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.

Why Attend

The Special Libraries Association-Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA-AGC) takes great Pleasure in inviting you to be part of the SLA-AGC 18th Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held at the Gulf Hotel, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain during 12-14 March, 2012.

SLA-AGC is now in its 18th year, having grown from a small symposium attended by Just 100 delegates back in 1993, to a full conference program attended by over 700 Delegates from around the Gulf region, the Arab states and the world.

The value of the conference to participants is probably best endorsed by the number of participants each year, and the repeat participation of librarians and information Specialists every year. Most delegates are key decision makers in their organizations; We aim to build on the success of the 2011 conference and make 2012 an even better Experience for both delegates and exhibitors. We are working hard to produce a varied program that will enable the delegates to engage and interact with each other.

The aim of each conference is not only to provide a forum for discussion and learning , but also an opportunity for delegates to develop new business relationships. SLA-AGC is committed to both running a successful, productive and regionally significant conference and ensuring that the important position that our sponsors occupy in the industry is acknowledged and recognized. We hope that you see the benefits and advantages of supporting SLA-AGC annual Conference in 2012, and SLA-AGC as a partner in staging this Conference.

In an increasingly technology-oriented society, the effectiveness of information technologies into Libraries operations is more important than ever.

The exhibition and conference held last year had received an overwhelming response with over 60 companies, and 200 exhibitors , and 500 delegates attending the conference technical session from across Bahrain, GCC, and from around the globe. We are confident that this year's conference will have more success in attracting various Librarians, information professionals, STM publishers, E-Content providers and practitioners in the field of libraries and knowledge management within and beyond the region.

The SLA-AGC 2012 provides a highly interactive and professional platform for exchanging concepts, visions, progress, and we welcome any innovative researchers, and approach participation from relevant organizations to be our partners in this significant gathering. I look forward to seeing you all in the Bahrain SLA-AGC 18th Annual conference & exhibition.

Wish you all the best.


Mohamed Mubarak

Chairman of conference local organizing Committee,
SLA-AGC 18th Annual conference & exhibition


Getting a VISA for Bahrain

Getting a Visa to Kingdom of Bahrain is fairly an easy procedure which doesn't require much of a hassle. To visit Bahrain one needs to apply for visa at the designated embassies of Bahrain. Only the passport holders of AGCC (Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council) States; nationals of Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, can enter the kingdom of Bahrain without any visa. Nationals of all other states need to apply for a visa according to their purpose of visit and stay.

We will be most delighted to provide assistance to facilitate visa requirement of all participants. If you are not a GCC citizen please fill Visa Form and send it Ms.Amina Kamal This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note: Visa application will not be processed unless you register for the conference (Register now)

To make things easier, an electronic visa service is now available for some countries. Getting an eVisa before arriving should save you time queuing and having the correct currency or change.

To apply for an eVisa, please visit

Venue Information

Gulf Convention Centre – Gulf Hotel

Gulf Hotel, one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Bahrain, stands tall in the commercial district of Adliya, a modern city location, all together with 40 years of experience, and offers unique resort facilities. It is only 15 minutes away from Bahrain International Airport and 5 minutes from the City Centre.

The Gulf Hotel holds the Gulf Convention Centre which has the most elegant conference and banqueting facilities on the Island. It offers 4780 square meters of space for International Conferences, Corporate meetings and Exhibitions.

The Al Dana hall measures 1604 square meters accommodating 2,500 for cocktail receptions and 1260 for a banquet. The state of the art exhibition hall can accommodate seventy five stalls, has floor power supply units and light rigs, built in stage, catwalk facilities and an option to divide the hall into separate conference areas by retractable partitions. Additional to the main ballroom, there are an additional 16 meeting rooms and medium sized ballroom located within the hotel footprint.

For more information please visit the site

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)


Q. How do I register for the SLA-AGC Annual Conference & Exhibition?
A. You can go to the SLA-AGC 2012 annual conference website , Click on Register Now and choose between online OR onsite registration. If you want to pay your registration online Click on this Link. And if you want to register onsite, please Click on this link, You may also download a PDF registration form from the bottom of the Register Now page.

Q. What is included in the FULL registration fee?
A. The registration fee covers entry into, general sessions, concurrent sessions, exhibition and receptions. There are hundreds of sessions to choose from!

Q. How much is the conference registration fee?
A. Amina copy the table in the following link and change the currency to BD,

Q. Can I attend just the PreConference Workshop on Saturday and Sunday?
A. Yes. Click on PreConference Workshop, and choose the workshop that you would like to register for, If you want to pay your workshop registration online Click on this Link. And if you want to register onsite, please Click on this link, You may also download a PDF registration form the PreConference Workshop page.


Q. Where can I find a list of exhibitors?
A. A current list of 2012 exhibitors can be found in the exhibitors section of the conference Web site.

Q. My company is interested in exhibiting. Who do I contact?
A. Please e-mail Amina Khamal, Conference Secretariate, Exhibits, or call +973 34113262.

Q. What are the hours for the INFO-EXPO exhibition hall?
A. Complete details are available in the Visit SLA-AGC Exhibition section of the conference Website.


Q. How do I make reservations for my accommodation during the SLA-AGC Annual Conference & Exhibition?
A. Three hotels have been selected to serve as conference hotels and offer discounted conference rates. You may make reservations at any of the conference hotels through the accommodation Link. Please keep in mind that by your staying at one of our conference hotels, SLA is able to negotiate better rates for future conferences. It also helps us keep the meeting space rental to a minimum.

Q. I need to change my hotel reservations. Who do I contact?
A. ( Amina you can write the contact person information who will be responsible on accommodation ).

Q. What is the Hotel Cancellation Policy?
A. All cancellations and changes must be received by 20 Feb 2012. Failure to check in on the scheduled date of arrival will result in the loss of deposit and cancellation of the room for the remainder of the reservation period. Please contact the ( Amina you can write the contact person information who will be responsible on accommodation ).


Q. I am interested in sponsoring an SLA HQ event. Who do I contact?
A. Please e-mail ( Amina you can write the contact person information who will be responsible on SPONSORSHIP & ADVERTISING ).

Q. My company is interested in advertising. Who do I contact?
A. Please e-mail ( Amina you can write the contact person information who will be responsible on ADVERTISING )


Q. How many people usually attend the SLA-AGC Annual Conference & Exhibition?
A. Recent years have seen between 500-700 conference attendees.

Q. Where is the SLA Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO held?
A. Each year the conference is held in a different GCC. Locations are selected according to GCC Alphabetical order. The selected venue is typically a Hotel OR convention center with sufficient meeting rooms to accommodate the many simultaneous programs, meetings, and events that occur during the week. The conference hotels provide additional space for conference activities. All rooms are climate-controlled and smoking is typically prohibited in the indoor spaces.

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