Emirates News Agency – An Emirati delegation reviews the best standards and practices worldwide to be followed at the National Library

/ Global Capitals / on 17 July, WAM / The National Archives and Library concluded a tour of the most famous international libraries in the United Kingdom, Singapore and the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the aim of simulating them in the Emirates National Library, which is planned to be established and enrich the benefits of being a national reference and a cultural and information center that preserves the heritage of the UAE and emphasizes its scientific and civilized development along the lines of major world libraries.

A delegation from the National Archives and Library led by His Excellency Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director-General, began his tour of the major libraries in the United Kingdom by visiting the Birmingham Library, which is the largest public library in the UK is and has a prominent position on the map of leading libraries in the world and consists of 41 floors.It attracts three million visitors annually.

During the visit, the delegation was briefed on best office practices, policies and strategies, the digital infrastructure, advanced experiences and the advanced and distinctive mechanisms used in it.

In Birmingham, the delegation visited the Children’s Center and Music Library, the Business Center and the Learning Center, the Lending and Reference Library, the Shakespeare Room and the indoor and outdoor café.

The Birmingham Library is characterized by its eco-friendly building, its distinctive exterior and its interconnected, interconnected circular halls that provide natural light and ventilation, and the building’s harmony with the industrial character of Birmingham.

During his visit to the Birmingham Down Beaumont Library, the National Archives and Library delegation met with the Birmingham Library’s head of services and a member of Birmingham City Council.

The meeting revolved around the benefits of ideal engineering design for large libraries, best practices and applications, ways to improve library solutions, and the latest digital services in large libraries.

The delegation also visited the University of Birmingham Library and met with prof. Adam Tickle, Vice President of the University of Birmingham and dr. Tariq Ali, Vice President for Strategic Affairs – discusses the role of the library in providing information resources that benefit researchers and support curricula, and the key benefits and advanced services in the library and the facilities it provides to its clients.

The delegation visited the Manuscript Center at the University of Birmingham to learn about best practices in the restoration and preservation of manuscripts, and revised the oldest manuscript of the Holy Quran and other rare manuscripts.

From the University of Birmingham, the delegation went to the British Library in London – which is the national library of the United Kingdom – to benefit from its experience in the services it provides to readers, intellectuals and patrons of various segments and affiliates. . He was received by members of the library’s executive office.

The delegation toured the reading rooms, between specialized and permanent art exhibitions and in the corner of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, and was informed about the methods of preserving and displaying collectibles of all kinds, and the rules for their availability, and listened to a general explanation of the digital infrastructure of the Great Library and the search mechanisms available in it.

The delegation was briefed on the policies and procedures for availability, lending, and technical processes for managing the library’s collections of printed and digital books, among others.

The British Library is characterized by its unique style of managing its contents of more than 150 million items of prints, manuscripts, digital material, artwork, multimedia, magazines, audio recordings and these possessions from around the world, some of which date from two thousand years BC.

The library attracts more than one million visitors annually, and these impressive benefits make it, along with the US Library of Congress, the two largest libraries in the world.

At the end of the tour, the delegation praised the role that the British Library played locally and globally, as it was regarded as the wealth of its content as the destination of senior researchers and librarians from around the world, and expressed its optimism that the UAE National Library to be established will benefit from the excellent experience of the British Library, in order to provide research requirements and mechanisms for future generations in the UAE and the Arab region.

The delegation visited the Pitt Rivers Museum in London, which has an exclusive agreement with the National Archives and Library, according to which it can make Wilfred Thesiger’s collection “Mubarak bin London” available to researchers who want to use it in their research.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina … the landmark of civilization and culture in Egypt.

From the United Kingdom to Egypt, where the delegation visited the Library of Alexandria and was received by Dr. Sherif Riad, Head of the External Relations and Media Sector, who reviewed the administrative and organizational structure of the Library and toured and acquainted its corridors. with his possessions, and inspected the Museum of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and praised his role as a cultural and civilized beacon.

