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.
Abu Dhabi is the federal capital and center of government in the United Arab Emirates. It is the largest city of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and one of the most modern cities in the world.
With a population of just under 1.5 million, Abu Dhabi is the headquarters of numerous oil companies and embassies. With only 420,000 citizens in the entire emirate, each has an average net worth of $17 million. The city features large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls.
Long viewed as a staid bureaucratic outpost entirely lacking in neighboring Dubai's pizazz, things started to change radically in 2004 after long-ruler Sheikh Zayed passed away and his son Sheikh Khalifa took over. In a bid to attract tourism and investment, land sales to foreigners were allowed and restrictions on alcohol were loosened.
Homosexuality is currently illegal throughout the United Arab Emirates with possible resulting penalties of deportation, fines, prison time, or the death sentence.
Several massive projects are also under way. Yas Island hosts Abu Dhabi's Formula 1 track and the new Ferrari theme park, while the upcoming $28 billion cultural zone of Saadiyat Island and its centerpieces the Guggenheim and Louvre Museums are scheduled to open in 2013. It remains to be seen how well the strategy will work but the city is certainly experiencing a construction boom.
The core of Abu Dhabi is a wedge-shaped island connected to the mainland by the Maqta and Musaffah bridges. The wide end of the wedge forms the city center, with the Corniche running along the coast and a road variously known as Airport Rd or Sheikh Rasheed bin Saeed al Maktoum St running lengthwise out to the bridges.
Street addresses in Abu Dhabi are simultaneously very logical and hopelessly confusing. Many roads have traditional names, like "Airport Rd", which may not correspond to the official names, like "Maktoum St", and the city is divided into traditional districts like "Khalidiyya". However, by recent decree, the city has been split up into numbered "zones" and "sectors", with all roads in each sector numbered, First St, Second St, etc, and the vast majority of street signs only refer to these. The system of main streets is straight forward enough once you realize that the odd numbered streets run across the island and the even numbers run along it. So First St is in fact the Corniche, and the odd numbers continue out of town to 31st St which is near the new Khalifa Park. Airport Rd is Second St and the even numbers continue to the east through to 10th St by Abu Dhabi Mall. On the west side of Airport Rd, the numbers go from 22nd Street to 32nd St by the new Bateem Marina. Alas, confusion is caused by the local streets, which are on green signs (main streets are on blue signs) and are also called First, Second etc. Most locals opt to ignore the system entirely, and the best way to give instructions is thus navigating by landmarks, if taking a taxi, odds are you will get to "behind the Hilton Baynunah" much faster than "Fifth Street, Sector 2".
For more information about AbuDhabi please visit Abu Dhabi travel and tourism information website:
The Authority’s mission is to promote the heritage, culture and traditions of Abu Dhabi emirate worldwide. Its activities are designed to support the emirate’s evolution into a world-class, sustainable destination which makes a unique contribution to the global cultural landscape while conserving its singular character and ecosystem.
TCA Abu Dhabi is a multi-faceted organisation with a mandate grounded in Abu Dhabi’s 2030 Economic Vision as laid down by Their Highnesses Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The Authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets it internationally through a wide range of activities and major events, aimed at attracting both culturally sensitive visitors and increased investment. While it is busy forging new relationships across the world, the Authority is also focusing on developments at home. A clear priority is to ensure the preservation of Abu Dhabi’s cultural heritage, especially its historic and archaeological sites. However, its focus is not solely on the past. As part of its management of the emirate’s tourism sector, the Authority is also responsible for overseeing the development of the new, landmark museums in Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island Cultural District, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. It is also committed to supporting an ongoing programme of events and intellectual and artistic activities aimed at nurturing a cultural environment that will be enriching for residents and visitors alike.
Naturally, the co-ordination of such a wide range of activities presents a formidable challenge and the Authority recognizes that its mandate can only be achieved with the support of all its stakeholders. A dedicated outreach programme is under way in the emirate’s schools, colleges and workplaces, explaining the benefits that tourism, and the developments and investment made to support it, can bring to the whole nation. This is an exciting time in the evolution of both Abu Dhabi and its Tourism & Culture Authority. We invite you to join us in contributing to our vision of Abu Dhabi as a global, sustainable destination offering a range of cultural and artistic experiences that is all its own.
The Internet and the Positive Change to Librarians and Information Professionals: Creating Real Future Impact
Librarians and Information professionals undertake the technological change and the Internet applications as by product. They are sympathized and intellectually oriented according to current information markets, if things change they are obliged to change too for survival. Their users are becoming new internet citizens preferring to communicate through their tiny computer that becomes their urgent part to possess and to use, that is the mobile power. Currently most companies are shifting toward developing and upgrading the mobile applications more than what they are really invest in computers and laptops. This is encouraged with the mass storage technology of cloud computing. Basically, information are not more than digital contents flying within the cloud technology all over the global, accessed by smart search engines to hunt the meaningful, relevant and most demanded information through smart mobile medium to their targeted users.
As librarians and information professionals? Where we are? What is our new roles? How will our job be done, our services be introduced, and our future be in the job market? What new competencies and skills should be developed and how they should be acquired and introduced by whom?
It is though the purpose of the 21st annual conference of the SLA/AGC to respond to the above questions through its keynote speaking, plenary sessions, papers presentations, round table discussions, publishers and venders demonstrations, and the widely involved exhibition. As usual, the SLA/AGC intends to arrange for international gathering and knowledge-based-festival.
- The Conference Date 17-19/3/2015
- Abstracts Deadline 1/10/2014
- Response of Acceptance 15/9/2014
- Full Paper Deadline 1/12/2014
- Response of Acceptance 15/12/2014
The main purpose of the conference is to focus on more practical knowledge and ideas-sharing rather than merely presenting papers. The gathering, so far, intends to offer all participants the opportunity to understand that the change by itself is not end, but the continuous involvement in change is the most critical issue to be always prepared for. To do so, each should learn from relevant partner as an integrated team, information professionals, technologist, publishers, educators, …etc. to develop new roles that meet the changing demands of end-users. Team members should listen and hear in regards to change requirements to be ready for the future, to acquire new skills for transforming to new services that truly and positively impact their customers and organization. The following themes are the keys to go forward:
Digital Literacy for Building User-Relationships:
The ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies." Digital literacy is a combination of digital information and the ability to access that information (literacy) to respond to users wherever they are, go to them and let them appreciate you as a source of information not just information facilitator.
- Digital contents and smart librarians: new competencies and roles
- Mobile technology and cloud computing- the unlimited server
- Integrated relationships between publishers and libraries
- Semantic web-based information systems and services
- Semantic web applications and search engines
- The future of the national libraries as intellectual repositories and public institutions
The Semantic Web and the Web service paradigm are currently the most important trends on the way to the next generation of the Web. They promise new opportunities for content and service provision, enabling manifold and flexible new applications and improved support for individual and cooperative tasks.
The ideal search engine would be able to match the search queries to the exact context and return results within that context. While Google, Yahoo and Live continue to hold sway in search, here are the engines that take a semantics (meaning) based approach, the end result being more relevant search results which are based on the semantics and meaning of the query, and not dependent upon preset keyword groupings or inbound link measurement algorithms, which make the more traditional search engines easier to game, thus including more spam oriented results.