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acknowledgement of its importance
(100%) in the preservation of Turkey's
written cultural heritage. Some of the
attendees (24%) had not heard about the
issue before the tutorial or were not famil-
iar with any international digitisation proj-
ects (60%). Many had never attended any
seminar or training course on digitisation
technology (82%).
Recommendations were made to address
these areas and to improve the level of
knowledge of Turkish librarians with the
continuous education facilities provided by
LIS faculty, library associations in Turkey
and by enhanced co-operation between
technology-savvy associations such as
Türkiye Bili_im Derne_i (Informatics
Association of Turkey,
http://www.tbd.org.tr/) and Türk
Kütüphaneciler Derne_i (Turkish
Librarians' Association, http://www.kutu
phaneci.org.tr). LIS departments in Turkey
views of the attendees on
the use of digitisation tech-
nology in Turkish libraries.
This study involved thirty-
seven participants, around a
third of whom were female,
representing a wide age
range.Thirty-three partici-
pants responded to the sur-
vey.The institutions
represented were university
libraries and LIS depart-
ments, research libraries, the National
Library, and the Library of Higher
Education Council of Turkey. Although the
majority of respondents were from univer-
sity libraries, a range of positions were rep-
resented (see Chart 1) including Library
and Information Science (LIS) faculty
members, librarians, other academics, a
multimedia specialist, and an architect.
T
he questionnaire was designed in two
categories: open-ended questions (to
gain suggestions) and closed questions
(questions designed to examine how
strongly the subject was satisfied with
statements on a five-point scale and yes or
no choices).This survey described the vari-
ous attitudes of the library professionals in
Turkey. Results indicate that participants
were satisfied with the tutorial in general.
T
he initial findings from the survey
revealed only a limited degree of
knowledge of digitisation technology
among library professionals, despite their
T
his Poster Paper Session was presented
at the 69th IFLA Annual Conference,
Berlin, Germany, on 5-6 August 2003.
D
espite the wealth of historical mate-
rials held in Turkish libraries, such as
the 120,000 Ottoman manuscripts held by
the Süleymaniye Library in Istanbul, only a
few attempts have been made to preserve
such cultural heritage by using digitisation
technologies due to a lack of educated
staff, technological equipment, know-how,
and financial freedom [1]. In order to
introduce Turkish librarians to the funda-
mentals of digitisation techniques and digi-
tisation practice and to investigate the
current level of knowledge of these preser-
vation issues among library professionals, a
tutorial on the digital preservation of writ-
ten cultural heritage was held at the
Academic Computing Conference (2
February 2003, Adana,Turkey [2]).
A
questionnaire was handed out at the
end of the tutorial to evaluate the
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Isik University, Istanbul,Turkey
Kaside' by Yusuf Inb-i Muhammed-177 x 110 mm-1895
(golden 11 folio)
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Güfte Mecmuasi' by Selim III, Ottoman
Sultan-290 x 170 mm-18th century
(golden 27 folio)
Chart 1: Positions represented