Among the features of the Library of Alexandria are the Children’s Library, the Museum of Antiquities, which includes remains of the ancient library grounds, and artefacts belonging to the Byzantine and Pharaonic civilizations, and the Manuscripts Museum, which includes documents and rare collections of books, in addition to the museum of late president Anwar Sadat.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s interest in people of determination led to the establishment of the Taha Hussein Library, which caters for people with visual impairments, and provides them with written and audio programs.

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is one of the most important research centers throughout history.

On the grandeur of Egyptian civilization, the nobility of Egypt’s history and its cultural richness.

The delegation praised the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – considered in the era of the information revolution and communication technology – as a beacon of cultural radiation that preserves the splendor of human civilization and an Egyptian civilization project that explores the library’s ancient role in preserving human culture and its distinctive experience in cultural enrichment.

Another team from the National Archives and Library … to Singapore On a parallel level, another delegation from the National Archives and the National Library visited the Singapore National Archives and Library and the Director of the National Archives, Ms. . Meet Julia Chi. , and the Deputy Director of the National Library, Ms Jennifer Kwang.

The delegation is informed about the library and archive strategies, facilities and services, the most prominent advanced practices and methods of preservation, availability and lending that can be used in the UAE National Library.

It should be noted that the Singapore Library, opened in 1845 AD, was established to support and support the field of education and includes a unique cultural richness of countries and cultures from around the world.

This digitized wealth includes photographs, books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings, film collections, and so on. The library has been working continuously since its inception to meet the requirements of its users.

What distinguishes the library is the system for returning borrowed books, as it is not necessary to return the borrowed book to the same library from which it was borrowed, but it can be returned to the nearest library, or returned automatically by electronic devices developed for this purpose in various regions.

His Excellency Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library, said during this tour that the important contemporary role that the National Library played – as it archives and preserves the intellectual heritage of the nation – it more than just a book incubator to become a habitat for readers and researchers, and this is what we saw in major libraries around the world when we approached them to learn about the latest standards and best practices in them, such as the National Archives and Library – which prides itself on its various historical records and documents documenting the memory of the nation, and its collections of books of all kinds, paper and electronic, and which it obtains from private libraries characterized by the value of their contents – Looking forward to a green, environmentally friendly national library, in one of the modern smart buildings that rely on smart infrastructure that meets the needs of a users consider to facilitate borrowing, and meet their desires to provide comfortable reading spaces.

His Excellency added: “We in the United Arab Emirates – and we are aware of the importance of reading in the dissemination of knowledge, the development of societies and the building of civilization – we intend to establish a national library that largest libraries in the world simulate in providing information, design, and its lively and comfortable spaces designated for reading, capable of meeting the needs of the different requirements of its visitors.

Consequently, we toured three countries – the United Kingdom, Egypt and Singapore – to attract the latest practices and the highest standards in office work, with an emphasis on the large and diverse role played by the National Library.

He added: “At the British Library we have focused on the ways to provide scarce resources and references, the excellent services it provides to its pioneers, and its pioneering experience. Therefore, in many respects and fields it will be a habitat for the UAE National Library, as we work for a national library in Abu Dhabi that is sustainable in the dissemination of knowledge and culture, national, Arab and international, combining originality and modernity, originality in its Emirati affiliation, and modernity in the techniques, means and systems it uses so that the beneficiaries can easily and conveniently access the sources of knowledge, and achieve scientific and cognitive advantage in an atmosphere that inspires pleasure and convenience, while the features and functions of the National Library Leadership and leadership at the level of libraries in the state, and the execution of their role in the field of planning and control of an intellectual production, supervision and control, and the performance of their tasks at the level of national bibliography.

His Excellency said that the Singapore Library, with its long history and successful experiences in various library fields, represents a lot, and we can rely on its experiences in lending and benefiting from its digital infrastructure, and its relentless efforts to preserve the entire library. automate.

His Excellency the Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library explained that successful experiences do not start from scratch, but rather benefit from the experiences of others, and continue from where they arrived to the future with its rapid development and progress, and this is what the UAE is accepting as it draws up strategic plans for the next fifty years.

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