The electronic database and barcode registration system installed by Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) in the library of Ez-Zitouna University in Tunisia was put into service. The electronic database and barcode registration system installed by TİKA in the library of Ez-Zitouna University in Tunisia was put into service with a ceremony attended by Abdellatif Bouazizi, President of Ez-Zitouna University; Ali Fuat Cebeci, TİKA’s Coordinator in Tunis; and İlyas Yavuz, Educational Attaché of the Turkish Embassy in Tunis. Before the opening ceremony, a memorandum of understanding for the improvement of cooperation was signed by Abdellatif Bouazizi, President of Ez-Zitouna University, and Ali Fuat Cebeci, TİKA’s Coordinator in Tunis.
In his speech after the opening ceremony, Bouazizi said, “As a result of our cooperation with TİKA, the necessary infrastructure was built in our library to track and store books digitally. I hope that our cooperation with TİKA will improve and pave the way for cooperation with other Turkish institutions.”
Ali Fuat Cebeci, TİKA’s Coordinator in Tunis, stated that they were pleased with this cooperation, and said, “We have delivered the project for the installation of an electronic database and barcode registration system. Thanks to the library automation system that we installed, the details of nearly 40,000 books in the library, including manuscripts, will be entered into a database. Thus, the preservation and security of these works will be ensured.”
Noting that the automation system will provide Tunisian academic community and students with easier and quicker access to these resources, Cebeci said, “We believe that this project would make a significant and meaningful contribution to research activities and scientific studies. I would like to extend my best wishes to Ez-Zitouna University, its academic community, and its students.”
Thanks to the system installed by TİKA, a unique ID is assigned to each book and indicated on the label of the relevant book. It is aimed to track these works and ensure their security easily by entering these IDs, which are linked to necessary details such as shelf location, into the automation system, which uses radio frequency waves. In 2019, TİKA and Ez-Zitouna University signed a protocol for cooperation for the restoration, archiving, and digitization of manuscripts, copies of the Quran, and many other historical documents in the Center of Islamic Studies in Kairouan and the Rakada Museum.
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