Society & Culture

MLA conducted Workshop on Island Library Development (WILD) from 14th to 16th September 2017 at A.A Ukulhahu School

This workshop was organized in collaboration with A.A. Ukulhahu School. Opportunity was given to librarians, teachers, students, parents and interested people from 08 islands in A.A. Atoll to participate in the workshop.

Participants from Ukulhas, Maalhos, and Bodu Folhudhoo completed the workshop which includes librarians, teachers, and students. Due to bad weather conditions some of the participants from the rest of the islands were unable to join the workshop.

School Principal Mr. Abdulla Ziyad spoke at the opening ceremony and highlighted about the library development specially Koha system being installed by MLA as a great achievement. MLA’s president Ms. Fathimath Nashath gave a briefing of Library field in Maldives and MLA’s role. Upcoming plans were shared as well and highlighted the importance and benefits of installing and implementing library automation system, KOHA in libraries.

Topics covered in the workshop were Acquisition, Accession, Classification, Cataloguing, Circulation, Stock audition and weeding, Book repair, Library care and maintenance, Physical processing and Library promotion.

Facilitators were Ms. Fathimath Nashath and Ms. Hawwa Shiuna, Librarian at Hiriya School.

The participants remarked the workshop as very useful and informative. They were very interested and keen to learn more about library services in the future. At the end of the workshop participants in a group of 4 prepared and presented library promotional displays.

Island Councilor Mr. Shakukath Ibrahim and school principal joined the closing ceremony. Prior to the closing, MLA President had the opportunity to meet the councilor and school principal. Challenges, issues and concerns of the library field plus MLA’s accomplished work and future plan were shared in the meeting. Councillor mentioned that he will provide full support to all libraries in the atoll to develop the collection and services.

Hence, this workshop was very fruitful and according to the feedback given by the participants MLA achieved the workshop’s goal.

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