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Maldives Library Day 2018

The Maldives Library Association participated in the celebrations organised by the National Library to mark the Maldives Library Day 2018. The library day is marked annually as a national celebration of the signification of libraries in national building. The celebrations was initiated a few years ago, and coincides with the anniversary of the first public library in the country, the National Library of Maldives.

The MLA setup a stall at the event organised by the National Library at the Social Centre in Male’. Activities from the MLA stall include the sale of the newly launched book from the MLA big book series and the sale of MLA’s 25th anniversay commemorative book. MLA also ran activities to raise funds for the printing of two other big books already in its final stage for publication.

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Posted by on July 13, 2018 in Events, NEWS


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Workshop: United library field, Maldives

On 30 June 2018, in Male’, Maldives, 21 librarians participated in a conversation (#iflaGlobalVision) about how a united library field can tackle the challenges of the future. It is part of a global conversation initiated by International Federation of Library Associations and institutions (IFLA), currently in phase 2. Over the course of two years (2017-2018), IFLA attempts to involve as many librarians and others as possible in this global conversation.

The participants built on the results from phase 1 of the conversation to gather ideas for actions for IFLA.

To learn more about the global conversation visit

As a precursor to the individual country meetings, regional meetings were conducted by IFLA in several locations. The Maldives was represented at the Asia-Oceania meeting held in Vietnam in May 2018. Follow this link to read more about the Vietnam meeting.

The Maldives country meeting was organised by the Maldives Library Association (MLA) and collaborated and hosted by the National Library of Maldives.

The meeting was facilitated by Aminath Riyaz and the participants comprised of librarians and library professionals from the:

  • National Library of Maldives, which also operates as the only public library,
  • The Maldives National University (the largest of the two universities in the country)
  • Villa College (the most prominent private higher secondary and tertiary institution in the country)
  • Centre for Higher Secondary Education (the only government higher secondary school)
  • Hiriya School (a government school in Male’ city, Primary & Secondary)
  • Aminiya School (a government school in Male’ city, Primary & Secondary)
  • Maafushi School (a government school in an outer island, Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary)
  • Thaajudheen School (a government school in Male’ city, Primary & Secondary)
  • Makunudhoo School (a government school in an outer island, Primary & Secondary – former staff)

Together all participants represented 229 years of library experience.




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Posted by on June 30, 2018 in Events, NEWS


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MLA General Meeting 2013

MLA general meeting 2013

The first annual general meeting of the Association for 2013 was held last night at the National Library (Art Gallery space). The meeting was attended by 37 people, members and non-members included.

The main purpose of the meeting included:

  1. Sharing of the MLA annual report of 2012
  2. Drawing up of event calendar for 2013
  3. Election of a member for the vacated post of Assistant Secretary
  4. Approval of MLA Flag and colour
  5. Open up the process of re-branding the Association’s name, mandate, and logo to match the modern day information sector.

The meeting was introduced by Vice President, Ms. Fathimath Nashath, followed by the presentation of the annual report 2012 by General Secretary, Ms. Aminath Shazina.

The activities/highlights of 2012 are:

  • Computerization of 10 libraries under the MLA Koha Project (these includes 5 libraries from the Atolls and 5 from Male’/Vilimale’). These were added to the existing Union Catalog bringing the total to 21 libraries. (April to July).
  • Creation of local digital collections (Faithoora Collection as a trial, Thesis collection, Local Book Collection, Jamaa’athuge Khabaru)
  • MLA General Assembly (election of Council members for new 2 year term) – May
  • Establishment of the Digital Library Portal. The MLA played a key role in the development of the website. (June-July)
  • 3-5 June Koha ILS Training
  • 6-7 June GSDL software training
  • Workshop on Collection evaluation and Networking
  • Information Session on Publication Guidelines (20 Oct)
  • Publication to commemorate MLA’s 25 year history (11 Mar)
  • Library Day Celebrations (12 July) – Launching of Maldives Digital Library (, Launching of MLA 25 year publication, book donation to Fuahmulak Public Library).
  • Initiation of work on revising Librarian Job Structure (Oct)
  • Lecture on Cataloging and the use of MARC (29 August)
  • Lecture on Encouraging reading and managing Book Clubs (23 October).
  • Participation in the National Copyright Awareness Seminar (5-6 Nov)
  • Participation at the National Conference on Strengthening the role of Clubs & Associations in strengthening local communities – held in R. Meedhoo (25-29 November).
  • Visit to L. Gan Ihadhoo School Library and Hamadh Bin Khaleefa Al Thaanee School Library to collect information on issues faced by the libraries.
  • Strengthening the library personal development sector – Sponsorship (60%) of the Library Tour to Colombo by the Diploma in Library & Information Services Students.
  • Consultancy Services to Billabong International High School Library (18 Sept to 6 Oct)
  • Book Donations to B. Atoll School Library, K. Huraa School Library, Fuvahmulak Public Library, and Maarandhoo Council
  • Conducted a session for the NLM for the In-service training program held during November.
  • UNESCO Information Literacy survey – country coordination (Dec)
  • Publication of MLA Newsletter Issue 01/02 August


Prior to the approval of the event calendar for the current year, a brainstorming session was conducted in groups. The purpose was to identify the challenges currently faced by library staff as well as management with the interest of developing libraries in their institutions.

