The National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) is pleased to announce its recent acceptance as a member of the Silk Road International Library Alliance (SRILA). The Silk Road International Library Alliance, initiated by the National Library of China, seeks to build long-term cooperation and regular communication mechanisms among library communities in various countries.
The SRILA, which was established in 2018 is a non-governmental, open and non-profit international library cooperation. The participating countries will jointly facilitate the development and business improvement of libraries and talent training of library workers. Among the members of the SRILA are the National Libraries of Armenia, Bangladesh, Belarus, Bulgaria, China, Iran, Latvia, Malaysia, Kenya, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uruguay. Additional information about the SRILA can be obtained by visiting http://www.sriladlib.com/.
NALIS submitted its application in April following a meeting with His Excellency Fang Qui, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Trinidad and Tobago and Neil Parsanlal, Chairman of the Board of NALIS to discuss the continued cultural co-operation between the Embassy and NALIS.
The discussions between His Excellency and the Chairman also included the embassy’s donation of some 1000 bilingual books to NALIS, which will form part of the soon to be established Chinese Corner in the National Library. Further discussions were also held regarding the establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Library of China, towards the sharing of expertise in the areas of preservation and conservation, digitalisation of precious materials, services to blind, visually impaired and otherwise print disabled persons, and technologies in libraries.