This workshop was organized in collaboration with A.A. Ukulhahu School. Opportunity was given to librarians, teachers, students, parents and interested people from 08 islands in A.A. Atoll to participate in the workshop.
Participants from Ukulhas, Maalhos, and Bodu Folhudhoo completed the workshop which includes librarians, teachers, and students. Due to bad weather conditions some of the participants from the rest of the islands were unable to join the workshop.
School Principal Mr. Abdulla Ziyad spoke at the opening ceremony and highlighted about the library development specially Koha system being installed by MLA as a great achievement. MLA’s president Ms. Fathimath Nashath gave a briefing of Library field in Maldives and MLA’s role. Upcoming plans were shared as well and highlighted the importance and benefits of installing and implementing library automation system, KOHA in libraries.
Topics covered in the workshop were Acquisition, Accession, Classification, Cataloguing, Circulation, Stocktaking and weeding, Book repair, Library care and maintenance, Physical processing and Library promotion.
Facilitators were Ms. Fathimath Nashath and Ms. Hawwa Shiuna, Librarian at Hiriya School.
The participants were very co-operative and enthusiastic and they remarked the workshop as very useful and informative. They were very interested and keen to learn more about library services in the future. At the end of the workshop participants in a group of 4 prepared and presented library promotional displays.
Island Councilor Mr. Shaukath Ibrahim and school principal Mr. Ziyad joined the closing ceremony. Prior to the closing, MLA President had the opportunity to meet the councilor and school principal. Challenges, issues and concerns of the library field plus MLA’s accomplished work and future plan were shared in the meeting. Councillor mentioned that he will provide full support to all libraries in the atoll to develop the collection and services.
Councillor Mr. Shaukath was the chief guest of the closing ceremony who distributed the certificates to the participants and delivered a speech. In his speech he mentioned that every year Atoll council would be providing funds to enrich library collection which was approved recently. Principal Mr. Ziyad also expressed his thoughts, library developments and future plans to improve Ukulhahu School Library. He also thanked MLA for installing Koha in Ukulhahu School Library as the first island in the atoll and providing consultancy for library set up in March 2017. MLA President also spoke about the topics taught in the workshop, the benefits of having a trained staff in libraries, and the importance of Library automation. Workshop co-ordinator in Ukulhas, Ms. Shimla highlighted how the workshop was organized in collaboration with MLA and the excellent support provided by the Principal. Vote of thanks were given by two participants, a student and a teacher of the school. In general everyone thanked MLA for accomplishing such an excellent job as a volunteer work and conducting this workshop in their atoll.
Throughout the workshop everything was well organized by the school. Hence, this workshop was very fruitful and according to the feedback given by the participants MLA achieved the workshop’s goal.
MLA is thankful and appreciate the assistance provided by the Principal Mr. Ziyad and Ms. Shimla, who worked really hard with MLA to make this workshop a success. In addition, the school covered food and accommodation of the MLA team plus the hospitality provided was remarkable.