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Monday 4 April at 11, after more than twenty years from the closure, the regional councilor for cultural heritage and Sicilian identity, Alberto Samonà, together with the Director of the Cultural Heritage Department, Franco Fazio, and Denise Gargano, manager of the area General Affairs, and to Carlo Pastena, director of the Central Library of the Sicilian Region, the “Leonardo Sciascia” Library will reopen to the public, within the premises of the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage, in via delle Croci n.8, in Palermo.
A plaque to remember Sebastiano Tusa
On the occasion of the reopening of the Hall, which presents a new and welcoming setting, a plaque will be discovered to remember Sebastiano Tusa, the archaeologist and former councilor of cultural heritage, who tragically died in 2019.
When and how to access the library
The premises of the Library will be accessible to the public from Tuesday 5 April, for three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) from 9 to 13 with access from the main entrance of the Department of Cultural Heritage in via delle Croci n.
8 and in compliance with the provisions of the anti-Covid legislation.
Samonà: “To give back to the community a part of one’s memory”
“Reopening a Library, offering the City of Palermo a space that had been closed for a long time – underlines the Regional Councilor for Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, Alberto Samonà – is a gesture of great symbolic value.
It means giving back to the community a part of one’s memory in a place that offers the best conditions for research and study.
Thanks to the peculiarity of the volumes contained, the library offers Palermo and Sicily an important garrison dedicated to cultural heritage.
Opening up spaces for culture means for us to nourish the soul and render a service to our Earth “.
Eleven reading stations
Built in the early 90s of the last century as a special section of the Central Library of the Sicilian Region “Alberto Bombace”, the library is equipped with 11 comfortable reading stations in addition to the table for the room attendant who is equipped with a computer through which can be consulted 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.
Over 5600 volumes
The collection currently consists of 5613 volumes, which also include publications belonging to 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 among the BCRS endowments works relating to cultural heritage, especially Sicilian ones, and works published by the institutes of the Department, the result of their scientific elaboration.
Having fallen into disuse in the year 2000, the space was over time used for administrative activities of the Department and the book collection returned to the Central Library.
Now, at the behest of the councilor Alberto Samonà, the library reopens, hosting valuable volumes and allowing the public to access it for study and consultation.
Publishing activity in collaboration with the Central Library of the Sicilian Region
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 by 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 publications on Sicilian cultural heritage
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: Masterpieces of the seventeenth century at Palazzo Abatellis, The Roman portrait in the collections of the Salinas Museum, Meligunis Lipara (a 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.
Collaboration with universities and cultural associations
The role connected to the initiatives directly promoted is particularly important, integrating and completing the editorial production of this department, making use of the collaboration of university institutes and cultural associations.
The digital catalog
The Department of Cultural Heritage, moreover, with a certain periodicity has published a complete catalog of published works whose last edition 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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