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Preventive conservation: environmentally friendly sustainable current practices in Asian libraries

Yeni Budi Rachman (Department of Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)
Wiwit Ratnasari (Department of Information Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan)
Shuri Mariasih Gietty Tambunan (Department of Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Universitas Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 28 November 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to identify current practices of environmentally friendly sustainable preventive conservation in Asian libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

This study uses a predominantly quantitative survey for data collection with a combination of open and closed questions. From 237 survey links sent, 22 responses were received from libraries in 16 Asian countries.

Findings

This study uncovers current practices in four areas of environmentally sustainable preventive conservation in Asia: collection preservation, environmental monitoring and management, integrated pest management, and collections care and handling. Challenges to implementing sustainable preventive conservation were also revealed.

Research limitations/implications

The response rate was relatively low, and responses were not received from all countries in Asia. As such, while the study provides a starting point for further research, it cannot be assumed that the findings are representative of Asian libraries in general. In addition, some aspects of preventive conservation (for example, disaster preparedness, exhibition) and library preservation management were excluded from the study, and research on these topics, together with environmental and economic factors, is encouraged, along with qualitative research methods.

Practical implications

This study highlights the environmentally friendly sustainable initiatives that libraries employ in their preservation programmes and increases awareness of challenges to implementing those initiatives.

Originality/value

To date there has been little research on environmentally sustainable preventive conservation practices within Asia's libraries. This study therefore makes a valuable contribution to understanding current practices of preventive conservation in Asia.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Direktorat Jenderal Pendidikan Tinggi, Riset, dan Teknologi, Kementerian Pendidikan, Kebudayaan, Riset, dan Teknologi Republik Indonesia [The Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia] Tahun Anggaran 2023 [Year 2023] under Grant Penelitian Dasar Unggulan Perguruan Tinggi 2023 (Grant number NKB-873/UN2.RST/HKP.05.00/2023).

Citation

Rachman, Y.B., Ratnasari, W. and Tambunan, S.M.G. (2023), "Preventive conservation: environmentally friendly sustainable current practices in Asian libraries", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-08-2023-0128

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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