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The Expanding Role of Business Information in the Knowledge Economy

Session Objectives:

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As many countries in the Middle East in general, and the Gulf countries, in particular are moving closer to knowledge economy and becoming more integrated in global business, the overall objective of the session will be to share experience of the corporate sector in the Region to develop and expand their knowledge economy-based business models in the Middle East, and how can they develop public-private partnerships with governmental institutions, academic and research centers.

Session Format:

The format is “Davos-style” with each speaker making a 7 minute introduction followed by discussions in the Panel and with the audience. No power point presentations or formal speeches will be used, to foster an open debate and lively interaction.

Session Duration:

90 minute (The introductory remarks will be 7 each).

Session Panelists:

This Plenary Session will be a dialogue between five key influencers in the field of business information and knowledge economy and a moderator. The targeted proposed five speakers are:

  • A thought leader in knowledge management/information society;
  • A thought leader in economic development and knowledge society;
  • A renowned business leader from the GCC;
  • Senior academician of information science from the Region;


The economic model in the Gulf countries is changing as these countries are realizing that total dependence on the one commodity in the form of oil and gas is not sustainable in this global economic environment. The world is moving to more digital and knowledge-based economy where data, information and knowledge have become the oil of the future and the main currency for businesses and even industrialization.

The role of special librarians and information specialists has been recognized as part of the workforce to move into the knowledge economy era. The collaboration between these specialists and the business community at large can produce immediate results through matching the needs for business information with the resources, tools and skills that information specialist have. This would require a new way of thinking, education, training and team building. Public-Private Partnership can be used to enhance such strategies. This requires deep understanding of needs from both sides and trust in ability to work together. The experience form developed countries has shown that knowledge workers, the business community, the cooperate world and the government have all made gains as a result of working together.

The time is right for all these in the Gulf countries and the Middle East to build better understanding, learn form the experience and think differently to build the knowledge economy.

Guiding Questions:

Speakers in this Plenary Session will focus on the following questions:

  1. What is the role and the experience of business information intelligence in policy development and decision making by the business community in the Region?
  2. What is the role of academic programmes in producing a generation of business leaders who can influence the move to a new era of knowledge economy in the Region?
  3. To what extent have the library and information science graduates been able to fill the needs for business information analysis and provision in the Region;
  4. How can the business community benefit from the academic and research professionals and institutions to develop the knowledge-economy ecosystem in the region?
  5. Is there a room for building public-private partnership in the Region or globally between business community or corporate sector and the public sector?

Panel members will also be encouraged to raise important and relevant issues for discussion. Participants in the conference are encouraged to send their questions to the moderator by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as of today and he will make sure to communicate theses to panel members for discussion during the session. Needless to say that the audience in the session can pose questions/comments during the session.

Session Chair

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 Al-Shorbaji is also a part-time lecturer since June 2016 at he Peter L. Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics (PLRI), a joint institute of the Technische Universität Braunschweig (TU Braunschweig) and of Hannover Medical School in Germany (MHH)

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.


Ahmed Alhujairy

Mr. ALHujairy is Chairman and Group CEO of Gulf Future Business. He holds an executive MBA (Distinguished Honours) from DePaul University, Chicago, USA and has extensive experience in a range of fields including Telecommunications, Banking, Government, Information Technology and Business Analysis. He began his career with Riyad Bank, Saudi Arabia and subsequently worked with Batelco and Asia Computers before joining the Health Information Directorate where he attained the post of Director. Prior to founding Gulf Future Business, Mr. Al Hujairy held the role as Acting CEO, Advisor to the Minister of Health on Health Economics and the CEO of Salmaniya Medical Complex.

Mr. ALHujairy also holds several board positions, and societies:

  • Batelco Group; board director, and member of the Audit committee.
  • Umniah – Jordan: board director, and head of the Audit committee.
  • Founder of Bahrain Internet Society.
  • Member of the Bahrain Society for Training and Development.
  • Founder and Senior Advisor Bahrain Technology Companies Society.

Mr. Al Hujairy has published a number of papers and written articles on health, ICT, Internet, and knowledge economy.

