"Iraqi Librarians Learn Tricks of the Trade at McMaster University"
Two Iraqi librarians [visited] McMaster University [in February] for training that will help in the rebuilding of their war-torn country.
Suzan Azeez Ali and Sawsan Fawzi Mahdi, librarians with the Specialized Institute for Engineering Industries (SIEI), are at McMaster to better understand how to run a 21st century engineering library. Their organization, located in Baghdad, assists Iraqi industry with the application of national standards and quality assurance systems and the testing of industrial products – something that has been disrupted in Iraq due to years of conflict.
“The training has showed us there is so much to learn in the library world – so much more than just classification and cataloguing,” said Ali. “There are many things that we weren’t familiar with until visiting McMaster but that we will now try to get the benefit of using back home.”
Of particular interest to the librarians is the Integrated Science Programme (iSci), an interdisciplinary programme that directly involves students in scientific research from their first year of study to graduation. The program utilizes many of the Library’s state-of- the-art technologies for research purposes.
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