Education Committee

A Committee on Education has been established to further the initial and ongoing training of Middle East area studies librarians by providing, in collaboration with library science and other faculty, learning opportunities in varied formats including workshops, special courses, or distance learning.

Committee Members:

  • Connie Lamb, Chair (Brigham Young University)
  • Heather Hughes (Stanford University)
  • Anais Salamon (McGill University)
  • Amanda Steinberg (George Washington University)
  • Patrick Visel (Ohio State University)

Activities of the Committee on Education are the MELA Mentorship Program and the Simmons Course.

Professional Development Resources for Librarians:

Academic Librarians’ Learning Network (ALLN) is a forum that provides balanced, reliable information and promotes the sharing of knowledge within the library community. ALLN features content types that intend to present a wide range of formats with which to address problems and issues germane to the broader community of academic librarians.

American Society for Information Science and Technology

AMICAL, Lebanese American University

Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (ARIST) is an annual publication that reviews numerous topics within the broad field of information science and technology. The contents vary from year to year; no single topic is treated on an annual basis

The Association of Research Libraries is a member driven organization that is concerned about scholarly communication and the public policies. It fosters the exchange of ideas and expertise and facilitates the emergence of new roles for research libraries. They complement and build on the strengths of other organizations, and rethink historic assumptions.

The Committee on Education (COE) of ALA, has the responsibility for developing and recommending the Association’s policies related to the full spectrum of education for all library and information studies personnel. To assure that the Association actively solicits from its members information about the condition, currency, relevance, and type of education necessary to improve current and future library a nd information services.

The Council on Library and Information Resources works at the intersection of libraries, scholarship, and technology, in partnership with organizations and individuals representing multiple disciplines and professions to address issues facing scholarly communication and higher education. It provides learning opportunities and acquisition of new skills through partnerships, encouraging leadership capacity in the information professions, collaborations beyond the geographical borders, and promoting new approaches to the management of libraries.

Cybrarians Journal

Educause is a not-for-profit association that promotes the intelligent use of information technology. The site includes links for information professionals that are interested in new technologies and the problems associated with technology, such as security and improvement of systems. It offers information about upcoming conferences and programs geared towards technology.

Educause Professional Development site is dedicated to the professional development opportunities. The goals of this site is to help users enhance the role of IT in their institution, and to teach strategies and solutions for accomplishing work duties more successfully, to enable the professional community to meet and interact with colleagues more effectively, and to provide opportunities to advance professionally.

ELIME Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Future of Education is a membership based site devoted to providing an opportunity for those who care about education. It creates the opportunity for the community to share their voices and ideas with others. This site offers virtual conferences, workshops and lectures on variety of topics.

The information Society of the Information Age (ASIS&T) encourages participation and collaboration among its members by providing support for professional growth and leadership. It creates an environment for its members to gain new knowledge and skills, develop and use professional networks, pursue career development goals and assume leadership roles in the Society and in the information community. ASIS&T increases the influence of information professionals among decision-makers by focusing attention on the importance of information as a vital resource in a high-technology age and promotes informed policy on national and international information issues by contributing to the formation of those policies.

The Library and Information Technology Association is the leading organization reaching out across types of libraries to provide education and services for a broad membership of library professionals.

Library Education is a blog page of ALA, with postings on different issues and subjects pertinent to the Library education discussed in ALA’s either Mid-Winter or Annual conferences. Some ALA committees post minutes of their meetings on this site. This is a great resource to get familiarized with some of the ALA committees, although not all committees are posting on this page.

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives. It has 9,000 members in 75 countries. SLA’s website is a great source for information about upcoming conferences and events, creates opportunities for networking and professional development.

Web-based Information Science Education
Sample list of WISE courses


Middle East Studies programs:

Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University

The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

The Aga Khan University Institutes for Educational Development

American University in Cairo

American University of Beirut

American University of Kuwait

American University of Sharjah

The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law (CIMEL), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (UK)

Center for Middle East Development, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Center for Middle East Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan

Center for Near Eastern Studies, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Council on Middle East Studies, The MacMillan Center, Yale University

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), Indiana University, Bloomington

Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC), The Ohio State University

Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School

Islamic Studies, Duke University

Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University

Jewish, Islamic, & Near Eastern Studies, Washington University at St. Louis

Middle East Center, University of Pennsylvania

Middle East Center, University of Utah

Middle East and Islamic Studies, Columbia University

Middle Eastern and Islamic studies, New York University

Middle East Studies, Duke University

Middle East Studies Program, University of Virginia

The Museums & Community Collaborations Abroad (MCCA)

Near East Studies, University of Michigan

Near Eastern Studies, New York University

School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona

SIT Study Abroad


Middle East library collections:

African and Middle Eastern Reading Room (African and Middle Eastern Division, Area Studies), Library of Congress

American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) Center libraries

American University in Cairo Library

Arab World Documentation Unit, University of Exeter

Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section resources

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria, Egypt Middle East Librarianship/Studies Associations and resources

The Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Digital Library for International Research

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Islamic Studies Library, McGill University

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Language Resource Center, University of Michigan

Middle East & Central Asia in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) Library, the University of London

Middle East and Islamic studies collection, Cornell University

Middle East and Islamic Studies Collections: an Exhibition of Treasures, Durham University

Middle East and Islamic Studies research guides, Columbia University Library

Middle East and Islamic Studies collection, Duke University

Middle East Collection, George Washington University

Middle East Collection, Harvard University

Middle East Collection, University of Arizona

Middle East collection, University of California at Berkeley

Middle East Collection, Washington University at St. Louis

Middle East Microform Project (MEMP) at the Center for Research Libraries

Middle Eastern Collection, University of Chicago

Middle Eastern Library resources, University of Texas at Austin

Middle Eastern Studies collection, Center for Research Libraries

Middle Eastern Studies Collection, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Mirlyn Catalog, University of Michigan

National Middle East Language Resource Center

Near East collection, University of Michigan

Near East Collection, University of Washington

Near Eastern Collection, Yale University Library

Near Eastern Studies resources, Princeton University

Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

The Research Archives of the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago

Widener Library, Harvard University


Librarianship/Studies Associations and resources:

American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA)

The American Association of Teachers of Persian

American Association of Teachers of Turkic languages

Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI)

Association for Middle East Women Studies

Center for Arabic studies Abroad

Council of American Overseas Research Centers

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

The International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS), formerly the Society for Iranian Studies

Internet Library

Middle East Studies Association (MESA)

The Turkish Studies Association