Bruce Boyes

Bruce Boyes is editor and lead writer of RealKM Magazine, which promotes evidence-based approaches to knowledge management, and a teacher at Shanxi University in China. He is an experienced knowledge manager, environmental manager, and educator who holds a Master of Environmental Management with Distinction. Bruce uses collaborative learning and governance, problem-solving communication techniques, lateral thinking, agile management approaches, and rigorously researched and analysed information and knowledge bases to identify and implement solutions to complex problems. His career highlights include managing an award-winning $77.4 million river recovery program in western Sydney, leading the development and implementation of a knowledge strategy process for the natural resource management organisations across Australia, and pioneering innovative approaches to local government environmental management.

Chris Zielinski

Chris is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Winchester (UK), where he leads the Partnerships in Health Information (Phi) programme. He is currently working on knowledge management theory and indicators measuring the impact of information, and the practical applications of these in the Phi programme. He also carries out consultancies for international organizations in the areas of health and information policy, planning, strategy, knowledge management, copyright, ethics (bioethics and information/computer ethics), and media.

His career has included senior positions in UN organizations for over 20 years, in Vienna, Geneva, Rome, Egypt, India, Zimbabwe and the Congo. He has also been CEO of the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society – the collecting/copyright society for British authors, and has held a number of honorary, elected and titular appointments related to intellectual property and ethics.

Prof. Dr. Walid Hassan

Research Consultancy Services Manager,

Full Professor in Biomedical Engineering with more than 15 years of experience in R&D, Research leadership, Innovation and Strategies in Academia, Governments and Corporate . At Thomson Reuters as Research Consultancy Services Manager, working with governments, universities and research centres in the perspective of boosting research and innovation in the region. Being an active researcher on tomographic reconstruction for emission and transmission data, medical instrumentation and biomedical signal processing, Full-band EEG signal analysis, published many scientific papers in journals of high reputation. A notable experience in Public health and healthcare quality control and management as well as Research and Education Management.

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Need for ICT Competency Framework for Library and Information Science Education


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Until the arrival of the internet in the 1970s, the practical approach to library education, advocated by Melvin Dewey, acted as the foundation of library school programs around the world. There was a clear distinction between what was considered library science and what fell under information science. But the uneasy marriage between library science and information science in the last quarter of the 20th century has led to an identity crisis in Library and Information Science (LIS) field, as rightly underlined by Andrew Dillon, Professor of the School of Information at the University of Texas, in his keynote address to the Sixth International Conference on "Conceptions of Library and Information Science (LIS)" in 2007. The debate, however, has intensified in recent years due to rapidly evolving information landscape and the transformation of library roles. Several questions arise about the impact of information technologies on the field, the core competencies and skills required from the new generation of library and information professionals, and the role of library and information science (LIS) education and its connection to practice. Furthermore, the recent economic recession and drastic cuts in library funding have also placed new demands on LIS educational programs as new graduates compete for jobs in a market with high expectations but few opportunities. Today, professionals seeking jobs in public and academic libraries must not only have a Master's degree from an accredited LIS program to meet the minimum requirements, but also need to demonstrate a wide range of technical competencies and effective communication and collaboration skills. The knowledge of information literacy, networking, communication and retrieval technologies has become very essential to the Profession. This environment has made it important for LIS Schools to strive to improve their quality of programmes to be able to participate in educational networks and develop innovative strategies in planning and administration of LIS education. Consequently, LIS curriculum need to consolidate ICT concepts, knowledge, skills and proficiency into core competencies in order to prepare LIS graduates to adapt and use ICTs effectively.

Different educational models for preparing future library professionals exist throughout the world today. In many European countries, LIS education has developed independently without a unifying accrediting body as in the case of United States and Canada. For example, Denmark and Norway builds upon a four-year Bachelor's degree in library science or information studies as a foundation for more advanced degrees. The preparation for librarianship in Australia and other former British colonies have the influence of the British tradition of apprenticeship and vocational training. However, in recent years their study curricula have also been shaped following the U.S library practices and educational models. Library science teaching and training in South Africa has followed a similar path, blurring the distinction between library science and information science, and this has had an impact on curriculum design and content. The LIS curriculum development have shown considerable strides in infusing ICT competencies as most LIS Schools in U.S and other Developing countries have merged relevant ICT knowledge in traditional curriculum. The U.S model for educating library professionals builds upon broad college education and concentrates on a two-year Master degree in LIS as an essential component of the professional preparation for the field. The accreditation process done by the American Library Association (ALA) is one of the important component of this model that not only provides a mechanism for ensuring standards and quality but also reaffirms the ties between the diverse programs and schools that engage in preparing future LIS professionals.

