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.

Dr. Eesa Mohammed Bastaki, Ph.D.

President, University of Dubai
Former CEO, ICT Fund
Recipient of Emirates for Sciences, Arts & Literature in 2009
Recipient of Middle East “ICT and Knowledge Development CEO Excellence Award”

Dr. Eesa Bastaki is President of the University of Dubai and former CEO of the ICT Fund where he actively led the effort to create an eco-system in the UAE ICT industry, by encouraging entrepreneurship, funding R&D projects and University scholarships and implementing ICT initiatives at the school level.

During his distinguished career he held many senior posts including Director of Education & Technology at the Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), Chairman of the Energy Section at the UAE University (UAEU) and Chairman of the Technology Section at the Technology & Energy Research Center of the UAEU. Dr. Bastaki is one of the founders of DSO and RIT-Dubai, and he is the founder of the IT Center in Al-Al Municipality.

Dr. Bastaki’s current professional activities include Chairman of the Technical Committee for the Emirates Energy Awards, Chairman of the Board of the Emirates Science Club, and Member of the Board of the Cultural & Science Association.

Born in Dubai, Dr. Bastaki is a UAE national scientist and researcher; he studied abroad where he received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego and Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are Multiple Access Communications, Coding and Synchronization.

Dr Bastaki is the recipient of Sheikh Rashid's Award for Scientific Excellence. In 2009, he received the UAE’s highest award “The Emirates Awards for Science, Arts and Literature” in sciences. In 2014, he received the Middle East “ICT and Knowledge Development CEO Excellence Award”.

Professor Sherif Kamel Shaheen

Dr. Sherif Kamel Shaheen

Professor of Library and Information science
Vice-Dean for Community service and Environment development
Faculty of Arts, Cairo University
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  • July 1991 Doctorate of Arts - Department of library, Archives and information - Faculty of Arts - Cairo University (First honor degree with a recommendation to print and exchange on the expense of Cairo university).
  • January 1987 Master of Arts - College of Library and Information Studies - Leeds University, England, (With Distinction degree).
  • May 1982 Distinctive Bachelor of Arts in librarianship and information science - Faculty of Arts - Cairo University (Excellent degree).
  • May 1981 private pilot license "civil aviation" from the Institute of Egypt Air - Ministry of Aviation, Egypt.


  • 3 December 2014 up till now – Vice Dean for Community services and environment development – Faculty of Arts, Cairo University.
  • 1 August 2010 – 3 December 2014 - Head of Department of library, Archives and information Technology - Faculty of Arts - Cairo University.
  • February 2011 - July 2012, Director of the University of Cairo Press.
  • 6 October 2007 to 15 December 2014- Director of the New Central Library of the Cairo University.
  • 1 October 2005 - September 2007 - Director of the Central administration of National Library of Egypt (Egyptian National Library) - the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Educational activities:

  • Teaching various courses in both languages (Arabic and English) in various departments in library and information sciences and faculties of Mass communications.
  • Teaching various training courses and workshops organized by Egyptian and Arabic institutions.

Professional activities:

  • A member at various professional associations and federations in Egypt and abroad.
  • A member of the National standing committee for Professors promotions in the Egyptian Universities and other Universities in some Arabic countries.
  • Chief Editor of the journal of Librarianship, information and documentation published by the Arabic League, since December 2014.
  • Member of the editorial board of Cairo University International Journal of Advanced Research in Social Sciences, published by Elsevier.
  • Member of various editorial board for various Arabic journals specialized in library and Information Science.
  • Head of the Committee of book and Publishing at the Egyptian Supreme Council of culture - the Ministry of Culture –since September 2011 till now.
  • Referee for the Egyptian Publishers Association Annual award at “Cairo International Book Fair” -(January-February 2014) and (January 2015).
  • Member of the Council of culture and knowledge - Academy of Scientific Research, the Ministry of Scientific Research, elected in June 2013 up till now.
  • Member of the Government board of the Cultural Development Fund, the Ministry of Culture, in September 2011 up till now.
  • National expert for the International parliamentary Union (IPU) for the development of information and library sector of the Egyptian Parliament since November 2014 till now.

Research and Scholarly activities:

  • Participate in seminars and public lectures and conferences in Egypt and abroad. Therefore, I visited more than 20 Arab and foreign countries.
  • Scientific supervision for nearly 50 Theses and Dissertations accredited by a number of universities inside and outside Egypt.
  • The number of intellectual works reached 120 varies between public lectures, scientific reports, articles, research, text books and others.
  • The number of intellectual contributions to 120 pursuant intellectually between public lectures and scientific reports, articles, research and scientific books and chapters in books and others.
  • The latest published work entitled: o Arab Universities between identity demands and aspirations of the world rankings - Cairo: Academic Library, 2013. o Traditional and electronic publishing - First Edition - Cairo: Dar Al Jawhara, 2014. o Knowledge society and contemporary issues of: the World Summit - Infrastructure - Applications - Knowledge Economy - First Edition – 2 volumes - Cairo: Dar Al Jawhara, 2014.

