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Corporate Social Responsibility For Libraries

Abstract:

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This discussion panel sheds light on Corporate Social Responsibility CSR. It aims to introduce CSR to librarians in the region and let them aware about this new trend. CSR is new managerial approach attracts the attention and interest of private sector, public sector and professionals as well. Since libraries are considered kind of social responsibility due to their contributions to social, educational, cultural and economic aspects, it also have a role in the dissemination of environmental education and increase community awareness of relevant issues.

Through this panel, experts will talk about concept, pillars and recent developments of CSR. From areas of application to standards and guidelines that frame the work of social responsibility in aspects of environment, society, workplace, employees and stakeholders. The relation between libraries and CSR will be covered. In addition to how they can introduce this concept in library objectives and services. And to be morally responsible for their actions and behavior towards society, environment, employees and stakeholders.

Objectives:

  • Raising awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility CSR.
  • Highlighting the role of libraries and their importance in applying CSR initiatives.
  • Sharing knowledge among workers in the field of libraries and CSR.
  • Shed light on best practice.

Timing:

90 minutes

Speakers:

Emad Abu Eid

Emad is VP of CSR Working Group in Abu Dhabi. He managed CSR project at Abu Dhabi Municipality and He is member of CSR Committee. He contributed to obtain advanced level in application of ISO 26000 as well as obtaining a MVO8000 CSR certificate. He is a Certified Lead Auditor in ISO9001: 2008. He is expert in libraries, community services and social responsibility. His experience exceeds 20 years. He led strategies for public and academic libraries helped in improving internal capabilities and user’s satisfaction. His experience extents across public and academic libraries with hands-on experience across various library aspects. He used to work at Abu Dhabi Municipality as Head of Public Libraries and Community Services Expert. Previously, worked in Dubai Public Library as a library specialist. And he was the Director of Shoman Foundation Public Library, Director of AlZaytoonah University Library in Amman-Jordan. He published two books and more than twenty article, study and conference papers.

Hanin AlTamimi

Founder and Managing partner of ETICA

Hanin holds a Marketing Strategies MA Degree from The University of Wollongong in Dubai and has received her BA Degree in Communications from The University of Jordan. Throughout more than 10 years of experience in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, she worked with the top companies in the private and public sectors.

Additionally, she played a significant role in designing communication strategies and allocating their techniques in activating corporate social responsibility for the companies looking for improving their reputation in addition to obtaining bank credit easily, attracting the best human resources and building strong relationships with governments in order to achieve sustainable development in societies.

Furthermore, Hanin has contributed in a number of workshops and activities concerning the protection of human rights, developing the society, spreading competition among individuals, groups as well as institutions.

Prof Sherif Shaheen

Prof Sherif Shaheen, Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in Egypt and Chairman of the General Authority of National Library and Documents.

He is professor of Library and Information at Cairo University, Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in Egypt - Chairman of the General Authority for National Library and Document Management. He holds a master's degree from the School of Library and Information Studies-University of Leeds, England, and a PhD in libraries, documentation and information, Cairo University.

In academic and administrative jobs, He was the Head of Department of libraries, documentation and information at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (August 2010 - December 2014), Director of the Central Library of the University of Cairo (October 2007-December 2014) and Dean of Faculty of Arts for Community Service (December 2014 - October 2015). Currently, He is Chairman of the National Library (October 2015 to now).

He has taught at many Egyptian universities and King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is Editor in Charge of the Journal of Library and Information and Documentation in Arab World issued by the General Secretariat of the Arab League, a member of many scientific committees and councils, a member of the Academic Council of the Diploma of the Institute of Arabic manuscripts Sciences, a certified arbitrator of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian universities and many Arab universities, a member of the editorial board in many Arab specialized magazines, a Jury member for Egyptian Publishers Association Award in Cairo International Book Fair and a national expert to the World Federation Parliament IPU for the development of information and library sector in the Egyptian Parliament.