The curriculum of the ALA- accredited Master's programs comprised of a set of core courses and electives that are intended to provide future professionals with substantial theoretical knowledge, essential competencies, and an understanding of the fundamental values of the profession. However, the last 20 years have witnessed dramatic changes in most curricula of US accredited programs due to the rise of information technology in library process and systems that poses a range of challenges as well as opportunities for LIS education, from the integration of technical skills with theoretical concepts to the development of new courses and specializations and new forms of online or hybrid course delivery. In addition, the explosion of information and ease of information access do not parallel students’ skills in evaluating information resources, thus creating an increased need for teaching information literacy skills. Thus, the expertise expected from the new generation of LIS professionals is highly specialized and requires an advanced professional degree, but the areas of specialization shift from providing information services to teaching information literacy skills. LIS programs today need to constantly adjust the curriculum to teach the necessary concepts and digital library skills to prepare new professionals for the emerging areas of librarianship.

However, most LIS schools worldwide especially in Developing countries teach these ICT courses theoretically because they have inadequate funding, appropriate equipment, expertise and management. They also lack national level unifying accrediting agency to ensure standards and quality. The idea for the development an ICT Competency Framework is one of the significant national initiatives related to developing and supporting effective ICT use in LIS schools and managing library and information resources and services. The framework is equally important for developing a curriculum structure for LIS education and planning for the professional development of faculty and practitioners.


Sulaiman AlRiyaee

MLIS, PhD Independent strategic planning consultant in Information managements for Gulf Region. Dean of libraries affairs
Al-Jouf University, Saudi Arabia
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  • 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

Dr. Mohammed Saleh Altayar

Chair of Department of Information Management,
Faculty Member Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University,
Saudi Arabia

Rashed S Alzahrani

VP for IT and Support Services
General Authority for Statistics,
Saudi Arabia

Ali AlShowaish

General Manager
Dar Almandumah Inc.

Internet, Technology and the Changing Role of Libraries


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David Lee King, Jason Griffey, and Marshall Breeding will share an hour in a discussion panel that aims to familiarize attendees of the 23rd Special Library Association-Arabian Gulf Chapter with new technology trends in the library world. While Jason will be focusing on the decentralization of the Internet, David will tackle the online shifts in the library and Marshall will be talking about the latest trends in the Library Technology Industry; all of them possess significant information that we hope they will communicate to the audience to help them understand the impact of new technologies in changing the current and future role of the library.

David’s Topic:

David will be tackling Website and online shifts in the library and how that affects library service; he will also introduce the Internet of Things - what it is and how it might impact library services in the near future, to end up with Smart machines and the impact they might have on the future of the library.

Jason’s Topic:

Jason will focus on the decentralization of the Internet via Blockchain and other technologies as well as technological ubiquity, near-future disruptions, and how the role of the library as archive and repository shifts as a result of these changes.

Marshall's Topic:

Marshall Breeding will give an overview of some of the recent trends in the library resource management and discovery products and the companies involved in their development. He will also cover some of the major industry events trends.

Session format

The session format is an interactive Davos-style dialogue. It will have 2 panelists and a moderator. Each speaker is allocated 20 minutes, and the remaining 20 minutes will be saved for an open discussion with audience. It is highly recommended not to use PowerPoint presentations or formal speeches since the main goal of the session is to have a dynamic interaction with the audience.

Session Moderator

Houeida Kammourié

Houeida is the InfoCommons Librarian at the Lebanese American University (LAU) Libraries, Beirut-Lebanon. She is in charge of the Serials/Electronic Resources and Reference/Information Literacy Departments. Houeida is very active in marketing LAU Libraries resources and services, with focus on social media. She is the Chair of the Lebanese Academic Library Consortium. Houeida attended the EDUCAUSE Leading Change Institute program (2013). She holds a Masters in Management of Library and Information Services from the University of Wales, a Masters in History from Paris IV (La Sorbonne), and started in 2016 pursuing her PhD in Library and Information Science at the Lebanese University. Houeida worked in corporate and academic environments, and has several papers and workshops presented in different conferences. She volunteered as Proposal Reviewer for EDUCAUSE 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Conferences.


