ELIME-21 Fellows Editing Volume on LIS in MENA

Library and Information Science in the Middle East and North Africa will be published by IFLA/De Gruyter in 2015. The volume offers up-to-date insights into the state of library and information science (LIS) in the Middle East and North Africa. Covered topics include information literacy, intellectual property, LIS education and research, publishing and more. This timely contribution thus presents vital areas of research on a region that receives relatively little coverage and is currently experiencing rapid and significant changes.

Chapters include:

Publishing in the Middle East and North Africa, by Christoff Galli

For a Morocco that Reads: The Crisis of Reading and Recent Initiatives to Revive Libraries and Reading in Morocco, by Sumayya Ahmed

A Bird’s-eye View of Two Open Access Experiences in Algeria: CERIST’s Webreview and Dépôt Numérique de l’Université d’Alger, by Samir Hachani

The development of Academic Libraries in Kuwait and their Services, by Asma Al Kanan

Academic Librarianship and Coercion: A Case Study in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, by Anaïs Salamon

American-style Academic Libraries in the Gulf Region, by Frieda Weibe and Daphne Flanagan

Information Literacy in the Middle East: A Case Study of The American University in Cairo and The American University in Sharjah, by Meggan Houlihan, Jayme Spencer, and Christine Furno

Aligning Library Services to the Emerging Online Capability of Emirati Students, by Janet Martin

Correlating Information Centers to Emerging Knowledge-Based Economies, by Patricia A. Wand

Education for Library and Information Science in the Arab States, by Evelyn Daniel, Lokman Meho, and Barbara Moran

Library and Information Science Research in the Arab World: A Systematic Review 2004-2013, by Amanda Click, Josiah Drewry, and Mahmoud Khalifa

Orientalism and Subject Cataloging: Theoretical and Practical Implications, by Blake Robinson

Library Cooperation in the Middle East and North Africa, by Jordan Scepanski and Yaşar Tonta

State of Manuscript Digitization Projects in Egyptian Libraries and their Challenges, by Walid Ghali

Survey of Libraries in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Development, trends and issues, by Mary Ann Barnett and Hind Albadi


Town and Gown Collaborate on Series about Muslim Faith and Culture

(Chapel Hill, NC) The Chapel Hill Public Library, in conjunction with the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill through its Educating Librarians in the Middle East (ELIME) project, is pleased to offer Muslim Journeys, a fall program series that seeks to further community understanding of Islamic art, culture, and faith.

The library received a special grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities called Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The grant provided funds for materials, including books and DVDS about Muslim culture around the world and within the United States. This collection aims to increase access to trustworthy resources about Muslim faith and traditions.

A variety of programs are slated for October and November that will supplement the themes of this collection, including a book discussion series, a film screening, and several lectures from professors in the UNC Department of Religious Studies. Evelyn Daniel, a professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science and a participant in the ELIME project will facilitate one of the book discussions. She said the project has two primary aims. “We hope to encourage our community members to both gain understanding of their Muslim neighbors and broaden their insight into Muslim art, literature, and faith,” said Daniel.

The program series kicks off with a screening of the film Prince Among Slaves followed by a discussion on Sunday October 20th at 2 pm.  To participate in the book discussion, call or stop by the library for a copy of the book and registration information. For more information please call 919-968-2780 or visit www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org All programs and resources are free and open to the public.


  • Film: Prince Among Slaves – Sunday October 20, 2:00 pm

    John D. Martin III, ELIME-21 PhD Fellow, SILS, UNC-CH

  • Lecture: Islamic Art and Architecture – Sunday October 27, at 2:00 pm

    Professor Omid Safi, Religious Studies, UNC-CH

  • Lecture: Practicing Islam in America – Sunday November 10, at 2:00 pm

    Professor Juliane Hammer, Religious Studies, UNC-CH

Book Discussions

  • Prince Among Slaves by Terry Alford – Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 pm
  • Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel – Tuesday, October 29, 6:30 pm
  • A Quiet Revolution by Leila Ahmed – Tuesday, Nov 5, 6:30 pm
  • The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson – Tuesday, Nov 19, 6:30 pm

    Professor Barbara Moran, SILS, UNC-CH and Amanda Click, ELIME-21 PhD Fellow, SILS, UNC-CH

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Additional local support is provided by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library.