The National Archives and Library draws the highest standards and best practices of the UAE National Library

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The National Archives and Library has completed a tour of the world’s most famous libraries in the United Kingdom, Singapore and the Arab Republic of Egypt, with the aim of imitating them in the Emirates National Library, which is planned to be established and enrich its benefits. , to be a national reference, and a cultural and information center that preserves the heritage of the United Arab Emirates and highlights its scientific development, and major world libraries in the civilization style.

a decent position

A delegation from the National Archives and Library, led by Abdullah Majid Al Ali, acting director general, began his journey to the major libraries in the United Kingdom by visiting the Birmingham Library, which is the largest public library in the United Kingdom. The UK is and has a prominent position on the map of leading libraries in the world. It consists of 41 floors, and attracts three million visitors annually. The delegation was briefed on best office practices, policies and strategies, and digital infrastructure, and benefited from advanced experiences and advanced and distinctive mechanisms used in them.

The delegation visited the Birmingham Library, the Children’s Center and Music Library, the Business and 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 and interconnected circular halls, which provide natural light and ventilation, and the building’s harmony with the industrial character of Birmingham.

During his official visit to the Birmingham Library, the National Archives and Library Delegation met Dawn Beaumont, President of Birmingham Library for Services, and a member of the major libraries of Birmingham City Council.

rare manuscripts

The delegation also visited the University of Birmingham Library and met with Professor Adam Tickle, Vice President of the University of Birmingham, and dr. Tariq Ali, Vice President for Strategic Affairs, discusses the role of the University of Birmingham Library in providing information resources. which benefits researchers, supports curricula, and the key features and advanced services in the library. and the facilities it provides to its patrons. During their visit, the delegation visited the Manuscript Center at the University of Birmingham to learn more about best practices. in the restoration and preservation of manuscripts, and revised the oldest manuscript of the Holy Qur’an, and other rare manuscripts.

From the University of Birmingham, the delegation traveled 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 and intellectuals, and to its visitors. of various segments and affiliations.Read, and between specialized and permanent art exhibitions, and in the corner of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, where they are informed about the methods of preserving and displaying collectibles of all kinds, and the rules for making them available set, and listened to. a general explanation of the digital infrastructure of the Great Library, and the search mechanisms available therein. By making it available and lending, and of the technical operations of the management of the library’s collections of printed and digital books and other .

The importance of the British Library stems from its distinctive style in managing its content, which counts more than 150 million items of prints, manuscripts, digital material, works of art, multimedia of all kinds, magazines and audio recordings. This library has over one million visitors annually, and these impressive features have made 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 has played locally and globally, as it is regarded as the wealth of its content, the destination of senior researchers and librarians from around the world Research and its mechanisms for the 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 wish to use it in their research.

cultural beacon

From the United Kingdom to Egypt, where the delegation visited the Library of Alexandria, and they were received by Dr Sherif Riad, Head of External Relations and Media Sector as a cultural and civilizational beacon.

Among the features of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina are the Children’s Library, the Antiquities Museum, which includes antiquities from the old library grounds, artefacts belonging to the Byzantine and Pharaonic civilizations, and the Manuscript Museum, which includes documents and rare collections of books.

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

The Library of Alexandria testifies to the greatness of Egyptian civilization, the nobility of Egypt’s history and its cultural richness, and that the Library of Alexandria is one of the most important research centers throughout history.

The delegation praised the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – which comes in the era of the information revolution and communication technologies – as a beacon and cultural radiance that preserves the brilliance of human civilization, and that it is an Egyptian civilization project that plays the library’s ancient role in the preservation of human culture, and his distinctive experience in cultural enrichment.

Strategies

On the other hand, another delegation from the National Archives and the National Library visited the Singapore National Archives and Library, where they met with the Director of the National Archives, Julia Chi, and the Deputy Director of the National Library, Jennifer Kwang. has. , 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 it includes a unique cultural richness of countries and cultures from around the world. This digitized richness includes pictures, books, manuscripts, maps, audio recordings and a film collection. borrowed books, as it is not required 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. , via electronic devices developed for this purpose in various regions.

historical documents

On this tour, Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library, said: The important contemporary role played by the National Library – which archives and preserves the nation’s intellectual heritage – does not just make it an incubator for books, and not just a habitat for readers and researchers, and this is what we saw in the major libraries around the world when we went there to get acquainted with the latest standards and best practices, such as the National Archives and Library – which is proud of what it has of records and various historical documents documenting the memory, and what it contains of book collections of all kinds of paper and electronics, and what it owns. From private libraries that are distinguished by the value of their content – look forward to a green, environmentally friendly national library, in one of the advanced modern smart buildings, based on smart infrastructure, which takes into account the needs of users to facilitate loans , and meet their desires to provide comfortable reading spaces.

He 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 will be the largest libraries. in the world simulates, in providing information, in its design and in its vital and comfortable spaces designated for reading, and to meet at all times the needs of the requirements of its pioneers.Their different opinions.

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 continued: At the British Library, we have focused on providing scarce resources and referrals, the excellent services it provides to its pioneers, and its pioneering experience, and therefore in many respects and fields it will be a habitat for the UAE. National Library, because we are working for a sustainable, national library in Abu Dhabi. In spreading national, Arab and international knowledge and culture, and combining originality and modernity, authenticity in its Emirati affiliation, and modernity in the techniques, means and systems it uses, allowing beneficiaries easy and convenient access to the resources of gain knowledge, and achieve scientific and cognitive benefit, in an atmosphere that inspires pleasure and convenience, while maintaining the characteristics of the National Library and its leadership and leadership functions at the level of libraries in the country, and the implementation thereof in the field of planning and control of intellectual production, supervision and control, and the performance of its tasks at the level of the national bibliography.

And he added: The Singapore Library, with its long history and successful experiences in various library fields, represents many, and we can rely on its experiences in lending, benefiting from its digital infrastructure, and its tireless efforts to preserve the entire library. automate.

His Excellency the Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library concluded that successful experiences are those that do not start from scratch, but 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 adopting as it draws up strategic plans for the next fifty years.

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