David Lee King

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at

Jason Griffey

Jason Griffey is the founder and principal at Evenly Distributed , a technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits. Jason is a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he studies hyperlocal micronetworks such as his LibraryBox project and works on technologies that provide open and robust access to information for the future, such as blockchain and other decentralization technologies. He is the creator and director of both the LibraryBox Project and Measure the Future More about Jason can be seen at his homepage and on his blog Pattern Recognition .

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Library Systems Report published by American Libraries since 2014. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics throughout the United States and internationally.

Breeding was the 2010 recipient of the LITA LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science. More details are available here:

Discovery Layers/Services and Electronic Resources, Opportunities and Challenges


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Discovery Layers/Services have tremendously improved the user experience in searching and browsing for library materials. Users are now NOT geographically constrained when using these discovery services. In addition to that, these services are also accessible on multiple devices across different platforms and operating systems. This panel session highlights the (1) essential role of metadata within the context of web discovery services, (2) the importance of assessing, evaluating, acquiring, managing electronic resources and (3) implementation project of a web scale discovery service in a newly created Graduate Research University.


Stephen Buck
Subject Specialist, KAUST

Since April 2015 Stephen Buck has worked as the subject specialist for Physical Science and Engineering in the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Before that he was the Electronic Resources Librarian at Dublin City University, Ireland. He has also worked as a subject specialist in Trinity College Dublin and as a library assistant in University College Dublin. He obtained his BA and MLIS from University College Dublin.

Heng Kai Leong

Heng Kai Leong is the Electronic Resources, Licensing and Subscriptions Librarian at the SMU Libraries, Singapore Management University. In this position, he is responsible for the management of the library’s collection budget and to provide leadership and strategic vision in all aspects of the life cycle of electronic resources including acquisition, licensing, access, discovery, troubleshooting, evaluation and assessment. He holds a MSc in Information Studies from the Nanyang Technological University and has more than fifteen years’ experience working in academic libraries.

Jacquie Samples

Jacquie Samples is Head of the Metadata & Discovery Strategy Department in the Technical Services Division at Duke University Libraries (Durham, N.C. USA). Prior to that, she was the team lead for Electronic Resources & Serials Cataloging from 2011 to 2016. Previously, she worked at North Carolina State University Libraries (Raleigh, N.C. USA) as the Continuing & Electronic Resources Librarian. As an adjunct School of Information and Library Science faculty member, she has taught Advanced Cataloging at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C. USA).

In 2002, Jacquie earned a Master’s of Arts in Library and Information Science, with distinction, from the School of Library and Information Science, University of Iowa (Iowa City, I.A. USA). Her areas of research interest include electronic resource management, library metadata, FRBR, and discovery services. She has presented on a range of subjects related to these research interests at such conferences as the American Library Association’s Annual and Midwinter meetings, Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L), and regional and local meetings. Jacquie has authored several peer-reviewed articles, including co-authoring "Creating Organization Name Authority within an Electronic Resource Management System." Library Resources and Technical Services. 53, no. 2 p. 94-107, 2009, which earned the 2010 ALCTS/Blackwell’s Scholarship Award for excellence in research.

Jacquie is an active member of the American Library Association (ALA) where she currently serves as Director-At-Large for the Association of Libraries, Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division. She also serves on the editorial board for two peer-reviewed, library science journals, Serials Review and The Journal of Library Metadata. She was a 2008 ALA Emerging Leader; served as the 2012/2013 chair for the ALA/ALCTS Continuing Resources Section; and is a member of the American Indian Library Association.

Evidence Based Acquisition


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Since the beginning of this century and massive shift from print to online resources which are now taking almost 60% of the library’s collection budget, libraries are struggling to keep pace with continuous growth of subscription costs. Situation is not different for the libraries in the GCC. Most of the funds are going to electronic resources subscription and libraries are looking for a change of the subscription model. In the recent years there have been several initiatives which should make a move from traditional, so called, “big deals” to more sustainable evidence based collection development. Models like “Patron driven acquisition (PDE)”, “Evidence based acquisition (EBA” or “Data driven acquisition (DDA)” are under a microscope and some GCC libraries have started to implement them. This session has a goal to discuss global practice (probably US experience) with these acquisition models, to hear local experience from QNL and UAE and to engage the discussion with the participants.

