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.

Dr. Kevin Ashley

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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 ( 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.

Keynote Speech:

Libraries as Leaders and Facilitators for Changes in Scholarly Communication Practice

Libraries have played an essential role in scholarship for as long as scholarship itself has been in existence. The creation of future knowledge depends on access to a reliable source of the knowledge of the past and the present. As scholarship became embedded in universities around the globe, so the libraries on which it depends became key parts of those organizations. Technological and social change now mean that the form taken by scholarly communication is itself changing and libraries must change with that. The physical has become digital, and the nature of the communication is not always literary in form - software, data, and methods take equal importance to the article and the book. This has implications for skills, practice and collections management within libraries across the globe.

Dr. Saleh bin Mohammed AlMesned

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يعد الدكتور صالح بن محمد المسند , مدير مركز الفهرس العربي الموحد ومشروع المكتبة الرقمية العربية وأحد رواد علم المكتبات والمعلومات في منطقة الخليج ممكن تركوا بصمات واضحة في تطوير البنية المعلوماتية للمكتبة العربية , حصل الدكتور صالح المسند على الدكتوراه في علوم المكتبات والمعلومات من جامعة بتسبرج في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية , كما عمل وكيلا وعميدا لقسم المكتبات والمعلومات بجامعة الإمام محمد بن سعود الاسلامية بالرياض , سيتناول الدكتور صالح المسند في كلمته الافتتاحية الحديث مستقبل المكتبات ومراكز المعلومات في دول الخليج والتحديات التي تواجهها والحلول المقترحة في ضوء التطورات التقنية والتنظيمية والمشاريع والمبادرات المعرفية التي انطلقت وحققت نجاحات وتقدم في مجالات متعددة. كما سيتطرق الحديث إلى الأطر العامة لبرامج علوم المكتبات والمعلومات وفق حاجة المجتمعات الخليجية.

Caroline Kimbell

Associate Director, Senate House Library, University of London أقرأ باللغة العربية

Caroline is responsible for the digitisation and licensing of collections from Senate House and federated libraries across the University of London, where rare book, special and archival collections cover a wide range of subjects from early maths textbooks to art, fashion, music, psychology and radical politics. Before joining the University, she headed the Licensing team at The National Archives of England and Wales for 9 years, working primarily with genealogy and academic publishers, and began her career as an academic publisher. Caroline lectures on heritage publishing and business development for memory institutions at City University in London and Toronto University, and has been involved in Middle Eastern studies for many years, working on the publication of primary sources on the region, content selection for regional archives, and speaking at conferences in Jordan, Qatar and Dubai.

Keynote Speech:

Where are all the readers? Building usage, discoverability and trust of library e-resources


In the world of Wiki and Google, how can libraries attract and retain end-users for their trusted, authentic digital resources? This question was elemental in the re-design of websites and brand building at both the UK’s National Archives (“TNA”), and at Senate House Library, the University of London’s central research library for the humanities and social sciences.

User-centred design is at the heart of turning readers into champions and promoters of a library, and careful monitoring of usage statistics in turn allows libraries to focus resource on areas of highest demand or where there are barriers to discovery. Programmes of public events, exhibitions, sponsorship, smart social media activity and good relationships with publishers and print and broadcast media also play their part in building the public recognition that leads to increased usage of both physical and online resources. In turn, usage data provides the evidence which all institutions need to demonstrate their value to their funders.

In an age where search engines and free online information providers have large advertising budgets and worldwide brand recognition, yet offer unfiltered, un-mediated content, this paper will explore how libraries can build their own “brands” around trust and authenticity. Libraries need to address the “disruptive technology” of informal, open-source publishing, which threatens to make libraries and commercial digital publishers alike as dispensable to information-seekers as travel agents have become in the world of online booking. To attract and retain users in competition with the technology giants, libraries need not just clear, intuitive websites, but to work strategically with commercial publishers. Licence agreements with commercial online publishers therefore need careful negotiation to ensure that both parties benefit from increased usage of library content without the library’s identity being subsumed. Drawing on experience of licensing British Government records on a variety of foreign policy areas to publishers such as Gale, a part of Cengage Learning and Adam Matthew, Caroline will explain how to use heritage content publishing to broaden and deepen international cultural understanding.

This Keynote Speech is sponsored by Gale Cengage:

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