SLA-AGC Conference Online Registration is closed , we will have Onsite Registration on Monday 6th of March from 4:00 PM to 7:00 ِPM and Tuesday 7th of March from 7:30 AM to 11:00 ِAM, The registration will take place at front of Muharraq ballroom, Diplomat Radisson Blu Hotel. We look forward to welcome you all next week in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

About Kuwait National Library

Historical Overview

The history of the National Library of Kuwait dates back to 1913, when the Charity Association established Kuwait’s’ first public library. A decade later, in 1923, a group of Kuwait’s elites and intellectuals called for the establishment of a national library to house a vast collection of valuable books, manuscripts, and periodicals. Due to the success of the library and large visitor turn out, the government decided to host the library and include it within the Department of Information in 1937, renaming it the Library of Public Information.

For the next 40 years, the Library of Public Information carried the cultural and intellectual torches of Kuwait, receiving and preserving valuable books and volumes on all subjects ranging from Arabic literature to the sciences and history.

In 1979, responsibility of the library of Public Information was passed over to The National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters and the library was renamed the Central Library of the State. By this time, the library had grown to encompass over 50,000 books and volumes, as well as over 6000 periodicals- both Arabic and foreign, in addition to a large number of rare manuscripts.

About State of Kuwait

Kuwait, an Arab country on the Arabian Gulf, has cultural heritage dating back to antiquity. Ruins from the Mesopotamian era can be seen on its Failaka Island, a former outpost of Alexander the Great’s army. Failaka is just offshore from Kuwait City, the modern capital, home to the National Museum and Tareq Rajab Museum and their collections of ethnographic artifacts and Islamic art.

Capital: Kuwait City

Dialing code: +965

Currency: Kuwaiti dinar

Population: 3.369 million (2013) World Bank

Continent: Asia

Official language: Modern Standard Arabic

For more information about State of Kuwait, please visit the below link...

http://www.e.gov.kw/sites/kgoenglish/Pages/Visitors/InfoSubPages/TourismInKuwait.aspx

Conference Main Themes

First theme: Modern trends in library and information education, what we will call ourselves in the future

What responsibilities, the educational departments are carrying to adopt new trends of preparing needed professionals in the job market? Do they consider the knowledge content while changing the names of their programs? Have they ever think of changing the professionals name to fit the change?

Second theme: Job-market and the profession of library and information science job-employability

Should libraries submit more efforts to compete with the advanced commercial information providers to survive, or cooperate with them to be empowered as a profession? Are professionals prepared to understand their customers, need and be ready to compete with Google and or fast to serve more than the smartphones, tablets and other digital technologies?

Third theme: Users’ seeking behaviors and the future of information services

No suspect about digital media providers to become the information industry leaders. They compete to make available the friendly access tools to information, books, journals, audio and video media that any single library cannot afford that to users, even traditional circulation is being dominated by electronic format, how will be the future of the library and information institution services to interact with the digital user's seeking behavior.

Fourth theme: Competing for attention in the digitization age

Are professionals, as information services mediators and research consultants, able to hand needed information to a waiting customer wherever and whenever be?. are they more technologically literate as their customers do?, To compete for attention, professionals need to become guides for information literate participants.

Fifth theme: The role of national LIS associations in enhancing the professionals role in society

Associations are the professional home that are supposed to accommodate professionals, protect them, getting them together to share knowledge and experience, to advocate laws and regulations that secure their survive in a competed job market.

Sixth theme: Strategic information leadership: Be ready for change

Being a leader, do professionals have the required competencies, skills and tools to enable them bringing change in their library or information institution? Are they able to recognize the barriers to change and be ready to overcome them? How do they encounter resistance to change whether from top managers or friends at work?

Seventh theme: National, medical and health libraries as information literacy centers

Two different groups of users, those who have time and needs to follow up in different areas of knowledge, they seek help and attention with different types of services that should be aligned with their different demands, national libraries might be the information desk that provides them with possible responds. Others are users with increased need to specialized knowledge, but have no time to access it, their needs should be highly respected by medical and health subject knowledge prepared professionals.

About 22nd Annual Conference

Future Challenges of Library and Information Profession

The comprehensive changes in society, the dramatic advances in technology and movement of globalization of ‘everything’ have already been predicted and recognized, however, there is nowhere left with clear evidences of change more than the profession of library and information sciences. Production, controlling and accessing information is seeing as the current era business and commercial competition. All working under one umbrella, that is : delivery of services to access the most valuable asset of today.

The conference, then, intends to investigate the impact of the competition in both; the advanced technology and the information commodity and services which left the profession and the professionals with many challenges as related to their preparation, job employability, their users' information seeking behavior, top management and employers' image about the profession, the role of the professional associations and the role of the strategic information leadership in the comprehensive development.

Themes of the Conference:

First theme: Modern trends in library and information education, what we will call ourselves in the future

What responsibilities, the educational departments are carrying to adopt new trends of preparing needed professionals in the job market? Do they consider the knowledge content while changing the names of their programs? Have they ever think of changing the professionals name to fit the change?

Second theme: Job-market and the profession of library and information science job-employability

Should libraries submit more efforts to compete with the advanced commercial information providers to survive, or cooperate with them to be empowered as a profession? Are professionals prepared to understand their customers, need and be ready to compete with Google and or fast to serve more than the smartphones, tablets and other digital technologies?

Third theme: Users’ seeking behaviors and the future of information services

No suspect about digital media providers to become the information industry leaders. They compete to make available the friendly access tools to information, books, journals, audio and video media that any single library cannot afford that to users, even traditional circulation is being dominated by electronic format, how will be the future of the library and information institution services to interact with the digital user's seeking behavior.

Fourth theme: Competing for attention in the digitization age

Are professionals, as information services mediators and research consultants, able to hand needed information to a waiting customer wherever and whenever be?. are they more technologically literate as their customers do?, To compete for attention, professionals need to become guides for information literate participants.

Fifth theme: The role of national LIS associations in enhancing the professionals role in society

Associations are the professional home that are supposed to accommodate professionals, protect them, getting them together to share knowledge and experience, to advocate laws and regulations that secure their survive in a competed job market.

Sixth theme: Strategic information leadership: Be ready for change

Being a leader, do professionals have the required competencies, skills and tools to enable them bringing change in their library or information institution? Are they able to recognize the barriers to change and be ready to overcome them? How do they encounter resistance to change whether from top managers or friends at work?

Seventh theme: National, medical and health libraries as information literacy centers

Two different groups of users, those who have time and needs to follow up in different areas of knowledge, they seek help and attention with different types of services that should be aligned with their different demands, national libraries might be the information desk that provides them with possible responds. Others are users with increased need to specialized knowledge, but have no time to access it, their needs should be highly respected by medical and health subject knowledge prepared professionals.

The Conference Date:

  1. Abstracts Deadline 01/10/2015
  2. Response of Acceptance 15/10/2015
  3. Full Paper Deadline 01/01/2016
  4. Response of Acceptance 15/01/2016

Correspondance:

Prof Naeema Jabur: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Special Libraries Association (AGC)

The Special Libraries Association "SLA" is a specialized global organization founded in 1909 with Head Office in the United States. It adopts innovations of specialists and professionals in the field of information and libraries. SLA serves more than 12,000 members in 83 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, incentives, and networking initiatives.

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