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08:30–09:00 Preconference workshop registration, Conference payment and badge pickup

10:00–16:00 Sharjah Library Conference registration for Nov. 7 and Nov. 8


9:00–15:30 Preconference I

09:00–10:00 Sharjah Library Conference registration, badge pickup; coffee
Librarians' Lounge, Sharjah Expo Centre Lobby
10:00–11:00 Opening Welcome—Ahmed Al Ameri, Chairman, Sharjah Book Authority
  Keynote—Libraries = Strong Communities

Loida Garcia-Febo

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will bring together concepts of all types of libraries of all types as pillars of education and at the intersection of supporting human rights, providing, universal access to information, serving diverse and multiethnic populations, and transforming libraries into welcoming places for all members of the community.

Loida Garcia-Febo is an international library consultant, advocate, and researcher, and has served communities as an academic, public, school, and special librarian in Puerto Rico and in Queens, New York, USA.
(Intellectual Hall)

11:00–11:30 Break and Library Exhibits
11:30–12:30 Session A (concurrent programs)

1. Leading Technical Services in the Future

What is the role of technical services in the library? It is important for leaders to understand the positive impact technical services librarians can have on attaining strategic goals. The presentation will identify current trends in the broad library and scholarly publishing environments, the impact of digital technology on researchers' information workflows and scholarly communication, and the impact of open science on research and libraries. The potential role of technical services in driving library responses, including the curation of the scholarly record, a drive toward large-scale distributed library collections, and campus research information systems will be reviewed in detail.

Wendy GarlandKeith Webster, Dean of Libraries, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
(Intellectual Hall)




2. Engaging and Exciting Readers

This session for school and public librarians will have participants actively engaged in discovering methods of teaching literature to students to activate their curiosity and sense of wonder. These approaches encourage both reluctant and passionate readers to set goals and explore a variety of genres. These proven and easily replicable activities will have librarians adding these to their ever-evolving skill sets.

Wendy GarlandWendy Garland, Avery Elementary School, Dedham, Massachusetts, USA.


Wendy GarlandTodd Burleson, Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods Library Winnetka, Illinois, USA.
(Book Forum)




3. Libraries Connecting with Users through Social Media

With users spending most of their time on their phones and using social media and networks to interact, libraries need to connect with the users where they are. This program looks at the current situation of libraries' use of social media and provides examples of successful efforts of the Misr Public Library in Egypt.

Suha AlAwadhiSuha AlAwadhi, Department of Information Studies, College of Social Sciences, Kuwait University, Kuwait.


Suha AlAwadhiMahmoud Shafie, Media Representative, Misr Public Library, Egypt.
(Literature Forum)

12:45–13:45 Session B (concurrent programs)

1. Human Resource Development Strategies for a New Generation of Academic and Research Libraries

Library leaders across the spectrum must to ensure all staff are able to meet up meeting changing environments and tasks. KAUST Library's staff development goals are part of a strategic plan to ensure that library staff are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills through learning and development partnerships and opportunities. In addition to internal development courses on personal and skills development, staff are provided opportunities with international professional development programs (online and onsite). The presentation will provide insight and examples on the ways KAUST achieves staff development through internal courses, online opportunities, staff exchanges, shared learning, focus groups, and more.

Suha AlAwadhiDr. J. K. Vijayakumar, Library Director, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.
(Intellectual Hall)



2. School Librarians of the Year: Sharing Stories, Lessons, and Keys to Successes

This year's recipients of the School Librarians of the Year Award, organised by the Emirates Literature Foundation, will show you how they created successful school library programs. Learn how to replicate these in your school.

Sameh Farouk FaragSameh Farouk Farag, School Librarian, Beda Al-Mutaw'a School, Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Veronika LambovaVeronika Lambova, Primary Librarian, The Winchester School – Jebel Ali, UAE.
(Book Forum)



3. Improving Your Public Libraries User Experience (UX design)

User experience design is the philosophy of considering spaces, services, and processes from the end-user's point of view. Learn from the award-winning Columbus Metropolitan Library, Ohio, about the strategies and steps taken to create a more positive experience for their users.

Alison CircleAlison Circle, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
(Literature Forum)

13:45–14:45 Lunch and Library Exhibits
15:00–16:00 Session C (concurrent programs)

1. Aligning Library Collections to Institutional Mission: Assessment and Strategy

More than ever, with institutions trying to save money it is critical that your collection choices meet the needs of your institution's mission. How can I tell whether my library's existing collections are in line with its mission? How can I ensure that collecting strategies are moving my institution forward? What should "collecting" mean in a constantly changing information environment? Rick Anderson provides context and pathways for ensuring meaningful collections through assessment and strategies.

Rick Anderson Rick Anderson, Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
(Intellectual Hall)


2. Developing Empathy through Literacy

This session will explore how students can work together, respect each other's differences and cultivate a culture of empathy through literacy-based activities. Examples from two different schools will include projects and initiatives that feature student voice and choice and foster awareness of ourselves through learning about and serving one another. Participants will have an opportunity to develop an idea to take back to their library program.

