What did they say about the Arabic Union Catalog?
Prof. Emad Aboughazi, Department of Library and Information Science - Cairo University and Former Egyptian Minister of Culture :
"It is a collaborative libraries project to save time and efforts and to standardize practices. It is one of the best libraries projects in the Arab World. It has been awarded some prizes in specialized library conferences and forums."
Prof. Zein Abdelhadi, Head of Department of Library and Information Science, Helwan University, Former Head of the Egyptian National Library :
"This project is considered one of the best libraries projects in the Arab World, which will return all the good to Arab researchers. It provides a good mental image about the Arab World in the field of literature and scientific production. It represents one of the most important initiatives in the field of Arab-Arab cultural cooperation. This project emphasizes on that the leaders of King Abdul Aziz Public Library enjoy a high level of awareness of access this literature to Arab citizens in everywhere by providing the Arab political will the ability to create informational and cultural cooperation. Moreover, it introduces many benefits in standardizing practices of technical processes and reinforcing the cooperation mechanisms between libraries."
Prof. Hosam Muhammed Sultan El`alma, Director of National Research Foundation - United Arab Emirates, Former Dean of Library Affairs, the United Arab Emirates University :
"This project is a pride to all Arabs; it is a great achievement which has begun as miniature project with a few memberships of some Arab public and university libraries. Over time, it has been developed and grown; consequently, it has sparkled us with positive statistics and numbers. I invite all libraries, with their different types, which did not participate in the membership of this project to get involved in it since it brings real benefits to all levels of libraries and knowledge all over the Arab World."
Prof. Mansour Sarhan, Head of the Bahrain National Library - Isa Cultural Center :
"The dream has come true by launching the Arabic Union Catalog (AUC) which inspired a huge leap in the field of technical processes and their functions in libraries. Therefore, Arabs' attention has been drawn to the AUC Center to achieve the greatest dream which entices libraries in the Arab World by converting traditional Arab libraries to digital ones. As a result, these libraries can be in the line with the technological boom we live and which impacts current and future generation. The only way to accomplish this is by the AUC efforts which are always outstanding."
Prof. Hanan Malkawi Head of Altamayouz Center - Jordan and Vice President of Yarmouk University – Jordan :
"The Arabic Union catalog is considered an exemplar of strengthening bonds of Arab joint cooperation; as well as an ideal situation applied in reality, a complete fact, and a realized wish. We hope all Arab economic, social, health and athletic organizations act as same as what has been performed in the AUC; especially, the process of scientific research which a lot of Arab countries deprive from."
Prof. Ahmed Elmerghani, Dean of Library Affairs at the National Ribat University – Sudan :
"Observers for the beginning of the Arabic Union Catalog since its launching in 2007 assert that it would be a successful project. All indicators were pointing out to success because preparation to this project was carefully studied and planned. Also, this preparation took its sufficient time; moreover, some experts and scholars who are renowned for their scientific expertise and high-professional efficiency have contributed to it. Besides, there are so many direct positives achieved through the AUC; in addition to indirect positives which represent the actual added value of the AUC at the informational Arab level."
Prof. Muhammed Assakri, Head of Department of Information Studies – Sultan Qaboos University – Oman :
"The Arabic Union Catalog is considered a cultural phenomenon and urgent need the Arab libraries, with their different types and formats, are looking forward to. Whereas, the AUC represents an union window to all Arab catalogs; as well as a knowledge and intellectual resource which includes all different types and formats of Arabic information resources. The AUC is considered a virtual training environment and subjective and practical tool which provides the opportunity to train on it as well."
Dr. Be Yan Hu, Vice-President of the Chinese Yellow River Publishing and Media Company :
"I did not imagine that this project has been come true and performed by an Arab country due to the large number of Arab countries and Arabic books. I find it an opportunity of requesting the cooperation with the Arabic Union Catalog Project in China provided that the visiting Chinese delegation represents the AUC there and cataloging the Islamic books in China is carried out in Arabic."