Bappa Kumar Das, Mr. Dinabandhu Mandal, Dr. Haripada Banik
Abstract
This study investigates the preservation and conservation practices implemented in academic libraries across Kolkata, India, with a focus on print and non-print materials. Preservation, defined as the maintenance of library materials for present and future use, is crucial in the rapidly evolving information landscape. Through a structured questionnaire is tribute to librarians from 20 university libraries in Kolkata, supplemented by interviews and observations, the study evaluates current practices, identifies challenges, and proposes recommendations for improvement. Findings indicate significant investments in preservation efforts, including environmental control, staff training, and digitization. However, challenges such as material deterioration persist, highlighting the need for ongoing vigilance and comprehensive preservation strategies. Recommendations include standardizing protocols, investing in advanced technologies, and enhancing disaster preparedness. By implementing these measures, Kolkata's academic libraries can ensure the long-term sustainability of their collections, preserving valuable resources for future generations.
Keywords
Preservation, Conservation, Academic Libraries
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