Safeguarding the Arab world’s audiovisual heritage was the theme of an event organised by Qatar National Library (QNL), in co-operation with University College London - Qatar and the British Library-Qatar Foundation Partnership, to mark the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
“Before It Is Too Late: Protecting and Preserving Arab Audiovisual Heritage”, emphasised the urgency of efforts to preserve the unique audiovisual heritage of Qatar and the Middle East on a large scale by finding collaborative solutions and sharing expertise.
Hazem Jamjoum, Gulf History Audio Curator and Cataloguer at the British Library, gave a firsthand account of one of the world’s largest and most ambitious audio digitisation projects with the aim of generating a discussion on how such a model can be used to rescue the Arab audio heritage.
A panel discussion featuring Shayya AlFadel, prominent Qatari TV and radio presenter; Abdul Salam Jadallah, presenter and head of the programmes section at Sout Al Khaleej; and Pamela Erskine-Loftus, director of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar, explored the challenges and opportunities for joint solutions for long-term preservation.
It is worth mentioning that QNL is responsible for preserving the national heritage of Qatar by collecting, preserving and making available the written heritage and history of the country. The library provides equal access to all of its pioneers to all the information and services it provides and aims to enable the people of Qatar to positively influence the community by providing an exceptional learning and discovery environment. (QNA)
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