The INLA opened a new
library which is beside to Its other
various activities . The Generation library , as It
has been called , houses books and periodicals that
meet the needs of the ages from (6-17) and aims to
raise the cultural awareness of these age group .
This important step , one of many others undertaken
by this cultural institution , is supervised by the
director general of the National Library Dr. Saad
The Generation Library's Importance lies in being
the first of Its Kind in Iraq despite the
violent convulsions the country went through - in
those circumstances the youth turned away from reading
superficial culture prevailed , not only among the youth
in Iraq , but also in other countries in the world .
Thus , the Generation Library takes on exceptional
significance as It focuses on a vital
section of society .
The establishment of the library realizes What the
UNESCO has been stressing since 1949 on many
occasions about the responsibility of libraries
towards children .
Library's aims :
The idea for the
Generation Library arose from a general awareness
trend that there are actual and vital cultural needs
which must be met due to the educational , Cultural
and political changes in Iraq , and the urgency of
instilling modern values based on love of Knowledge
and Social Communication into children's minds ,
In other words There is a need for cultural development for the
young as well as for adults State run and private institutions have been stressing
on the latter14 .
The Generation Library focuses on achieving
educational , social and recreational goals which
could be Summed up in the following :
- Providing a Suitable
healthy environment for youngsters to read freely
outside their conventional education curricula .
Therefore , It represents an additional educational
centre Which helps children to educate themselves by
tapping into new sources of Knowledge .
- Giving children and youngster the opportunity to
explore their talents in reading , Writing , Poetry
, Story Writing and Painting .
- Stressing the importance of children and
youngsters' culture and encouraging specialization
in literary publications for children and youngsters
and creating a new generation of creative writers in
the fields of literary writing , music and arts .
- Building bridges between the Culture of the two
Worlds : the World of the young and the grown - up
world and providing a basic from of common language
within the family and Within society in general .
- Contributing toward Creating an intellectual ,
effective character that is able to interact With
others rather than a negative , irritable and
insular one .
- Making Information available and accessible to
children and this many encourage them to build their
own libraries at home .
- Reading encourages children to develop new and
important internets .
- The library also encourages the spirit of teamwork
and collaboration in general social issues .
Generation Library : a Futuristic Model
The library is meant
to be a nucleus of a larger project . The Idea is to
invest in the success of the Generation Library
project and make it a model which could be copied on
the national level . The second step the INLA
intends to take is to suggest to Baghdad Governorate
Council the Idea of an integral project aimed at
establishing a network of Generation Library in
residential areas particularly poverty - stricken
areas . The third step Would be to Persuade each
governorate to establish a network of Generation
Libraries . And the final step is to establish a
national network of Generation Libraries .
The INLA hopes that these libraries Will be ,
temporarily , Under the administrative and financial
supervision of the local authority . However , the
INLA believes in the importance of establishing an
administrative institution to run these libraries in
order to achieve their goals , Unify their cultural
and educational trends and keeping them independent
of politics , parties and ideologies .
The Generation Library Will hold the following
- Paper publications .
- Digital Publications .
- Digital and Conventional audio collections
(children's song and audio stories)
- Conventional and digital visual collections
(feature films , cartoons , educational and cultural
computer programmes) .
Library's Structure :
- A special website
for the library on the internet .
- A drawing work ship for children .
- Internet and Computer Centre .
- Reading room .
- Administration .
Means of Attraction :
- The Generation
Library's Website on the Internet .
-Organizing trips for schools and kindergartens .
- Using Various means of publicity like posters .
- Holding special children and youngsters themed
exhibitions for children and adults .
- Coordinating with the Fine Arts institute and
Academy to benefit from the artistic potential of
the students of the Cinema and Theatre department to
act out stories .
- Diversifying means of access to information to
avoid boredom .
-Using decor , furniture and beautiful colours .
Publicity Campaign to
Promote the Generation Library Project .
- Raising the
awareness of people about the importance of
investment in the world of children and youngsters
which is different from the world of adults in Its
needs , leanings and wishes .
decision makers of the importance of investing in
the world of children and youngsters because early
Scientific and Cultural education is a vital part of
the overall national development .
- Information Iraqi Intelligentsia to assume the
responsibility towards children's culture in a wider
and serious manner .