Doha: Qatar University recently organised the 20th Annual Conference and Exhibition of Special Libraries Association.
It was opened by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, in the presence of Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad, President, QU, officials, and local and regional representatives of libraries and information centres.
The SLA-Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA-AGC) is sponsored by QU Library.
The three-day conference titled ‘Promoting Digital Knowledge Community with Information’ discussed issues related to libraries and shared information on ways to take advantage of digital content.
It included sessions on issues such as Arabic content enrichment on the Internet, the role of librarians in building knowledge-based societies, and open access publishing.
The event also featured a state-of-the-art exhibition which included 57 exhibitors representing top global publishers, e-Content developers, and information solution providers for libraries, and information centres.
Prof Al Misnad said, “The academic event is very important to any information-based community to highlight the role played by specialised libraries in supporting scientific research”.
She said the style and role of libraries today are different from what they were in the past as a result of the digital revolution and the possibility of producing and exchanging knowledge and information.
Referring to Qatar National Vision 2030’s human development objective for an information-based economy, she said: “Education and qualified scientific research are important for achieving our goals in line with the Vision. Qatar is interested in cultural and scientific initiatives and research and this conference is an effective tool for us all to exchange in-depth ideas on important aspects.”
SLA-AGC President Mohamed Ghali Mubarak welcomed participants and QU ITS Department section head Asma Al Buainain was named Presidency of the association for two years.
She said, “QU is proud to host this important forum which discusses issues related to digital information and the role of information in creating a knowledge- based economy.”
Arend Kuster, CEO, Q-science, discussed the publication of SLA-AGC proceedings in Q-science and the development of a new app for delegates, while Press Reader President Mark Ritchel spoke about the evolution in the world of information and applications developed by Press Reader, including the world’s largest online newspapers platform.
Prior to the conference, the library hosted a three-day workshops organised by Knowledge E that addressed themes related to working in libraries and information centres.
The workshops were presented by specialists and served to promote and develop the capacities of QU library staff and other participants from Qatar and abroad.