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 Qatar

The State of Qatar is an independent sovereign country located along the western edge of the Arabian Gulf. It has maritime borders with Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Iran, while sharing a land border with Saudi Arabia.

Qatar has a dry desert climate and is comprised of a peninsula that stretches approximately 200 kilometers in length and 100 kilometers in width. The total land area of the state is 11,850 square kilometers, including a number of islands and coral reefs. The modern history of Qatar began in the early 19th century when the ruling Al Thani family settled in the southern part of the country. The family played a crucial role in negotiations with British forces in the region and brokered the agreement that established Qatar’s official formation on December 18, 1878.

Until the 1930s, Qatar was a sparsely populated country best known for its pearl industry. The discovery of oil and its subsequent exportation from 1940 onwards had a profound effect on the region and its development. At the same time, Britain’s diminishing role in the Middle East would see a number of countries seeking sovereignty. Qatar declared independence on September 3 1971. Qatar’s move towards modernisation began in earnest in 1995 when current ruler Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani came to power. Rapid social, economic, and political reforms have been undertaken during his rule including the widening of public participation in national, the introduction of voting for women, a lifting of censorship on media, and an emphasis on arts and education. The internationally renowned Al Jazeera news network was launched here in 1996 and the Qatar Museums Authority has been instrumental in nurturing a globally recognised arts scene.

The last five years have seen Qatar emerge as a vibrant, economically thriving, safe, and progressive country with a focus on the future. While oil and natural gas have formed the basis of this transformation, Qatar’s long term vision is to become a regional arts and education hub. As His Highness, The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani states, “Comprehensive development is our main goal in striving for the progress and prosperity of our people.”

The State of Qatar is a sovereign and independent state in the Middle East, occupying a peninsula that juts into the Persian Gulf. Since its complete independence from Britain in the 20th century, Qatar has emerged as one of the world's most important producers of oil and gas. It is an Islamic State whose laws and customs following the Islamic tradition. the country has been governed by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the ninth Emir from the Al-Thani family.

The People

There are approximately 1.6 million people living in Qatar. More than half of the population lives in the capital city of Doha. Three-quarters of the Qatari population are Muslim, while the remaining population practices a variety of other religions. The official language is Arabic, though English is commonly spoken. The thriving economy has attracted a large number of expatriates, particularly from neighboring Arabic states.

Economy

Since the mid-1800s, Qatar has grown from a poor British protectorate known for pearling into one of the world's most important oil and gas producing countries. While there is increasing investment in non-energy sectors, oil and gas still account for more than half of the Gross Domestic Product. Due to oil and gas, the country now has one of the highest incomes per capita in the world.

Geography

Qatar occupies a peninsula that is approximately 100 kilometers wide and extends 200 kilometers into the Persian Gulf. It also includes several gulf islands. Qatar shares its southern border with Saudi Arabia and a maritime border Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Iran. Most of the country is flat plain, covered in sand and gravel. As a result, most development is along the coast.

About Qatar University

In 1973, Qatar’s first national College of Education was founded following a decree by the Emir of Qatar in his vision to place education as a priority in the country’s expansion. Among a small population, the college admitted a respectable 57 male and 93 female students in its first year. The country’s rapid development highlighted the need to expand the College to provide additional areas of specialization in line with the needs of the population.

Hence in 1977, Qatar University was founded with four new colleges -- Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharia, Law & Islamic Studies, and Science. The College of Engineering was later established in 1980, followed by the College of Business and Economics. The University added the Pharmacy Program to its academic portfolio in 2006 – the first in Qatar -- and later established it as the College of Pharmacy in 2008.

Today, Qatar University comprises seven colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Pharmacy; and Sharia and Islamic Studies. The university has over the years added a wide range of new programs that are aligned with the growing needs of the labor market and the aspirations of the society it serves. It currently boasts a population of over 8000 students and an alumni body of over 30,000.

In 2003, Qatar University embarked on an ambitious Reform Plan to increase the efficiency of its administrative and academic processes. To this end, a university-wide Strategic Plan 2010-2013 was launched, incorporating Key Performance Areas that focus on promoting quality education and efficient and effective services. The Plan also placed research and community service as key priority areas in accordance with the goals outlined in the university’s mission and vision.

Other developments included seeking accreditation for its colleges and programs in line with international standards of quality and excellence, for which it has had a number of successes.

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.

SLA members are professionals working in economic firms, private companies, Governmental Departments, Scientific Centers and Institutes, museums, Medical Service Centers and consulting agencies. The mission of SLA is developing the concept of professional leadership for the Specialists in libraries and information centers including shaping information policies for serving our communities.

The Arabian Gulf Chapter was established in the year 1992 through the initiative of Aramco Library Staff and later a number of professionals in the Arabian Gulf area joined this branch. The Bahraini Ministry of Information adopted this branch and therefore the Head Office was established in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" used to hold his annual conference in one of the Arabian Gulf Countries where professional's members of the AGC Board of Directors supervise the programs. The Arabian Gulf Chapter Publishes a Quarterly Newsletter for distribution to the members and organizes two workshops annually in addition to the Exhibition accompanying its annual Conference in which they usually demonstrate the latest state –of-art technology in the field of Libraries and Information Centers.

Objectives of SLA

  • Develops a professional relationship between information specialist and Libraries in the region.
  • Promotes and raise levels of the Libraries and Information Centers to meet the profession challenges.
  • Responds to profession requirements and needs of Libraries and Information Specialists.
  • Organizes meetings and conferences for Libraries and Information Specialists.
  • Plans and prepares educational programs such as workshops, lectures, meetings and conferences.

Board of Directors:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" is managed and supervised by an annually elected Board of Directors in addition to the President. The Board of Directors meets three times per year to discuss and approve the working plan, the budget and the Conference. A number of Information and Libraries Specialists have assumed the position of AGC President since its establishment.

Conferences and Exhibitions:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" organizes its annual conference in one of the Gulf "GCC" countries every year periodically. Thus all specialists in the field of Information and Libraries have the chance to meet their colleagues in the Gulf countries to exchange ideas and information related to their scientific specialties .In addition ,an annual exhibition is also conducted besides the Conference to exhibit the latest products and services in the field of information. A number of leading international companies usually participate in this exhibition.

Training Courses:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" conducts training courses under the sponsorship of the Academic and Scientific Corporations. These training courses address a variety of recent topics in the field of Information and Libraries and concentrate on strengthening and improving the staff members.

Publications:

The Arabian Gulf Chapter "AGC" publishes a periodical Newsletter that covers topics of particular importance in the region such as future activities ,conferences, symposiums, seminars and workshops in addition to reports about the Chapter activities and topics on the profession issues.

Membership:

The Special Libraries Association (Arabian Gulf Chapter) membership is given to individuals and corporations within the territories of the Gulf Cooperative Council 'GCC" Countries ( Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Oman Sultanate) in addition to members from Arab and Foreign countries. The members get free copies of the Newsletter in addition to special discounts for conferences, exhibitions, training courses and Society publications.

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