Monday, 29 October 2012

QA, Access-It to host World Library meet


DOHA librarians and educators from more than 40 countries will come together at the five-day 41st Annual Conference of the International Association of School Librarianship hosted by Qatar Academy in cooperation with Access-It Library on the Hamad Bin Khalifa University Student Centre in the heart of the bustling city education from 11 November.

This is the first time that the International Association of her meeting in the Gulf region.

According to Beverley Stubbs, head of libraries and Media Center on QA, reflects this year's theme not only cultural characteristics of the recipient country, but also the changing role of librarians.

"The theme is ' The Shifting Sands of School Librarianship ' with four strands: collaboration, creativity & innovation, internationalism and literacy & fluency," Stubbs explained.

"These components will direct the Conference sessions and want to provide opportunities for participants to attend the presentation session that would best meet their unique needs. For example, sessions will focus on the development of beach in cooperation professional learning networks for educators and administrators. Similarly, it will challenge the participants to define component internationalism and to consider their role in the global education landscape, "he added.

Nine international authors and four keynote speakers are scheduled to speak at the Conference, share their expertise during the five-day event.

Included in the line-up are the New York Times bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson, illustrators Korky Paul and Bryn Barnard, Charles Benoit, who for the reluctant teenage male readers, children's author Chris Bradford, freelance news reporter Rosie Garthwaite and Fatima Sharafeddine, Nadine Touma and Rania Zaghir writes, authors with numerous awards under their belt and write in Arabic.

"We look forward to these experts whose varied work each brings a unique perspective to the Conference hosting," said Stubbs.

Instrumental in organizing and hosting of the Conference is Access-It-Library, a complete library and resource management software provider.

Locally represented by Iqraa Trading, Access-it is valuable partnership with Qatar Academy for this Conference aligned with their shared faith in the emerging role of librarians in international education.

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