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.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speech by Dr. Andrew M. Cox
Lecturer, Director of Learning and Teaching
University of Sheffield
12/3/2012 11:00 to 11:30 AM
AlDana Hall, Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel

Refreshing the information focus.

Everyday social media access is enabling increasingly sophisticated information management and content creation by “users”. But there is as much evidence of personal information management puzzlement as success. This complex picture is paralleled when we examine the multi-professional fields within which information professionals now operate and the reshaping of LIS careers. In this context, some positive narratives gathered in research with early career information professionals illustrate the continuing power of an information focus. The paper seeks to distil some of the core competencies successful information professionals now need: an information focus, ICT fluency and an orientation to leadership, collaboration and competition. It closes by examining the new ways of learning through inquiry that will enable professionals to develop such skills and attitudes.

Keynote speech by Dr. Ana Vasconcelos
Information School, University of Sheffield
13/3/2012 11:00 to 11:30 AM
AlDana Hall, Gulf Convention Center, Gulf Hotel

Integrating knowledge exploration and knowledge exploitation strategies : The contribution of social enterprise software.

While conventional enterprise IT systems tend to focus on knowledge lifecycle processes concerning the codification, organization and distribution of knowledge and facilitate knowledge exploitation strategies, enterprise social software has greater potential to facilitate knowledge exploration strategies and leverage knowledge creation and validation processes. Knowledge-intensive organizations have an increasing need for systems that support loosely-coupled collaboration and ad-hoc knowledge sharing processes. This leads to a strong requirement for an alternative approach to developing knowledge management systems

This keynote speak discusses the potential contribution of social software for innovative business settings, by facilitating the integration of knowledge exploitation and knowledge exploration strategies. These strategies are discussed through the lenses of dynamic capabilities, organizational learning and knowledge lifecycle models. Examples referring to the practical use of enterprise social software in different organizations are discussed. An integrated approach, focusing on the management of less structured business and organizational processes, the development of social networks and informal communities, and finally, the need to underpin adaptive strategies in knowledge work processes is proposed. The OrganiK framework, developed within a project aiming to support knowledge management processes in European small and medium enterprises, combining social software with semantic web technologies is discussed. This keynote address concludes with some managerial implications and future research avenues.

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