Academic Libraries' Sustainable Preservation and Conservation Practices

Yeni Budi Rachman, Wiwit Ratnasari

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Abstract

Studies on climate change and sustainability have been gaining interest within the global preservation and conservation communities. However, studies related to sustainability in library preservation and conservation, especially in academic libraries, are still limited. This study aims to determine current practices of sustainable library preservation and conservation in academic libraries. The findings of this study will serve as a starting point to obtaining a comprehensive understanding of how academic libraries are implementing climate change-responsible preservation and conservation programs. This study applies quantitative and descriptive approaches to collect data. A questionnaire was distributed to the top 200 universities in the Universitas Indonesia (UI) GreenMetric World University Rankings 2021. The results show that current practices of sustainable library preservation and conservation implemented at the majority of academic libraries relate to sustainable energy use. Although some areas still need to be developed (e.g., policy and regulation toward sustainable library preservation and conservation practices, alternative eco-friendly preservation and conservation materials, and waste management practices), the fact that academic libraries have implemented sustainable practices in preservation and conservation is noted as a positive finding, since it represents success in universities' efforts to address the climate change issue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-129
Number of pages9
JournalPreservation, Digital Technology and Culture
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • climate change
  • library conservation
  • library preservation
  • sustainable practices
  • UI GreenMetric

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