State Council committee hosts MoHC undersecretary, officials

Muscat - 

The Culture, Information and Tourism committee at the State Council, on Tuesday hosted H E Sheikh Hamad bin Hilal al Maamari, Undersecretary for Cultural Affairs in the Ministry of Heritage and Culture (MoHC), Dr Musa bin Nasser al Mafraji, cultural expert in the ministry and supervisor of the National Library and Mohammed bin Obaid Maskary, acting director of Libraries Department.

The meeting was headed by Dr Ahmed bin Ali al Meshaikhi, head of the committee, and held in the presence of members of the committee and the secretariat staff, stated a press release.

The hosting was meant to collect information about the committee’s ongoing study on ‘The reality of civil and private libraries in the sultanate’.

The committee reviewed the role played by the ministry to support libraries to enhance their contribution in enriching the cultural life of the sultanate.

It also emphasised on the ministry’s efforts to implement the National Library Project and its support in publications and references in various fields of knowledge.

The committee discussed the support provided by the ministry to public and private libraries, its vision for the future of libraries and its strategy to develop them, and plans in this regard, in addition to the difficulties and challenges libraries face and ways to overcome them.

The study seeks to identify the status of a library in the Omani society in the past and present, and seeks information about the services and programmes provided by it and its contribution to the community development. It also looks at how a library copes with the literary and intellectual needs of the society, and the impact of technology on the role of a library and its progress in terms of developing traditional services. It also deals with the status of the Omani libraries, their geographical distribution, the legal framework, government and civil support, and the future requirements in terms of legislative, scientific, technical, and financial assistance. The study also aims to understand the role of future libraries.

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