The Metropolitan Libraries (Metlib) 2016 Qatar conference, organized by Qatar National Library (QNL), will feature a host of insightful sessions centered on innovation within the information services sector, children’s services, and community and staff development.
This year’s Metlib conference is taking place in the MENA region for the first time, demonstrating the international renown of QNL. The six-day program aims to provide a professional development opportunity to librarians and information services professionals.
The conference will get underway with the ‘Innovation in Library Services’ session, where participants will explore how libraries respond to community needs by adapting their service philosophies, and highlight new best practices in the industry.
The ‘Community Learning’ session, to be held on the second day of the conference, will examine new ways that libraries can bring people together to acquire new skills in a shared space. Meanwhile, the ‘Developing the Future through Children and Teen Services’ discussion will encourage participants to explore innovative ways to stimulate the creativity and imagination of young people.
Additionally, vital topics focused on how libraries are developing their staff in order to create new modes of operations and new service paradigms will be discussed during the ‘Staff Development’ session.
Delegates will also have an opportunity to mingle with their local peers while touring a number of existing libraries across the country. However, the undoubted highlight of the itinerary, from the perspective of librarianship, is a visit to Qatar National Library’s future home. Currently under construction and located in Education City, the 45,000 square-meter building features state-of-the-art facilities designed by renowned architect Rem Koolhaas.
MetLib 2016 Qatar will take place in Doha from April 23 to 28 under the theme of ‘Pearls in the Desert: Unleashing Potential’. By registering online, members of the public will have the opportunity to attend alongside library professionals.
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