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Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:39:42 +0100
From: Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb <da4-TsKZG0Te8Pielh0iW8I7Qg@public.gmane.org
Subject: Qatar Digital Library : New Resource for Research on History of the Gulf and the Middle East
Two days ago, I attended the launch of the Qatar Digital Library Online
portal at the British Library and thought I ought to disseminate the word
about this great new archival resource on the region.
The QDL has been developed as part of a 10-year Memorandum of Understanding
on Partnerships between the Qatar Foundation, the Qatar National Library
and The British Library.
A wide range of content from the British Library’s collections (more
specifically their colonial archives related to the Gulf Region) have been
digitized since 2012, reaching a total of 500,000 images that will be
available to browse and search by the end of 2014.
The Qatar Digital Library (QDL) is making a vast archive featuring the
cultural and historical heritage of the Gulf and wider region freely
available online for the first time. It includes archives, maps,
manuscripts, sound recordings, photographs and much more, complete with
contextualised explanatory notes and links, in both English and Arabic.
This archive is bound to transform the study of Gulf history, improving
understanding of the Islamic world, Arabic cultural heritage and the modern
history of the Gulf.
Find more info on the Qatar Digital Library go tohttp://www.qdl.qa/en/about
Try it for yourself (*Qatar Digital Library portal* <http://www.qdl.qa/en
and let your students and academics know about this great (and free!) new
All the best,
Subject Librarian (Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica)
Directorate of Library and Information Services
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Tel. +44 (0)207 898 4152