The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has included the Central Library of the al-Ameed University, within its most recent reports issued about libraries, through its axis (Providing services remotely) through which libraries contributed to reducing the damage caused by the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.
The assistant director of the library, Professor Alia Fadel Al-Hazami, explained to the al-Kafeel network, saying: “From the first moments of the outbreak of the Corona epidemic and in compliance with health directives, the al-Ameed University of the Education and Higher Education Authority of the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine implemented a package of measures to ensure the continuation of its work and activities through remote and electronic methods and mechanisms. And among the services provided by the central library in the university after academic institutions closed their doors, including universities to limit the spread of this epidemic among society in general and among students in particular, is that it followed, under the direct supervision of its director, Waseem Raed Mahdi, a communication mechanism with its beneficiaries, from its students and teaching staff, in a pioneering step, as it was at the forefront of university libraries. "
She added: "The library opened its electronic doors to communicate remotely with its beneficiaries by providing its services, to support the process of education and electronic research remotely, which calls for providing sources of information for students and teaching staff. These services include:
- Putting awareness and educational guidance on protection from the virus on its official website and communication pages.
- Providing a service to respond to all inquiries received by its visitors through electronic conversations, to provide what they need and according to each specialty in the library.
- Launching electronic lending services with automatically extending the dates of borrowed materials.
- Giving flexibility and wide space to those who cannot return the resources that they borrowed prior to the spread of the epidemic.
- The launch of the selective dissemination of information SDI service, and the Navicat and torrent programs, which make it easy for the beneficiary to choose the resources he needs and be able to download and benefit from it.
- allocating (User Econt) service to prevent plagiarism in relation to research in addition to the program (Ter Tint).
- Participation in seminars and electronic workshops in the field of libraries and other areas serving the community in light of this pandemic, organized by the Indexing and Information Systems Center at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine Library, as well as organized by the university and Arab societies, in which international lecturers and other local lecturers from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research participate. "
Al-Hazami confirmed that: “Based on these data and according to these activities, the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) has included our university’s library in its newly released report on libraries that have contributed to reducing the risk of the epidemic spreading through its axis (Providing services remotely), In addition to the continuation of some activities of these libraries without any interruption. "