Community Libraries: Planning, Management and Promotion

Community Libraries: Planning, Management and Promotion

Course dates:
13 July – 16 July 2022
Application deadline:
21 March 2022
Programme fees:
Course director:
Dr Walid  Ghali

About the course

This four-day course is intended to attract participants involved in managing community libraries to explore,  in an engaging environment, some of the key concepts and practices within the discipline of library and heritage management. The course participants will learn about the existing libraries within the community,  strategic planning for existing and new libraries,  as well as collection development and its related practices in management and organisation, including cataloguing.  Delivered by professional and experienced librarians from the  Aga Khaninfo-icon Library,  the course will will provide a hands-on opportunity to integrate theoretical concepts with practical considerations of managing a library in a communal volunteer-led context. Participants will also learn about modern trends in library management include an orientation on e-book platforms and relevant digital applications to library,  digital resources,  information service delivery and collection management.


Aims of the programme

  • Introduce participants to some key facts and information about specialised Islamic libraries in historical and modern contexts.
  • Provide an overview of the current status of community libraries.  Using case studies and examples from other communities,  discuss information needs of the community members and institutions,  exploring key principles governing strategic planning.
  • Introduce participants to collection development and management strategies, including cataloguing.
  • Explore relevant digital resources that could be accessed by members of the community via community libraries.
  • Familiarise participants with strategies used by libraries to encourage more effective utilisation of their collections and services.


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