Help for Earthquake Victims in Turkey and Syria

As an organisation, MELCom International wishes to express sincere solidarity with the people affected by the earthquake in Turkey and Syria who are still experiencing loss and pain following the  earthquake disaster.  As individuals our hearts bleed to witness the scale of human casualties and of material and cultural damage as well. The catastrophe happened on February 6th but the crisis still goes on and will require a lot of attention and aid for a long time. MELCom International invites all those interested in the region to participate and help reliable relief organizations in their respective countries or in Turkey.

The upcoming MELCom International annual conference is of course maintained and we look forward to meeting there with our Turkish colleagues in order to express our support in person as well.  The venue of the conference, Antalya has not been impacted by the earthquake and our local organizers reassure us of their hospitality, as ever.

In order to support libraries and librarians affected by the earthquake disaster in Türkiye and Syria, an aid campaign was launched in cooperation with the Turkish Librarians Association (TLA), University and Research Librarians Association (UNAK) and Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS). To give financial support to the aid campaign of these three NGOs, you may donate to the bank account number below. To ensure coordination, please write only “EARTHQUAKE” in the explanation part.
You also may share this information on your professional network.

EURO Account:  Ziraat Bankası Yenişehir Şubesi
Account Name: Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği  / Turkish Librarians Association
IBAN: TR 40000 1000 471 39775141 5005
USD Account: Ziraat Bankası Yenişehir Şubesi
Account Name: Türk Kütüphaneciler Derneği / Turkish Librarians Association
IBAN: TR 67000 1000 471 39775141 5004
CHIPS: 409993

Apart from that a very reliable NGO was recommended by our Turkish friends which is Ahbap<>. They are active  in relief work in the area of the earthquake. Donations can be made here

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Next Conference

In 2023, the 44th Annual Conference is scheduled to take place from 25th to 28th April 2023. It will be hosted by AKMED Library of the Koç University Suna & İnan Kıraç Research Centre for Mediterranean Civilizations in Antalya, Turkey. Our convener is Ms. Tuba Akbaytürk, MLS, Direktor of Koç University Libraries at large.

Our hosts have set up a libguide which can be accessed here.

The registration and paper submission for the 44th Annual Conference of Melcom International is now closed. If you wish to attend the conference please get in touch with our Secretary Wassilena Sekulova via

Les inscriptions et la collecte des propositions d’intervention pour la
44ème conférence annuelle de Melcom International sont maintenant
terminées. Si vous souhaitez participer à la conférence, veuillez prendre
contact avec notre secrétaire Wassilena Sekulova à l’adresse suivante