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.

Mobile Technologies in Libraries

Workshop Title: Mobile Technologies & Libraries

Location: Gulf Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

Time: 10-11 March 2012

Presenter/ Moderator:

Joe Murphy, Yale University Libraries, technology trend spotter and library innovator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Language: English

Workshop Description:

In this two-day workshop, attendees will learn the full theoretical framework of the roles, applications, and implications of mobile technologies in libraries and will gain thorough knowledge about the practical options for applying mobile devices to library services and collections. This workshop will be run by Joe Murphy of Yale University Library (, and will feature several expert guest speakers.
Mobile technologies are becoming an increasingly important and popular in how we discover, access, and engage information. 15 billion mobile applications for Apple’s iPhone and iPad have been downloaded, smart-phones are outselling PCs, 1 billion tweets are sent every week. The shift towards mobile devices is not a passing trend. Libraries around the world are meeting this change head on by adapting our services and collections to the proliferation of mobile devices. This workshop will introduce the major mobile technologies, explain how they are impacting libraries of all types, and cover how your library can make use of them to meet our mobile patrons. Participants will leave ready to apply various mobile technologies to their libraries.


The objective of this timely workshop is to teach librarians about the major tools and trends in mobile technology and how they apply to libraries. This workshop aims to provide practical steps on how to implement a variety of mobile technologies in diverse library settings. The session will provide current awareness about the current state and landscape of mobile tools, the theoretical framework for role of mobile technologies, and the implications for library and information enters.
The workshop will include a though exploration the possible opportunities for library applications of mobile technologies, the options available, the challenges and risks associated with implementing the tools, and the tips and tricks for their successful application.


  • Attendees will gain thorough knowledge about mobile technologies, the available tools and their uses.
  • Attendees will understand the impact of mobile technologies on information consumption and the implications for libraries.
  • Attendees will learn how to apply a variety of mobile technologies to multiple library services.

Target audience:

The target audience of this workshop includes librarians and library staff at all types of library and information centers, professors, publishers, vendors, and educators, interested in staying current on the topic of mobile technologies and their impact on information engagement and consumption.

This workshop is full and there is not vacancy for registration.

Advanced Topics in Licensing & Consortia

Workshop Title: Advanced Topics in Licensing & Consortia


Gulf Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain


10-11 March 2012

Presenter/ Moderator:

Ann Okerson, Center for Research Libraries
Presenters: Terry Bucknell, University of Liverpool
Katherine Perry, Director of the VIVA Consortium
(See photos and profiles below)

Language: English

Workshop Description:

In this 2-day workshop, participants will update and build upon previous licensing and consortia basics (for example, at the SLA workshop in Doha, 2008). After a review of key topics and building blocks, the trainers will present, for group learning and discussion (1) advanced and depth work in continuing key areas of concern; and (2) new concepts and issues that have gained attention the last 1-2 years.
Electronic resources are this century's new, major means for providing information to our library users (students, faculty, researchers, and the public). In this environment, business is conducted very differently than for print acquisitions. For each resource, libraries must negotiate and sign contracts that describe all terms of access -- and we have been joining together into collaboratives or consortia to secure the most advantageous possible terms. Licenses/contracts are the legal agreements that express the conditions under which all access will be provided, and they have been an intense area of activity for about a decade. Licensing issues are not static -- while the basic concepts are still valid and important, librarians and suppliers over time identify new areas of focus and concern.
This workshop builds in detail on crucial understandings in areas of pricing, usage data and their deployment for decision-making, appropriate access for library patrons, and perpetual access/preservation. Recent developments will be introduced and discussed in detail: these include e-books; patron-driven acquisitions (PDA); licensing beyond the immediate campus (all the way to global campuses and partners); new business models including open access experiments; assessment; contractual issues related to mobile technologies; and some new types of license language including Authors' Rights.


This workshop will refresh librarians and information providers about the underlying values and concepts of e-resources licensing and will update the group with brand-new ideas that build on and add value to the way in which libraries make key decisions and serve their users over time. The presenters will combine theory and philosophy with practical applications and they particularly welcome participants' experiences, questions, and case studies, which will be discussed in depth. The workshop will be a blend of abstract and day to day realities.


Attendees will conclude the course with new understandings, tools, and techniques that they will apply in their libraries and in their ongoing conversations with users, publishers, and other information providers. For electronic resources, the market is global and the suppliers are global as well. Libraries around the world can and do strengthen each other. This increased level of expertise and sophistication will benefit the librarians in the Gulf *and* in the rest of the world, as we together work in this new environment to secure the best possible terms of engagement and pricing.

Target audience:

The target audience includes staff in academic libraries, information centers, public libraries, and other information centers; educators; electronic information providers of all types; legal staff, funders, government agencies, and anyone working in the e-resources arena and/or interested in being up to date with local and global practices.


Terry Bucknell

Electronic Resources Manager
Sydney Jones Library
Liverpool, L69 3DA, UK
T: +44 (0)151 794 2692
F: +44 (0)151 794 2681
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TERRY BUCKNELL is the Electronic Resources Manager at the University of Liverpool where he manages an extensive collection of e-journals, databases and e-books, as well as the online services, including EBSCO Discovery Service and SFX, through which they are accessed. After acquiring a first degree in Physics from the University of Manchester he gained his MA in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield. He was previously Engineering Librarian at the University of Leeds. Terry has a particular interest in employing usage statistics in the selection and de-selection of electronic resources, and Big Deals in particular. He is a member of the COUNTER Executive Committee and of several publishers’ Library Advisory Boards, and he recently joined the editorial board of Serials Librarian.

Katherine A. Perry

VIVA (The Virtual Library of Virginia)
c/o George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone: 703.993.4654
Fax: 703.993.4662
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KATHY PERRY is the Director of VIVA, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the consortium of Virginia's 73 public and private, nonprofit academic libraries. Kathy earned both her undergraduate degree in Political Science and her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles. She has worked with VIVA from its inception on July 1, 1994, and is currently responsible for managing the $13 million annual budget and all contracts as well as coordinating the services and projects of the committees. She serves on the Project COUNTER Executive Committee and also the COUNTER Board of Directors.

Ann Okerson

Special Advisor on E-Resources
Center for Research libraries
6050 S. Kenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637-2804Phone: 01-203-752-9808
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ANN OKERSON combines experience in academic library management, the commercial sector, and as senior/ founding program officer for Scholarly Communications at the Association of Research Libraries in Washington, DC. In 1996, Okerson organized the Northeast Research Libraries consortium (NERL), a group of 28 large and over 80 smaller libraries negotiating for electronic information and engaging occasionally in other co-operative activities. With special funding, she and her staff mounted Liblicense, an online educational resource about library licensing of electronic content. Its extensive annotations and links are complemented by an international discussion group of over 3,800 librarians, publishers and attorneys. She has done training of librarians around the world, both in forming consortia and in licensing. She is active in IFLA, most recently as member of the Governing Board and Chair of the Professional Committee.

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