UL presentations during the UN Library and Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (UN LINKS) and Lebanese Library Association (LLA): Open Dialogue

Basma Chebani, Associate University Librarian for Cataloging and Metadata Services and Fatmeh Charafeddine, Associate University Librarian for Research and Academic Collaboration Services presented during a conference at the UN House- Lebanon held on October 7, titled “United Nations Library and Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (UN LINKS) & Lebanese Library Association (LLA): Open Dialogue”. 

Chebani began by talking about the AUB Libraries’ (UL) special collections that are now accessible to all thanks to the digitization projects completed at the UL, including Al-Ādāb, Arabic Collections Online, Kamal Joumblatt, POHA and other collections. 
The AUB Libraries’ digitized collections can be accessed via this website: https://libraries.aub.edu.lb/digital-collections/
Chebani also spoke about the UL’s online exhibits, an initiative that highlights a part of the Archives and Special Collections at the UL. She shared a part of the technical process of data mapping, ocring the images of digitized texts and enabling full-text searching that takes place at the UL to scan, process, and catalog a collection, especially when the collection is in Arabic, which makes the process challenging at times. 

Charafeddine talked about how libraries, by nature, support the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Their missions and their entire purpose of information retrieval, preservation and sharing reflect how directly related they are to the SDGs. 
Charafeddine continued by showcasing concrete examples of the AUB Libraries’ support for the SDGs. She explained the many initiatives and programs completed by the UL towards these goals, mostly highlighting the wide array of services and collections at the UL, and the accessibility of the information for researchers and individuals across the globe. 
Charafeddine ended her talk by suggesting to create a network of research librarians in different subjects and a committee to discuss common technical challenges in connection to language automation, indexing and web services in the Arab World, in addition to establishing an Arab Forum to share information about open access practices, standards, and collections.

The conference was organized by the Lebanese Library Association and was attended by professionals and UN Library representatives from all over the globe. It included tens of speakers, who discussed common concerns, challenges and solutions for Libraries and Information professionals in the region and the Arab World. Click here to view the full conference program.​