The National Archives Participates in a Seminar on Social Responsibility of Libraries in UAE

The National Archives Participates in a Seminar on Social Responsibility of Libraries in UAE

The National Archives Participates in a Seminar on Social Responsibility of Libraries in UAE


UAE National Archives presented a working paper in a seminar on the social responsibility of libraries in UAE.  The seminar was organized by Abu Dhabi Municipality.  The paper presented by NA was titled the UAE National Archives Social Responsibility; its Role in Preserving the Memory of the Nation, and Serving Society from the Social Responsibility perspective.  The paper focused on NA's view on doing its share and shouldering its social responsibility.
The paper discussed NA different activities in the field of societal responsibility, and the means of providing the community with support through numerous activities. These included disseminating information and educating the public about the history of the UAE, preserving the memory of the nation, documenting national achievements and challenges, as well as giving researchers, scholars and others interested in UAE history access to supporting documents and resources, and participating in and sponsoring various voluntary and charitable activities.  The paper pointed out that the NA adopts values of public service, and makes comprehensive and systematic efforts to implement the concept of social responsibility as part of it  crucial role on the national level.
In its paper that dwelt on the NA social responsibility, Mrs. Husnia Al Ali, Head of Educational Programs, emphasized the fact that NA looks forward to the sustainable benefits of its social responsibility, which is a bedrock of its activities.  Therefore, NA has impressed this concept on all its organizational units and devised follow-up methodology and criteria in connection with the preservation, accessibility and dissemination of the country's history and heritage.
The paper included details on the NA role in social responsibility.  On the question of raising awareness about the UAE history and enhancing the sense of loyalty and identity among citizens, the paper listed NA educational projects, together with the NA participation in exhibitions, festivals, and local and international conferences.  On the topic of preserving the memory of the nation and documenting achievements, milestones and challenges, the paper dealt with oral history and genealogy, and described the services provide by the NA Preservation and Restoration Center in terms of preserving historical records.  Regarding the topic on access to document and resources and academic services by researchers, scholars and others interested in UAE history, the paper gave some examples on initiatives and projects undertaken by the NA, such as the Emirates Library, NA publications and smart applications. As far as voluntary and charitable activities are concerned, the paper stated clearly that such contributions came as a response to the government's directives and initiatives. Two examples were listed: the Reading Year and the Year of Giving.