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Welcome message from the president

The Special Libraries Association - Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA-AGC) takes great pleasure in inviting you to be part of the SLA-AGC 19th Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held at Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 23-25 April 2013.

This year, the SLA-AGC is organizing the annual conference with the United Arab Emirates’ National Research and Education Network (Ankabut). Ankabut is one of the major research and key educational players in the UAE and their involvement provides added value experience for our chapter. For the last 18 years the SLA-AGC has been able to build good partnerships and relationships with different government, academic and professional organizations in the Gulf region. We believe that these partnerships play an important role in shaping the new generation of information professionals in the Gulf region

The United Arab Emirates has been a strong supporter of the SLA-AGC from its early years. The SLA-AGC conference has been organized five times in the UAE during the last 18 years, and this has shown the high support that libraries and information professionals have received from the UAE government.

This is the third time that the city of Abu Dhabi has hosted the chapter's annual conference. The first one was held in 2000 when the conference was organized by The Ministry of Presidential Affairs; the second time it was organized by the Center of Documentation and Research, and this year it will be organized by Ankabut.

The aim of every SLA-AGC conference has been not only to provide a forum for discussion and learning, but also an opportunity for delegates to develop new professional relationships. The SLA-AGC is committed to running a successful, productive and regionally significant conference and to meeting, as always, the high expectations of library and information professionals in the Gulf region.

The SLA-AGC 2013 will provide a highly interactive and professional platform for the sharing and the exchange of experience, ideas and future visions. We welcome the participation of library & information professionals, researchers in this field, and relevant organizations, to be our partners in this significant event.

I look forward to seeing you all in Abu Dhabi, UAE for our 19th annual conference, workshops, and exhibition.

With best regards,

Mohamed Mubarak

2013 Conference Partners & Sponsors