A reason for joy: Soon the state of Berlin will have its own concept for the preservation of its written cultural heritage. Since the beginning of the year, the Competence Center for the Preservation of Archives and Libraries in Berlin and Brandenburg (KBE), which is part of the Central and State Library, has been dedicated to this project. Commissioned by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the state concept is intended to create a strategic planning basis that will enable the state of Berlin to take a coordinated and efficient approach to its future efforts in the field of preservation. The aim is to ensure that not only large but also smaller institutions with their outstanding collections can be brought into focus and taken into account in the tendering and awarding of grants.
The basis of the state concept is an up-to-date and valid overview of the particularly important and threatened stocks in the country. The corresponding data will be collected from 12 October 2020 onwards in a large-scale two-part survey of numerous institutions in Berlin that preserve cultural assets. In addition to the type and extent of the stocks worthy of protection, the degree of damage and endangerment present as well as the infrastructure, resources and technical expertise available in the institutions are also of importance with regard to the preservation of the stocks.
At the center of the first part of this survey is a questionnaire that focuses on the collection of the institutions' particularly important and endangered stocks.
You want to know more about the project and the survey? Then take a look at the project website or let us introduce you to the project personally in this video. We wish you a lot of fun!