Palermo. The Sciascia Library of Cultural Heritage reopens

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The Library reopens to the public after twenty years “Leonardo Sciascia” of the Department of Cultural Heritage.
This morning, in fact, the Regional Councilor for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, Alberto Samonà, inaugurated the new completely refurbished reading room.
The Library will be available from tomorrow, Tuesday 5 April, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9.00 to 13.00.

The library is equipped with 11 reading stations, in addition to the table for the room attendant who is equipped with a computer through which the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), the Online Catalog of the Central Library of the Sicilian Region and the Computerized catalog with the publications contained within the library itself.
Access will be allowed with entrance from via delle Croci n.
8, in compliance with the provisions of the anti-Covid legislation.

During the inauguration, which was attended by the director of the Central Library of the Sicilian Region (of which the Sala Sciascia is a special section), Carlo Pastenathe doctor Denise Gargano, Director of the General Affairs Area expressly delegated to reopen the Hall and, remotely, the Director of the BB.CC.
Franco Fazio, a plaque dedicated to the memory of the archaeologist and councilor of cultural heritage was discovered, Sebastiano Tusa, tragically passed away in 2019, in the presence of his wife Valeria Li Vigniof his sister Lidia Tusa and granddaughter Delia Tusa.

“Returning to public use a place like this, dedicated to study, research, reflection, is the best way to offer a service to Palermo and Sicily.
We need to focus on Culture to build the future starting immediately –
underlines the regional councilor of cultural heritage and Sicilian identity, Alberto Samonà ; today’s reopening takes on the symbolic meaning of Palermo’s desire for redemption and rebirth ”.

Inaugurated in 1992 in the presence of Maria Andronicus, widow of Leonardo Sciascia, the library houses a collection consisting, to date, of 5613 volumes, which also includes the publications that are part of the ESP Fund of the Central Library, a fund consisting of selected volumes to be exhibited at exhibitions or events .
The collections, identified with the BC signature, were created by choosing from the BCRS endowments works concerning cultural heritage, especially Sicilian ones, and works published by the Department’s institutes, the result of their scientific elaboration.

Some in-depth data.

In 1977, with the birth of the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage (LR 80/77), an intense editorial activity was launched, in agreement with the Central Library of the Sicilian Region to which the law attributes the role of documentary archive of the production.
editorial in Sicily.

In this framework of collaboration, already in 1977 the Central Library, in collaboration with this Department and, in any case, before the start of the computerization of the libraries, created a special section where to place the rich editorial production of the Cultural Heritage Department, with the signature ESP, in order to be able to quickly identify the volumes published by the Department, also through its peripheral offices.
Subsequently, the space was enriched with a second section in which the volumes relating to cultural heritage with regard to Sicily were placed, even if not published by the Department.

As for the publishing activity, in fact, the Department of Cultural Heritage operates as a publishing house specializing in cultural heritage, with a production of over 80 titles every year, placing itself, according to Italian standards, among medium-sized publishing houses.

In the period 1977-2018, 2,924 works were published, including paper volumes, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, musical scores and periodicals, in addition to 1,285 works concerning the editorial production linked to the initiatives directly promoted by the Cultural Heritage Councilor, for a total of 4,209 titles.

The genre of the published works is varied, but always related to Sicilian cultural heritage.
Among the productions you can find the proceedings of international conferences edited by the regional administration, documentation on regional archaeological excavations, largely financed by the regional administration, general and special bibliographies of bibliographic collections and, most importantly, numerous catalogs of works of art and archaeological finds, mostly produced on the occasion of exhibitions that represent a way of enhancing the assets owned.
Among these: 17th century masterpieces at Palazzo Abatellis, The Roman portrait in the collections of the Salinas Museum, Meligunis Lipara (work requested by several archaeological institutes in the world), Silk: bibliography of the owned texts (Messina 2021); The protection of the underwater cultural heritage: legal aspects: a Conference held in Palermo and Siracusa (8-10 March 2001) and organized by the Sicilian Region, Department of Cultural and Environmental Heritage and Public Education; University of Palermo, Faculty of Economics, Institute of Labor and Navigation Law; University of Milano-Bicocca, Legal Department of national and European institutions; Antonello da Messina and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, masters of painting in Sicily: four masterpieces on display, and many others.
The role connected to the initiatives directly promoted is particularly relevant, integrating and completing the editorial production of this department, making use of the collaboration of university institutes and cultural associations.

Furthermore, the Department of Cultural Heritage has published a complete catalog of published works with a certain periodicity, the last edition of which dates back to 2019.
Published in digital format, it allows different types of research, by title, author, etc., overcoming the old limit of paper indexes.

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