VÝUČBA PREDMETU OCHRANA DOKUMENTOV SO ZAMERANÍM NA OBRAZOVÉ KULTÚRNE DEDIČSTVO
Teaching preventative document protection with a focus on photographic cultural heritage
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This paper introduces a course titled „Preventative Document Protection“ which is currently a part of the „Mediamatics and Cultural Heritage“ curriculum in the „Library and Information Studies“ program of the University of Žilina and aims to provide students with knowledge and skills related to the protection of documents in institutions dedicated to archiving and heritage protection and preservation. As a part of the most recent iteration of the course, students conducted research on modelling accelerated aging of materials exposed to increased temperature, humidity and light, tested the effect of different chemical compounds and their neutralization on black and white photographs and surveyed colour photographs and slides in the funds of the Slovak National Library in Martin and various private collections. Such surveys are helpful when developing a manual for the identification of unprovenanced photographs and slides. We also addressed the issue of colour theory using the CIE LAB colour space and implementation of the Preservation Index (PI) as proposed by the Image Permanence Institute (Rochester) to estimate the shelf life of unstable materials. The objective of this research is to create a manual for the long-term prognosis of the condition of unstable materials. Students enrolled in this course have made a significant contribution to the creation of this manual.
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