Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU), Department of World History, Historiography and Source Studies, and IRCICA conducted the online Winter School on Library and Information System, “Digital Universe 4.0: New Trends and Challenges for the Library Community” on 23-24 February 2023. The two-day school attended by library staff and students of librarianship occasioned intense exchanges of observations on current issues relating to library and information management for studies in history and related fields. The program was opened by Prof. Baygunakov Dosbol Suleymenuly, Dean of the Faculty of History, KazNU, and Prof. Myrzabekova Ryskeldi Salamatqyzy, Head of the Chair of World History, Historiography and Source Studies, in coordination with Prof. Ashirbek Muminov, Consultant on Organizational Activities, in the Office of the Director General of IRCICA.
Presentations were made by Prof. Akram Habibulla from Indiana University, USA; Dr. Didar Bayır, Head of the Library and Archive Department, IRCICA; Mr. Nidal M. Al-Ahmad, Director General, National Library of Jordan; Tamador Mukahall, Information management specialist, Jordan; Prof. Barno Ganieva, Head, Department of Information and Library System, Al-Khwarizmi Tashkent University of Information Technologies, Uzbekistan; Madina Teishova, K. Karasaev Bishkek State University, Kyrgyzstan; Meiram Bektembayev, Deputy Director for General Affairs and Digitalization, Central Library System of Almaty; Gulshat Abikova, Head of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Service, National Library of Kazakhstan in Almaty; Akbope Sikinbaeva, Director of KazNU Library; Assoc. Prof. Mira Kulchimbayevna Kukeeva, South Kazakhstan University; Bibigul Shagieva, Head, International Resource Center, and Meruert Zhailybayeva, Manager, local history sector, East Kazakhstan Regional Library; Assoc. Prof. Nadezhda Iashina from Kazan State Institute of Culture, Russia; Martin Kanyika, Baian Asanova, Kalima Tuenbayeva from KazNU; Vita Kutueva, Deputy General Director from IPR MEDIA Group, Saratov, Russia; Kyzylgul Mukhanbetchina, Karaganda College of Arts, Kazakhstan. A wide range of issues were addressed, including preservation and promotion of collections, services to users, digital literacy of students, history studies in electronic environment, modern competences of library specialists, training and management. The program concluded with a round-up of the sessions.