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#QATARILITMONTH: Libraries and Librarians!

The Tradition of Librarians in Qatar QNL Previous Heritage Library In Qatar, libraries were always a fundamental part of each home. In each salah, the Qatari living room, you would find books, videotapes, magazines and a large calendar with prayer times and Hijri dates. Having a library in your home meant securing a knowledge repository … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Libraries and Librarians!

#QATARILITMONTH: Preserving Qatari Heritage and Legacies

The Oral History of Qatar Main Exhibition Area At the National Museum of Qatar If you were born in Qatar between 1970 and 1990, your parents probably told you stories of the Noon’s Donkey, the Big Giant, and Abu Derya, the Man of the Sea. Do you ever still think of these stories? How could … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Preserving Qatari Heritage and Legacies

#QATARILITMONTH: Inclusion and Empowerment

The Vision of Kholoud Kholoud Abu SharidaFighting darkness with an inclusive vision: Stories of Education City’s blind students It was spring semester when I first met Kholoud Abu Sharida at the Translation and Interpretation Institute library, a young pretty Qatari lady with visual impairment. She was working on her master’s degree thesis at that time when she approached me to assist and guide her for references and online resources needs. We … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Inclusion and Empowerment

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Black Pimpernel: Nelson Mandela on the Run

A belated happy birthday, President Rolihlala "Nelson" Mandela! Pushkin Press has commemorated his life by publishing The Black Pimpernel: Nelson Mandela on the Run, a chapter book by Zukiswa Wanner with captivating black and white, comic book style illustrations by Amerigo Pinelli. This is the latest installment of the publisher's True Adventures series of historical … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The Black Pimpernel: Nelson Mandela on the Run

#QATARILITMONTH: How Libraries Can Support the SDGs by Engaging Youth

The Case of Qatar National Library In Engaging Youth UN re-appoints Sheikha Moza as Sustainable Development Goals Advocate (2019) In 2011, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, visited Northwestern University in Qatar to speak to the first cohorts of the new Qatar Foundation partner university. After her inspiring speech, Her Highness … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: How Libraries Can Support the SDGs by Engaging Youth

#QATARILITMONTH: Diversity in the Eyes of a Public Librarian at Qatar National Library

Visitors at Qatar National Library How diverse can diversity mean? It looks different to different people and organizations. Attitude towards it are different to different people. Organizations adjust, approach, and sustain it differently.  Here are some statements that I find resemble how I see it as a public librarian who discerns the library profession is tailor-made to see diversity as an asset, opportunity, and a natural part of the institution.    “To put it simply, diversity can be … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Diversity in the Eyes of a Public Librarian at Qatar National Library

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar Paralympians

https://www.paralympic.org/qatar Athletes with disabilities can play almost any sport with the support of adaptive equipment. The Paralympic Games were founded in 1948 and have grown into a major international event, held in the same year as the Olympics. At the most recent Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4,342 athletes representing 159 nationalities competed … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar Paralympians

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar’s History

The Inauguration of the State Qatar Flag 1936–1949 The inauguration of Qatar’s sheikhdom dates back to the leading fathers of the ruling family, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Thani (r. 1851 – 1878) and his son Sheikh Qasim, colloquially pronounced Jassim (1827 – 1913). The leading fathers of the ruling family were pearl merchants in a time … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar’s History

#QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

Establishing A Creative Writing And Storytelling Community Of Practice At Qatar National Library A Book at Qatar National Library “To be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, research and culture; a guardian of the region’s heritage; and an institution that promotes imagination, discovery and the nourishment of the human spirit.” That is the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

#QATARILITMONTH: Qatar National Library’s Young Adult Library

Young Adult Programming and Services at the Library during COVID-19 Chess Competition at Qatar National Library. Source. 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 … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: Qatar National Library’s Young Adult Library