An Emirati delegation visits Egypt, England and Singapore to select the best standards for the National Library

The UAE National Archives and Library has completed a tour of the most famous international libraries in Egypt, the United Kingdom and Singapore, with the aim of simulating them in the Emirates National Library, which is planned to be established and enrich its benefits. to a national reference and a cultural and information center that preserves the heritage of the United Arab Emirates, and emphasizes its scientific and cultural development similar to major libraries Globalism.

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. Kingdom is and 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 library practices, policies and strategies, and digital infrastructure, and benefited from advanced experiences and advanced and distinctive mechanisms used therein, internally and externally.

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

The National Archives and Library delegation met during their official visit to Birmingham Down Beaumont Library, Birmingham Library President for Services, and a member of Birmingham City Council. The meeting focused on 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 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 that benefit researchers, support curricula, and key features and advanced services in the library and facilities The delegation visited the Manuscript Center at the University of Visit Birmingham to learn about the best practices in the restoration and preservation of manuscripts, and the oldest manuscript of the Holy Quran and other rare manuscripts.

Visit the National Library in London

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 renders to readers, intellectuals and its patrons of various segments. . and affiliates Specialized and permanent technical.

In the corner of Arabic and Islamic manuscripts, they were informed about the methods of preserving and displaying collectibles of all kinds, and the rules for making them available, and listened to a general explanation of the digital infrastructure of the Great Library, and the search mechanisms available therein Library of printed and digital books and others.

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 more than one million visitors annually, and these impressive benefits have made it, along with the American 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 plays locally and globally, as its rich content is a destination for senior researchers and librarians from around the world.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 “Mubarak bin London” collection available to researchers who want to use it in their research.

Review of the experience of the Library of Alexandria in the preservation of human culture

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 Museum of Antiquities, which includes antiquities of the old library grounds, artefacts belonging to the Byzantine and Pharaonic civilizations, and the Manuscripts Museum, which includes rare documents and collections of books. 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 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 preserves the library’s ancient role in preservation. of human culture, and his distinctive experience in cultural enrichment.

Singapore National Archives and Library

On the other hand, another delegation from the National Archives and Library visited the Singapore National Archives and Library. Where he met with the Director of the National Archives, Ms. Julia Chi, and the deputy director of the national library, me. Jennifer Quang, met and briefed the delegation on the library and archiving 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, was established to support and support the field of education, and includes a unique cultural richness of countries and cultures from around the world. The library has been operating continuously since its inception. to meet the requirements of its users What distinguishes the library is the system for returning borrowed books; 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 placed in different regions for this purpose.

On this tour, Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director-General of the National Archives and Library, said: The important contemporary role that the National Library plays – and it archives and preserves the intellectual heritage of the nation – it has not only a incubator not made. for books and not just a habitat for readers and researchers, and this is what we saw in major libraries around the world when we went to them to learn about the latest standards and best practices in them; As the National Archives and Library – which prides itself on its various historical records and documents documenting the nation’s memory, and its collections of books of all kinds, paper and electronic, and which it obtains from private libraries characterized by value of their content – look forward to a green, environmentally friendly national library, in one of the smart buildings Sophisticated modernity; It relies on smart infrastructure that takes into account the needs of users to facilitate lending, and meets 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 aim to establish a national library that has the largest libraries in the world simulates in the provision of information, in its design and in its vital, comfortable spaces designated for reading, capable of meeting the needs of the different requirements of its visitors.

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