Wednesday, November 26, 2008

World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists (wCOMLIS) 2008

The World Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists (wCOMLIS) is continuation of the Congress of Muslim Librarians and Information Scientists (COMLIS) one of the congresses that gather information professionals (consisting of librarians, information scientists, information managers, etc) from Islamic and non-Islamic countries all over the world. It has countries all over the world. It has organized its events for several times throughout the world, such as:

1st COMLIS, 1982, United States of America (USA)
2nd COMLIS, October 20 – 22, 1986, Kedah, Malaysia
3rd COMLIS, May 24 – 26, 1989, Istanbul, Turkey
4th COMLIS, June 20 – 23, 1995, Tehran, Iran

Generally, wCOMLIS 2008 is organized to bring together Muslim librarians from all over the world to discuss on library related matters that affect them. It aims to cooperate on mutually beneficial schemes and to establish communication with each other through congresses, forums, and other forms of communication. It focuses on assisting each other in ways which will enhance the access and delivery of information to those who need it. It intends to foster the brotherhood of Islam amongst librarians and information professionals.

WCOMLIS 2008 is not a religion based congress but it mainly discusses the core aspects of managing Islamic information. The management of this information is important in order to determine the resources of Islamic information, for analyses and syntheses into valuable products. Indirectly, it will portray the Islamic information as global and accessible by anyone without prejudice. This will repulse stigma among the western society that Islamic information resources are not freely accessed, indeed, the main issue is the lack of bibliographic tools that control information resources to be accessed and retrieved.

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