Wendy GarlandTodd Burleson, Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods Library Winnetka, Illinois, USA.


Wendy GarlandWendy Garland, Avery Elementary School, Dedham, Massachusetts, USA.
(Book Forum)


3. Exploring Strategies for Assessment: Student Understanding and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

This session will explore strategies for assessing student learning of the concepts articulated in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. We will examine approaches that instruction programs can take to work within common constraints (e.g., one-shot sessions; little access to student work in the course) to develop meaningful formative and summative assessments, as well as techniques for developing both short-term (informal, in-class) and long-term assessments. We will also apply these approaches and techniques to thinking about ways to assess student understanding of the conceptual Frames described in the Framework.

Brittney JohnsonBrittney Johnson, Head of Library Instruction, St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas, USA.
(Literature Forum)



16:00–17:00 Poster Session and Library Exhibit Visits
9:00–9:30 Registration and coffee
9:30–10:15 Plenary Session - Next Generation Library Services

Brian Bannon, award-winning director of the Chicago Public Library, drawing on inspiration from the global research, innovation, and tech trends, will outline strategic shifts needed to provide the next generation of library services. Learn how libraries can incorporate these shifts to support learning, economic advancement, and success in their communities.

Brian BannonBrian Bannon, Commissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
(Intellectual Hall)


Sharjah 2018

10:30–11:30 Session D (concurrent programs)

1. How to Create a Research Data Management Initiative in Your Library

Libraries around the world are adding Research Data Management (RDM) to their portfolio of services in the age of interdisciplinarity and big data, as researchers face challenges in acquiring and managing research data. Learn the steps to creating your own RDM through the example of the American University of Beirut Library's successful effort to create a service that addresses researchers' data management needs and connects resources on campus while encouraging interdisciplinary research and interactions among its research community.

Dalal RahmeDalal Hakim Rahme, Data Services Librarian, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
(Literature Forum)


2. Breaking Out of Traditional Literacies through Shared Literacy Experiences

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in multiple shared literary experiences. We will be doing a BreakoutEDU, which is an activity that uses teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open a locked box. This exercise will lead to engaging in other activities centering on community, problem-solving, and creativity. Attendees will take with them the resources they need to replicate these experiences with their staff and colleagues.

Wendy GarlandWendy Garland, Avery Elementary School, Dedham, Massachusetts, USA.


Wendy GarlandTodd Burleson, Media Specialist, Hubbard Woods Library Winnetka, Illinois, USA.
(Book Forum)


3. RDA: New and Improved, and Arabic is Coming Soon!

See a demonstration of the new version of Resource Description and Access (RDA) Toolkit, which features the updated "data dictionary" structure of the element instructions, with orientation and navigation tips. New features, elements and styles will be shown. Learn about the Bibliotheca Alexandrina's progress on the Arabic translation, and how dialects can be added to records.

Rania OsmanRania Osman, Head of Library of the Future Section, Innovation, Research, and Technology Directorate, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt.
(Intellectual Hall)



11:30–12:00 Break, Poster Session, and Library Exhibits
12:00–13:00 Session E (concurrent programs)

1. The Impact of Globalization and Digitization on Representing Information Resources in Bibliographic Records

The presentation will explain the principles of cataloging and automated cataloging and address the current disruption of bibliographic control and issues with efficient metadata workflows resulting from globalization and digitization. Currently, libraries need to increase their online visibility by working with syndication partners like Google because libraries' web presence drives the development of new forms of bibliographic control and new data modeling. In this session, you will learn to tap into the power of a balanced global metadata network and infrastructure that supports libraries worldwide.

Daniel van SpanjeDaniel van Spanje, Senior Product Manager, OCLC, Leiden, Holland.
(Intellectual Hall)



2. Public Libraries, Manufacturing, Making & Technology–A Recipe for Success

The Chicago Public Library (CPL) has revitalized and deepened its impact and reach across the city through creating library programs and library spaces for hands-on, collaborative learning environments in which people come together to share knowledge and resources to design, create, and build. This includes opening the award-winning Maker Lab, digital media and learning labs for teenagers called "YOUmedia," early childhood centers that focus on play, and making and transforming the traditional summer reading program into an intensive and fun summer of learning, focusing on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics). Key lessons and insights CPL has learned implementing these new programs.

Brian BannonBrian Bannon, Commissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
(Literature Forum)



3. School Librarians Discussion Session

This open session allows school librarians to get together to discuss more ideas and topics of interest.
(Book Forum)


13:15–14:15 Lunch, Library Exhibits
14:30–15:30 Session F (concurrent programs)
15:30–15:45 Closing of Conference, Intellectual Hall
15:45 Distribution of Certificates
Librarians' Lounge, Sharjah Expo Centre Lobby

During breaks and free time, please enjoy the relaxing Librarians' Lounge that will be open to librarians and educators in the Sharjah Expo Centre throughout the Sharjah International Book Fair, thanks to our generous sponsors.