Conservation of Library Materials workshop underway

Dimapur, March 7 (MExN): A five day workshop on Conservation of Library Materials and Book Binding is underway at Centre for Community Transformation (CCT), Walford Road, Dimapur. The workshop is being organised by the department of Art & Culture, government of Nagaland and sponsored by National Library of India, Kolkata.
“I’m told, the state of libraries in Nagaland is not very good,” said Som Kamei, Director NEZCC who graced the inaugural function of the workshop as the chief guest. He said that the condition of libraries in Nagaland is not up to mark and hence the workshop will prove to be extremely beneficial. He also said that there is lots of wonderful material on Nagaland, but it is either lost or lying in disuse. “There is also no proper classification or cataloguing of books in libraries,” he said. He encouraged the participants to learn from the workshop stating that their job as a librarian is ‘priceless’ and added that no monetary value can be attached to their work. He also urged to move beyond and inculcate modern technologies in future like digitized preservation.
Additional Director, Art & Culture K. Kughazhe Yepthomi who chaired the session informed that Nagaland has 480 rural libraries, 11 district libraries and one state library. He said that the state of libraries in the state still at an infant stage. Dr. R. Ramachandran, principal library & information officer, National Library, Kolkata gave a briefing on the details of the training. A.K Nath also highlighted the importance of preservation of library materials and book binding.
Expert trainers from National library, Kolkata will conduct the workshop from March 7 to 11 and would cover theoretical aspects on preservation of library materials, demonstration on chemical conservation of library materials, physical preservation of library materials followed by live demonstrations, hands-on training on book binding, awareness programme, conservation of newspapers, library books and other related materials, preservation of reformatting of library documents by microfilming, and conservation of library materials.  

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