Young Adult Programming and Services at the Library during COVID-19
In the unprecedented coronavirus health crisis, many libraries around the world opted to adopt a wide range of virtual services to address the needs of young people. Some invested in their databases and resources, while others have offered online events to their community. In Qatar, the Young Adults’ Library, under the supervision of Ahmed Yousef Al-Malki, has found several alternative ways to cater to the needs of its audience.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020 that led to some closure of public establishments in Qatar including the Library, the Young Adults’ Library has organized more than 100 online programs covering topics such as information literacy, authors’ visits, public speaking, technology, sciences, college fairs, cultural events and other relevant topics for young adult development. Through the Library’s website, young adults can participate in a variety of online events. They are also encouraged to provide feedback at the end of each session in order to improve future Library events and help designing Library programs.
In June 2021, the Library organized a week-long virtual college fair, in collaboration with the embassies of the USA and Canada, for senior high school students. More than 100 Library users participated in this event and gained a better understanding of the process of university application abroad. Another program in May 2021 focused on how teens can improve their technical skills in machine learning and data science. Participants were given an overview and actual hands-on workshop that helped them understand the importance of these skills as part of the 21st century. Lastly, the Library held exciting events during the month of Ramadan. For instance, librarians hosted Ramadan Trivia, an online virtual quiz in which participants needed to answer some general knowledge questions about the Holy Month. This event was well-attended, with more than 50 participants. These are just a few programs that helped the Library create a community space for fun and learning.
Using their Library membership card, young adults can also use online resources and download ebooks on their personal devices. The Library provides various databases that can help with both academic and leisure needs. In addition, the Library offers writing and research consultations and one-on-one appointments with dedicated young adults librarians. Students can easily make their appointments through the Library’s website.
To learn more about the events and services for young adults, visit the Young Adults’ Library website and explore how the library can help during this pandemic and beyond!
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Virgilio JR G. Medina
Information Services Librarian – Children and Young Adults. Virgilio worked as a school librarian prior to his joining Qatar National Library. His professional interests centers on young people’s engagement with learning technologies, young adult services and digital literacies, including aspects of digital well being and digital safety.
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