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The brainstorming session further looked at the MLA’s role in addressing these challenges and issues, followed by the identification of the individual’s role in playing their part. These discussions lead to broad areas MLA should try and tackle ASAP

•  Reading campaign to the public – to promote reaing
•  Short term training programs for LIS staff
•  Ensure professional recognition (enhance the profession, revise job structure)
•  Wider public involvement in library day celebration
•  Creation of digital content
•  Visit libraries and network
•  Establish reading corners (public collections) in liaison with Council authorities.

The following activities and events were unanimously approved by the attendees

MLA Council Meetings to be held monthly on the following Saturdays:

  • 21 January (held)
  • 09 February (held)
  • 09 March
  • 06 April
  • 04 May
  • 08 June
  • 06 July
  • 17 August
  • 07 September
  • 05 October
  • 02 November
  • 07 December

Special events / activities (generally on a monthly basis)

  • 02 February     “ACT now” participation (completed)
  • 16 February      Annual General Meeting 2013 (this current meeting)
  • 21 February      Call for interest for Koha Project
  • 16 March          Workshop on Collection Development & Evaluation (for library managers)
  • 01 April            Initiation of Koha Project 2013
  • 11 April            MLA Newsletter 2013 Issue 01
  • 27-28 April       Seminar on Development of Maldives Library Sector
  • 11 May            Workshop on Classification
  • 9-11 June         Koha Training (probable move to April)
  • 12-13 June       GSDL Workshop (might have to move to April)
  • 6 July              “Bring a friend event” Social Event for MLA member
  • 11 July             Special supplement on library activities (reading campaign)
  • 16 August        MLA Newsletter 2013 Issue 02
  • 28-29 August    Library Workshop in the Atolls (Target K. Dhiffushi)
  • 28-30 Sept       Workshop on Computerized Library cataloging
  • 9 November      Information Session Library & Information Services Education
  • 5 December     Publication of Library Training Manual
  • 12 December   MLA Newsletter 2013 Issue 03
  • 11 January       MLA General Meeting 2014

Election for the vacant post of Assistant Secretary

The former Assistant Secretary, Ms. Fathimath Visala, resigned from the post in February 2013 as she is now posted in the South Most Atoll of the Maldives, thereby having restrictions on attending the monthly Council meetings. It is noted with gratitude the pleasant contribution she made to the Association during her terms of Office.

Two MLA members stood for election and Ms. Sajidha was elected with majority votes.

Approval of MLA Flag & Color

In MLA’s 25 years of existence, according to the available records, MLA has never used a flag. Some records show a color for the Association was approved. Nonetheless, nobody appears to know what that was. In the past, the color blue had been associated informally (presumably, this was adopted because it is the color used by the National Library of Maldives.)

MLA Flag

At the current meeting, the members were presented with the temporary MLA flag (with white background and turquoise logo) made at short notice to join the “ACT NOW” event held on 2nd February 2013. This flag and the color turquoise was approved by the attendees of this meeting, on understanding that the logo, the flag and the Association will undergo a re branding process within the current year.

Process of re-branding the Association

It is widely agreed that the Association needs to undergo a change of it’s mandate to encompass the information sector without limiting it just to “libraries”. It was also agreed that this process should include re-branding of the logo, flag, as well as the name for the Association. This process was advertised at the meeting and opened for comments and feedback from interested parties. Some ideas for a logo was shared at the meeting so as to initiate discussion and thought.

The following are among the proposed logos.

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Interested people can submit your ideas by commenting on this blog post, or by sending an e-mail to the Association at


The meeting overall, was very successful and brought together Library Students at the University, Library Staff from the University, MAPS College, Villa College, the National Library and other institutions. It is also noteworthy that members of the senior management of Villa College and MBC joined the meeting.

We would have loved to see more experienced library staff, in addition to the new people. The current MLA Council looks forward to the contribution of the senior and experienced “librarians” working at various libraries throughout the country. The more heads that join, the more ideas we can generate and the more work we can put into strengthen the library and information sector of the Maldives.

Other special events at the meeting was distribution of books (on general reading) to all the attendees, an 8GB pen drive for a lucky draw winner, a 16GB pen drive for the person who encouraged the most people to attend this meeting. The MLA 25 year special publication was also sold at a discount price of MVR 100.00 (The standard price is MVR 150.00 for MLA members and MVR 200.00 for others).


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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in NEWS


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MLA Koha training 2012

A three-day training program on Koha integrated Library System has been held, organised jointly by the Maldives Library Association in coordination with the National Library of Maldives. The program was held at the computer laboratory at Village College QI campus.

The program was conducted from 3 to 5 June 2012 with sessions extending from 8:30am to 3:30pm for the three days.


