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.

Conference Main Themes

First theme: Modern trends in library and information education, what we will call ourselves in the future

What responsibilities, the educational departments are carrying to adopt new trends of preparing needed professionals in the job market? Do they consider the knowledge content while changing the names of their programs? Have they ever think of changing the professionals name to fit the change?

Second theme: Job-market and the profession of library and information science job-employability

Should libraries submit more efforts to compete with the advanced commercial information providers to survive, or cooperate with them to be empowered as a profession? Are professionals prepared to understand their customers, need and be ready to compete with Google and or fast to serve more than the smartphones, tablets and other digital technologies?

Third theme: Users’ seeking behaviors and the future of information services

No suspect about digital media providers to become the information industry leaders. They compete to make available the friendly access tools to information, books, journals, audio and video media that any single library cannot afford that to users, even traditional circulation is being dominated by electronic format, how will be the future of the library and information institution services to interact with the digital user's seeking behavior.

Fourth theme: Competing for attention in the digitization age

Are professionals, as information services mediators and research consultants, able to hand needed information to a waiting customer wherever and whenever be?. are they more technologically literate as their customers do?, To compete for attention, professionals need to become guides for information literate participants.

Fifth theme: The role of national LIS associations in enhancing the professionals role in society

Associations are the professional home that are supposed to accommodate professionals, protect them, getting them together to share knowledge and experience, to advocate laws and regulations that secure their survive in a competed job market.

Sixth theme: Strategic information leadership: Be ready for change

Being a leader, do professionals have the required competencies, skills and tools to enable them bringing change in their library or information institution? Are they able to recognize the barriers to change and be ready to overcome them? How do they encounter resistance to change whether from top managers or friends at work?

Seventh theme: National, medical and health libraries as information literacy centers

Two different groups of users, those who have time and needs to follow up in different areas of knowledge, they seek help and attention with different types of services that should be aligned with their different demands, national libraries might be the information desk that provides them with possible responds. Others are users with increased need to specialized knowledge, but have no time to access it, their needs should be highly respected by medical and health subject knowledge prepared professionals.

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