Academic supervisor for more than 50 Master and PhD thesis in universities inside and outside Egypt. His intellectual contributions reached 120 works as lectures, reports, articles, researches, books and chapters in books and others. Finally, He awarded Sharjah Library Literature Prize in 2013 and State Incentive Award in Social Science (Library and Information) in Egypt in 2001.

Corporate Social Responsibility For Libraries

Abstract:

أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

This discussion panel sheds light on Corporate Social Responsibility CSR. It aims to introduce CSR to librarians in the region and let them aware about this new trend. CSR is new managerial approach attracts the attention and interest of private sector, public sector and professionals as well. Since libraries are considered kind of social responsibility due to their contributions to social, educational, cultural and economic aspects, it also have a role in the dissemination of environmental education and increase community awareness of relevant issues.

Through this panel, experts will talk about concept, pillars and recent developments of CSR. From areas of application to standards and guidelines that frame the work of social responsibility in aspects of environment, society, workplace, employees and stakeholders. The relation between libraries and CSR will be covered. In addition to how they can introduce this concept in library objectives and services. And to be morally responsible for their actions and behavior towards society, environment, employees and stakeholders.

Objectives:

  • Raising awareness of Corporate Social Responsibility CSR.
  • Highlighting the role of libraries and their importance in applying CSR initiatives.
  • Sharing knowledge among workers in the field of libraries and CSR.
  • Shed light on best practice.

Timing:

90 minutes

Speakers:

Emad Abu Eid

Emad is VP of CSR Working Group in Abu Dhabi. He managed CSR project at Abu Dhabi Municipality and He is member of CSR Committee. He contributed to obtain advanced level in application of ISO 26000 as well as obtaining a MVO8000 CSR certificate. He is a Certified Lead Auditor in ISO9001: 2008. He is expert in libraries, community services and social responsibility. His experience exceeds 20 years. He led strategies for public and academic libraries helped in improving internal capabilities and user’s satisfaction. His experience extents across public and academic libraries with hands-on experience across various library aspects. He used to work at Abu Dhabi Municipality as Head of Public Libraries and Community Services Expert. Previously, worked in Dubai Public Library as a library specialist. And he was the Director of Shoman Foundation Public Library, Director of AlZaytoonah University Library in Amman-Jordan. He published two books and more than twenty article, study and conference papers.

Hanin AlTamimi

Founder and Managing partner of ETICA

Hanin holds a Marketing Strategies MA Degree from The University of Wollongong in Dubai and has received her BA Degree in Communications from The University of Jordan. Throughout more than 10 years of experience in Corporate Communications, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, she worked with the top companies in the private and public sectors.

Additionally, she played a significant role in designing communication strategies and allocating their techniques in activating corporate social responsibility for the companies looking for improving their reputation in addition to obtaining bank credit easily, attracting the best human resources and building strong relationships with governments in order to achieve sustainable development in societies.

Furthermore, Hanin has contributed in a number of workshops and activities concerning the protection of human rights, developing the society, spreading competition among individuals, groups as well as institutions.

Prof Sherif Shaheen

Prof Sherif Shaheen, Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in Egypt and Chairman of the General Authority of National Library and Documents.

He is professor of Library and Information at Cairo University, Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in Egypt - Chairman of the General Authority for National Library and Document Management. He holds a master's degree from the School of Library and Information Studies-University of Leeds, England, and a PhD in libraries, documentation and information, Cairo University.

In academic and administrative jobs, He was the Head of Department of libraries, documentation and information at the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University (August 2010 - December 2014), Director of the Central Library of the University of Cairo (October 2007-December 2014) and Dean of Faculty of Arts for Community Service (December 2014 - October 2015). Currently, He is Chairman of the National Library (October 2015 to now).

He has taught at many Egyptian universities and King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is Editor in Charge of the Journal of Library and Information and Documentation in Arab World issued by the General Secretariat of the Arab League, a member of many scientific committees and councils, a member of the Academic Council of the Diploma of the Institute of Arabic manuscripts Sciences, a certified arbitrator of the Supreme Council of the Egyptian universities and many Arab universities, a member of the editorial board in many Arab specialized magazines, a Jury member for Egyptian Publishers Association Award in Cairo International Book Fair and a national expert to the World Federation Parliament IPU for the development of information and library sector in the Egyptian Parliament.

