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.

Call for Paper

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


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

Abstracts Deadline 01/10/2015
Response of Acceptance 15/10/2015
Full Paper Deadline 01/01/2016
Response of Acceptance 15/01/2016


Prof Naeema Jabur
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Abdullah Al-Sarmi
Waleed Al-Badi

Welcome Message from the Elected President for SLA/AGC 2016

Mr. Kamel AlAbduljaleel On behalf of the Special Libraries Association – Arabian Gulf Chapter, we are pleased to invite you to the 22nd Annual Conference “Future Challenges of Library and Information Profession.” We hope that this conference will be highly productive and innovative in addressing current and future changes in libraries. It will bring together librarians, researchers and educators from throughout the world who are actively changing information content and access through the development of Internet and web-based educational platforms.

The Conference program will discuss 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. There will be presentations in Arabic and English by speakers from Arab countries and abroad. Papers will be presented in the form of Plenary Sessions, Symposia and Poster Sessions; papers carefully chosen by the Paper Review Committee.

We hope that you will thoroughly enjoy the Conference and take the opportunity to interact, share and exchange creative ideas with your colleagues. We warmly welcome you to the Kuwait. The Organizing Committee has been working diligently to make the Conference a great success. We would like to sincerely thank our devoted staff, colleagues and conference participants for their help, support and counsel in planning and organizing this conference.

Best wishes

Kamel AlAbduljaleel

Kuwait National Library
Elected President for SLA–AGC Conference 2016

Welcome Message from the President

22nd Special Libraries Association –Arabian Gulf Chapter
19-21 April 2016 Kuwait

On behalf of the Special Libraries Association - Arabian Gulf Chapter, I am pleased to welcome you to the 22nd Annual Conference "Future challenges of the Librarians and Information Profession " which will take place during the period from 19-21 April 2016 in the State of Kuwait which has always welcomed and embraced this type of regional conferences. By means of this conference an elite group of librarians and staff working in the information and research centers have an opportunity to meet and discuss many issues of common interest, and exchange experiences and opinions on the most important developments in the world of libraries and information centers. The conference 2016 welcomes you to present your creative ideas and discuss the challenges facing the profession of libraries and information studies.

The world of libraries and research centers of information and of exciting and attractive to researchers about the secrets of knowledge and aspiring to elevate their libraries about global worlds, so our conference invites you to share your concerns and ask challenges you face with a group of specialists in this field.

In addition to our regular conference panels and diverse pre-conference workshops, our annual exhibition includes some of the best known companies in the library field.

Let us work together as we have done in previous years to highlight the success of a special conference which will be held in Kuwait, one of the most important Arab Gulf countries. Our sister state has always welcomed us warmly with generous hospitality and beautifully organized conferences.

Your presence, your contributions and your participation with us are the foundations for the success of the Special Libraries Association - Gulf Chapter Annual Conference.

Rashed Abdulrahman
President, SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter

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