The 25th Annual Special Libraries Association Conference & Exhibition Concludes
The Special Libraries Association Conference & Exhibition – Arabian Gulf Chapter (SLA-AGC), organised by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) at the Dusit Thani hotel last week, concluded its 25th edition after attracting strong attendance from experts, exhibitors, professionals, companies, and other stakeholders in the libraries sector.
The annual conference, held this year under the theme ‘The Internet of Things: The Future of Connected Internet Societies’, brought together experts who gathered to exchange ideas and best practice, as well as to discuss future challenges facing the sector in the technological age.
Across its three days, the conference hosted interactive sessions covering a number of key themes, including information security, privacy, legislation controls and rights, applications, knowledge management, and standards. It also hosted discussions on a number of related issues, such as data confidentiality, authentication and access control, and the role of technical and operational standards in the development and deployment of safe Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In addition, the conference addressed methods for the adoption and localisation of IoT devices and systems to enhance privacy expectations.
“This year, the Special Libraries Association Conference & Exhibition successfully addressed strategic topics to provide forward-looking insight into the future of libraries in the age of technology”, said Abdulla Majed Al Ali, Acting Executive Director, National Library Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi. “Hosting this event is a key element of our mission to support the development of the literary sector by transforming the emirate of Abu Dhabi into a regional hub for merchants, distributors and publishers, specialising in Arabic-language publishing.”
This year’s conference theme of ‘The Internet of Things: The Future of Connected Internet Societies’ served to identify the challenges and opportunities of the growing digital publishing sector, giving library professionals relevant information on best practice and the latest tools and technologies available.
Established in 1909, the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organisation headquartered in the United States. Serving more than 9,000 members in 75 countries, including corporate, academic and government information specialists, SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, networking, and community-building initiatives.
The SLA’s Arabian Gulf Chapter was established in 1992 through the initiative of Aramco Library staff members, and each year its conference is held in one of the Arabian Gulf states, with programmes overseen and managed by the Chapter’s members.