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.

Welcome Message from the President

The Special Libraries Association - Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA-AGC) takes great pleasure in inviting you to be part of the SLA-AGC 20th Annual Conference & Exhibition, to be held at Ritz Carlton Hotel , Doha, Qatar between 25-27 March , 2014.

As usual , the SLA-AGC is organizing the annual conference with Qatar University, a longtime partner and prestigious academic institution. Qatar University is one of the major research and key educational players in state of Qatar, and our cooperation with them is an added value experience for our chapter. For the last nineteenth years the SLA-AGC has been able to build good partnerships and relationships with different government, academic and professional organizations in the Gulf region. This partnership help us to shape our future mission which focus on developing the knowledge and skills of information professionals in the Gulf region.

The SLA-AGC conference has been organized tow times in Qatar during the last 19 years, The first one was held in 2002 , and the 2nd one in 2008, and both of them organized in collaboration with Qatar University.

The aim of every SLA-AGC conference has been not only to provide a forum for discussion and learning, but also an opportunity for delegates to develop new professional relationships and get an updated with the best practices and trends in LIS profession, SLA-AGC annual meeting became an important part of the library's world meeting agenda for most of major STM publishers, and every year we try to develop our scientific program to meet the ongoing challenges and expectations of library and information professionals in the Gulf region.

The SLA-AGC 2014 will provide a highly interactive and professional platform for the sharing and the exchange of experience, ideas and future visions. We welcome the participation of library & information professionals, researchers in this field, and relevant organizations, to be our partners in this significant event.

I look forward to seeing you all in Doha, Qatar for our 20th annual conference, workshops, and exhibition.

With best regards,

Mohamed Mubarak
President
SLA-Arabian Gulf Chapter

Call for Paper

The ultimate goal of a knowledge-based society is to become an open society, and for local or regional developments to be influenced by and conducive to international networking and sharing of information without boundaries. Users are becoming digital citizens and are addicted to digital information and communication. Along with rapidly evolving technological advancements, all these changes are compelling libraries to rethink traditional methods of providing access to information. Rather than simply serving as a warehouse for books, libraries actively connect users to digital knowledge, facilitate access to information, and provide counsel to users on how to deal with information overload.

The Conference Goals

The conference will focus on issues relevant to the knowledge community, such as digital citizenship and the role of information professionals as the proactive owners of their professional identity and the gatekeepers of knowledge. As information professionals, our tasks are to ensure:

  1. Our duty to provide leadership in the process of transitioning from a local knowledge society to a digitally connected global society.
  2. The management of digital citizens’ newly-formed needs and requirements.
  3. The integration within the digital environment and active participation in ensuing interdisciplinary competitiveness.
  4. Be prepared and up-to-date as digital knowledge agents of job market needs and requirements.

Important Dates

Submission of Abstracts deadline: October 1st, 2013
Notification from Scientific Committee: October 15, 2013
Submission of final paper: December 30, 2013
Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance of Final paper: January 15, 2014

Themes

The event will be of interest to all information professionals, interdisciplinary researchers, decision makers, information users, information content developers, and digital information suppliers. The basic themes of the conference will cover:

  1. Impact of job Markets: Changing nature of job descriptions and requirements in the digital age.
  2. Impact of users: Information seeking behavior of Arabic-speaking digital and conventional users and consumers of digital content in the Arab World.
  3. Impact of Web 2.0 and 3.0: Beyond maintenance of existing services, libraries are increasingly concerned with reaching out to new user groups.
  4. Impact of Open Access: Effects of removing price and permission barriers to facilitate access to collections.
  5. Digital Information Literacy in Academic Libraries: Moving beyond simply teaching users how to locate relevant information and encouraging communication, cooperation and collaboration among digital media users.
  6. The iCloud and Mobile Technologies as enhancers of information services: Mobile library services and data searching as well as cloud archiving and data storage.

Plenary Sessions:

Enrichment of Arabic content in the internet

This session will explore the challenges, regional and international experiences with regards to Arabic digital content on the internet.

Knowledge Management

This session will discuss the continually evolving role of information professionals in a knowledge-based economy. The session will also touch upon governance in a knowledge-based society.

Data Curation and Institutional Digital Repositories in Academic Libraries

This session will discuss data curation and preservation within libraries, museums, archives and other information institutions, with equal focus on regional and international experiences.

Towards digital resources participation and consortium projects

This session will attempt to answer the question: Why are libraries in the Gulf region not involved in consortium projects? Specifically, we will discuss the shift of focus in collection development towards digital participation as an alternative to traditional printed materials.

Important Notes to Participants with accepted papers

The SLA/AGC Committee Board is welcoming your participation and be glad to clarify some issues related to your accepted participation, as following:

  1. SLA-AGC will not be responsible on your flight and accommodation arrangement.
  2. SLA-AGC will be responsible for processing the visa requirements, but not guarantee issuing it as related to the hosted Country's regulations.
  3. Researchers of accepted papers will be offered free registration only.
  4. SLA/AGC will issue attendance certification only for those joining the conference and presenting their papers.
  5. For publishing the accepted paper within the conference proceeding, researchers should confirm their attendance to the Scientific Committee.
  6. The researchers should present their papers and no alternatives will be accepted for presentation

Criteria for Assessment of Papers for Awards:

  1. Coherence and logical relationships among the paper's concepts and contents.
  2. Clear statement of the problem or objective theme.
  3. Significance/Originality.
  4. Relevance to the conference theme.
  5. Review of literature
  6. Methodology/Approach.
  7. Findings.
  8. Discussion of findings.
  9. Writing/composition/style.
  10. Documentation.

Correspondence

Participations (Abstracts, Papers) should be directed to the head of the Scientific Committee Dr. Naeema H. Jabur at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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