Academic supervisor for more than 50 Master and PhD thesis in universities inside and outside Egypt. His intellectual contributions reached 120 works as lectures, reports, articles, researches, books and chapters in books and others. Finally, He awarded Sharjah Library Literature Prize in 2013 and State Incentive Award in Social Science (Library and Information) in Egypt in 2001.

RDA: Basics, Concepts and Challenges What’s new and what you need to know

Abstract:

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Resource Description and Access (RDA), the replacement for AACR, has been the standard in many institutions for several years now. The intention is for RDA to serve widely as an international descriptive standard. The roundtable will discuss more recent trends in Libraries especially in technical services like RDA, LinkedData, BIBFRAME, Dublin Core, Semantic Web… etc.

Speakers:

Gordon Dunsire

RDA in a non-MARC environment

Chair of the RDA Steering Group. He is also a member of the IFLA Cataloguing Section and several IFLA groups, including the FRBR Review Group, ISBD Review Group, and PRESSoo Review Group. His background is in academic libraries and research in digital libraries, where he acquired expertise in cataloguing, library systems, and database applications. He is now an independent consultant. His current research interests are library linked data and the Semantic Web, and interoperability of library metadata standards. He is co-author of the book "Bibliographic information organization in the Semantic Web", and is widely published in professional journals. Further information can be found on his website at www.gordondunsire.com.

Presentation:

RDA in a non-MARC environment:

The presentation describes the entities, relationships, and controlled terminologies that are accommodated by RDA, and their representation in Resource Description Framework format for linked data applications. The data are published in the RDA Registry as RDF element sets and value vocabularies, together with machine-readable maps and other tools for application developers. The presentation gives a brief overview of the RDA data editor RIMMF, and describes the problems that occur when RDA data is encoded in the MARC formats. The presentation then discusses examples of RDA data in lossless formats, including linked data, and their interaction with data based on broader ontologies such as BIBFRAME, Dublin Core, and schema.org.

Magda El-Sherbini

Linked data: improve resource discoverability for Non-Latin Collections

Head of The Ohio State University Libraries, Collection Description and Access Department, Columbus. She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University, where she teaches Cataloging and Classification as well as Origination of Information course. She regularly teaches online courses on RDA for ALA. Her most recent publication, "RDA: Strategies for Implementation," received excellent reviews and numerous citations.

Presentation:

Linked data: improve resource discoverability for Non-Latin Collections:

Linked data practices and techniques have opened new possibilities for improving resource discoverability and access for non-Latin script collections. My discussion will be focused on how the MARC21 record can be utilized to display non-Latin script subject terms in the ILS. To maximize discoverability of materials, Arabic and other non-Latin terms are linked to LCSH subject terms and FAST subject terms. I will describe the user experience of navigating among the languages in the script of their choice. Finally I will discuss the benefits of cooperative ventures in providing improved access to Arabic language materials by establishing an authorized Arabic thesaurus that will work in a linked-data environment.

Tharwat Al-Olaimi

RDA implementation for Arabic language materials

Cataloging Librarian at the University of Sharjah, UAE.
He trained and mentored more than 100 catalogers and has taught numerous workshops on descriptive cataloging and authority control for library staff across UAE. Presented an Webinar about RDA for 60 catalogers & librarians from whole the Arab world in addition to he presented a session on RDA for MLIS students in The American University in the Emirates (AUE) and finally, presented a research paper to the SLA-AGC Conference bout RDA and its challenges facing the Arabic Catalogs.

