Sumayya Ahmed is a Professor of Library and Information Studies at University College London-Qatar. She successfully defended her dissertation on the Hassan II Prize for Manuscripts and Archival documents at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. She held the Educating Librarians in the Middle East for the 21st Century (ELIME-21) Fellowship from 2011- 2015.
Sumayya’s current research interest is documentary heritage in the Gulf region, and the place of community archives and oral histories in complimenting available documentary records. She is also interested in North African documentary heritage (the Maghreb), especially as it relates to the (digital) preservation of Arabic, Amazigh (Berber) and Islamic manuscripts and historic records. Specifically, she is interested in those held in private family collections, and in how (post)colonialism, authoritarianism and ideas about access to information shape public access to, use, and preservation of manuscripts and historic records.
As a research aside, she is also interested in contemporary and pre-modern reading and readership in the Arabic speaking world, and has published an article on the subject that can be found in the publications section of her CV.