New Arrivals To AUK Library

Dear All

Recently I had a thought, which will be great to our LIS community in Kuwait to announce through our blog the new arrivals of books, journals, audiovisual materials in our field to AUK library. In this way it might be a great opportunity for all of you and a chance to visit us and ask for any of them in anytime.

Cutting-edge social media approaches to business education

Web 2.0 Fundamentals with Ajax, development tools, and mobile platforms

How Green Is My Library?

Web-Based Instruction: A Guide For Libraries

Developing Sustainable Digital Libraries: Socio-Technical perspective

How to Build a Digital Library

Foundations of Library and Information Sciences

Regards

Saleh A. Ebrahim

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The SLA/AGC 17th Annual Conference Review 2011

Dear All

As being part of the Board Member of the SLA/AGC Association I would like to express my views of the conference that took place in Muscat, Oman between the 8-10th March 2011.

Oman The Wonderful Place

What a magnificent, scenic, and fascinating place to visit. A clean and quite country you will see, decent and well-bred people you will meet, and clear and tranquil weather you will enjoy. I have enjoyed visiting Oman for the first time in life. visiting different heritage places and enjoying the nature of Muscat were great experience I had. Also were blessed living in Al Bustan Palace hotel, which was centered in the middle of Al Qantab beautiful mountains.

Outside the Al Bustan Palace Hotel

Al Bustan Palace Hotel

Dramatic and stylish Hotel, that combines the past and the future in its design, although I hated the way it has been constructed. You will feel like in a MAZE, each elevators would left you to a different places.. I took 3 days to understand the trick 🙂 and then felt frustrated finding the right halls and sessions rooms all the way.. but overall it was challenging and a quite place that has a shopping center and around 3 different international restaurants. of course one of the beautiful things I loved about the hotel is its thrilling room view, where the palms, ocean, and mountains are surrounding you from everywhere.. come and have a look!!!

Thanxxx to the Iphone4 🙂

The SLA/AGC Conference

Well, the conference were great in many ways. unfortunately I couldn’t attend all the keynote speakers or sessions due to my different obligations within the conference.

First, I would like to present my grateful thankfulness to the organizing committee that have been working for months for the conference. Second, I would say “Thank you” for all the Omani people who were more than hospitable and warmhearted with all of us.

The conference had around 71 accepted papers presented in different sessions, I had the pleasure to meet some of our old friends such as Fadhel, Sakeena, and Lulwah, where she conducted a great paper about Information Seeking Behaviour, That reminded me of Mumtaz Class 2.5 years ago..

I had to evaluate two sessions, because we needed to choose “Best Paper” and award the participant at the end. The funny thing is that in the two sessions I attended, Fadhel and Sakeena were in one, and Lulwah were in the other 🙂 .

Unfortunately, I wanted to meet with our sister Wadha Al Ajmi but I couldn’t, because I was busy between the board members meeting, the student award committee and the exhibitions vendors meetings requests, which I hope that she has done very well in her session, because she really deserve it.

Of course meeting your old friends and colleagues makes you happy, but I think for some people this issue is kind of selective if you know what I mean.. it was annoying a little bit for me to see people who have used you before for their own benefits and today they completely forgetting you.. I would say to those people cheer up and take things easy because life is like a circle you never know what will happen.. (والله يبعدنا عن الحساد) 🙂

On the other hand, I was so blessed by the warm welcome and greetings from our friend such as Lulwah, Waheed from KISR and Mohammed bo Abbas from springer, as well as Ameen from Sage (BTW Mohammed he says HI to you) and other people from the region I really do appreciate their kindness and humbleness.

Enough talking and lets see some photos and videos..

SLA/AGC Board Meeting

 

Lulwah’s Presentation

 

Fadhel’s & Sakeen’s  Presentations

Stephen Abrams’s Speech

I have really enjoyed Mr. Abrams’s speech which inspired my in many ways. after his session ended, we had a great talk together about it and about our region professionals.

