|Case Presentation : The Preventive Conservation Policy and Disaster Risk Management of the National Libary of Latvia|
Record is an excellent delivering channel for understanding the era and its culture at the time. In this regard, some of them with historical significance are called "Documentary Heritage," and we strive to preserve and use them to learn about the past.
However, many cases of neglecting and/or damaging Documentary Heritage still have been made despite an effort to preserve and use it. It does not mean materials damage. It means that a channel exploring the memory and culture of the era is shutting down.
In this line, ICDH strives to provide guidelines for Documentary Heritage at risk for all the states and agencies with potential risks. As the first step for this programme, ICDH invited professionals worldwide relating to the prevention and conservation of the collection as a contributor to the Guideline for safeguarding the endangered Documentary Heritage.
And this year's Guidelines focus on valuable sources against natural disasters.
Ms. Katrina Kukaine and Ms. Austra Aizpuriete share their expertise and experiences with you, and their contribution will inspire you to build your preventive conservation policy and disaster risk management plan for your organization. Please kindly find the attached contribution.
Katrina Kukaine, Mg.geogr., spatial development planner, specialized in historic environment, works in the National library of Latvia as the Director of the Development department. Before worked many years for the National Heritage Board, from 2014 till 2020 as the Deputy Head. Previous education in communication sciences, specially – media ethics. Worked in the French Embassy in Latvia in Cultural and Education division, leaded the elaboration of the Library (mediatheque) in the French Institute in Riga (1999-2006). Member of the Baltic Sea States Monitoring group on Cultural Heritage protection (2007-2014), member of the international Steering group for elaboration of the nomination for UNESCO World Heritage list „Viking sites in Northern Europe”. Member of ICOMOS Latvia, Board member from 2014, since October 2020 President of the Board. Author of several publications on cultural heritage and spatial planning.
Austra Aizpuriete is a conservation expert at the National Library of Latvia (NLL) Collection Preservation Centre. The position entails organizing the preventive preservation actions, ensuring correct storage and safety of the NLL collection. Austra used to be a paper conservator (graphics restoration) and has a First level vocational higher education degree in restoration.
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