Awards and grants academic and financial rewards:

  • Received numerous shields and certificates of appreciation from the Egyptian and Arab institutions for participation in the scientific and cultural events.
  • 2013 Sharjah Prize for Librarianship Literature (first place) - Sharjah Government - Department of Culture and Information.
  • 2001 State Incentive Award in Social Science (Library and Information), the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Egyptian and Arab achievements:

  • 2006 participate in preparation for the opening of the old building of the Egyptian National Library (Bab-Al-Khalq).
  • 2006 issuing the decision for the actual implementation of the national program for CIP (Cataloguing In Publication).
  • First October 2007 to January 29, 2008- Foundation of the first phase of the new building of the Central Library of Cairo University.
  • 2006 - 2014 Plan and implementation of integrated projects targeting documentation and digitization of manuscripts, maps, books, traditional journals and heritage, periodicals and musical scores and recordings collected by the Egyptian National Library in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and some other agencies, including the Library of Congress, Furqan Foundation of Heritage.
  • 2014-2015 work as National expert with IPU to upgrade the Library and information sector at the Egyptian Parliament.
  • 2014 Arab Standard for university libraries - commissioned by the Arab Federation for Libraries and Information (AFLI) / jointly with Prof. Dr. Osama El Sayed Mahmoud, and Prof. Dr. Yusreya Zayed - 85 p.

Academic and Social Communication:

  • Scholarly communication: slideshare - LinkedIn - - ResearchGate - Scholars.
  • Social networking: Facebook- Sherif Kamel Shaheen.
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Speech Abstract

How to Create Real Future Impact?

People make the difference.

In short, the presentation concentrates on the 21st century creative, motivated and qualified information specialist contributions in four sectors. Firstly, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Activities and projects) Secondly, Social responsibility in two directions. Thirdly, code of Ethics for information profession and fourthly, Strategic partnerships with other bodies. Leader, Manager or Coach? This is the question for the contemporary librarian. The chain of entrepreneurship starts with creativity and moves forward to Innovation. Innovation is about making changes but it must be considered as more than just making changes in order to be perceived differently. There are two sides for implications: Practical implications and Social implications. Bob Kelleher (Society of Human Resources Management), showed research on the amount of questions asked by children, teenagers, and then adults, which demonstrated a decline in how we question things as we age.

The creative leader will find ways to encourage organizations and people of all ages, to ask the questions that will lead to innovative ideas and concepts. It is emphasized that converting new ideas into innovations have to be reflected in practical projects and activities involving citizens. For example, 3-D printing, Innovation center, Yoga classes, Bookless library, Cloud computing, Webinars, Web-based academic or scholarly communications. According to code of Ethics for information profession, the presentation assures the importance of satisfying information users’ needs in honesty and by all means known for the information specialist and within the context of the institution in accordance with the ethics and principles of the profession and the society. Also, the presenter differentiate between three intersect sides for the profession ethics in practice: personal, society and the profession. Concerning Social responsibility, ISO 26000 Guidance on social responsibility is discussed and its main principles. In addition, the IFLA Social Responsibilities Discussion Group (SRDG) and ALA’s Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) activities are explained. Finally, the presentation divides Information centers and libraries’ social responsibility in two kinds: Society’s social responsibility towards them and vice versa. Strategic alliances with other partners’ needs and objectives are discussed. Finally, the presenter end up on two things to bring about real changes in the future, namely: interest in the genesis of the Arab Child in a real beneficial and positive electronic environment, and the second is the solidification of creative thinking or what is known as “Thinking outside the box”.

Paula T. Kaufman

Following a long career as a University Library leader and administrator, Paula Kaufman is now the Interim Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she also holds the rank of Professor. Paula was appointed UIUC University Librarian in 1999 and was invested as the Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian in 2008, serving in that position until August 2013. During the 2005-2006 academic year, she served as the University’s Acting Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining Illinois, Paula served as dean of libraries at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1988-99) and in a variety of positions at Columbia University, including Director of Academic Information Services and Acting Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian. She also worked as a librarian at Yale University and McKinsey and Company and was a co-founder and partner in Information for Business, New York City.

Paula has written and presented on topics of Return on Investment and Library Value, leadership, new service models, risk taking, and privacy, among others. Her record of service to the profession includes serving as a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors, including a term as president; a founding board member of the Consortium of Academic Libraries in Illinois (CARLI; a member of the Center for Research Libraries Board of Directors, including a term as chair; and as a member of the HATHI Trust executive committee from 2008 to 2012. Currently, she serves on the boards of the Digital Preservation Network and the Champaign Public Library and on the Advisory Board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Paula has been honored with the Robert Downs Intellectual Freedom Award (1989), the Illinois Library Association Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award (2011), the Hugh C. Atkinson Award (2010), and the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award (2012).

Keynote Speech:

Bold Talk, Bold Action:Meeting Changing User Needs

This keynote address will emphasize the continuing evolution of libraries from fixed physical sites to complete integration within their communities. Drawing on her academic research library leadership experience of more than 25 years, Professor Kaufman will review recent changes in users’ needs and speculate on demands that will emerge in the near future. She will use case studies of library and information services that support academic communities, including the recent emergence of research/scholars commons that reflect the recognition that faculty and graduate students require services that are distinctly different than those needed by undergraduate students. She will also discuss currently emerging research management support systems that are being developed and delivered in collaboration with other campus entities and speculate on what demands might be in the offing and how they can be met best by developing new models such as those in which librarians and other information professionals are sited within the users’ physical facilities or embedded electronically through web-based services and that require new skills and expertise.

This talk with touch on the conference themes Emerging Technologies in Libraries and Digital Literacy for Building User relationships. I would want to emphasize the continuing evolution of libraries from purely physical entities to which users had to go to entities that are becoming thoroughly integrated or infused within their organizations. I’d like to feature examples of information commons that support undergraduates in many and changing ways, research/scholars commons that first emerged with the realization that faculty and graduate students needed a different set of support services, data research and management support systems that are emerging right now and that are developed and delivered in collaboration with other campus entities (IT, colleges, etc.), and in which librarians and other information professionals either go to the user or are embedded within the users’ physical facilities and are embedded electronically through web-based services, including interactive services, and other emerging trends. If you think it’s warranted, I can devote some of my remarks to focusing on support for undergraduate teaching and learning.

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