Presentation:

RDA implementation for Arabic language materials:

The presentation studies Arabic cataloging and it’s challenges in implementation RDA with several examples of RDA records for Arabic-language monographs and serials, The presentation concludes with an overview of how Arabic libraries underwent their training, experience with RDA. Exploring why RDA did not satisfy expectations of many catalogers for Arabic materials especially old printed materials? the presentation will discover authority control with RDA and finally, How to implement a strategy for RDA in your catalog?

We will open the roundtable with open discussion

Assessing the Value and Impact of Discovery Systems

Abstract:

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Libraries have been implementing discovery systems as a way to ease the search experience for their users, but have not always measured the impact of this decision. Discovery systems are designed to provide a single source for searching and by design they displace users from other tools such as the library catalog and abstracting and indexing tools. They also potentially move users from the general web to library tools. In both instances, they alter what library users will find. If implemented well, discovery systems can improve the search experience and help drive users to the most relevant library content. It is crucial that librarians understand how these systems work and how their implementation choices impact the user experience. In this session, a librarian, a publisher, and a discovery vendor will discuss ways of measuring the value of discovery systems and methods for increasing the success of these tools.

Panelists:

Michael Levine-Clark

Michael Levine-Clark is the Interim Dean and Director of the University of Denver Libraries. With colleagues from the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, he founded the open access journal Collaborative Librarianship, and serves as co-editor. He is also co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences 4th ed, and serves on editorial boards of several journals. He is the recipient of the 2015 HARRASOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. An active member of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), he has served most recently as chair of the Collection Management Section.

As co-chair of the NISO Recommended Practices for Demand-Driven Acquisition of Monographs Working Group, he was one of the lead authors of the recommended practices document. He serves on a variety of national and international publisher and vendor library advisory boards. He writes and speaks regularly on strategies for improving academic library collection development practices, including the use of e-books in academic libraries, the development of demand-driven acquisition models, and implications of discovery tool implementation.

Henning Schoenenberger

Henning Schoenenberger, Director Product Data and Metadata at Springer Nature, joined Springer Science and Business Media in 1998 after completing his studies in Social Sciences at the Universities of Kiel and Heidelberg. Henning runs a global metadata department at Springer Nature, finding cutting-edge responses to key data questions in the publishing and library communities in areas such as Semantic Data, Open Access and rights data management just to name a few. In search of the most state-of-the-art data formats, efficient metadata delivery tools and models, and optimized workflows in relationship with discovery services, Henning has been able to develop processes that meet the needs in the library and trade landscape.

Jane Burke

Jane Burke is Vice President, Customer Success for ExLibris, the newly formed business unit of ProQuest.. In this role, she is providing strategic leadership and working closely with customers to assure their overall satisfaction with ExLibris solutions for libraries. Her expertise in development of compelling new solutions, go to market strategies and global expansion are just a few of the strengths she brings to this effort. Since joining ProQuest in 2005, Ms. Burke has served in a number of senior leadership roles for ProQuest, including that of Vice President, Market Development, leading the development of Intota.

Ms. Burke is a well-known and respected leader in the information solutions industry. Prior to joining ProQuest, she co-founded and served as President/CEO of Endeavor Information Systems until its sale to Reed-Elsevier. Under her direction, the information retrieval company grew to become a $25-million company with a reputation for being customer centric. In addition to working as a librarian at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville Illinois early in her career, Ms. Burke served as President of NOTIS Systems and, most recently, was a director of new business development for Cadmus Professional Communications, a $450-million publisher services company. Ms. Burke earned master's degrees in Library Science from Dominical University (formerly Rosary College) and in management from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Always an involved member of the library community, she now serves on the Board of Governors for the Northwestern University Library. Among her many awards, Ms. Burke was inducted into the Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.


This session is sponsored by ProQuest:

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.

Panelists:

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:

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.

Date:

April 21st, Thursday.

Timing:

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.

Speaker:

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.

Speaker:

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.


Speaker:

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.

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

Abstract:

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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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Education

  • 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.

