18th Annual Conference of The Special Libraries Association Arabian Gulf Chapter 2012
"Current Trends of the Information Society within the Arabic Environment"
Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
March 12-14, 2012
The Objectives of the Conference
The Conference aims at achieving the Association's vision as being the representative of information professionals in the region. Through its 18th Annual Conference, the Association seeks to accomplish the following Objectives:
- 1. Promote academic research and professional expertise with regard to current developments in information institutions.
- 2. Share and exchange knowledge and expertise in order to further develop digital information services on the Internet.
- 3. Explore the impact of the social networking phenomenon in promoting information services.
- 4. Identify the modern evaluative tools and procedures for measuring information quality (Bibliometrics, and other new assessment software in the field).
- 5. Endorse the Integration between both academic and professional training of information professionals to keep abreast of developments and continuous labour market needs.
Sub-themes of the Conference
The SLA-AGC invites for participations in the following sub-themes and related topics:
Presentations on new technologies and their practical applications which relate to the conference theme are also welcome. :
- 1. The new role of information professionals within the social networking environment.
- 2. Measuring information quality beyond the bibliometric studies.
- 3. Reaching a balance between ‘digitization’ and ‘open-access’ in collection development: The effective role of the information professional.
- 4. The changing role of information institutions in providing e-services and e-resources to remote digital citizens and users.
- 5. The impact of the economic crisis on the collection development programmes at information institutions within the Gulf Region.
- 6. The role of library and information science schools in the training of skilled professionals in a continually changing technical environment.
Submission of proposal deadline:
September 30, 2011
Notification of acceptance/non- acceptance of proposals:
October 15, 2011
Submission of final paper:
December 30, 2011
Notification of acceptance/non- acceptance of Final paper:
January 15, 2012
Guidelines for Papers
Some of the important guidelines are as follows:
- 1. Papers are accepted in both languages, Arabic and English.
- 2. The length of the paper should be within the range of 3-4 thousand words. Slightly lengthier or briefer papers might be submitted.
- 3. The paper should be produced in MS WORD 7 and upward.
- 4. The document should be produced in double space, leaving top and bottom margins of 1" and left and right margins should be 1.25", which are the default values for MS Word.
- 5. The paper must use the APA reference style. Endnotes need to be alphabetically arranged. Citations in the text and corresponding endnotes must be error free (See http://www.apastyle.org/learn/index.aspx ).
For research papers, please provide the following: background/introduction, problem/purpose, research questions, statement of procedures, results, discussion, and conclusion.
For position papers, please provide the following: background/information, statement of issue being discussed, evidence, discussions, and conclusion.
Endnote Examples of APA Style
Dubeck, L. (1990). Science fiction aids science teaching. Physics Teacher, 28, 316318-.
Full-text article from a database
Mershon, D. H. (1998, November/December). Star trek on the brain: Alien minds, human minds. American Scientist, 86(6), 585. Retrieved July 29, 1999, from Expanded Academic ASAP database.
Okuda, M., & Okuda, D. (1993). Star trek chronology: The history of the future. New York: Pocket Books.
Chapter in a Book
James, N. E. (1988). Two sides of paradise: The Eden myth according to Kirk and Spock. In D. Palumbo (Ed.), Spectrum of the fantastic (pp. 219223-). Westport, CT: Greenwood.
Lynch, T. (1996). DS9 Trials and Tribble-ations Review. Retrieved October 8, 1997, from Psi Phi: Bradley’s Science Fiction Club Website: http://www.bradley.edu/campusorg/psiphi/DS9/ep/503r.html
6. An abstract of about 200-250 should be provided.
7. For research papers, please provide the following:
)Background introduction; problem purpose; research question; statement of procedures; results; discussion; and conclusion(.
Distribution of Papers
Accepted papers that are submitted on time will be published on a CD and distributed to conference participants. Only highly recommended papers by referees and the scientific committee will be selected for presentation during the conference sessions.
Publication of Selected Papers
All the contributors will give their consent that selected papers, both in Arabic and English, will be published in the conference proceedings.
The purpose of the awards is to encourage young researchers and writers of the accepted papers for presentation by the scientific committee, thus papers presented by full professors and those who received an award within previous two years will not be included. .
Criteria for Assessment of Papers for Awards:
- 1. Coherence and logical relationships among the paper's concepts and contents,
- 2. Clear statements of the problem or objective theme,
- 3. Significance/originality,
- 4. Relevance to the conference theme,
- 5. Review of literature
- 6. Methodology/approach
- 7. Findings
- 8. Discussion of findings
- 9. Writing/composition/style
- 10. Documentation.