A meeting held at Princess Sumaya University for Technology for the presidents of nine private Jordanian universities saw the initiation of the establishment of the "Center of Excellence in Library Services for Private Jordanian Universities". The aim of the project is to share available knowledge, face the challenges and continuous changes in the world of libraries, provide an environment supportive of the scientific research movement, and increase access to information.
In his welcoming speech, the President of PSUT, Prof. Mashhoor Al-Refai, expressed his pleasure at this cooperation, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world and regionally at the level of private universities. He indicated the importance of establishing the center to enhance cooperation frameworks between member universities, to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and information sources, in addition to rationalizing expenditures by unifying the mechanisms of collective participation in printed and online information sources, working on optimal use of human, material and financial resources, unifying work mechanisms and tools in accordance with local and international professional office standards, and supplying the information network of the member universities with important resources.
The head of the technical services department at PSUT’s El Hassan Library, Dr. Shadi Hameedat, gave a detailed presentation on the added value of establishing the center, which will be based at PSUT, and the desired benefits from it. He went on to review some of its functions such as the possibility of collective negotiation to participate in information sources, especially in light of the globally high prices of intellectual property and the limited budget of private universities and their libraries. The joint venture enables the creation of strategic partnerships and alliances in line with the global education transformation, in addition to access to open information sources.
Regulations for establishing the center have been drawn up, which are expected to be approved in accordance with applicable procedures. On the announcement of its launch, membership will be available to all private universities as well as the founding universities: Princess Sumaya for Technology, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Philadelphia, Al-Israa, Irbid National University, Al-Zaytoonah, the Middle East, International Islamic Sciences, and Aqaba for Technology.