On the 20th of February, the University of
Jordan (UJ) Library launched a remote program that aims at exchanging knowledge
and sharing expertise among librarians working in academic libraries across the
According to the Director of the Library, Dr.
Mujahid Al-Thneibat, the event seeks to shed light on the best practices in
library operations, and services provided in Arab universities’ libraries in
light of the digital environment, as well as to exchange and develop the
knowledge of participants and encourage them to innovate and be creative in
Al-Thneibat added that it will also address
the role of libraries in achieving sustainable development in Arab societies,
managing information and data in libraries, getting acquainted with scientific
databases of interest to higher education institutions, and the KPI's used in
measuring performance of academic libraries.
The participating universities in the program
were selected based on their rank on QS, as top 3 universities were contacted
from each Arab country.
The first session, held on February 20,
featured two presentations by UJ Library on its Information Services and
response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Whereas, the second session, held on March
20, featured the participation of the American University of Beirut (AUB), and
Saint-Joseph University of Beirut (USJ).
Upcoming sessions include the participation of
the American University of Cairo, Birzeit University, University of Sharjah,
University of Kufa, University of Sfax, and Virtual University of Tunis.