The Jakarta office preserves in microformat publications acquired from Southeast Asia. Publications are microformatted for a number of reasons including:
- poor quality paper with a short shelf-life;
- publications issued in non-stable techniques like mimeograph, xerox, etc.;
- publications so voluminous that they are difficult to use and require an inordinate amount of shelf space;
- publications with a greater research value if organized as a collection rather than treated as individual items;
- publications that are old and/or rare and should be preserved in several formats.
Of special note are the efforts being made to preserve the American Historical Collection. This collection documents Philippine history, particularly as it relates to the United States in the Philippines.
Last Updated: August 30, 2011