Group photo Dr Claudia Lux, project director of QNL with IFLA leaders
Qatar National Library (QNL) continued to raise its global profile by taking part in the 2013 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Singapore - an annual event that attracts library and information professionals from around the worldto explore a wide range of library products, new technologies, books and innovative online services.
QNL’s participation in the 79th IFLA General Conference and Assembly is the latest in an active year to share the library’s vision, exchange innovative ideas and learn how the most creative libraries in the world serve their communities.
The IFLA World Library and Information Congress is a kaleidoscope of activities and events aimed at offering an opportunity for all WLIC delegates to learn from each other,share best practice for global libraries and find experts from the international library sector to interact andexchange useful tips.
“Participating in the World Library and Information Congress is integral to our learning, networking and professional development,” said Dr. Claudia Lux, Project Director at the Qatar National Library.
“This year, we highlighted what Qatar National Library has to offer to WLIC global delegates as well as sharing with them our implemented strategies to engage readers more effectively and bring the information service excellence to a higher level,” she added.
There were a number of sessions which focused on key areas. These included, the e-book future and the e-lending models, Copyright & other Legal Matters (CLM), Management of Library Associations (MLAS) and Public Libraries and Metropolitan Libraries, where principles and innovative e-lending models and advocacy initiatives around the world were shared and presented.
“The all-day session discussing the e-book future is vital for all to start developing and implanting a global digital roadmap so that even after many years down the road, the information we may need to retrieve for research analysis purposes will be as complete as it can be and easily accessible,” said Dr. Lux.
Jooza Al-Marri,Qatar National Library’s Head of Reference Library Services took WLIC delegates on a virtual tour through QNL’s integrated concept and iconic new building and highlighted current projects being undertaken.
“QNL’s presentation was met with excitement as delegates from around the world learned about QNL’s innovative concept integrating three core functions: the National Library, University and Research Library, and Metropolitan Public Library - each serving specific members of the community with a dedicated set of cutting-edge tools and technologies,” Said Jooza Al-Marri,Qatar National Library’s Head of Reference Library Services.
The event included discussions about significant and diverse topics for libraries and librarians around the world, including opportunities for modern public libraries to help advance economic and social development goals, and sessions discussing the importance of long-term preservation for the cultural heritage sector, which provided an update on the World Digital Library programme.
QNL, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, is currently offering free online access to a vast collection of online resources, including the latest bestsellers, classical works, concerts, top academic journals and documentaries.