We live in a global world and what happens in Asia or the Middle East or any part of the world affects us one way or another.
Librarians have a central role to play in providing information and tools to the communities they serve. They can help society address controversial issues, such as ethnic conflicts in South Asia or radical groups in the Middle East like ISIS which can effect our communities in the United States.
Libraries have a long history of helping their communities in a time of crisis by helping people understand that controversial issues can lead to a large crisis in our communities. In order to understand these topics, librarians develop tools to mitigate the effects and to establish a deeper and multifaceted understanding of the issues.
This year the Near East and South Asia committee of the International Relation Committee will address this issue and have discussions on how librarians, as community resources and as educators, can help build bridges between different communities and help educate people on the tools they can use that can help educate people on the information they find online or in the news.
Meeting Type: Program
Interests: International Issues
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian
Duke University , North Carolina
The City Library’s Acting Director
Salt Lake City Public Library, Utah
Assistant Professor and (Manager)
Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
Laila Hussein Moustafa
The Middle East and North Africa Studies Librarian
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts