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Leadership and Best Practices in Development of Information Literacy Programs: Changing Roles and New Technologies

Abstract

Library administrators will discuss the role of the library director in promoting and developing information literacy programs. How can leaders and professional staff work together to best provide the vision, support and communication to engage other administrators, faculty, subject and instruction librarians in the effective collaboration needed to develop coherent and successful programs addressing new professional roles and new technologies? The impact on the how leaders can work with information professionals to improve programs and advance their skills through effective leadership will be discussed.

Several library leaders from the region will reflect on their roles, the roles of their professional staff, the vision and best practices needed to support excellent teaching and student learning of information literacy skills within a new technological environment. Subtopics may include student learning of new technologies, planning, supporting professional development, outreach and assessment in building Information Literacy programs in a new digital infrastructure with new roles. Instruction librarians and others attending the session are invited to participate in a dialogue following the presentations.

Plenary leader:

Carol Hansen, Director of Libraries, Professor, VCUQatar
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Panelists:

Shaikha Almehairi, Library Services Manager, National Library, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Daphne Flanagan, University Librarian, American University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE
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Vanessa Middleton, Head Librarian, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Leslie Haas, Director, Library and Learning Commons, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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Sherif Kamel Mahmoud Shaheen, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of Library, Archives & information technology Department
Faculty of Arts-Cairo University
Director of the New Central Library of Cairo University(www.cl.cu.edu.eg)
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The Role of the Library and Information Science Departments in Preparing Professionals in the Digital Environment

There is critical shortage of professional librarians, archivists and information scientists required to harness the power of the information industry, one of the driving forces of future sustainability and development within the Arab Gulf Region. Librarians, archivists and information scientists play an important role in the future development of the academic and knowledge based sectors of this region. Many seminars and conferences have been held to address the role of the library and information science departments in preparing professionals equipped with the necessary competencies & skills that meet the challenges of the digital environment. Thousands of such professionals are required to cover the needs of information institutions in those countries.

As a result, many universities in this region have established graduate level programs to ensure that the next generation of librarians with a current understanding of the changing information landscape will be equipped with highly marketable skills.

This seminar will focus on the need to recruit the next generation of professional librarians, archivists and information scientists to lead libraries, archives and information centres in the Arabian Gulf States. Seminar participants will learn more about the state of library science educational offerings within the GCC countries. Perceptions of the status of librarians, archivists and information scientists are critical factors that contribute to challenges with recruitment; strategies to address these and other pertinent issues will be discussed by local, regional and international speakers.

Seminar Objectives:

  • Identify local and regional best practices in establishing advanced educational offerings in the field of Library & Information Science including Archival Studies in the Arabian Gulf States.
  • Share strategies to attract the best talent from multidisciplinary fields to pursue graduate level qualifications in Library & Information Science, particularly Archival Studies.
  • Gain an understanding of the important role of marketing and promoting careers in the librarianship.

Audience:

University students, educators, archivists, library administrators, library support staff, human resource officers, counsellors, information technologists, publishing companies, government agency representatives, and all others with a vested interest in the academic and knowledge based sectors.

Conference Venue:

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Moderator:

Dr. Jassim M. Jirjees, American University in the Emirates, Dubai.
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Guest Panellists:

Professor Ian Johnson ,The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Great Britain.
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Pro. Jabreel AlAarishee
Prof. in Information Science King Saud University
Member of Shura Council
Saudi Arabia

Professor Abdus Sattar Chaudhry, Kuwait University, Kuwait.

Professional Library Associations to foster library development

This session will focus on professional library association’s role in library development and will give examples of successful development through the program “Building Strong Library Associations”. This program was developed by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and supported by the Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation. The program was successfully delivered in Botswana, Cameroon, Lebanon, Lithuania, Peru and Ukraine and is currently taken place more countries.

The session will give a short insight into the program and what can be achieved with the BSLA training in planning, organizing cooperation and advocacy. It will cover topics of how the role of librarians can be strengthened inside their institutions in providing them with the best arguments and give them the tools to cooperate with enemies and friends alike for developing and supporting the library case in Arab countries. The session will explain why to be a part of a professional association is helpful to reach political and financial support inside your own organization.

We will try to get some of the people who have been involved in the BSLA program to present a paper on this topics.
Secretary General of IFLA Jennefer Nicholson ( only if the time of SLA chapter conference is not overlapping with the IFLA Board meeting) about the general goals of the project

Conference Venue:

Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Guest Panellists:

Dr. Claudia Lux, Project Director, Qatar National Library, Qatar Foundation.
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Randa Chidiac
(Library Executive Director Holy Spirit University of Kaslik and President of the Lebanese Library Association (LLA)) or other members who have taken part in the BSLA training.
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Alina Jaskūnienė, President of Lithuanian Librarians Association, about the advocacy achievements during and after BSLA training.
Birstonas Public Library Director.
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