Online vs. Blended Learning : issues and challenges

Abstract:

أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

The last three decades have witnessed substantial advances and improvements in the application of information technology in the domain of education. These advances have, in their turn, precipitated an evolution in teaching methods which cater specifically to the various forms of computerized education delivery such as online learning, distance learning, electronic learning, virtual learning and blended learning, (i.e. a combination of traditional and computerized teaching / learning techniques) The common denominator for all the aforementioned types of education delivery is the use of some form of information technology to enhance the learning process. In fact, it may be posited that it is the degree of reliance on technology which serves to differentiate these various forms of learning and teaching. It has been intention of number of research studies to scrutinize the application of technology in education either from teachers' perspective or students' perspective.

In this panel session two case studies will be presented in order to compare and contrast the effectiveness of two forms of learning, namely online learning and blended learning. Dr Huda R. Farhan and Mrs Amal Al Mutirat will present their initial findings concerning their investigation into the attitudes and perceptions of PAAET students vis-à-vis the use of an online learning management system in a blended learning environment. Furthermore, these researchers will discuss best practice procedures for designing / re-designing syllabus content in order to optimize educational delivery for a blended (as opposed to traditional) learning environment. In addition to the presentations by Farhan and Al Mutirat, Dr. A. M. Salaz Dr Nicole Johnston will present case studies relating to the Open Access Scholarship Scheme and the observed behaviors of instructors who use teaching methods which are oriented towards online educational delivery. The findings of a phenomenographic study will be presented which has documented the challenges faced by online instructors who regularly use Open Access resources as well as publish in Open Access journals.


Session Chair:

Dr Huda R. Farhan

Assistant professor of library and information science
Public Authority of Applied Education and Training, Kuwait

Dr. Huda holds a PhD from Sheffield University, UK. Her dissertation research focuses on the effectiveness of organizing public documents with users' generated descriptors (folksonmy) with specific focus on e-government. Her research interest focuses on information retrieval, controlled vocabulary; thesauri in particular, children's literature and technology in education. She has published articles on users' generated descriptors, users' satisfaction of organization of information, and evaluation of thesauri. Dr. Farhan is the main author and can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Session Speakers:

Amal M Al-mutairat

Amal M Al-mutairat teacher assistance in library and information science at the Public Authority of Applied Education and Training, Kuwait. Amal holds Bachelor in Computer Science from Kuwait University/ Faculty of Science. Her research interest focuses on using technology in education, web paging and designing . She can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Dr Nicole Johnston

Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar. She teaches in a range of areas in the MA Library and Information Studies degree including information retrieval, information technology, information literacy and collection management and has current research interests include information behavior, social media, usability studies, open access and professional development for librarians. Dr Johnston holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and a MLIM from Charles Sturt University in Australia. She has held a number of librarian roles in Ireland, Australia and the UAE and is currently the chair of the professional development committee of the information literacy network of the Gulf region.


Dr. Alicia. M. Salaz

Dr. Alici. M. Salaz is Reference and Instruction Librarian for Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar. Holding an EdD from the University of Liverpool and an MLIS from the University of Washington, Dr. Salaz brings over 10 years of cross-national professional and academic experience to the study of faculty members and scholarly communications. She has presented extensively in the areas of information literacy and library services and has been named ACRL Instruction Sections' Teaching Librarian of the Month. She serves as vice-chair of the Information Literacy Network, Gulf Region's Professional Development Committee, and resides in Doha.

Consolidating the Interdisciplinary within the field of Library & Information Science: Arabian Gulf Countries’ experiences

Abstract:

أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

Professionalism is a concept which incorporates many competencies and skills. Some pertain to legal and ethical issues, others can be discipline-related incorporating knowledge and professional responsibilities. With the conversion of information and technology the Interdisciplinary orientation has helped establish a common ground for the profession. Furthermore it enabled it to survive and continue to exist and justify this existence.

The plenary session intends to reflect on the experiences of the Library and information science departments in the Arabian Gulf countries. It looks at their orientation, obstacles to provide interdisciplinary structured activities in academic and training settings, let alone introducing the concept of professionalism to library and information profession and students. The panel aims to explore how far the library and information science departments are considering the above characteristics for understanding the past, present and future of information science.


