Ms Lamia Abdel Fattah

Head of Library Sector, Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Lamia Abdel Fattah has spent the last 16 years working for the Library of Alexandria. In 2014 she was appointed Head of Library Sector.  She is responsible for the overall planning and administration of all activities of the Library Sector’s six departments. From March 2006 to present she served as director of the special libraries for children, young adults, arts and multimedia and library for the blind and visually impaired. During her tenure, Lamia managed and administrated a number of innovative projects. Achievements included the establishment of the first Arabic Digital Talking Book Library in the middle east, the establishment of the special needs corner at the children’s library in addition to the development other creative new programs for children and young adults.

Lamia holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s in Quality Management from the Productivity and Quality Institute,  Arab Academy of Science and Technology.


The role of libraries has tremendously changed in the last decade as response to the changing needs and exceptions of library users. Growth of internet usage and users interaction had huge impact on libraries and the expectations of users. The advancements in technology has contributed in the transition of libraries from traditional libraries to virtual libraries. Library catalogues and systems contain high quality structured metadata, but this data is not linked with other web resources. MARC 21 format that most libraries have been using is based on Z39.50 information search and retrieve protocol standard which is different from the www protocols. Libraries are now transforming to utilize the Linked Data paradigm for publishing and sharing data over the web. My presentation will shed lights on new emerging technologies in libraries as well as the latest trends in library design and innovative services.