All of these models are based on similar principles. Instead of purchasing whole packages of ebooks, which might be regarded as a long term focus of a library, EBA is putting the accent of buying an item at the moment of need – in other words collection development will be given to the patrons as they know what they want to read. Currently there is no standard for EBA which might be a challenging for some libraries as they would have to keep track of thresholds with different publishers and have the right information when use of the title will trigger a purchase. To make things even more appealing, some libraries are using this model for their print collection - when order from catalogue will trigger a purchase of print copy.


Dr. Hassan Momani

Assistant Professor & Library Director & Library and Information Consultant.

Has a PhD in Library and Information Science from Pittsburgh University in USA (2003), and Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from North Carolina Central University in USA (1993), and B. A. in English Language and Literature from Aleppo University in Syria (1982).

Has an experience for more than 30 years, since 1985, in the field of library and information centers, as an Assistant Professor of library and information science, and as an expert and consultant in directing number of academic, research, and special libraries, and information centers in different types of higher education and research organizations in both Jordan and United Arab Emirates (Jordan University of Science and Technology, Juma Al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage - Dubai, United Arab Emirates University – Al Alin, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research – ECSSR – Abu Dhabi, The American University in the Emirates - Dubai, and currently, Library and Information Expert and Consultant in the Government Sector in Abu Dhabi).

Contacts: UAE – 00971501319038, JORDAN – 00962796789439
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Michael Levine-Clark

Michael Levine-Clark is the 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.

Milan Vasiljevic

Milan Vasiljević holds МA degree in Library and information Science from the University of Belgrade, Serbia. He has ten years of professional experience in various types of libraries. During the last six years main area of his interest are electronic resources. He is a big advocate for Open Access and more sustainable subscription models. He works at Qatar National Library as Head of ER department. Mr. Vasiljević is an IFLA Standing Committee member of Library Theory & Research Section. He was a participant in Jay Jordan IFLA/OCLC Early Career Development Fellowship Program in 2011. He organizes trainings for librarians and participates in projects dealing with the development of libraries.

Information Literacy and Accountability: Accreditation, Alignment, and Assessment


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Accreditation organizations, governments, and other stakeholders are putting increasing pressure on higher education institutions to demonstrate their value by providing evidence of achievement of student outcomes and student learning outcomes. In turn, these institutions are looking to their departments and divisions to provide evidence of their contributions to the achievement of campus mission and goals. Academic libraries face both challenges and opportunities in the face of these calls for accountability. Information literacy is widely recognized as a critical set of skills for college students, and many accreditation organizations include the phrase or equivalent language in their standards, creating an expectation that colleges and universities will integrate learning outcomes and assessment for information literacy into their programs.

By being aware of accreditation standards and aligning their strategic initiatives, goals, programs, and activities with those standards as well as their parent institutions missions, goals, and strategic plans, academic libraries can link their activities to the goals of their larger campus. Through assessment of their goals and programs, these libraries can provide evidence of their direct support to their parent institution’s teaching and learning goals. These objectives are challenging for any library, but can be particularly complicated for those of us situated in transnational education settings where multiple accreditation standards and policies may exist and overlap.

In this interactive, discussion-based session, Dr. Laura Saunders will first review current accreditation standards in the United States and examine how colleges and universities are responding to those standards. Then, she will provide an outline of best practices for demonstrating value and achieving accountability by aligning activities with accreditation and campus goals, and assessing achievement of those goals. Subsequently, Alanna Ross will discuss how regional and international accreditation agency directives have influenced the development, promotion and assessment of information literacy programming at the American University of Sharjah. Included in the discussion will be an overview of the opportunities, but also challenges that assessment has presented in demonstrating the library’s contribution to institutional teaching and learning goals.

Finally, Virgilio Medina will discuss these themes in the context of a school information literacy initiative at SEK International School, which is accredited by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and follows its college preparatory program. Virgilio will share details of an assessment project which gathers data on students’ digital literacy skills in order to meet and respond to both the IB standards and local standards set by the Ministry of Education in Qatar. After each speaker, opportunity for discussion between the speaker, the panel and the audience will be facilitated in order to draw out important applications and solutions.

