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

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

Online Information, London 2010

In a previous post, our brother Mohammad has posted something about the trip that we were together attending the 2010 online information conference in UK. The conference was more than great in terms of tracks and sessions, seminars and workshops, and finally the exhibitions and the cafeteria that we didn’t have anything from it 🙂 . I was fully sponsored by the SAGE publisher the 4th biggest vendor in the information industry world to attend the conference. so thank you SAGE for your hospitality.

Yesterday I was again with two lovely teachers Dr. Samir and Dr. Taghreed. we had a great time talking about many things, one of them was the conference. so that Dr. Taghreed asked me to post something in the blog and if anyone interested in any information regarding the sessions I will be a big help. And Dr. Samir also was advising me what to write, so that I have legal content that no one would accuse Mohammed and shutdown his blog hehehe…

Anyway, the conference is the largest UK event dedicated to the information industry, providing an annual meeting place for more than 9,000 attendees from over 40 countries across the globe.  This unique free-to-attend event consists of an exhibition with more than 200 international exhibitors, an extensive educational show floor seminar programme, plus a range of exciting and stimulating show features.  Focusing on new technologies and key sectors,  the show covers 6 different subject areas: Content Resources, ePublishing Solutions, Library Management, Content Management, Search Solutions and Social Media.

Attending around 6 sessions from different tracks, was something great that added to my humble knowledge so many. accordingly, I wish to share with you any of the information that it would be beneficial to your area of interest. you may find all tracks and sessions in here or in PDF and you may email me for any inquiries in regard to those sessions and their papers.

Note: my email is sebrahim@auk.edu.kw and your comments are highly appreciated

Here are some pictures from the exhibition:

Truly

Saleh A. Ebrahim

Google Opens Up Its EPUB Archive: Download 1 Million Books for Free

Google just announced that it will now allow users to download over 1 million public domain books in the EPUB format. EPUB is  the format supported by ipad, iphone, and other e book readers. Google had already made this archive available to some of its partners, including Sony and Barnes and Noble, but until today users weren’t able to download these free EPUB texts from Google directly. Google will continue to make PDF versions of these books available for download as well, but users with eReader’s will find the new EPUB files far more useful.

If you don’t have an actual hardware eReader but still want to read these EPUB versions, you can install Stanza or a similar desktop reader to read these books.

iPad in Education: as the Only Textbook Students Need for Course at Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame‘s yearlong study of eReaders in academics is starting the school year with a bang — a course that will use the iPad as the only textbook students need. The course is entitled Project Management, and each of the 40 students enrolled will be given an iPad to use in lieu of textbooks. The students will be encouraged to integrate their borrowed iPad into their life by syncing their iTunes library, games, and anything else they would like, and to report their findings.

Project Management is a required undergraduate course for students majoring in Management Consulting, IT Management and Entrepreneurship as part of the management curriculum of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

Great stuff.  I bet it’s going to be tough for those students to have to give the iPads back after six weeks.

iPads Arrive On College Campuses

With colleges and universities opening their doors on a new school year comes an opportunity for the iPad to make its mark on campuses. The iPad’s usage isn’t limited to book reading, however.

The Stanford University medical school has made Apple’s device part of the curriculum for its 91 first-year medical and master’s of medicine students, according to a new report.

The University has handed out free iPads to each of its students who are being asked to use it for a number of functions. In addition to textbook reading, the University supplied iPad includes iAnnotate, a note-taking software program that enables students to write directly onto text, to sketch diagrams, to copy text, add highlights, or underline with the drag of a finger.

Christine Nguyen, a Yale University grad, said she uses the iPad about 20 percent of the time, and uses her laptop the remainder for studying and in lectures. But, she loves it for anatomy. In anatomy class, students have traditionally used colored pencils to shade in the various body parts in an anatomy manual.

“Look at this,” Nguyen said, pointing to the rainbow of colors in an iPad program used for annotating documents. Simply touching a different color changes the highlighting. “It’s so useful for drawing in anatomy class. It’s a lot of fun. You customize it the way you want to use it.”

First year medical student Abdullah Feroze of New Mexico, who described himself as a “paper-and-pencil” kind of guy, appreciated that learning how to use an iPad now could be beneficial for his future as a doctor, given the move toward electronic health records for patients.

The University’s decision to provide its students with free iPads is definitely a work in progress. In fact, the University is regularly surveying each student to see how the device is being used by each of them. They will then use this information to determine future uses for the iPad.

Surely, Stanford University isn’t alone in its usage of the iPad on its campus. As the device matures, it will most likely play a significant role all across academia. If you are a college student and are using an iPad, let us know. Also, let us know how you are using the device. Leave your comments below.

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