The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA (IFLA), through the Library Indexing and Information Systems Center of the Library and House of Manuscripts at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, has included four active academic libraries during the period of the Corona epidemic, in its latest report published recently on its official website through the (providing services remotely), through which libraries have contributed to reducing the harm caused by the virus outbreak.
This was confirmed by the director of the al-Kafeel center, Mr Hassanein Al-Mousawi, who added: “The library and the House of Manuscripts at the al-Abbas' Holy Shrine is considered as one of the accredited members of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA and its representative in Iraq, and that the services provided by the Center in this field were not limited to the library of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, but also expand its range of services to include other academic libraries in Iraq."
He added: “The Al-Mustansiriya University Library and the Iraqi University Library, in addition to the al-'Ameed University Central Library and the Central Library at Al-Nahrain University, were included on the most recent report published on IFLA website under the (Services provided remotely) axis, and thus we provided a service to Iraq and we were able to raise is name in this international site which membership includes more than (150) countries, in addition to that we did not limit this membership to the library and house of manuscripts at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, rather our doors are opened to cooperate with any library that wants to put its name in these reports that are constantly updated.
For his part, the Center’s scientific assistant, Mr Bassem Samer Lafta, stated: “The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA (since the spread of the Corona epidemic) has worked statistically through its members spread throughout the world with active libraries, during the period of the spread of this epidemic that affected office work, by preparing special data through the library and the House of Manuscripts at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, as it's the official representative of the International Federation on collecting data about libraries in Iraq, and the services they provided during this period, in order to submit it to its periodic report.
He emphasized: "The library and the House of Manuscripts at the al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, is one of the active and accredited members of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA and it represents Iraq in it, and we have carried out previous work that strengthened our reliability in it, the most important of which is the application of the principles of sustainable development and the publication of data on more than (1500) libraries on a IFLA site map data."