November 16, 2015

Qatar National Library to Host the Region’s First Metropolitan Libraries Conference

Qatar National Library (QNL) will host the first Metropolitan Libraries (MetLib) conference to take place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region from 23-28 April, 2016.
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Held for the first time in the Middle East in the history of the conference’s 47 years, MetLib is organized by the Metropolitan Libraries Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Organized under the theme ‘Pearls in the desert: unleashing potential’ MetLib 2016 Qatar supports Qatar Foundation’s mission to unlock human potential and further boost Qatar’s library and information sector.

Academic researchers, librarians and industry professionals are invited to submit their English abstracts addressing one of three themes provided; how libraries support personal development, how libraries support training or how libraries develop their staff.
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Topics can include partnerships or collaborative activities that extend services into the community, the impact of innovative library programs that develop literacy, lifelong learning, IT skills, employment skills, second language learning, creativity and imagination, programming and service to underserved populations, programming and service to patrons with disabilities, nurturing and developing library staff to deliver best library services, how libraries are managing changing user expectations through strategy, planning, process, training and recruitment and lastly using emerging technologies in effective delivery of services and communications.

The deadline for sending the paper proposals is 31st December, 2015. The paper submission guidelines and other important dates can be viewed on the MetLib 2016 Qatar website (

There will also be an opportunity for attendees to participate in a ‘PechuKucha’- a presentation technique where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds, in efforts to deliver presentations efficiently.

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