SHARJAH,4th August, 2022 (WAM) — The Sharjah Public Library (SPL) has spotlighted its wide range of activities and programmes and the diversity of its knowledge sources provided through various channels to cultivate a culture of reading, during the 87th edition of the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) held recently in Dublin, Ireland.
At the event organised by the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), the Sharjah Public Library also led a series of discussions to facilitate knowledge and expertise exchange. The SPL’s “Talk of the Day” sessions explored vital topics, including issues related to copyrights, global and regional advocacy for libraries, and the development of sustainable services in the post-pandemic period.
The discussions also highlighted how library associations worldwide support leadership development in the library and information sciences field and how countries and communities strengthen strategic leadership skills to develop a dynamic competitive environment. The sessions also discussed ways to extend support for new and emerging professionals to take up leadership roles and ensure that libraries adhere to values of inclusivity and diversity.
The SPL’s pavilion at the WLIC consisted of three distinct parts. The first section was dedicated to meetings and discussions between members of the library sector. The second was about hosting international companies and institutions to discuss partnership opportunities, while the third highlighted success stories in the industry as part of a promotional and awareness campaign to highlight the evolving role of libraries and librarians.
Video clips highlighting the SPL’s activities and programmes throughout the year and entries from participants for the promotional and awareness campaign were also screened in the third section. As part of the awareness campaign, the SPL further published the videos created by participants on its social media accounts.
Commenting on the SPL’s participation, Eman Bushulaibi, Director of the SPL, said, “Our participation in the 87th edition of the WLIC is aligned with Sharjah’s cultural and developmental project founded under the vision of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to build bridges between cultures and peoples around the world through the medium of books and libraries.”
Bushulaibi added, “SPL’s participation also stems from our strategy to forge and bolster relationships with our counterparts, be informed of the latest developments and best practices in the field, and exchange expertise, to advance our competitive capacities and creativity to serve our communities better.”