At the end I hope you have enjoyed reading the post, and I hope to see all of you in different events and occasions in the future..

If you have any questions related to the conferences or would like to ask for the papers, I will be delighted helping all of you Enshallah.

 

Sincerely

Saleh A. Ebrahim

Well Done Sakeena, Fahdel, Lulwa & Wadha

Four of our dearest friends Sakeena, Fahdel, Lulwa & Wadha will present their four different research papers at the next SLA/AGC Conference, which will take place in Muscat, Oman during the period of 8th to 11th March 2011

In this occasion, I would say good job for all of you, and wish you all the best in presenting your papers enshallah 🙂

The titles are as following:

Sakeena A. Al-Alawi
“Validation of Knowledge Management (KM) modules For Curriculum Design”

Fadhel Husain & Abdus Sattar Chaudhry
“Leveraging Social Tagging for enhancing Online Public Access catalogues”

Lulwa Mohammed

“Information Behaviors of Corporate Managers”

Wadha Alajimi

“The information seeking behavior of undergraduate students at Kuwait University: A comparative study. A Research Paper”

 

Good Luck Sisters & Brother and I hope I didn’t forget anyone else 🙂

Saleh

For more information of Conference program click here

 

Updated March 7, 2011

2011 Science-Technology Division & Arabian Gulf Chapter Student Award

2011 Science-Technology Division & Arabian Gulf Chapter Student Award
to attend Special Libraries Association (SLA) Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 12 – 15 June 2011

In 2011 SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter will be offering an Award jointly with Science-Technology Division (DST) of SLA.

The successful applicant will receive an award of US$2,000, towards the cost of attending the 2011 SLA Annual Conference (which includes conference registration, accommodation, and economy return airfare to Philadelphia, PA).

The award will be formally acknowledged at the SLA Conference in Philadelphia at the Science-Technology Division’s Awards Ceremony.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • Have an excellent command of written and spoken English,
  • Be enrolled in a Master level LIS programme in Arabian Gulf countries during the current academic year
  • Be eligible to travel to the USA
  • Be interested in a career in special librarianship, preferably with a focus on working in a science and technology environment.
  • Be a first-time attendee at an SLA conference

Application Procedure

1. Please write a two-part essay, in English, of a total of approximately 500 words, which:

  1. Tells us why you chose to enrol in a graduate/master LIS programme and what you hope to do with your degree and especially why you might wish to work in the science and technology area, and
  2. Addresses one of the following three topics:
  • What skills must the new information professional possess and why?
  • What is the biggest challenge facing the profession, in general, and information professionals in your country, in particular?
    • What benefits/knowledge do you hope to gain from attending the 2011 SLA conference? (Do not describe what you will do during the conference).
  1. Include a letter of recommendation, from your programme advisor or an SLA member who knows you well, which explains why you would be a good candidate for this award.
  1. Include a copy of your current CV including your postal, and email addresses and telephone number.
  1. Please prepare all documents in Microsoft Word and send by e-mail no later than                         15 February 2011 to the following two people:
  2. i.    Sultan Al-Daihani, SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter at s.aldaihani@ku.edu.kw and to
  1. ii.    Sheila Rosenthal, Chair of the DST Awards Committee at  slr@sei.cmu.edu

The Award winner will be notified by 20 February 2011.

Post Award Requirements

The recipient of the 2011 Science-Technology Division / Arabian Gulf Chapter Student Award will be:

  1. Required to write a brief article on their conference experience for publication in the September / October 2011 issue of the Science-Technology Division’s newsletter,             Sci-Tech News, and for the SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter’s website
  1. Asked to maintain contact with the SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter Board during the year of their Award.
  1. Asked to serve on a Science-Technology Division Committee of their choice.

Contacts will be appointed from SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter Board and the Science-Technology Division for the duration of the award.

For further information about the Award’s co-sponsors, please consult their websites:

For further information about the Award, please contact Sultan Al-Daihani s.aldaihani@ku.edu.kw