Session Chair:

Dr. Alicia M. Salaz

Dr. A. 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.


Dr. Laura Saunders

Laura Saunders is an Assistant Professor at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, teaching and conducting research in the areas of reference and instruction, intellectual freedom, and academic libraries. She also has a strong interest in social justice issues related to libraries. Recently, she has been involved in a series of international collaborative studies on topics such as reference competencies and information behaviors. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including College & Research Libraries, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Reference & User Services Quarterly. She has written two books: Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome: The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation and Repositioning Reference: New Methods and New Services for a New Age co-authored with Lily Rozaklis and Eileen Abels. Laura has a PhD and a Master’s of Library and Information Science, both from Simmons College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University.

Alanna Ross

American University of Sharjah, UAE

Alanna Ross is Associate University Librarian for Public Services at the American University of Sharjah (UAE) where she oversees co-ordination of the library’s information literacy programming and related assessment efforts. She holds an MA in Library and Information Science from Monash University, Melbourne and is a current PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. Alanna’s research focuses on information literacy pedagogy and outcomes assessment. She has lived and worked in the UAE for the last thirteen years.
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Virgilio Medina

SEK International School, Doha, Qatar

Virgilio G. Medina Jr. has worked in Middle Eastern countries as a school librarian for four years. With a Bachelor of Library and Information Science (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines, he is currently working at SEK International School and studying towards his Masters in Library and Information Studies at UCL in Qatar. His professional and research interests center on the development of school libraries as digital libraries and how these can be effectively marketed to support the school’s curriculum for a global society.

Library Leadership


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Being a successful leader in the new generation library profession, requires many competencies, skills and tools to understand, enable and manage the changes. Recognizing the opportunities, having clearer vision and strategic plans with a strong commitment in taking your team to success is every leader wants to do. Importantly, understanding the challenges to change, finding opportunities from the unknown and make the team resilient is what the successful leaders do. Aligning to the theme of this year’s SLA-AGC conference, this panel will consists of experts and practitioners discussing their experiences, new trends and preparations needed to develop next generation of library leaders.


Sohair Watsaway, Ph.D

Executive Director, Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation

Dr. Wastawy was appointed as the Executive Director of Qatar National Library in October 2016. Before arriving to Qatar, Dr. Wastawy was the Dean of Libraries at Florida Institute of Technology in Florida, USA. She also served as the Dean of the University Libraries at Illinois State University. From 2004 to 2010, Dr. Wastawy provided leadership for a full range of library and cultural activities as the first chief librarian of the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt where she was instrumental in founding and building the programs the Library of Alexandria offers today. From 1992 to 2004 Dr. Wastawy was the Dean of Libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and was affiliated with IIT since 1988 where she was as a researcher and library director for the Center of the Study of Professional Ethics until 1992. Prior to her work with IIT, Dr. Wastawy worked as a lecturer in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, respectively. Dr. Wastawy serves as member of professional associations boards and is the recipient of many awards and honors including a Fulbright scholarship. She is also an international consultant for library buildings and management.

Dr. Wastawy received her BA, MA, and completed work towards her Ph.D. thesis in Linguistics at Cairo University, Egypt. She possesses a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA and a Doctorate degree in Library and Information Management from Simmons College, Massachusetts, USA.

DeEtta Jones, MBA

Principal, DeEtta Jones Consulting
Ex-Director of organizational Learning, Association of Research Libraries, USA.

DeEtta provides strategic and organizational development consulting to libraries, not-for-profits and corporations. She has twenty years of experience consulting in libraries and designing and facilitating learning events for audiences around the world. DeEtta’s areas of professional strength are leadership development, managerial effectiveness, cultural integration, and executive coaching. She has facilitated strategy and organizational development processes for a wide range of institutions including Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences/Harvard College Library, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of British Columbia, Boston College, York University, Tufts University, Simon Fraser University, Discover Financial Services, United Airlines, and others. DeEtta has designed and served as a lead facilitator for nine national leadership development programs across North America including those sponsored by the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Library (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, the Association of Research Library (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program, and the ARL Leadership Fellows Program.

