2023 Forum Agenda


Libraries Lead: 
QNL Annual Forum for Library Professionals 

Theme: GLAMs and Cultural Diplomacy

19 – 20 March 2023
Qatar National Library



Day One: 19 March 2023

Master of ceremonies: Rana Alani, Research & Learning, Qatar National Library 

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Registration and reception
10:30 - 10:35 AM Opening message by the MC and speaker introduction
10:35 - 10:55 AM

Welcome Speech 

His Excellency Dr. Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari,
State Minister and President of Qatar National Library 

10:55 - 11:15 AM

Qatari GLAMs and their Role in Activating and Enhancing Soft Power (Pre-recorded video)

Her Excellency Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed Al Thani,
Ambassador of Qatar to the United Nations

11:15 - 11:35 AM

The Diplomatic Role of GLAMs: Employing Culture to Strengthen Local, Regional and International Relations

Professor Hassan Awad Al Sereihy, 
King Abdulaziz University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

11:35 - 11:55 AM

Guinness World Records as a Tool for Cultural Diplomacy 

Susan Parker Leavy and Boluwatife Agbelusi,
Museum of Islamic Art

11:55 AM - 12:00 PM

QNL's Cultural Diplomacy Efforts (video)

12:00 - 12:05 PM

Opening of the poster presentations  

12:05 - 12:30 PM

Poster presentations:

12:30 - 1:30 PM Lunch


Day Two: 20 March 2023

Master of ceremonies: Latifa Al-Amri, Research & Learning, Qatar National Library

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Registration and reception
9:00 - 9:05 AM Opening message by the MC and speaker introduction
9:05 - 9:10 AM

Welcome Speech 

Stephane Ipert,
Director of Distinctive Collections, Qatar National Library

9:10 - 9:20 AM

Restitution of Cultural Heritage: QNL's Himaya Project (video)

9:20 - 9:40 AM

Universities' Role in Promoting Cultural Diplomacy: Sultan Qaboos University's Cultural Activities as a Model 

Dr. Nabhan Al Harrasi
Arab Federation for Libraries and Information

9:40 - 11:10 AM

Panel discussion

Topic: Harnessing Culture to Strengthen Local, Regional and International Relations 

Moderator: Dr. Yehia Abdelmobdy Mohamed, Georgetown University in Qatar 


  • Claire McGuire, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions  
  • Dr. Nabhan Al Harrasi, Arab Federation for Libraries and Information
  • Randolf Mariano, University of Tromsø, The Arctic University of Norway
  • Stephane Ipert, Qatar National Library
11:10 - 11:20 AM

Opening of the Lightning Talks

11:20 AM - 12:00 PM

Lightning Talk Presentations:

Followed by Q&A

12:00 - 12:20 PM

Appreciation Session and Closing Remarks

Huism Tan,
Executive Director of Qatar National Library

12:20 - 1:30 PM Lunch