Chair and Speaker:

Dr. Taghreed M. Alqudsi-ghabra

Dr. Taghreed M. Alqudsi-ghabra is faculty member in the Department of Library and Information Science, Kuwait University. She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently the program director of the Library and Information Science Program. In addition she is the Founding Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science and Founding Director of the Master of Library and Information Science Program. She publishes in both English and Arabic and has two published books. Courses she teaches are: Foundations of Information, Internet searching for Information Professionals, Information Ethics & Management of LRC

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Contact: Department of Library and Information Science DLIS, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University


Session Speakers:

Dr. Khaled Suleiman Matook

Associate Professor – Information Science Department - Umm Al Qura University

Professional Experience:

  • Head of Information Science Department - University of Umm Al-Qura 1426-1427
  • Coordinator of the Faculty of Social Sciences 1427-1428.
  • Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences (1427-1429).
  • Director of total quality and international accreditation of Islamic and Arabic Studies Center Management (1430-1433).
  • Vice-President of Library and Information Association of Saudi Arabia 1427-1430.
  • Member of several Saudi and international specialized scientific organizations.
  • Member of the Technical Committee Deanship of Library Affairs 1435- now.

Awards:

The best Searcher of the Conference of the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information Award Twenty-sixth, Jordanian -20-22 / Muharram 1437 AH.

Studies and research and articles:

  • (14) published.
  • (25) a local, regional and international conferences.

Dr. Nabhan Harith Nasser Al-Harrasi

Sultan Qaboos University
P.O. Box 102 Al-Khod, Postal Code 123
Sultanate of Oman
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Qualifications:

  • 2007-2012: PhD in Information Studies, Sheffield University, UK 2004-2005: Master of Information Management, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.
  • 1997-2002: Bachelor in Library and Information Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman.

Career History:

  • (2014 – present): Representative of SQU at the College of National Defense.
  • (2012- present): Assistant professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Information Studies.
  • (2005- 2012): Lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Library and Information Science.
  • (2002-2005): Assistant Teacher at Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Library and Information Science.

Dr. Nujoud Almuomen

Nujoud Al-Muomen, Assistant professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University. Earned PhD degree in 2009 from Loughborough University, United Kingdom, and got the MLIS in 2003 from Kuwait University. Bachelor degree in English language and Literature, College of Arts, Kuwait University. Specialised and interested in the area of Information Literacy and Information-seeking behaviour. Taught various courses on both undergraduate and graduate level since joining the department in 2010. Publications include:

  • Al-Muomen, N., Al-Farhan, D. (2015). Architects’ information literacy workshop – a case study. Journal of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, 43(3), pp.
  • Al-Muomen, N., Morris, A., & Maynard, S. (2012). Modelling information-seeking behaviour of graduate students at Kuwait University. Journal of Documentation, 68(4), 430-459.
  • Alqudsi-ghabra, T., & Al-Muomen, N. (2012). Library and information science alumni of Kuwait University Tracking positions and functions. IFLA journal, 38(3), 214-227.
  • Alqudsi-ghabra, T., & Al-Muomen, N. (2012). Demographics of the library and information profession in Kuwait. IFLA journal, 38(4), 310-321.
  • Al-Muomen, N. (2009). Information-seeking behaviour at Kuwait University (Doctoral dissertation, © Nujoud AA Al-Muomen).

Dr Nicole Johnston

Lecturer in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar. She teaches in a range of areas in the MA Library and Information Studies degree including information retrieval, information technology, information literacy and collection management and has current research interests include information behavior, social media, usability studies, open access and professional development for librarians. Dr Johnston holds a PhD from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia and a MLIM from Charles Sturt University in Australia. She has held a number of librarian roles in Ireland, Australia and the UAE and is currently the chair of the professional development committee of the information literacy network of the Gulf region.