Before launching DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA Consulting) in 2005, DeEtta spent ten years with the Association of Research Library, five of those years as Director of Organizational Learning Services and five as Director of Diversity Initiatives. Other previous professional experience includes Director of Human Rights Advocacy and Education for the City of Fort Collins CO; Director of Multicultural Education and Programs at Colorado State University; and Adjunct Faculty roles with Colorado State University and the University of Maryland, College Park. DeEtta has a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University, course work in Library and information science at Catholic University, and an M.B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. DeEtta is based in Chicago, IL.


J. K. Vijayakumar, Ph.D

Acting Library Director, KAUST, Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Vijayakumar has seventeen years of continuously progressing and highly responsible leadership experience from health science, scientific and technological libraries in the Middle East, the Americas and India. Currently, he is the Acting Library Director and Manager of Collections and Services at the award winning King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library, which represents the new generation library of the future, a digitally born library offering 95% of the collections online and open 24/7 for the users. KAUST is a graduate research university of science and technology renowned by global benchmarks. He also worked as Associate Library Director at American University of Antigua in the West Indies and Scientist at the Information and Library Network Center in India. He holds a Doctorate and two Masters in Library Science and has published extensively in reputed journals and conferences. He is a member of IFLA Standing Committee on Acquisitions and Collections Development, and Editor for a few prestigious journals.

Building Strong Library and Information Science Education in the Arab Gulf Universities (AGU)


أقرأ هذه الجلسة باللغة العربية

It goes in line with IFLA initiative in establishing “IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education Group (BSLISE)”. Special Libraries Association – Arabian Gulf Chapter as a professional association felt the responsibility of taking part in supporting this international initiative in Arab Gulf Region. The panel discussion will focus on shedding light on IFLA Building Strong Library and Information Science Education Group (BSLISE), its goals, objectives, and its commitment to studying quality assurance within library science education.

The panel discussion will shed light also on the efforts of National Professional Associations in this regard. The panelists will discuss the experience of delivering accreditation of library and information studies (LIS) education programs by the American Library Association (ALA), Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), and Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP). It will consider the challenges and opportunities in developing a framework and consider how it could promote uniformity between accreditation criteria used by national library associations to promote professional mobility globally. Special attention will be given to the role of the two major regional professional associations AFLI and SLA-AGC and other national associations in in helping in encountering the challenges of scaling national assessment to the international level, and how to address them for successful implementation.

The major outcome of this panel discussion is mapping the road for LIS programs in the Arabian Gulf States universities to operate in line with international academic, administrative, managerial, and operational standards. Moreover, those programs have to follow standards and procedures consistent with the best international practice, with the goal of making such programs comparable to internationally recognized LIS academic programs of higher education. The panel discussion would try also to readdress the following questions that have been raised in IFLA 2016 Satellite Meeting on "International Quality Assessment of LIS Education Programs".

August 10, 2016; Columbus, OH (USA).
  1. Is there a need for international accreditation of LIS education programs in the Arabian Gulf Universities? Why or why not?
  2. Who are possible partners in the international quality assessment of LIS education in ARU?
  3. Is there a need to collect international data on LIS education programs? Why and why not?
  4. Is there an (existing or envisioned) model, framework that would be appropriate?
  5. What are next steps to develop and implement an effective international system to assess the quality of LIS education programs in ARU?

Target Audience

Faculty members and department heads of MLIS programs in the Arabian Gulf States, in addition, to professional librarians who are interested in library and information science education.

Keynote Speakers and Topics

Three keynote speakers of international repute will participate in this panel discussion on the following suggested topics:

  • Present and Past Involvement in LIS Education Quality Assessment of the following recognized International, national associations (IFLA, ALA. ALIA, CILP.)
  • Core Skills and competencies in LIS education: Professional, generic and personal competencies for the higher education LIS sector.
  • The Role of AFLI, SLA-AGC and national professional associations in helping in encountering the challenges of scaling national assessment to the international level, and how to address them for successful implementation.

