The Second China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference is held in Beijing

On 24 May, the Second China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference, which was supported by the Ministry of Culture, and sponsored by the National Library of China (NLC), was held in Beijing. Xie Jinying, director of Bureau for External Cultural Relations, the Ministry of Culture, Han Yongjin, NLC director, Sun Yigang, NLC deputy director, Wang Dongbo, NLC director assistant, Hala Gad, director of Information, Documentation & Translation Department, League of Arab States, more than ten library directors, officials and experts from the League of Arab States, including Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and so on, more than ten library directors from domestic library community, attended the activity.

This conference was one of the activities of Culture Forum on Silk Road Series, which was another grand meeting since China-Arab National Libraries Directors Forum in 2014 and the First China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference in 2016. The theme of the conference was "Cooperative Development and Sharing of China-Arab Library Resources". The attendees exchanged with each on their libraries' document resources development, information resources organization and revelation, library development, and so on, and discussed how to promote cooperative development and sharing, and how to promote the development of library and information technology. In addition, Chinese side and Arabic side introduced the progress of China-Arab Digital Library Cooperation Project. The website presented high quality digital resources of both sides. The NLC had selected more than 300 titles of resources for display on the website, including Chinese ancient and modern documents, videos, audio materials, photos, and so on.

The conference strengthened the idea of library regional cooperation, established a communication platform for China-Arab library community, and set a solid foundation for promoting cooperative development and sharing of resources, digital library development, practical cooperation in the information area under the Belt and Road Initiative.

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