Knowledge E | 20th–22nd April 2013: 19th SLA Pre-Conference Workshop, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

20th–22nd April 2013: 19th SLA Pre-Conference Workshop, Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Start Date: April 20, 2013

End Date: April 22, 2013

Venue: Fairmont Bab Al Bahr, Abu Dhabi, UAE


20th April

Workshop A: Authentication for Libraries

An essential part of providing e-resources to readers is mastering the issues surrounding authentication. Publishers use a variety of authentication methods which are not always compatible with the needs of libraries. For a library to operate its e-resources properly it has to match up the authentication possibilities of its own infrastructure with those of its library technology suppliers and those of the publishers. In many cases government restrictions add an additional layer of complexity to the situation. This course covers all aspects of authentication, from usernames and passwords to single-sign-on and proxies, and looks at how to combine these technologies to solve a range of common problems faced by libraries across the world. The program will include the opportunity to discuss real-life problems faced by libraries and understand how others have solved them.

 

Testimonials:

  • “This workshop is very useful. Three hours seems very short for covering the aspects of authentication.”
  • “It’s excellent and it brought a lot of relevant information for librarians.”

 

Workshop B: Measurement Tools for Libraries

Libraries across the world are under increasing pressure to ensure that they get the best value for money for their electronic resources. Budgets are limited and there is such a wealth of journals, eBooks and Databases now available that it can be hard to know how to select content that both meets the needs of library users and demonstrates the best value for money.

Help is at hand with this half-day workshop which walks delegates through the major measurement tools used by librarians today to select content, make renewal and cancelation decisions and demonstrate value for money. The workshop also reviews some of the emerging measures that are becoming increasingly important.

The pros and cons and limitations of each measure are also discussed to ensure that delegates leave with an understanding of how to use each measure in context and how to select a set of measures to obtain a balanced picture of impact, importance, value and popularity of a product to help with their decision-making processes.

 

Testimonials:

  • “Would like some discussion of alternative funding models and the tools that would be resourced (open access, eg. University Repository Model)”
  • “Should cover tools to measure print collection as well. More benchmarking coverage to be included.”
  • “Would like to have sample demos from actual users (sites..) and hands on experience.”

 

 

21st April

 

Workshop A: Practical Project Management

In this workshop, we introduce a simple and free project management tool that enables you to run projects of any size and any level of complexity from a single sheet of paper, providing you with all the key information you need, enabling you to stay on track and deliver on time and on budget.

 

One of the key benefits of the workshop is that, delegates can bring a real project they will be working on and use the workshop to create a real project for the project, so they create something valuable on the day as well as getting trained.

The workshop is very practical with a mix of tools and techniques as well as specially designed exercises to enable you to leave the workshop ready to implement the tools in your projects immediately. Exercise, worksheets and handouts are provided for you to take away.

 

Testimonials:

  • “The workshop is very useful and interesting, I learn more than I expect thank you. There are students with have Diploma in Library in the UAE, they need this workshop.”
  • “Repeat the same workshop for academic research.”
  • “I’m definitely going to use this course even in my daily life.”

 

Workshop B: eBooks A – Z

No matter what your job role and function, it is essential to understand the eBooks environment you are working in. Understanding the issues associated with the supply chain help shape library strategy and management decisions, and so it is important that the library community understands how the supply chain works and is aware of its key constituents and their motivations.

This course will give attendees an overview of eBooks; it will introduce the key players and explain their roles, and will explain the publishing value chain including authors, publishers, book vendors, aggregators, commercial search engines, library systems vendors, librarians and readers. This course is essential for anyone who would like to develop their knowledge of the business of eBooks publishing and acquisition.

 

Testimonials:

  • ”A very good introduction to this important topic. I have a lot of information to take back to my library.”
  • ”A very well prepared and delivered. Timely and useful for acquisitions personnel.”

 

 

22nd April

 

Workshop A: eBooks A – Z

No matter what your job role and function, it is essential to understand the eBooks environment you are working in. Understanding the issues associated with the supply chain help shape library strategy and management decisions, and so it is important that the library community understands how the supply chain works and is aware of its key constituents and their motivations.

This course will give attendees an overview of eBooks; it will introduce the key players and explain their roles, and will explain the publishing value chain including authors, publishers, book vendors, aggregators, commercial search engines, library systems vendors, librarians and readers. This course is essential for anyone who would like to develop their knowledge of the business of eBooks publishing and acquisition.

 

Testimonials:

  • “Useful information and easy to understand even for those not working with e-resource.”
  • “Really interesting, I learned a lot.”
  • “Should have section on public access potential and eg. Project Gutenberg.”

 

Workshop B: Journals A – Z

No matter what your job role and function, it is essential to understand the industry you are working in. Industry issues help shape strategy, suppliers’ actions and management decisions, and so it is important that everyone understands how the supply chain works and is aware of the key constituents and their motivations.

This course will give attendees an overview of the journals industry; it will introduce the key players and explain their roles, and will explain the entire publishing value chain including authors, societies, publishers, subscription agents, aggregators, A&I services, commercial search engines, library systems vendors, librarians and researchers. This course is essential for anyone who would like to develop their knowledge of the business of journals publishing.

 

Testimonials:

  • ”Great information, valuable knowledge and interesting subject.”
  • “Mainly involved in acquisitions for other material (books, multimedia, etc.). So it is nice to understand how serials work in case I ever have to deal with them.”