Session Chair:

Dr. Jassim Mohammed Jirjees

Professor of Library and Information Science

Consultant in the field of libraries and information centers, lecturer, and author. Former editor of a number of Arabic periodicals in library science, documentation and information, and a member of the advisory boards in several specialized journals. He worked as a professor and chairman of the Department of LIS at Mustansiriya University in Baghdad - Iraq, the Department of LIS at the University of Sanaa - Yemen, and the Department of MLIS Program at the American University in the Emirates - Dubai. He also served as a Dean of the Institute of Arab Archives, the director general of the Center for Information Documentation of the Arab Gulf States, the secretary-general of the Supreme Council of the Iraqi scientific associations, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al Mansour University College in Baghdad. He has published more than 70 papers in Arabic and English journals, and 23 books in Arabic and English. He submitted a number of feasibility studies for many regional and national information institutions. He participated in the preparation and organization of dozens of conferences and specialized activities in the field of library and information in the Arab world and the Arabian Gulf and national levels. He took part in more than 100 international, regional, and national conferences and seminars.


Dr. Sultan M. Al-Daihani

Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University

He was the SLA-AGC President during 2008/2009. In these capacities he steered of a number of professional activities. Dr. Sultan conducted a number of consultation and training workshops in the areas of e-government, electronic archiving, information literacy, and social media. He teaches ICT-related undergraduate courses and those related to digital library and information sources and services and social media at the graduate level. He has published in the areas of information behavior, information education, and social media. Dr. Sultan did MLIS from Kuwait University and secured his PhD from Loughborough University, UK. He can be reached by email at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mohammad J. Arif Ph.D

Office Address:

Department of Information Science
Faculty of Art & Humanities
King Abdulaziz University
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Tel: (02) 695-2356
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Ph.D., 1994 Loughborough University of Technology (UK).
  • MS, 1987 (IRM) Syracuse University (U.S.A).
  • BA, 1981 (Business Ad.) King AbdulAziz University (S.A).
  • Certificate Study in “Library and Information Management” University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA, 2002 – 2003.

Academic Administrative Experience:

  • 2009 – to Now Chairman, Department Information Science
    King Abdulaziz University
  • 2014 – to Now Member of Curriculum Development Deanship of Graduate Studies
  • 2014 – to Now Editorial Member of Arts & Humanities Journal
  • 2012 – to Now Member of Scientific Research Deanship Committee
  • 2011 – 2013 Chairman of the Scientific Committee of AFLA Conferences
  • 2011 – to Now Editorial Member of Elam Journal
  • 2009 – 2013 Director of Accreditation Unite
  • 2005 – 2007 Vice Dean Faculty of Arts & Humanities King Abdulaziz University
  • 2000 – 2002 Chairman, Department of Library & Information
    Science King Abdulaziz University
  • 1998 – 2000 Director of the Information and follow-up unit, Faculty of Arts & Humanities
    Various Academic Committees (University, Faculty & Departmental level)

Teaching Experience:

  • 2013 Professor
  • 2002 – 2013 Associate Professor
  • 1994 – 2001 Assistant Professor
  • 1982 – 1993 Teacher Assistant

Research Interests:

Knowledge & Information Management, Information Education, Information Systems.

Dr. Clara M. Chu

Director and Mortenson Distinguished Professor Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.

Dr. Clara M. Chu is Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in understanding the information needs, uses and barriers faced by multicultural communities in order to further the equitable access to information. Chu publishes, presents and consults internationally in English and Spanish, and currently serves on the editorial boards of Libri and Library Trends. Active in professional associations, she served as the 2014/15 President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and is the 2016-18 ALA representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. She is currently coordinating the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education (BSLISE) Working Group which emerged out of deliberations at the 2016 IFLA Satellite Meeting (Dublin, OH) on quality assessment of LIS education programs, which she co-chaired and was hosted by the IFLA Section on Education and Training and the Section on Library Theory and Research. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Library Science from the University of Western Ontario in Canada.

Luke Stevens-Burt

Assistant Director, Member Services, CILIP

Luke is Assistant Director (Member Services) at the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, based in London. His role focuses on professional development of the library and information workforce through CILIP members. Responsibilities also includes overseeing and developing the CILIP accreditation programme, ensuring that educational institutions (especially universities) have a robust set of criteria to meet that result in a valuable learning experience for students. He also oversees all elements of membership development, support and engagement. This is mainly delivered through Continuous Professional Development activities (including online learning, specialist events, Professional Registration – i.e. Chartership).

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