The Third China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference is held in Kuwait


On 11 June, the Third China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference was held in Kuwait, which was supported by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and the National Council for Culture, Art and Letters of Kuwait, sponsored by the National Library of China (NLC) and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, and organized by the National Library of Kuwait. Li Minggang, Chinese ambassador to Kuwait, Kamel Al Abdul Jalil, Director General of the National Library of Kuwait, and Secretary General of National Council for Culture, Art and Letters of Kuwait, Yu Jian, leader of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Hala Gad, Director of Information and Documentation Department, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, Sun Yigang, the NLC Deputy Director, and more than 30 library directors, officials, experts from 11 Arab States and the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, and 12 Chinese institutions, attended the conference.


The conference theme was "Exchange and Mutual Learning—China-Arab Library Informatization for the Future". The participants exchanged views on the practice and exploration of the libraries in carrying out the technology construction of the Arab-China Digital Library, the collection of cultural heritage for the public, the application of new and high technologies in related fields, and the contribution to the construction of local society, and so on. In addition, under the framework of the Arab-China Digital Library portal project, both sides put forward opinions and suggestions on carrying out library pairing projects, and discussed how to strengthen the mutual benefit mechanism and methods in library and information science field between China and Arab states for the future work of the project.

The conference heard the results of the Fourth Working Meeting of the Joint Committee of Arab-China Digital Library Project. In the afternoon of 10 June, the Joint Committee of Arab-China Digital Library Project, which was composed of the NLC, the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States, and Saudi Arabia King Abdul Aziz Public Library, held the Fourth Working Meeting, and established project executive office, resource construction working group, technology platform working group, etc., so as to establish an efficient and smooth daily docking mechanism, and realize the Chinese and Arabic website construction and technology platform upgrading of Arab-China Digital Library Portal.

The conference issued a closing communiqué, which reached an agreement on "go on improving infrastructure construction and technology upgrading of the Arab-China Digital Library launched in July 2018", "enrich the resource content of the Arab-China Digital Library and integrate featured resources", "carry out China-Arab library pairing projects under the framework of regional cooperation", "carry out professional training in library and information science field", "improving exchanges of Chinese and Arabic books mechanism between China-Arab libraries", "welcome Zhejiang Library to host the Fourth China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference in the second quarter of 2021", and so on.

As the important part of the outcome documents of the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab Cooperation Forum, this conference further enhanced the development concept of exchanges and mutual learning between China-Arab libraries, and made positive contributions to promoting the cooperation in library and information science field between China-Arab library communities under the Belt and Road Initiative, and deepening the blending and mutual learning of China-Arab civilization.






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