The 7th International Conference on Emerging Global Trends in University Library Development (Library Connect 2018) took place in Nazarbayev University

On May 23 and 24, 2018, within the framework of the annual Eurasian Forum of Leaders of Higher Education, the Library of the Nazarbayev University in cooperation with the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Library of the L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University and the Association of Libraries of Higher Educational Institutions of the Republic of Kazakhstan organized the Library Connect 2018 conference on “Libraries and Its Role in Transforming Societies: Strategies and Trends”.

Every year, the International Conference gathers librarians and information specialists from different countries to discuss the most relevant topics in the field of librarianship and includes presentations by foreign and Kazakhstani librarians, discussion of best practices and latest trends, as well as consultations and discussions on current issues in the library and information services of Central Asian libraries . This year more than 160 leaders of the National Libraries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and representatives of the library business from the USA, Turkey, Russia, Indonesia, and China took part.

On the first day, Ingrid Bon, the Manager of the Development Programs Office of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), became the key guest of the conference. In her welcoming speech, she outlined an important mission of librarians in Program 2030 of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 17 goals.

On the second day of the conference representatives from Kazakhstan, USA, England, Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan took part in the library of the L.N. Gumilev Eurasian National University and the National Academic Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

During the conference, problems and ways of solving them were voiced in cooperation with libraries of Central Asia countries, as well as problems of staffing in libraries. In turn, Nazarbayev University librarians shared their experience in training and adaptation of statistical data and query tracking tools for reference services.

You can watch the live broadcast of the conference, presentations, abstracts of books and recording of trainings on the link.