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June 26, 2013

Qatar National Library Hosts Prestigious Workshop For Regional World Digital Library Members

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Group Photo.jpgQatar National Library (QNL), a member of Qatar Foundation in collaboration with the World Digital Library (WDL), recently hosted a workshop in Doha for current and prospective members of the WDL’s Arab Peninsula Regional group.

The workshop, which was conducted in Arabic and English, was aimed at encouraging Arab Peninsula Regional Group members to improve overall standards of content contribution to the WDL, and was aimed at developing regional networks to allow feedback and facilitate exchange.

The WDL initiative was founded by the Library of Congress, with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). It is led by the Library of Congress, and houses a digital repository of cultural treasures which is contributed to by libraries and other cultural institutions from around the world. Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Library are major sponsors of the WDL, along withCarnegie Corporation of New York, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, and other corporate, foundation, and individual donors. The WDL’s website -- www.wdl.org -- is available in seven languages, including Arabic.

Thousands of items from QNL’s prized Heritage Collection – a rare trove of manuscripts, books, and artefacts documenting a wealth of Arab-Islamic civilisation and human thought, and an increasingly popular destination for students in Qatar – have been digitised and can be accessed for free on the WDL web portal through -- http://www.wdl.org/en/search/?institution=central-library-qatar-foundation.

The workshop, entitled ‘Train The Trainer – Hands On’, was attended by current and prospective WDL partner institutions from across the region. These included King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, King Hamad Library, Sultan Qaboos Libraries, Omani Digital Library, King Abdulaziz University, Al- Ahgaf Library for Manuscripts, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Prince Sultan Library for Science and Knowledge, National Library of Jordan, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Kuwait National Library, Library of Imam Idarus Omer Alhabshin for manuscript and printed books, and Al-Noor Centre for Studies and Research.

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