Thirty participants from a number of different institutions took part in this program. It is also noteworthy that the training participants include 12 staff from other parts of the Maldives.

The training was conducted by Mr Nitesh Rijal (software engineer) from Nepzilla solutions, Nepal; assisted by Fathimath Nashfa and Ahmed Rasheed. A session to introduce the concepts of library cataloguing and MARC was delivered by Athiyya Shakeel.

# Name Designation Institution
As part of Koha Project 2012
1 Sheereena Abdul Azeez Library Assistant Dharumavantha School, Malé
2 Mohamed Shimad Computer Technician Dharumavantha School, Malé
3 Mariyam Shaira Library Assistant Muhyiddin School, Villimalé
4 Mohamed Rifshan Assistant Computer Technician Muhyiddin School, Villimalé
5 Aishath Riyaaz Library Assistant Haa Alif Atoll Education Centre, HA. Dhidhdhoo
6 Aminath Naahidha Librarian Trainee Haa Alif Atoll Education Centre, HA. Dhidhdhoo
7 Ali Naahidh Librarian Trainee Hulhudhuffaaru School, R. Hulhudhuffaaru
8 Ahmed Sunil I.T. Technician Hulhudhuffaaru School, R. Hulhudhuffaaru
9 Hafsa Hanim Librarian Iskandar School, Malé
10 Hussain Visam Ast Computer Technician Iskandar School, Malé
11 Nasreena Assistant Librarian Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre
12 Mohamed Akram Ast Computer Technician Gaafu Alif Atoll Education Centre
13 Azra Mohamed Assistant Librarian Addu High School, S. Hithadhoo
14 Sinan Shihab Computer Technician Addu High School, S. Hithadhoo
15 Abdullah Mubah Muhthaar Assistant Computer Technician Vilufushee School, Th. Vilufushee
16 Rugiyya Ashfa Librarian Assistant Vilufushee School, Th. Vilufushee
17 Aminath Shazina Assistant Librarian Dhivehi Bahuge Academy, Malé
18 Anas Mohamed Assistant Computer Technician Dhivehi Bahuge Academy
19 Aishath Laoa Library Assistant Villa College, Malé
20 Ismail Shifau Senior IT Officer Villa College, Malé
Other Participants
21 Saud Najih Adam Librarian The MNU Library, Malé
22 Mariyam Ihusana Assistant Librarian The MNU Library, Malé
23 Adam Shahid Computer Technician National Library, Malé
24 Zulhana Adam Assistant Librarian National Library, Malé
25 Mohamed Aameen Assistant Librarian National Library, Malé
26 Firushan Thaufeeq Cashier National Library, Malé
27 Aishath Rifza Assistant Librarian Maldives Broadcasting Corporation
28 Aminath Abdul Haadhee Librarian Ghiyasuddin International High School, Malé
29 Aminath Shiruhana Assistant Librarian Hiriya School, Malé
30 Yumna Habeeb Assistant Administrative Office Centre for Higher Secondary Education, Malé

Participants and resource persons of Koha ILS training, 3 to 5 June 2012

Posted by on June 5, 2012 in NEWS


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My vision

Hello and a big welcome to all MLA members and non members. 

First congratulations to our new Executive Committee (Hingaa Committee). I look forward to closely working with you. 

From left to right:Editor, President, Secretary (front), Vice President (back), Training Officer, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer (absent), Advisor (absent)


A big thank you to all librarians, information managers and other interested parties who attended the first MLA event of 2010, on 27 Feb 2010. I personally hope that all of us learnt something new and interesting that would help us in the long run from the “Mingling” session. I sure did! 

I would like to extend my most sincere thanks to the ex-hingaa committee (EC). The event wouldn’t have been such a great success without the extraordinary efforts from Shiuna, Athiyya, Nashath, Fathmath Shiham, Aminath Riyaz and Mohamed Rasheed. They were my team who inspired me to be the best I can be at times of highs and lows. So, thanks team 🙂 

Also, many thanks to our families whose direct and indirect involment/support, without which we couldn’t have gone this far. Special thanks to JCI Maldives (& JCI Moobeen) for the training session and to Mr. Byn for providing us with a lovely meeting place and endless nights of inforgettable yummy coffee. 

My vision for the future of MLA is to see the MLA members being actively involved in taking this Library Association forward and making MLA a strong voice influencing how the library and information science is being shaped, used and seen within our community. I would like to see MLA members (apart from the hinga committee) take initiative and organize events all of us can participate in. I would like each MLA member to seek or take away atleast one benefit from MLA during the next two years to come and always. 

Here’s what I learnt during my first term of MLA presidency. No one else is going to give us the push we need except ourselves. No amount of whining will get the job done. We need to spend from our pockets and raise funds, so that we can build a better budget. We need a better budget so that we can help ourselves and others through this association. 

So let’s all volunteer and say YES! I can help…meet. learn. acquire. 


MLA President 2010


Posted by on March 1, 2010 in Commentary


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