Palestinian Libraries Under Occupation

A panel at ALA annual in Orlando, Florida, June 26, 2016


  1. The panel featured Diana Sayej-Nasser (Director of the Main Library at Birzeit University in Birzeit, Palestine and General Coordinator of the Palestinian Library and Information Consortium [PALICO]) and Randa Kamal (former Director of libraries at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and current President of the Palestinian Library Association). It was sponsored by the ALA's Social Responsibilites Round Table and the group Librarians and Archivists' With Palestine.
  2. Randa Kamal spoke first, offering observations about the ways in which the Israeli occupation interferes with Palestinian libraries' ability to serve their communities.
  3. Diana Sayej-Nasser spoke next. Her presentation offered more reflections on the effects of the occupation on Palestinian libraries and librarians.
  4. Sayej-Nasser also described the work of PALICO, the Palestinian Library and Information Consortium ( ).