Qatar National Library ( QNL) has commenced a four-day training course in archive management for cultural institutions.
The training focuses on the theoretical framework for managing inactive and permanent archival collections (both public and private), with examples and practical applications.
Rawad Bou Malhab, an archivist and information management specialist from Lebanon, is conducting the online course and sharing his historical, photographic and archaeological archive experiences during his time in Lebanon and Jordan.
Maxim Nasra, book conservation specialist, QNL, said, “We want to provide a platform for those interested to learn about the work of archivists and the impact they have on the organisation and access to educational and heritage material.”
Libraries need archivists to control and organise their collections. Archivists play a critical role in assembling, cataloguing, preserving and managing collections of historical importance.
Archivists work with a wide variety of public and private sector organisations and can move into more specialised roles once qualified..
As an experienced archivist, Malhab will offer critical insights into digital archive management as well. He is currently working with the American Center of Research in Jordan as their Digital Archive Project Lead Consultant and is responsible for the digitisation process, quality control and the development of systemised Arabic language standards, among other tasks.