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.

About Isa Cultural Centre (ICC)

Home of Arab Culture

ICC is a national cultural centre affiliated with the Royal Court in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It was established by the Royal Decree No. (18) /2008 and was inaugurated under the patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain on the 18th December, 2008.

The idea of establishing Isa Cultural Centre (ICC) stems from the people's need, as the project began with a letter submitted by a group of Bahrainis to His Highness Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, the late Amir of Bahrain in 1998. The letter included a request to establish a culture and arts edifice bearing his name and title. The late Amir requested His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Khalifa, he then Minister of Justice and Islamic Affairs, (currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees) to study and oversee the project.

The establishment of the centre is a vivid example of cohesion in the Kingdom of Bahrain, between the leadership and the people, on official and private levels. The centre was built jointly by community donations, and generous contributions by notable public and private institutions, which helped the construction of this prestigious edifice; to house diverse activities of culture and the arts.

Our Goals

  • Provide and conserve books and publications in various fields of knowledge and culture.
  • Organize cultural activities and scientific events.
  • Preserve Arab and Islamic culture, and promote historical heritage and culture of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Establish a dialogue between cultures and civilizations.
  • Encourage and support intellectual and cultural creativity at a national level.

Our vision

"We like to see Isa Cultural Centre a replica of Bahrain in the dawn of its civilization as a Centre for knowledge to the civilized world, absorbing all new and useful human inputs to remain a symbol of Bahrain’s progress and prosperity over time..."
(Quoted from a speech by His Majesty the King, at the centre's opening ceremony on the 18th December 2008).

Our Mission

"In memory of the Late Amir, His Highness Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the founder of modern Bahrain, and as a reflection of the reforms project of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of Bahrain, the mission of Isa Cultural Centre is to disseminate the Bahraini culture at the local and global levels, to provide distinct and effective cultural services to all segments of the society and to open up to world cultures."

Departments of Isa Cultural Centre

The Historical Documentation Centre

The Historical Documentation Centre was founded in 1978 during the reign of the late Amir, His Highness Shaikh Isa Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, by a directive of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, when he was Crown Prince. He ordered the centre to be included within his Court because of his keenness and interest in history, heritage and the civilization of ancient Bahrain. Due to the wisdom and insight of his majesty, Article III of the Royal Decree No. (18)/2008, the centre was certified as an essential component and a department of Isa Cultural Centre. It seeks to be a catalyst and a reference for the profession and culture of documentation and recording history, and therefore a hub for historians and researchers both local and global, hence being an active contributor in consolidating and strengthening Arab-Islamic identity of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Since 1982, the centre regularly publishes “Al-Wathiqa” (“The Document” a semi-annual, refereed scientific journal. This journal captured the interest of publishers, researchers, historians and heritage experts, at the local and regional levels, as it contributes to the development of documented scientific research.

The National Archives

The National Archives at Isa Cultural Centre is another department embodying a promising stage in the strategic development and promotion of the present structure of the Centre as a whole. Hence the Royal Decree No. (31) /2015 edicts the establishment of the National Archives to acquire, organize and conserve public and private archives through digitization, and facilitate means of retrieval and display in order to implement proper decision making. Such service will be guided by previous civil service management and active national organizations which contribute to the economies of the Bahraini society. Nevertheless, contributing to the procedures of scientific research development and reinforce patriotism, national dedication and community service.

The National Library

The National Library at Isa Cultural Centre is an active part of the intellectual and educational system in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and adds a significant contribution to the cultural advancement trend. The library includes a variety of sources exceeding 107,000 volumes in various fields of knowledge, as well as advanced services to meet the needs of students and researchers. The National Library seeks to accomplish many tasks in line with achieving the vision and strategic objectives of the Isa Cultural Centre, especially to encourage reading, research and learning, and to provide advanced library services and access to various sources of knowledge in all its forms (printed, audio and visual) to all segments of society. It is also seeking to collect and preserve the national intellectual output in printed and non-printed forms. Moreover, it aims to raise the efficiency of individuals involved in the library and information sector in the Kingdom of Bahrain and to develop their skills through organizing specialized activities and events.

The Children Library

The Children Library is one of Isa Cultural Centre’s departments that provides excellent services to the children based on their age and different levels of education from 4 to 12 years old. Its services include: borrowing books, storytelling, screening, general knowledge competitions, painting, crafts and educational games. The children library strives to be an environment for learning and entertainment at the same time, helping to expand the perceptions of children and develop their intellectual skills and creative talents, in order to achieve its objectives by providing sources of information creatively through current media to meet the children's needs, desires and preferences, as well as providing means of recreation that encourages the optimal use of spare time.

The E-Library

The Royal Decree states that an electronic library be established as one Isa Cultural Centre’s departments. A state of the art library that sustains with the changes and requirements of modern age. It is based on data and cognitive materials in soft copy formats, which can be displayed by audio-visual media or in digital formats, that can be utilized through computers or the internet. The digital sources are considered an easy and fast means that can be accessed via available databases offering books, periodicals, films, sound recordings and images. The centre is planning to enhance the electronic links with various electronic libraries and global databases, to provide the maximum benefit from the services provided to meet the needs of readers and researchers.

The Convention Centre

The Convention Centre at Isa Cultural Centre is one of the prestigious centres on a global level. It was designed to provide a comprehensive range of integrated services for hosting events served by an experienced team, in addition to the stunning architectural design. The conference centre consists of a group of halls equipped with the latest technology. The main conference hall is the largest, equipped with simultaneous interpretation facilities, with a capacity of more than 1,200 seats. Plus, the Multi-purpose hall with 300 seats, in addition to other halls that can be used for meetings, workshops and press conferences, as well as the Art Gallery and other luxury lounges and exhibition halls. The Convention Centre at Isa Cultural Centre is a unique addition to the field of exhibition and conference industry in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It organizes at least two conferences per year as well as seminars, lectures and exhibitions each month. It also hosts many of the activities and events held by public and private institutions throughout the year, becoming one of the most attractive choices for many local and international events.

The Cultural, Scientific and Artistic Affairs

It is concerned with activities and projects of cultural, scientific and/or artistic nature, and implements them through programmes, activities and events at local, regional and international levels. The department seeks to introduce and promote the national culture of Bahrain and its humanism to support and encourage scientific and innovative talents and furthermore to stimulate their productivity, to develop a dialogue between civilizations, to exchange experiences between cultures, and to cooperate among civil society’s organizations , cultural and scientific bodies sharing common issues.

www.icc.gov.bh
Isa Cultural Centre
Tel. (+973) 17366666
Fax. (+973) 17366966

About Kingdom of Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands located in the heart of the Arabian Gulf. Bahrain is an Arabic word which literally means two seas. The reason behind its naming is that it contains two sources of water; sweet water from its pure springs, and salty water from the surrounding seas. The other reason is due to the existence of the North and South waters of the gulf, which separate Bahrain from the Iranian and Arabic coast.
Bahrain has grown substantially in the past 10 years. During the beginnings of the millennium, Bahrain realized that its oil reserves are diminishing, and are no longer a dependable source for the countries' income. Therefore, finding a new source for Bahrain to keep growing was ultimately necessary. Since then, Bahrain channeled its efforts into diversifying its economy through being open to new businesses, and starting up new promising developments and projects.

Transportation

Bahrain has a decent bus service which links most of the major towns with Manama and Muharraq. Also, renting a car is another way of getting around and getting into more specific areas, but you'll need an International Driving Permit. To make things easier, taxis are frequently found driving around the streets. They are also found in all malls and souk stops.

Weather

The best time to visit Bahrain is during November through April. Although it can get quiet cool in January and February, the cold is not oppressive. Nevertheless, between November and December, the weather is free from heat haze yet sunny, and with a cool breeze. Rain on the other hand is not very frequent. However when it does rain, it's usually in winter.
Capital
Manama
Time Zone
GMT +3
Area Code
+(973)
Currency
Bahrain uses Bahraini Dinars "BD" or "BHD", which is almost equivalent to 2.66 US Dollars.
For more information about Bahrain please visit the Business Friendly Bahrain website
www.bahrain.com

