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Chairman of Jordan Library Association lectures students at Petra University


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Dr. Rubhi Elayan, Chairman of Jordan Library Association, said that the Department of Antiquities, established in 1950, is the oldest specialized library in Jordan.


During a lecture entitled “Libraries and their cultural role in the era of globalization” and given in front of the Department of Educational Sciences students, Dr. Elayan pointed out that the emergence of virtual libraries on the Internet brought down a spatial component of the definition of library. The student and the researcher can carry his/her personal library on his/her mobile phone or on his/her mobile memory.


Moreover, Dr. Elayan reviewed the types of libraries, their objectives, their functions, their components and the reasons of the differences between them and the impact of technology in the development of the concept of library as well as the cultural role that they play in the lives of pioneers and researchers. He also devoted a significant part in which he spoke about the different roles of the library.


Dr. Elayan alerted about the need to differentiate between two types of library; specialized libraries and private libraries. A specialized library is a library that comprises books and references for specific topic such as medicine, engineering or folklore, while a private library may comprise various books in many fields, yet these books belong to an individual or an author that collects his/her books in that library.


The moderator of the University of Petra, Dr. Maram Abu Nadi, noted that the globalization of libraries sheds responsibility on the researcher and the reader who has become cautious in his/her selection of books published on the Internet, adding that: “Whoever will lead the human race will know how to read. Regardless of the types and sources of knowledge and libraries, it is necessary to know the selection of knowledge, whether it is from traditional or non-traditional sources. Thus, our goal is to distinguish from the wheat and what may optimize us as individuals to differentiate ourselves from the others so as not to fall into the trap of globalization."