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.

Sayeed Choudhury

Sayeed Choudhury

Associate Dean for Research Data Management
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
United States


G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Research Data Management and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is a member of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information, the ICPSR Council, DuraSpace Board, and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources. Previously, he was a member of the Digital Library Federation advisory committee, Library of Congress' National Digital Stewardship Alliance Coordinating Committee and Federation of Earth Scientists Information Partnership (ESIP) Executive Committee. He has been a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins and a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the recipient of the 2012 OCLC/LITA Kilgour Award. He has testified for the Research Subcommittee of the Congressional Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Choudhury has served as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Congress' NDIIPP, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Microsoft Research and a Maryland based venture capital group. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy, one of the original awards through NSF's DataNet program. He has oversight for data curation research and development at the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Choudhury has published articles in journals such as the International Journal of Digital Curation, D-Lib, the Journal of Digital Information, First Monday, and Library Trends. He has served on committees for the Digital Curation Conference, Open Repositories, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and Web-Wise. He has presented at various conferences including Educause, CNI, DLF, ALA, ACRL, and international venues including IFLA, the Kanazawa Information Technology Roundtable, eResearch Australasia and the North America-China Conference.

Speech Abstract: Data is the New Currency

Data has been called the "new oil" during a past conference in Qatar and the fourth factor of production by McKinsey, which recently reported that open data could generate an additional $3 trillion of economic value across seven sectors within the US alone. While the opportunities of open data are significant, the challenges required to meet the full potential are equally noteworthy. New forms of infrastructure including technology and human systems will be required to extract the most value from open data across a range of sectors. Within the academic sector, open data has already shown great promise in terms of new forms of scholarship, research and teaching.

This keynote speaker will outline data infrastructure efforts within the US focusing on the Data Conservancy, one of the five awards established through the US National Science Foundation's DataNet program. Data Conservancy represents a growing community of partners that are building data infrastructure for cross-disciplinary research and preservation. The Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University lead the Data Conservancy and have established a blueprint or model for academic libraries that will to build data infrastructure and support data-intensive research. In addition to US-based initiatives, the keynote speaker will discuss the Research Data Alliance (RDA), a global effort that aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange.

In addition to the technological dimensions, the keynote speaker will also address the social or cultural dimensions of data infrastructure development. In fundamental ways, data intensive scholarship requires new cultural norms and practices with data as the common language for a diverse array of scholarly disciplines and communities.

Educause Involvement


Initiatives from the NSF's DataNet Program: DataONE and the Data Conservancy - sponsored by Juniper Networks & Qwest Communications
EDUCAUSE 2009 Face-to-Face Conference, November 2009

The Technology Revolution in Higher Education: IT as a Catalyst of Change - Sponsored by Wimba, An EDUCAUSE Bronze Partner
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2009, January 2009

A Role for Librarians in Curating Scientific Data
EDUCAUSE 2007, October 2007

UNICON, Inc. - Implementing Sakai: Factors to Consider and Roadmaps to Success
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2006, January 2006

Interoperability: Learning and Collaboration Environments Meet the Libraries
Seminars on Academic Computing 2005, August 2005

Integration of Digital Library Services Through Repositories
Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2004, January 2004

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding


Marshall Breeding is an independent consultant, speaker, and author. He is the creator and editor of Library Technology Guides and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web. His monthly column Systems Librarian appears in Computers in Libraries; he is the Editor for Smart Libraries Newsletter published by the American Library Association, and has authored the annual Automation Marketplace feature published by Library Journal since 2002. He has authored nine issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports, and has written many other articles and book chapters. Marshall has edited or authored seven books, including Cloud Computing for Libraries published by in 2012 by Neal-Schuman, now part of ALA TechSource. He regularly teaches workshops and gives presentations at library conferences on a wide range of topics.

He has been an invited speaker for many library conferences and workshops throughout the United States and internationally. He has spoken in throughout the United States and in Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, China, Singapore, India, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Israel, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Israel, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, and Argentina. Marshall Breeding held a variety of positions for the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, TN from 1985 through May 2012, including as Director for Innovative Technologies and Research as the Executive Director the Vanderbilt Television News Archive.

A New Generation of Technologies for Libraries and Information Centers:

Libraries and information centers in almost all sectors and geographic regions have experienced a fundamental shift where large proportions of electronic resources and digital materials complement, or even dominate, their print collections. This shift demands a response in the technical infrastructure for libraries so that they can effectively manage and provide access to these multi-faceted collections.

Breeding will describe the major changes in the realm of library automation, including the advent of a new generation of library services platforms which take a significant departure from the integrated library systems that previously dominated. A new generation of Web-scale index-based discovery services likewise provide powerful ways for library users to work with these complex and large-scale collections. These new genres of library systems take advantage of the scalability possible through cloud computing technologies and the extensibility and interoperability enabled through the services-oriented architecture.

Rachel Frick

Rachel Frick

Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information resources ( CLIR/DLF)

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Rachel L. Frick is the Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR/DLF). Prior to her work at CLIR, she was the Senior Program Officer for the National Leadership Grants Program for Libraries at the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Ms. Frick’s library experiences ranged from being the Director of Bibliographic and Digital Services at the University of Richmond to a regional sales manager for the Faxon Company, with a variety of library positions in between. She holds an M.S.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English literature from Guilford College.

Speech Title: Rise of the Creatives


In an time of large scale, complex challenges facing librarians today, we need to change the way we work, organize and collaborate. The network allows for leveraging local expertise to a broader audience beyond our institutional boarders. Old models of addressing challenges are too slow and often give rise to familiar solutions to new problems. Now is the time for an agile approach to work, collective institutional teams, and a creative mindset. Leadership in the changing profession of librarianship is coming from the grassroots. Now is the time for entrepreneurial librarianship, the makers and the creatives.

Kate Arnold

Kate Arnold

Kate is President of SLA (Special Libraries Association)
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Kate is President of SLA (Special Libraries Association), a global organization of information professionals and their strategic partners. She has over 25 years’ experience of information and library work in a variety of sectors ranging from the media (BBC) to the health service (NHS). She is currently Information and Support Programme Lead at Macmillan Cancer Support.

Beyond Borders – the benefits of SLA membership

Globalisation impacts us all in everything we do on a daily basis. In order to succeed in business now it’s important to be able to move seamlessly and smoothly across cultures and information resources. As such information professionals have important roles to play in the development of knowledge based economies around the world. Who helps information professionals to connect and share best practice, learn about new developments in the profession and debate current trends occurring around the world?

For over 50 years the Special Libraries Association (SLA) has been supporting information professionals across the world by offering networking and learning opportunities. This talk explores how SLA has developed as the premiere international association for information professionals and looks at the benefits of membership.

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