Thursday, May 21, 2015, 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

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The Library of Alexandria -The History of the Ancient and the Rebirth of the New: Webinar (05/21/15) 

with Dr. Sohair F. Wastawy, Ph.D.

Dean of Libraries - Florida Institute of Technology

& Past Chief Librarian of the Library of Alexandria

The Ancient Library of Alexandria captured the imagination of the world and remains one of the greatest adventures of the human intellect. Established in 288 BC to bring together the greatest minds of the ancient world, the Library grew to become the greatest library of the age and the intellectual center of the world. Some 1600 years after its final destruction, the Library was revived again, almost exactly on the same spot, on the shores of the Mediterranean. The new Bibliotheca Alexandrina was intended, with its diverse activities, to capture the spirit of the original Ancient Library of Alexandria.

This lecture and presentation will attempt to tell the history of the ancient library and illustrates the mission and the parts that constitute the new library.

Virtual Trainer: Dr. Sohair F. Wastawy, Ph.D.

Dr. Wastawy has been Dean of Libraries at Florida Institute of Technology since October 2013. Before arriving to Florida Tech, Dr. Wastawy was the Dean of the University Libraries at Illinois State University and earlier was the first Chief Librarian of the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt. Prior to her work in Alexandria she was the dean of Libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology for 14 years. 

Sohair Wastawy received her BA, MA, and completed work towards her Ph.D. thesis in Linguistics at Cairo University, Egypt.  She possesses a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, and a Doctorate degree in Library and Information Management from Simmons College, Massachusetts.

This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.

Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.

Cancellation Deadline is 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.
Otherwise, no show fees may apply. See all NEFLIN CE policies at