Why visit Bahrain

Bahrain is a unique land with a line of ancient history. Unlike the neighboring gulf regions, Bahrain has a reputation of being the most liberal and modern Arabian Gulf state, which makes it the most favorable place to start with if your experience is new to the gulf. Although Bahrain is moving towards a more modernized lifestyle and its development happened quite fast, its people still hold on to and embrace their tradition. For those of you who admire opening up and exploring new cultures, you're in for a treat, as Bahrain is rich with its tradition and heritage. Bahrain takes serious responsibility in preserving its archeological digs and monuments. In Addition, traditional neighborhoods and souks still exist. Another beneficiary aspect is the British influence over Bahrain. This made the English language widely spoken; in fact, after Arabic, English is the most common language spoken in Bahrain. As for the people of Bahrain, they are very welcoming, and are known for their hospitality and generosity.
Aside from the culture and heritage, Bahrain has also developed substantially in terms of technology and information systems. Since the internet's first appearance in Bahrain in 1995, Bahrain has multiplied its effort in catching up and coping with the technological advances around the world. Bahrain took interest in establishing societies that deal with pure technology; how to implement it in our daily lives, and how will they improve it. Furthermore, Bahrain has tried to take advantage of the knowledge and technical advancement they possess and used it for the development of many sectors such as health, and education. The level of awareness regarding IT and technology has also increased significantly in comparison to five years ago. Now, Bahrain is considered to be one of the most up-to-date countries technologically in the Arabian Peninsula.

Places to visit :

Historical Attractions

  • Bahrain National Museum
    Located at the intersection of Al-Fatih Highway and Shaikh Hamad Bridge, the Bahrain national Museum was officially open in December 1988 to become one of the most recent and largest museums in the Middle East. The Museum consists of several exhibition halls covering the history of Bahrain from ancient times as pre-historic as the Stone Age, up to the pre-oil period.
  • Bahrain Fort
    Although very near to downtown Manama, the fort is isolated from the hustle and bustle of the city. The whole site is an archaeological treasure. The fort was built around the early 1500's. The fort was built by the Portuguese as a military base, as they took over Bahrain to help protect their trade routes between India, Africa and Europe.
For more Historical Attractions please visit this link

Islands

  • Durrat al Bahrain: Bahrain's most inspiring development, Durrat Al Bahrain is located on the south coas. This development has been created across a cluster of 15 spectacular islands. It will host beautiful beachfront villas, executive apartments, luxury hotels and resorts, entertainment precincts, mosques and international schools, malls and restaurants, and a championship golf course.
    www.durratbahrain.com
  • Amwaj Islands: First conceived in 2001 and now nearing completion, amwaj is a modern, fully functional neighborhood which features a diverse range of high-rise apartments, lofts, studios and villas together with an island dedicated to learning and state-of-the-art communications and utilities.
    www.amwaj-islands.com
For More information on the Islands please visit this link

Shopping

  • Bahrain City Center
    The Kingdom's biggest Shopping Mall.BCC is located on the water front of Seef district. The Mall includes a 20-screen cinema; the biggest indoor water park in the region, alongside a family entertainment center, and a wide variety of restaurants and cafes.
    www.bahraincitycentre.com/BCC
  • Seef Mall
    One of Bahrain's most popular shopping complexes. The mall houses multiple stores with various segmentations. It also has an excellent selection of restaurants in its food court, and also has two cinemas.
    www.seef.net
  • Al Aali Mall
    Al Aali Mall offers contemporary convenience, sophisticated facilities together with internationally acclaimed brands. It also brings together an array of international and local luxury brands as well as its fine dining outlets.
    www.alaalicomplex.com
  • Moda Mall, www.modabwtc.com
  • Al Dana Mall, www.danamall.net
  • The Bahrain Mall, www.thebahrainmall.com

Family Attractions

  • Bahrain international Circuit (F1)
    The objective was to create an outstanding platform on which to promote the awareness and profile of the Kingdom as well as to stage sporting, business and, increase social exposure for the Gulf region. Bahrain International Circuit has become known around the world for the professional standard to which it runs many of its international motorsport events.
    www.bahraingp.com
  • Al-'Areen Wildlife Sanctuary
    The Al Areen Wildlife Park has become an integral part of the development. The park is perfect for families and animal lovers to explore and enjoy the opportunity of seeing animals in the wild.
  • Lost Paradise
    Visitors to Bahrain have a new place for fun in the sun. The park is the first fully-themed water park in the Middle East, it celebrates Bahrain's cultural history. Rides include the Falcons' Dive, the giant Superbowl, Boomerango and the Family Raft Ride, the park's tallest water slide.
    www.lpodwaterpark.com
For more Family attractions please visit this link

Restaurants

Restaurants can be found everywhere in Bahrain, from malls to across the street. A vast variety of cuisines can be found all over the country. From Asian cuisine, to Italian, to Middle Eastern are widely available around Bahrain.

