Abu Dhabi: The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development signed an agreement with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD) for adding latter’s environmental library of resources to the Emirates National Catalog of Libraries (ENCL).
The agreement aims to better integrate libraries in the UAE.
Bilal Al Budoor, Assistant Deputy of Arts and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development and Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD inked the agreement in the presence of Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Director of the Coordination and Initiatives Department, Ahmed Al Hadabi, Head of the Libraries Section and the Project Manager of the UAE National Index for Libraries and Mrs. Fozeya Al Mahmoud, Acting Director, Environmental Outreach Division at EAD.
Al Budoor said: “this agreement is in line with the Ministry’s strategy to enhance the national identity and raise the level of cultural and community awareness. It will also help enrich the field of cultural communication. The Emirates National Catalog of Libraries gives concerned parties the opportunity to better understand what is available in other libraries.” The project will help to integrate libraries, rationalise their budgets and help enhance their technical role. It also aims to improve the quality of bibliographic records and resolve the problem of the shortage of indexing specialists and of duplication of the titles.
He invited all the libraries in the UAE to contact the Ministry in order to join the Emirates National Catalog of Libraries.
Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD, said, “Our library, which was set up in 1989, has established itself as a national center for environmental resources. It is visited by researchers, university students and government employees each year. This agreement will help our resources reach even more members of the community.” She added: “The EAD Library holds an extensive collection of resources, in both English and Arabic, on different environmental subjects. It offers more than 10,000 volumes, more than 450 scientific reports, 380 Videos, CDs, DVDs and 80 periodicals. In addition, the library has access, through subscription, to a number of online databases including full text journals. The EAD Library is also home to the largest collection of resources on falconry, of which one the books goes back to the year 1895. It also includes one of the biggest collections of books on mangroves.” EAD’s Library, also provides a variety of specialised environmental and scientific databases through six online databases available via EBSCO Publishing which is considered the biggest database for e-periodicals of academic libraries and research centers in the world.