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Increasing Partnerships between Libraries in the Middle East and North America

This panel explores opportunities for partnership between libraries in the Middle East and North America, based on a survey of Middle East librarians and library educators conducted in Fall 2014. In addition, the panel will present an overview of the availability and format of online library catalogs in the Middle East, with the goal of identifying and overcoming challenges in integrating catalog information and making library holdings visible to global audiences. Finally, the panel will offer an opportunity for librarians and library educators to describe promising existing partnerships and discuss possible future collaborations.


Charles Kurzman

Charles Kurzman is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, principle investigator of the Middle East Library Partnership Project and co-director of the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations. He is author of The Missing Martyrs (2011), Democracy Denied, 1905-1915 (2008), and The Unthinkable Revolution in Iran (2004), and editor of the anthologies Liberal Islam (1998) and Modernist Islam, 1840-1940 (2002).

Mohamed Abou El Seoud:

Mohamed Abou El Seoud is a subject librarian for Middle East and African Studies. In this position, he is responsible on developing high-quality collections, conduct assessment of collections and services, develop research and learning tools, and engage in long-term planning.He is also responsible for selecting and managing collections in all formats for his subject areas, including resources related to Persian-speaking countries and Northern and Western African countries.

Previously, Abou El Seoud was the lead library assistant for technical services at the library of Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA. He also served as a senior cataloging and outsourcing supervisor at the American University in Cairo. Mohamed holds an M.A. and B.A. in library and information science from Cairo University in Egypt, where he is currently enrolled in the library and information science Ph.D. program.

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Prof. Jassim Mohammed Jirjees Abu.Daood (Ph.D)
Director - Master in Library Science and Information Science Director, College of Computer Information Technology

Professor Jassim M. Jirjees completed his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at the Graduate School of Communication and Information of Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, U.S.A. in 1981. He has served as the acting dean of the College of Media and Mass Communication at the American University in the Emirates in 2010- 2011. He held very prestigious positions in his home country Iraq. He was the President of Iraqi Association of Library and Information Science, 1982-1996, Secretary General, Arab Federation of Libraries and Information 1986-1989. Director General, Arab Gulf States Documentation Center, 1985- 1990, Secretary General, Higher Council of Scientific Societies in Iraq, 1988-1996 , and President of Board of Trustees at Al-Mansour University College, Baghdad, 1988-1996.

He is currently, Professor, Department Head of Library and Information Science, College of Computer & Information Technology, in the American University in the Emirates. He was also a professor & Department Head of MLIS in the College of Arts, in Al-Mustansiriyah University (Iraq), and Sana'a University (Yemen) where he taught different Library and Information Science courses to BA, MA, and PhD students . In that capacity he supervised more than twenty

MA and Doctoral students in universities in these countries. Prof. Jassim Jirjees was editor-in-chief of four professional journals and has written 25 Books, and 60 papers in Arabic & English. He has participated in more than70 International, Regional and National professional conferences. He has got many awards from many national & regional academic & cultural institutions. An Honorary Book Award was published by El-Temimi Foundation of Scientific Research & Information for his contribution to the Profession of Librarianship. Forty-Four scholars from different countries contributed to that book which was published in Arabic, English & French in 2012.

David Hirsch

David Hirsch serves as the Librarian for Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He has also served as an advisor to the Abu Dhabi National Library and special coordinator at the United Arab Emirates University Library. He holds M.A. degrees in Library Science and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago. David is a past-president of the Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) and a board member of the Islamic Manuscript Association. He is also a past vice president of SLA-AGC.

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