Lebanese Library Association (LLA)IFLA’s Management of Library Associations (MLAS) Section is pleased to collaborate with the Lebanese Library Association (LLA), the IFLA Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Division, and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) to present Libraries and the Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage, the 6th Conference of the Lebanese Library Association, taking place from 14-17 May 2024 in Beirut, Lebanon

Conference Theme

Libraries are considered custodians of knowledge, as they contain treasures of cultural heritage related to each country. The digitization of a huge number of documents, including intangible heritage, is proceeding at an unparalleled pace, which is considered extremely important for the world in general and for local communities in particular, due to the abundance of opportunities available to discover information through the Internet.

Based on this fact, we look forward, in this scientific conference, to presenting initiatives for digitization projects, and the expertise of academic, public and specialized libraries dealing with digitization. In addition, the conference will address emerging Generative Artificial Intelligence tools like ChatGPT, Bing AI and Gemini AI, etc.. and their capabilities in identifying, discovering, and preserving images of cultural heritage.

See the full Programme [PDF]

Member coordinators from IFLA MLAS: 

  • Dr. Imad Bachir, Professor in Library and Information Studies
    Lebanese University / Lebanese Library Association, former Chair IFLA MENA
  • Dr. Marwa El Sahn, Director of the Centre d’Activités Francophones (CAF)
    Bibliotheca Alexandrina, former IFLA Governing Board Member

A call for papers has been issued.

See the conference website for full details.