The Symposium on the First Anniversary for the Launch of the Arab-China Digital Library is held in the NLC


On 19 July, the Symposium on the First Anniversary for the Launch of the Arab-China Digital Library was held in the National Library of China (NLC). Rao Quan, Director of the NLC, Zhu Qi, Deputy Director of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Yu Jian, leader of International Exchange and Cooperation Bureau, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, H. E. Mr. Mahmoud Hassan Elamin, Ambassador of League of Arab States to China, Dr. Abdulkareem A. Alzaid, Deputy Supervisor General of Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Public Library and so on, attended the symposium, which was hosted by Sun Yigang, Deputy Director of the NLC.


The symposium aimed to implement the consensus reached in the Fourth Working Meeting of the Joint Committee of the Arab-China Digital Library Project and the Third China-Arab Library and Information Science Professionals Conference which were held in Kuwait from 10 June to 11 June, summarized and reviewed the project achievements over the past year, and made development plan in the next stage.

Rao Quan reviewed the efforts made by the Chinese side on improving and implementing the project over the past year, and put forward suggestions on improving the work exchange mechanism and expanding cooperation in library professional field in the future. Rao Quan said that the NLC would go on working closely with the General Secretariat of the League of Arab States and Saudi Arabia King Abdulaziz Public Library to push forward the project, make it become a digital platform for exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and Arab civilizations, and made contributions to promoting "People-to-People Bonds" between Chinese and Arab people.


Dr. Abdulkareem A. Alzaid reviewed the development progress of the Arab-China Digital Library Project from preparation, planning to launch. He said that the smooth launch of the project owed to devotion and cooperation of all departments and staff of the two sides, which was a true portrayal of the integration and mutual learning between Chinese and Arab civilizations. He hoped that the Arab-China Digital Library Project would assume more functions in Arab-China cultural exchanges and gave better play to its role in Arab-China cultural exchanges.

 
Zhu Qi said that President Xi Jinping announced that the Arab-China Digital Library Portal was launched officially at the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum. This was the result of the collective cooperation of colleagues of Chinese and Arab library communities, and a milestone in the history of China-Arab cooperation in the library and information field. In the next stage, he hoped that both sides could focus on the website operation mechanism construction, resource update, service improvement, and so on, make the Arab-China Digital Library Portal become a bridge for the communication and development of Chinese and Arab civilizations in the digital era, and make contributions to deepening cultural exchanges and mutual learning between Chinese and Arab civilizations.


In the symposium, Sun Yigang and Dr. Abdulkareem A. Alzaid reported the construction and development plan of the website on behalf of the Chinese website and the Arab website developers respectively.

After the symposium, the participants visited the Exhibition of the Arab-China Digital Library Construction Achievements. The exhibition reviewed the construction process of the Arab-China Digital Library Project, introduced the existing functions and resources of the project website, and made an outlook for the future work of the project.






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