Environmental assessment in manuscripts library and storages of semi-active record at Sultanate of Oman

Nahed Salem, Sabah Abdul-Wahab, Sappurd Ali

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Indoor environmental factors have been associated with deterioration of vital library and archival assets. The assessment of environmental factors affecting the library and document collections due to their inappropriate levels was the main objective of current study. In order to fulfill this objective the measurements of indoor environmental parameters were taken in manuscripts library and documents storage buildings of various Ministries of Sultanate of Oman. The measured values of these parameters were compared with the permitted values defined in various international standards/guidelines. The results of the study showed that the observed levels of environmental factors inside these buildings were not within the stipulated limits. The quality of indoor air at the studied locations was not appropriate for long term protection and preservation of their precious collections. Hence some preventive measures must be taken to safeguard these documentary assets. Practical implications - The indoor environments of library and archival collection buildings are very important for the protection and preservation of documentary assets. The study provides very useful information about the harmful indoor environmental factors and their effects on vital library and archival collections. This work would definitely help the concerning authorities to take remedial measures to control the inappropriate levels of these factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-81
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Archival collections
  • Indoor environmental factors
  • Knowledge management
  • Manuscripts library
  • Semi-active records
  • Storage media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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