Gazi Husrev-beg Library in Sarajevo has hosted its First international conference on the protection of written heritage on 16 & 17 September 2019.
Participants from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Turkey, India, and Malaysia discussed protection methods and conservation systems for written cultural heritage.
The first speaker of the conference was Dragica Krstić representing National and University Library, presenting a paper prepared in tandem with Saša Tkalec from the Cultural Innovation Center.
The presentation and paper gave a comprehensive overview of the “Challenges in establishing a sustainable system to protect the library holdings from disasters”, and reflected the ongoing, regionally unique efforts of the National and University Library in Zagreb in building the resilience of its holdings and system.
The main topics of the presentations from the distinguished 15 speakers responded to the current focus of the Gazi Husrev-beg Library in developing its operations in the new facilities. The presentations concerned the conservation and restoration methodologies, prioritization methods, education, exchange of experience, international cooperation, and approaches in the light of the extensive work ahead.
As part of the introduction to the turbulent history of its collections, a documentary was shown telling the story of the Library and the efforts of its staff throughout the centuries, and especially during the recent war.
A detailed account of the conference sessions is available here.
Organizers from the Gazi Husrev-beg Library and local community created a warm and welcoming atmosphere as well as an opportunity for participants to show solidarity and share experiences and consider new opportunities for cooperation.