National libraries have potential to play crucial role in promoting interaction between nations: Al Kuwari (The Peninsula)

The Peninsula: National libraries have potential to play crucial role in promoting interaction between nations: Al Kuwari. “National libraries have the potential to play a crucial role in promoting constructive interaction and sharing knowledge between nations, said H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, while speaking at a virtual forum recently. Qatar National Library and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held the forum on ‘Cultural Diplomacy: The Role of National Libraries in Developing Nations,’ and brought together government leaders, foreign ministers, high commissioners and independent policy advisers.”

Qatar National Library: Qatar Digital Library Sheds Light on the First Communications Revolution in the Gulf

Qatar National Library: Qatar Digital Library Sheds Light on the First Communications Revolution in the Gulf. “…in the 1860s, Britain sought to build a commercial telegraph line all the way to its most important colony, British India. As a result, the Gulf became one of the most important communication corridors of the British Empire. A series of historical documents held by the British Library and now available on the QDL reveal how the proposal to extend Britain’s telegraph line through the Gulf was first made in May 1860. That month, John Wortley de la More, an entrepreneur in the telegraph industry, outlined his plans to extend the existing lines further through Persia and the Gulf by establishing a link first from Baghdad to Basra, and then from Basra to Karachi, British India’s westernmost port (in modern-day Pakistan).”

Gulf Times: QNL launches Traditional Gulf Architecture Week

Gulf Times: QNL launches Traditional Gulf Architecture Week. “During the week, expert panellists will explore the Arabian Gulf’s architectural identity and its wider cultural and economic history through the story of its traditional architecture from the 1700s to the 1960s. These events form part of the QNL’s Traditional Gulf Architecture Project, which seeks to create a digital archive of historical photographs, architectural maps and drawings, and publications relating to the region’s architectural heritage.”

Gulf Times: QNL, British Library sign agreement for digitisation

Gulf Times: QNL, British Library sign agreement for digitisation. “Qatar Foundation vice chairperson and CEO HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad al-Thani and the British Library chief executive Roly Keating on Tuesday signed an agreement that will see Qatar National Library (QNL) begin Phase 3 of its partnership with the British Library. The next phase, which will begin in January 2019, will allow QNL to continue digitising the British Library’s historical collections on the Arabian Gulf region.”

Albawaba: Qatar National Library Contributes to the Digital Library of the Middle East

Albawaba: Qatar National Library Contributes to the Digital Library of the Middle East. “Qatar National Library (QNL) and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that aims to develop, enhance, and make available digitized cultural heritage content through the Digital Library of the Middle East (DLME). The DLME is a collaborative effort that aspires to create a sustainable digital environment for the cultural heritage of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, while providing an array of applications, tools, and descriptions that enrich the content, facilitate sophisticated inquiry, and engage with the widest possible community of practice.”