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AKDC@MIT hosts Middle East Librarians Association annual meeting

Ullens collection, Harvard HSM UL95.02248

Courtesy of Harvard University, Fine Arts Library, Special Collections, Ullens Collection

The Middle East Librarians Association (MELA)  Annual Meeting will be held at MIT on 15-16 November 2016; MELA’s vendor fair will take place on 17 November at Boston Marriott Copley Place.  Sponsored by the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, the theme of this year’s meeting is Partnerships: Enhancing Opportunities. The program can be viewed here.

Sharon C. Smith, program head of the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, currently serving as vice president and program chair for this year’s events, will begin her four year term as MELA’s president at the end of the conference.

MELA was founded in 1972 to improve the quality of area librarianship through the development of standards for the profession and education of Middle East library specialists; to compile and disseminate information concerning Middle East libraries and collections; to encourage cooperation among members and Middle East libraries, especially in the acquisition of materials and the development of bibliographic control; to cooperate with other library and area organizations in projects of mutual concern and benefit; and to promote research in and development of indexing and automated techniques as applied to Middle East materials.