The fragility of artefacts – manuscripts, books, annals, paintings and other records in their material and digital dimension remains one of the greatest challenges for the transmission of human knowledge, collective and cultural memory to the future generations.
A three day international academic conference located in KU Leuven University Hall & University Library, Belgium, will discuss the past, the present and the future of libraries in September 2015.
Burning down the Mosul Public Library by The Islamic State in February this year, which was home to over 8,000 rare books and manuscripts, shows explicitly that the problems of preservation and conservation of cultural heritage must be constantly emphasized to raise worldwide public consciousness and sense of responsibility. Otherwise we cannot avoid such tragical events…

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