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Innovative Librarianship in the emerging Knowledge Society: Roadmap for the Arab World


أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

In recent years, Arab nations have taken significant steps in transitioning from primarily oil-based economies to laying the foundation for innovative and diversified knowledge-based societies. Instead of hydrocarbons, knowledge is becoming the new fuel for future economies – a fuel based on high-quality education, state-of-art information and communication technologies (ICTs), and innovative research and development. These nations are redesigning the landscape through modernization of education, opening new universities, research centres with full of sophisticated ICT infrastructures in order to prepare the next generation of leaders. Acknowledging the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the dissemination and application of knowledge and formation of knowledge society, education and ICT initiatives have expanded throughout the MENA region (Arab Knowledge Report 2009). According to World Economic Forum, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates are among the top fifty nations most ready to utilize ICTs.

In order to increase the access to education and research, encourage innovation and entrepreneurship, and establish a solid foundation for a knowledge-based society, a number of signature initiatives like, El Hassan Science City in Amman, Jordan, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (MIST)and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF)in UAE, Smart Village project and Global Knowledge Support Program of Egypt, Qatar Education City Project and Qatar Foundation, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)and Tatweer Project (King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project for Developing Public Education)in Saudi Arabia, have been taken in this region. All these developments show their commitment to creating 21st century knowledge-based Socieities.

Knowledge Management is an important and integral part of a knowledge based economic model in this 21st century. Knowledge management mainly focuses on creation, codification, dissemination and application of knowledge within the context of an organization. To get success in businesses, organizations, communities, nations and societies in this knowledge-based economy era, steps need to be taken to facilitate creation and use of knowledge at all levels. This new initiative has created unprecedented opportunities for institutions that deal with information and knowledge. Libraries in all sectors have always been on the forefront of facilitating access to information and knowledge. Their user-centered approach, emphasis on service, and expertise in efficiently running information systems make them ideal for providing support in knowledge management work. However, they need to change their mind-set and develop their competencies by enhancing their ICT skills and communication and leadership capabilities to become active participants in the knowledge creation and application processes. To achieve the target, concurrent efforts at individual, professional, and institutional level needs to be taken to reposition libraries and information centres as an important partner in the information and knowledge scene.

Session Chair:

Dr. Sulaiman Alreyaee

Dean of libraries affairs
Al-Jouf University, Saudi Arabia
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  • 2007 - Phd in the area of Copyright and libraries: Factors that influence the attitude of acadmic librarians towards copyright laws Graduate School of Information Studies McGill University, Montréal, Canada
  • 2002 - MLIS in Library & Information Sciences (LIS) North Carolina Center University (NCCU), USA
  • 1996 - BA in Library & Information Sciences Al-Imam University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Areas of Expertise

  • Area of Specialty: Information polciy
  • Scientific Interests
  • Intellectual Property – Copyright Laws application in libraries and Research
  • Environments
  • Information Ethics
  • Attitude Measurements and Research Methods
  • Information eithics
  • Integrated information systems
  • Information marketing
  • Content analysis

Session Speakers:

Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji

Vice-President for knowledge, Research and Ethics at the Knowledge World Company for Digital Content in Jordan since September 2015.

Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji has been working as Vice-President for Knowledge, Research and Ethics at the Knowledge World Company for Digital Content in Jordan since September 2015. Prior to that he worked as Director of the Department of Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department and the Department of Knowledge Management and Sharing at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva between September 2008 and August 2015. During this period he lead the WHO global programmes for eHealth and Telemedicine, Publishing and Dissemination, Research and Knowledge Translation, Networking and Information Services and Global Health Ethics. During this period he also acted as Director of Patient Safety Programme for over two years.

Prior to that he held the positions of Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing, Regional Advisor for Health Information Management and Telecommunication and Regional Informatics Officer at the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean in Alexandria and Cairo between June 1994 and August 2008. Dr Al-Shorbaji is from Jordan, born in 1954, married and holds a PhD in Information Sciences since 1986 from University of Wales, United Kingdom.

Dr Al-Shorbaji has published over 200 research articles, book chapters, conference papers and PowerPoint Presentations covering all aspects of knowledge management and eHealth.

Dr. Azzedine Bouderbane

Professor in Library science.
Institute of information and Library Science,
University Constantine 2, Constantine, Algeria

Academic degrees:

  • A First Degree in English Language (1979).
  • A Post-graduate Degree in E.S.P. (English for Specific Purposes) (1989).
  • A Higher Degree in Library Science (1986).
  • A Magister Degree in Library Science (1997).
  • A PhD in Information, Documentation and Library Science (2005).

Language mastery:

Fluent in French, English and Arabic.

Scientific Activities:

  • More than 60 papers presented in national and international conferences in 3 languages.
  • More than 30 papers published in national and international journals and collective books in 3 languages.
  • President of various Committees for organizing national and international conferences: Last conference: Local organizer of the 37th Annual Melcom International Conference in Constantine in April 2015. M.I. website: http://www.melcominternational.org/.
  • A representative of the northern part of Africa and member of the Advisory Board in the American “Middle East Library Partnership Project” about ‘International collaboration between libraries in Arab countries and the United States.’ (2014 – 2015). Project website: http://melib.web.unc.
  • Research Director in a research Laboratory at the University Constantine 2.
  • Involved in various scientific research projects.
  • Expert with ALESCO for 3 years (2011 – 2013).
  • Invited Professor at the University of Toulon (France): 2011.
  • Invited Professor at the University La Manouba (Tunisia) 2014 and 2015.
  • Expert as International / external evaluator (Sultan Qaboos University) 2014.
  • Supervisor of several PhD theses and Master dissertations.
  • Expert evaluator of scientific papers with various scientific national and international journals.
  • Member in several scientific committees in national and international conferences.

Dr. Laila Marouf

is the Assistant Vice President for Research at Kuwait University. She is an Associate Professor in Library & information science at College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University. Dr. Laila holds a Ph.D in Library & Information Science from University of Pittsburgh with a focus in Knowledge Management. She earned her B.Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics from Kuwait University. Dr Laila was awarded the “Best Young Researcher in Arts and Humanities from Kuwait University in 2010/2011” and the “The Harold Lancour Award for Excellence from University of Pittsburgh in 2005.

She teaches a course in Knowledge management and another in Knowledge Sharing & CoPs at the Master’s program in the department of library & Information Science at Kuwait University. She has published around 30 articles in the areas of Information and knowledge management, Knowledge sharing and Information Behavior and has conducted many workshops in the same area. Dr Laila is a member of the Advisory Council at Kuwait National Library from September 2013- to date.

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