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International Strategic Library Partnerships


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The quick advances in globalized technology is changing the ways of information production and its access, so the libraries and professionals need to play globally. International strategic partnerships are increasingly important to take the profession ahead and also to benefit from the globalized networking environment. Robust collaborations, defined strategies and measurable benefits will build stronger international partnership for the benefit of information creators, providers and consumers. This session will try to show case success stories from different parts of the world to help the participants to learn and strategically planning and establishing possible partnerships.


April 21st, Thursday.


90 minutes (9.00AM to 10.30 AM)

Session Chair:

J. K. Vijayakumar

J. K. Vijayakumar, Manager Library Collections & Information Service, KAUST.

Vijay is the senior founding member of the award winning KAUST Library at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia, and played key roles in establishing library collections, information services, open access initiatives, electronic resources management, technical services and library instructions. He has previously worked in leadership roles with American University of Antigua in West Indies and with Information and Library Network (INFLIBNET) Centre in India under University Grants Commission. He is a standing committee member of IFLA Acquisitions and Collections Standing Committee; member of several international associations; editorial boards of many peer-reviewed and indexed journals/conferences. He has authored/edited 4 books/proceedings and around 32 articles in leading journals and conference proceedings.

Session Topics & Speakers:

OCLC and UKB partnership to develop new Dutch infrastructure with global reach:

The presentation will explain how the UKB members, which include university libraries in the Netherlands as well as the National Library, will be able to integrate their metadata management, resource sharing and discovery services into the global network of OCLC WorldShare with the goal to maximise efficiencies in workflow and IT infrastructure. Furthermore the presentation will show how the global platform will help libraries putting their services and collections where their users are. This approach is trying to create the ultimate digital academic library experience for the future.


Axel Kaschte

EMEA Director of Product Strategy, OCLC.

Axel graduated in theoretical Physics at Humboldt-University in East-Berlin and obtained a Ph.D. there in 1989. After the fall of the Berlin Wall he started to work for the library software company Dynix as a development team leader in Provo, Utah. After more than 20 years in library automation field he joined OCLC EMEA in June of 2013 as Product Strategy Director at OCLC EMEA. His main activity is the EMEA related product management tasks to enable the transition of the OCLC library community to the next generation library services within the web paradigm.

Partnerships to enhance access to heritage items:

Revealing the rich culture and heritage of Qatar and the Gulf region is the goal of the collaborative partnership between the Qatar National Library and the British Library. The partnership focuses on digitizing relative archival items from the India Office Records and British Library collections ranging from early 17th century to the mid-20th century. Overall, the project includes archival documents, maps, photographs, drawings and audio-visual materials including music recordings. Additionally, key Arabic Islamic manuscripts covering medicine, astronomy, mathematics, geography and other sciences are included to highlight the significant contributions to science from the Golden Age of Islam. An important part of the partnership is ensuring access to the heritage content by creating enhanced metadata and linked contextual writings that improve access. Mutual understanding of the goals of any partnership project, such as digitization and metadata standards, help enhance access to heritage items.


Mark T. Paul

Head of Partnerships, Qatar Foundation:

Mark manages the daily activities of partnerships with other National Libraries and Archives digitizing cultural and heritage items on Qatar and the Gulf. Previously he was the Library Director and at a liberal arts college in the Caribbean and prior to that the Assistant Director for Information Technology in the library at a major urban university in the United States. Mr. Paul’s research focus includes user interface design and experience, library assessment, digitization, and project management.


Fiona Clancy

Imaging Manager, The British Library:

As the Imaging Manager for the British Library Qatar Foundation Partnership (www.qdl.qa) Fiona is responsible for the imaging workflow and its products. As part of the programme’s management team she ensures collaboration and productivity in a complex workflow and multidisciplinary team. After joining the British Libraries Newspaper Acquisitions team in 2008 Fiona moved to the 19th Century Newspaper Digitisation Project. She has worked Data Migration, Optical Character Recognition and digitisation workflow improvement projects. Fiona will talk on “Transforming Access to Library Collections through Partnerships – The British Library / Qatar Foundation Partnership”.

Transforming Access to Library Collections through Partnerships – The British Library / Qatar Foundation Partnership

Using the Qatar Foundation, Qatar National Library and British Library partnership as the main case study this presentation will explore the benefits of partnership, highlighting the improved access to our collections through imaging, metadata enrichment, translation and optimised delivery methods. The presentation will touch on the challenges of engaging in work of this breadth and range and discuss other commercial and non-commercial partnerships. The Qatar Digital Library, www.qdl.qa showcases the material that has been digitised and catalogued by the programme thus far.

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