Copyright for Libraries in the Digital Age

Abstract:

أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

This session will discuss the topic of Copyright. How copyright affects the services provided by libraries, and with the advent of digital technologies and increasing use of e-content how has this change affected the librarians’ role and what libraries can and cannot legally do under copyright in the digital age, and what are the possible legal, technological, social, or economic remedies to the issue; especially that libraries have traditionally had a central role in enabling access to knowledge. Will this access diminish with digital copyright? There is international level work taking place at WIPO in the hope of reaching an agreement on limitations and exceptions for, among others, libraries. Will this agreement, if and when reached, allow libraries to preserve their role in society and realize their full potential in this digital age? Regionally, an Arabian Gulf case will be presented displaying how libraries in the region have to balance licensing of e-resources, local copyright law, and international publishers’ standard licenses.

Objectives:

  • Understanding the importance of Copyright for the library profession.
  • Educating about the impact of new technologies and digital content on the nature of the traditional services offered by libraries.
  • Shedding light on the international work on limitations and exceptions for libraries and archives.
  • Raising awareness about the importance of maintaining a balanced copyright system that safeguards access to knowledge for everyone.
  • An Arabian Gulf region library: a case study..

Timing:

90 minutes


Session Chair:

Sheikha Rasha Nayef Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

Manager, Copyright Department, National Library of Kuwait Kuwait

Rasha Naif Al-Sabah is the manager of the Copyright Department at the National Library of Kuwait. Graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Mass Communication Studies, she worked at the Ministry of Information for a few years before heading the newly established Copyright Department shortly after the first national copyright law came into force in the year 2000. The Copyright Department oversees all aspects of implementation of Kuwait’s copyright law; awareness, regulation, and enforcement.


Session Speakers:

Dr. Sulaiman Alreyaee

Dean of libraries affairs
Al-Jouf University, Saudi Arabia
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Education

  • 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

David Hughes

Copyrights and Licensing Librarian
Qatar National Library

Since January 2014 David has been the Copyrights & Licensing Librarian at Qatar National Library. He has a MSc in Information & Library Studies from Robert Gordon University. Before joining QNL he was an instructor of information & research skills at University of Maryland University College (UMUC). He is an attorney and has worked in copyright and licensing for many years.


Geidy Lung

Geidy Lung is Senior Counsellor of the Copyright Law Division of the Culture and Creative Industries Sector at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Prior to joining WIPO in 1997 as consultant in the Cooperation for Development Bureau of WIPO for Latin America and the Caribbean in the field of copyright, Ms. Lung was legal researcher and taught civil and intellectual property law in the University of los Andes (Venezuela). She practiced as an attorney and was legal advisor in the field of science and technology.

She coordinated the WIPO Visually Impaired Persons Initiative created by the WIPO Director General in 2009. Ms. Lung served as Officer-in-charge of the WIPO Copyright Law Division from June 2011 to May 2012. She directed and supervised the organization of the Diplomatic Conference that adopted the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, and coordinated the substantive work in preparation for the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.

Her responsibilities at the International Bureau relate to the development of international copyright and related rights and the implementation of related treaties into national laws. She provides expert advice to the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and coordinates the work related to limitations and exceptions, among other matters.

Ms. Lung is a lawyer and certified public accountant and holds a LL.M. in Intellectual Property. She has lectured in various Universities and academic institutions and has been visiting scholar at Columbia Law School (New York) and Stanford Law School (California).


James Love

James Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), a nonprofit focused on access to medicines and knowledge resources with offices in Washington, DC and Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Love is an advisor to a number of UN agencies, national governments, international and regional intergovernmental organizations and public health NGOs. He is also the United States cochair of the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Working Group on Intellectual Property, the Chairman of Essential Inventions, a member of the MSF working group on Intellectual Property, and the UNITAID Patent Pool Expert Group.

Mr. Love was previously Senior Economist for the Frank Russell Company, a lecturer at Rutgers University, and a researcher on international finance at Princeton University. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In 2013, Mr. Love was awarded the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer Award alongside Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, and Aaron Swartz.

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