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Ifpo Library: from
preservation to services and
research assistance
Elsa Zakhia e.zakhia@ifporient.org
Spotlight on Libraries services: specialized libraries and information centers / Lebanese Libraries
Association , 12 May 2022
Institution
 French Institute for the Near East: Humanities and Social Sciences on the Middle East.
 3 scientific departments: Archaelogy and Antiquity History | Arabic Medieval and
Modern Studies | Contemporary Studies
 Locations: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Occupied Territories
 Ifpo Team: researchers, PhD students, administrative and librarians, Arabic teachers
and students, publication department.
 Activities: lectures, seminars, research programs, grants, publishing, libraries…Examples:
Beirut intellectual worlds: figures, institutions, circulations (1958-2005). ‫المسرح‬ ‫خشبة‬ ‫على‬ ‫فلسطين‬
–
‫مسرحية‬ ‫تجربة‬
‫فلسطينية‬. Erbil History, Archaeology, Arts and Architecture. Publication: Atlas of Lebanon - Presses de l’Ifpo
(openedition.org)…
‫االدنى‬ ‫للشرق‬ ‫الفرنسي‬ ‫المعهد‬
https://www.ifporient.org
https://www.ifporient.org/newsletters
Libraries
 Part of the Media, Data Research and Digital Humanities department
 Damascus, Beirut, Amman, Erbil libraries
 Oldest born in 1922, newest in 2014
 135 000 books, 1 600 periodicals, 12 000 maps et 50 000 photos. Archives. Multilingual
collection.
 Area and thematic collections
 Member of the SUDOC (Système Universitaire de Documentation), french universities
documentation network. WorldCat.
 Online catalogue: https://mediatheque.ifporient.org.
 Photographic library on MediHAL (mainly archaelogical photos): https://medihal.archives-
ouvertes.fr/IFPOIMAGES
 Label CollEx-Persée
 Exchange of publications with worldwide research centers.
Ifpo libraries are free access
Open access philosophy
Objectives
 Assist the researchers, students, professionals by providing updated
documentation on ME Studies.
 Enhance and preserve the academic and research publications on Middle
East Studies, especially the one produced around Ifpo programs thematic.
 Give open and free access to valuable documents in the public domain.
Public
 Demanding public.
 Different type of public (external/internal, researchers, PhD students, Master
Students, professionnals).
 Public potential author of documentation (PhD Students…).
 Expert public.
Challenges
 Answer the different type of publics (external/internal, students/researchers…).
 Short term and long term strategy (build collection / answer a ponctual need).
 Multisite libraires, some common thematics.
 Build collections despite moving research thematics and researchers positions.
 Circulation of the documents between the branches.
 Damascus library closed.
 Beirut Library location.
 Access to maps
 Copyright issues
Some Solutions
 Inhouse electronic accesses (periodicals, and soon ebooks). Flagging
digital resources.
 Remote service for articles and chapters.
 Research service through outside resources (IFLA Resource Sharing during
Covid-19, Sudoc, Inter Library Loan …).
 Continuous professionnalisation of the team (trainings and collaborative
work).
 Empowerment of the public (self registration, catalogue) and
collaborations with researchers (collection evaluations…).
 Participating to digitization projects (Bibliothèque d’Orient, BnF |
Bibliothèque Archéologie et Historique sur Persée)
Thank you to all my colleagues
contact.mediatheque@ifporient.org
Thank you Covid for your help in this transition

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Ifpo Library: Preservation, Services, Research

  • 1. Ifpo Library: from preservation to services and research assistance Elsa Zakhia e.zakhia@ifporient.org Spotlight on Libraries services: specialized libraries and information centers / Lebanese Libraries Association , 12 May 2022
  • 2. Institution  French Institute for the Near East: Humanities and Social Sciences on the Middle East.  3 scientific departments: Archaelogy and Antiquity History | Arabic Medieval and Modern Studies | Contemporary Studies  Locations: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Occupied Territories  Ifpo Team: researchers, PhD students, administrative and librarians, Arabic teachers and students, publication department.  Activities: lectures, seminars, research programs, grants, publishing, libraries…Examples: Beirut intellectual worlds: figures, institutions, circulations (1958-2005). ‫المسرح‬ ‫خشبة‬ ‫على‬ ‫فلسطين‬ – ‫مسرحية‬ ‫تجربة‬ ‫فلسطينية‬. Erbil History, Archaeology, Arts and Architecture. Publication: Atlas of Lebanon - Presses de l’Ifpo (openedition.org)… ‫االدنى‬ ‫للشرق‬ ‫الفرنسي‬ ‫المعهد‬ https://www.ifporient.org https://www.ifporient.org/newsletters
  • 3. Libraries  Part of the Media, Data Research and Digital Humanities department  Damascus, Beirut, Amman, Erbil libraries  Oldest born in 1922, newest in 2014  135 000 books, 1 600 periodicals, 12 000 maps et 50 000 photos. Archives. Multilingual collection.  Area and thematic collections  Member of the SUDOC (Système Universitaire de Documentation), french universities documentation network. WorldCat.  Online catalogue: https://mediatheque.ifporient.org.  Photographic library on MediHAL (mainly archaelogical photos): https://medihal.archives- ouvertes.fr/IFPOIMAGES  Label CollEx-Persée  Exchange of publications with worldwide research centers. Ifpo libraries are free access Open access philosophy
  • 4. Objectives  Assist the researchers, students, professionals by providing updated documentation on ME Studies.  Enhance and preserve the academic and research publications on Middle East Studies, especially the one produced around Ifpo programs thematic.  Give open and free access to valuable documents in the public domain.
  • 5. Public  Demanding public.  Different type of public (external/internal, researchers, PhD students, Master Students, professionnals).  Public potential author of documentation (PhD Students…).  Expert public.
  • 6. Challenges  Answer the different type of publics (external/internal, students/researchers…).  Short term and long term strategy (build collection / answer a ponctual need).  Multisite libraires, some common thematics.  Build collections despite moving research thematics and researchers positions.  Circulation of the documents between the branches.  Damascus library closed.  Beirut Library location.  Access to maps  Copyright issues
  • 7. Some Solutions  Inhouse electronic accesses (periodicals, and soon ebooks). Flagging digital resources.  Remote service for articles and chapters.  Research service through outside resources (IFLA Resource Sharing during Covid-19, Sudoc, Inter Library Loan …).  Continuous professionnalisation of the team (trainings and collaborative work).  Empowerment of the public (self registration, catalogue) and collaborations with researchers (collection evaluations…).  Participating to digitization projects (Bibliothèque d’Orient, BnF | Bibliothèque Archéologie et Historique sur Persée) Thank you to all my colleagues
  • 8. contact.mediatheque@ifporient.org Thank you Covid for your help in this transition