More than 50 UAE Librarians to attend 2nd National Library meet-up event

14th January 2013 | More than 50 librarians from throughout Abu Dhabi emirate have signed up for the National Library’s 2ndLibrarians Meet-up on Tuesday, 15th January. Organised under the guidance of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority(TCA Abu Dhabi)and Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, the informative ‘meet-up’ will give the librarians a detailed brief on what to expect at  23rd Abu Dhabi International Book Fair taking place this April.

Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which will run at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), from April 24-29, is a popular event for local librarians from schools, colleges, universities and technical institutions to buy books for their institutions. The meet-up gives them pre-event information, advice and guidance about the types of books and genres on display so the librarians can plan ahead.

Topics to be presented by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair team at the meet-up include: the titles available at the fair, insights into the Arab and international publishers which will be present, how to connect the librarians to the source of books, how to make their visit smooth, pleasant and productive and a breakdown of the special events and sessions which will be part of the fair programme.

“There has been an immense positive response from the librarians who attended the session last year and the meet-up is an opportunity  to network with the UAE’s experienced librarian community and get their input and suggestions,” said HE Jumaa Abdullal Al Qubaisi, Executive Director National Library and Director Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.

“Libraries unquestionably play a pivotal role in our personal evolution and in inculcating a passion for reading in our younger generations. In a knowledge-based community such as ours, learning and development are critical in ensuring that the minds of our young readers are stimulated. The positive meet-up response from the librarians is indicative of their eagerness to gain maximum benefit from the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and the events and resources it offers.”

Vanessa Middleton, Head Librarian at Petroleum Institute and Founder of the Region’s Informal Network of Professional Librarians congratulated Abu Dhabi International Book Fair on the meet-up initiative.

“It is clear the organisers view librarians as critical stakeholders in the publishing industry.  Events such as the meet-up are an excellent opportunity for regional librarians to share feedback to enhance their Abu Dhabi International Book Fair experience and learn more about planned activities. Librarians benefit from professional talks, author lectures, and learn more about publishing trends, all of which help inform their decisions about developing their collections and marketing these resources to their community of learners.” said Vanessa.

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Notes to Editors:

The 23rdAbu Dhabi International Book Fair will run from 24 – 29 April 2013 and will be held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi):

Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key authority role is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

KITAB ( was established in 2007 and is a project under the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. KITAB is the organiser of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Al Ain Reads Book Show, Publishers Training and other publishing and literary events in Abu Dhabi. KITAB was established in order to raise the bar in the publishing industry in the MENA region and ensure improved professional standards while working towards establishing Abu Dhabi as the publishing hub of the region, through initiatives such as promotional reading campaigns, improving distribution and tackling issues such as piracy and copyrighting.

For more information please contact

Irum Fawad | Marketing and PR Manager
Tel: 02 6576180 | Mobile: +971 50 446 4361

Ayesha Al Suwaidi
TCA Abu Dhabi | Media Relations Officer
Tel : +9712 657 6289