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World Digital Library and the Qatar Foundation

The following is a guest post by Shameema Rahman, Legal Reference Specialist in our Public Services Division.

I recently had the opportunity to meet three members of the Qatar Foundation, a partner organization of the World Digital Library (WDL).  The WDL is a collaborative digital library project that the Library of Congress is leading.  We are working with institutions around the world to provide free access to primary sources on a multilingual site.  According to William B. Hawk, a WDL program specialist, the World Digital Library currently has 132 partners representing 71 countries. I was fortunate to give the Qatar Foundation visitors a tour of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress while they were here.

Shameema Rahman, Amr Farouk Ahmed Rabie El-Masry, Carolyn Young, and Mohammed Hammam (left to right)

The visitors included: Ms. Carolyn Young, head of the Qatar Foundation’s World Digital Library Office; Mr. Mohammed Hammam, assistant manager at the foundation’s Heritage Library; and Mr. Amr Farouk Ahmed Rabie El-Masry, database developer in the Education Division of the Heritage Library/Central Library. The Qatar Foundation Central Library is scheduled to open in 2013.

The Qatar Foundation is considered a founding partner of the World Digital Library. On May 24, 2010, the Qatar Foundation and the Library of Congress signed a memorandum of understanding.  Rare books and maps contributed by the Heritage Library can be viewed on the WDL site.

Tour of the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress

Just like the Law Library of Congress (@LawLibCongress), you can follow the World Digital Library on Twitter (@WDLorg).

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