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Nilay Cevher
Emerging International Voices

A research assistant and a PhD candidate working at the Department of Information Management at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey 

Nilay Cevher private What’s a library to you? 

It is a phenomenon that reflects the importance a nation gives to information and science and the development level of a society.  

What’s the single most essential thing you need in your everyday work? 

Music  

What was the most memorable experience you ever had in a library? 

When I visited the National Library in Yerevan, Armenia with some of my colleagues from Turkish Librarians’ Association in 2015, our Armenian colleagues were being so kind that they exhibited their rare manuscripts related to the period of Ottoman Empire just for a couple of hours and just for us. We shared mutual peaceful thoughts and wishes about our common history and current/future relations. Library was a bridge connecting us from two conflicting nations.  

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Who wants to talk to the grumpy librarian?

Libraries in Turkey have an image problem. Nilay Cevher reflects on the current situation of literacy, reading and libaries in her country - and looks at what needs to be improved.

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