Conference Main Themes

First theme: Modern trends in library and information education, what we will call ourselves in the future

What responsibilities, the educational departments are carrying to adopt new trends of preparing needed professionals in the job market? Do they consider the knowledge content while changing the names of their programs? Have they ever think of changing the professionals name to fit the change?

Second theme: Job-market and the profession of library and information science job-employability

Should libraries submit more efforts to compete with the advanced commercial information providers to survive, or cooperate with them to be empowered as a profession? Are professionals prepared to understand their customers, need and be ready to compete with Google and or fast to serve more than the smartphones, tablets and other digital technologies?

Third theme: Users’ seeking behaviors and the future of information services

No suspect about digital media providers to become the information industry leaders. They compete to make available the friendly access tools to information, books, journals, audio and video media that any single library cannot afford that to users, even traditional circulation is being dominated by electronic format, how will be the future of the library and information institution services to interact with the digital user's seeking behavior.

Fourth theme: Competing for attention in the digitization age

Are professionals, as information services mediators and research consultants, able to hand needed information to a waiting customer wherever and whenever be?. are they more technologically literate as their customers do?, To compete for attention, professionals need to become guides for information literate participants.

Fifth theme: The role of national LIS associations in enhancing the professionals role in society

Associations are the professional home that are supposed to accommodate professionals, protect them, getting them together to share knowledge and experience, to advocate laws and regulations that secure their survive in a competed job market.

Sixth theme: Strategic information leadership: Be ready for change

Being a leader, do professionals have the required competencies, skills and tools to enable them bringing change in their library or information institution? Are they able to recognize the barriers to change and be ready to overcome them? How do they encounter resistance to change whether from top managers or friends at work?

Seventh theme: National, medical and health libraries as information literacy centers

Two different groups of users, those who have time and needs to follow up in different areas of knowledge, they seek help and attention with different types of services that should be aligned with their different demands, national libraries might be the information desk that provides them with possible responds. Others are users with increased need to specialized knowledge, but have no time to access it, their needs should be highly respected by medical and health subject knowledge prepared professionals.

About 23rd Annual Conference

Themes of the Conference:

Theme1. Cloud computing professional-based systems and:

  • Information Quality
  • Information Security
  • The impact of information technology and digitization on information quality and security

Theme2. Professional accreditation: the way to choose a certification in Library and Information studies:

  • Licensed training programs
  • Professional Associations and Accreditations
  • Professional Associations and Accreditations: International Professional Competencies, examples: a- SLA Competencies b- OCLC Competencies c- ALA Competencies
  • The Role of the professional Associations and International Institutions in upgrading the quality of the profession (SLA, ALA/AGC, IFLA, AFLI, World Bank, …etc)

Theme3. Educational Programs and International Accreditation Institutions:

  • Accreditation and international qualifications
  • International measurement for Accreditation: US, Canada, UK, Australia, …etc.
  • Arabic world best practices for achieving the Academic Accreditation

Theme4. Accreditation is the way for Changing environment of Library and Information training and education:

  • The impact of libraries and information centers role in the accreditation process

Theme5. Marketing the best practices:

  • Job market requirements and licensing the training and educational programs
  • The Role of exhibitions, publishers, providers and technology companies in assuring quality of information services

Theme6. Measurements and measures in library and information services and education:

  • Measures of LIS educational Programs (cases Studies)
  • Quality, efficiency and impact of use measurements in libraries (i.e. ISO16439)

About Special Libraries Association (AGC)

The Special Libraries Association "SLA" is a specialized global organization founded in 1909 with Head Office in the United States. It adopts innovations of specialists and professionals in the field of information and libraries. SLA serves more than 12,000 members in 83 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists. SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, incentives, and networking initiatives.

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