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Balancing preservation, access and curation issues with digital resources


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In the 21st century, digital resources have become an increasingly dominant presence in libraries and information professionals’ lives. They bring new challenges and opportunities, and force us to examine existing practices in a new light. For example, how do you manage, preserve, and provide access to massive research datasets? Are we constrained to treating e-books and e-articles merely as digital versions of print materials, or are there other options? We can now access the content of scholarly output and research data in computational contexts and on a massive scale, but what does that mean in practical terms for access and discovery? How do we curate digital collections that are difficult if not impossible to represent in a visual format? Drawing from a wide range of experience and backgrounds, our panelists will address these questions and more in a wide-ranging discussion about the digital future of libraries and information professionals.


Dr. Kevin Ashley

Dr. Kevin Ashley, Director of Digital Curation Centre (DCC) Dr. Ashley’s career has spanned a number of roles supporting research in organizations with national and international roles. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Ashley and his team developed and delivered training in digital preservation, including the award-winning digital preservation training program (www.dptp.org). He was also a member of the RLG/NARA task force which developed the TRAC methodology for repository audit and was chair of JISC's Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group. As the director of the DCC, Dr. Ashley works to develop capability and capacity for research data curation in UK organizations and to engage internationally in support of that aim.

Professor Imad Bachir

Professor Imad Bachir, Director of Libraries, Qatar University Professor Bachir has had a long association with Lebanese University, where he received his B.A. degree in Library and Information Studies in 1985, and then after two graduate degrees in London (as well as serving as research editor for “AlHayat” Arabic daily Newspaper in London and then Beirut), Professor Bachir returned to Lebanese University to teach there in 1996 and went on to become Director of the Faculty of Information and Documentation, as well as a Professorship. Currently, he is Director of Libraries at Qatar University and a professor of Library and Information Studies at the Lebanese University.

Molly Tamarkin

Molly Tamarkin, Library Director, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Ms. Tamarkin has worked in higher education, libraries, and information technology for 25+ years in numerous leadership positions. Prior to her role as Library Director at KAUST, she has served in a variety of roles, including Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, Associate Dean for Information Technology, and Chief Technology Officer. Her career has spanned a range of universities, colleges and libraries in the United States, including Duke University, University of Puget Sound, Marlboro College, the University of Chicago Library, the St. Louis Public Library, and the Brooklyn Public Library. As Library Director at KAUST, Ms. Tamarkin worked with Mohamed Baessa and others to expand the role and scope of the University’s institutional repository program and open access initiatives

Mohamed Baessa

Mohamed Baessa, Digital repository specialist, KAUST (Moderator), Prior to his career at KAUST, Mr. Baessa supported a range of library technical solutions as a systems engineer for Naseej, including work on integrated library systems, library applications of RFID integrated solutions, Archives and Museum System Solutions, Electronic Resources Management Solutions, Digitization, Digital Archiving and Digital Asset Management. At KAUST, Mr. Baessa led the implementation of the university’s research repository as well as integration projects with altmetric tools and ORCID, and is a strong advocate for process improvement, holding certified Six Sigma green and black belts from the British Quality Foundation.

Tentative agenda

  • (total time: approximately 1 hour)
  • Introduction (moderator, 5 Minutes)
  • Panelist statement (moderator and panelists, 25 Minutes)
  • Open Q&A and discussion period (audience, moderator, panelists, 25 Minutes)

This session is sponsored by KAUST & Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press:

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