4 January 2013
Passing of a Friend, Colleague & Standing Committee Member
It is in shock and with great sadness that we must announce the sudden decease, in an accident, of Maha Alwan, member of our Standing Committee.
A very special person is gone. An ardent promoter of reading, she created the Public Library of Mtein, in Lebanon, that became a model in the country for its collections and its programs; she worked for the National Library and was also a trainer of librarians in Lebanon and abroad. She was a very active IFLA member, participating with papers in conference sessions but also in the section’s projects, contributing – among others – to better knowledge of Lebanese children’s literature at the international level. She was preparing her nomination for a second term in our Standing Committee.
But it is Maha as a person that we shall miss very much. A wonderful, fine, rare person: kind, warm, discreet but full of life, open-minded, smiling always, deeply interested in others… As SC members said, "it was a joy to spend time in her company », because she had a « very intelligent heart ».
Our thoughts are with her family.
Chair, Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults