December 1, 2021

“Rider Librarian Uses Fulbright Award to Modernize Kosovo Library System”

From Rider University:

Through a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award — her second — Sharon Yang helped network 48 libraries throughout Kosovo and create a shared library computer system. Yang traveled to Kosovo from Oct. 16 to Nov. 6 to complete the project at the National Library of Kosovo “Pjeter Bogdani.”

Yang says the country is about 70 years behind American libraries, with many libraries in the country operating with no system at all.

“Most did not even have a card catalog. Some libraries just write their materials on pieces of paper or use an Excel sheet,” she says.

Source: Rider University

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Having an integrated, searchable library system in the country will help scientific development and scholarship in Kosovo, says Yang, who earned her Doctor of Library Science from Columbia University.

“Many of the libraries don’t know what materials they have or what other libraries have,” she says. “Kosovo also has a lot of history and culture as well and the people there want to archive that digitally. They can show the world who they are through photos, documents, art; people can search these items nationally and internationally.”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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