Library and Archival Collaborations: Iran & France

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Boroujerdi, the president of NLAI, and Philippe Thiébaud, the French ambassador to Iran, discussed cooperation in the field of archiving, document digitization, and librarianship on May 20, 2020.

During the meeting, Boroujerdi after explaining the structure of the NLAI and the measures taken by the organization referred to the partnership for book exchange with France and said that the National Library of France has Persian manuscripts and due to the implementation of some provisions of the memorandum of understanding between the two libraries, we request to follow up the unimplemented provisions of that memorandum of understanding. Thiébaud also announced the readiness of his country to exchange books between the National Library of France and Iran.

Boroujerdi, proposing a scientific exchange between Iranian and French scholars hosted by NLAI, said, “France has clear-sighted scientists and Iran also has prominent scholars.”  Boroujerdi further proposed holding joint exhibitions between Iran and France hosted by NLAI and added that in addition to exhibition cooperation, Iranian and French scholars can exchange information and talk with each other online.

Referring to Iran’s membership in the international organizations of the International Council on Archives (ICA) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and its continuous and effective presence in the meetings of these two organizations, he emphasized the copyright law as one of the important points in the field of activity of the National Library of Iran.

Thiébaud also after explaining the situation of Coronavirus in France emphasized the cooperation between the National Libraries of France and Iran. Referring to the Institut Français de Recherche en Iran in Tehran and the prominent figure of “Henri Corbin” in the fields of Shiite and Iranian studies, Thiébaud added that their proposal was to use common capacities, especially in the fields of documents, books, and sending Iranian experts to France, which would be financially supported by the France embassy.

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