2022 National Library Summit

National Libraries Summit

The 2nd National Library Summit was organized by the American Library Association and the Sharjah Book Authority, in collaboration with IFLA’s National Libraries Section and the Arab Federation of Libraries and Information (AFLI).

PROGRAM (PDF format)

November 6

9:00-9:30 Registration and Welcome

9:30-10:30 Session I – Strategy and Staffing for Success

Presenters : Ng Cher Pong, CEO, National Library Board, Singapore;

Liisa Savolainen, Deputy Director, National Library of Finland and Chair of IFLA National Libraries Section)

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Networking Breakouts on Session I

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Poster Session- Best Practice Sharing

14:00-15:00 Session II- Legal Deposit and Copyright in the Digital Age

(Presenters: Sara Lammens, General Director, Royal Libray of Belgium;

Lars Illshammar, Deputy National Librarian, National Library of Sweden

Dr. Mina Ramzy, Head of the Egyptian National Library, Egypt.

15:00-16:00 Networking Breakouts on Session II

16:00-16:30 Break

16:30-17:30 Book Fair Visit

16:30-21:00 Reception at House of Wisdom

November 7

9:30-10:30 Session III- Resource Collaboration and Collection Development (

Presenters: Richard Davies, Head of Collections Programmes, The British Library;

Saba Syed; Head of Business Development, The British Library;

Tan Huism, Executive Director, Qatar National Library;

Dr. Mansour bin Abdullah Al-Zamil, Secretary of the King Fahd National Library, Saudia Arabia;

Iaguba Djallo, Director Public Library and National Historical Archives, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Networking Breakouts on Session III

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:00 Session IV- Security

(Presenter: Tomas Foltyn, Director General, National Library of the Czech Republic;

Sylvain Bélanger, Senior Director General, Digital Services, Chief Information Officer Library and Archives Canada)

14:00-14:30 Break

14:30-15:30 Networking Breakouts on Session IV

16:00-16:30 Closing Discussion Session

18:00-22:00 Cultural Evening and Dinner

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