Knowledge E | 22nd – 24th March 2014: 20th SLA Pre-Conference Workshops, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

22nd – 24th March 2014: 20th SLA Pre-Conference Workshops, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

Start Date: March 22, 2014

End Date: March 24, 2014

Venue: Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

22nd March

Workshop 1-A: The Nuts and Bolts of Digital Repositories and Open Access Digital repositories and Open Access (OA) are integral components of the eResearch infrastructure in the 21st century, yet they can be challenging for libraries to support. This workshop will focus on key considerations, practical strategies, staffing issues, and sample workflows to support Open Access and an eResearch infrastructure. The session will be focused on high-level issues and strategic planning rather than the details of technical implementations. Hands-on activities will be mixed with group discussions, presentations, and brainstorming sessions.


  • “Interesting and useful, I learnt many new things.”
  • “It was very good, we get so much benefit of the workshop.”
  • “The Presenter explained in detail and all questions were answered.”
  • “The workshop was very informative considering that open access is getting popular and being adopted widely in institutions.”
  • “Abby clarified many of the terms and concepts that had troubled me during my own research into IR. On more than one occasion, she brought up examples indicating that new rules apply in a digital environment.”
  • “Great topic, great collaboration with other librarians.”

Workshop 1-B: 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.


  • “It was really useful, I’m sure that it will become one of my habits.”
  • “It was very informative.”


23rd March

Workshop 2-A and 3-A: Marketing Your Library This workshop is designed to prepare participants to make a difference in their library and information service through adopting a strategic and holistic approach to marketing. Day 1 considers a range of strategic issues concerning marketing, including the specific challenges for libraries, branding and identity, positioning, market and customer orientation, and customer relationships. Day 2 focuses on marketing communications or promotion, including specific sessions on web presence and social media. The two final sessions invite participants to draw together their learning from the workshop in drafting an outline marketing communications plan, and to consider the importance and use of public relations, advocacy, and influence. Most sessions will both introduce and discuss key marketing concepts, and offer participants the opportunity, through planned and structured activities, to start to apply these concepts to their library and information service, and to share best practice. By the conclusion of the workshop, participants should have a clear idea of the key objectives and potential benefits of marketing for their service, and have participated in the creation of an outline marketing communications plan.


  • “Marketing Plan session is very useful.”

Workshop 2-B: Knowledge Management for Librarians and Information Professionals In light of the digital revolution, organizations around the world are grappling with a wide range of issues tied to how to best support the knowledge lifecycle – i.e., creating, capturing, describing, organizing, sharing, and promoting the re-use of knowledge. In this workshop, we will focus on ways in which libraries and information centers can support the knowledge lifecycle through knowledge management. We will start with an overview of background information and theory before moving into practical strategies and tactics libraries can use to get started with knowledge management. The afternoon will focus on taxonomy development – an area which is often the jumping-off point for libraries to delve into knowledge management. The workshop will include a mix of presentations, hands-on activities, and small and large group discussions.


  • “This is a new knowledge for me and I’m glad that I can use it to help me making the processes of my daily workload easier.”

Workshop 2-C: Information Literacy Evolution: Adaptable Approaches to Reach Students Workshop This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide attendees with new ways to expand their approaches to information literacy instruction to strategically integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum in a way that resonates with the workflow of student researchers. Topics will include mapping information literacy topics throughout a curriculum, combining information literacy with soft skills training and data management topics, and creating active learning exercises. Participants will locate opportunities for incorporating information literacy skills into pre-existing research and workplace practices, and create a strategy for effectively and strategically implementing learning opportunities.


  • “Brilliant!”


24th March

Workshop 3-B: Threshold Concepts and Information Literacy In this interactive workshop participants will learn about threshold concepts, and how to apply this pedagogical approach to teaching information literacy. The first half of the workshop will be spent covering the essentials of threshold concepts, including the original theory as proposed by Han Meyer and Ray Land, how information literacy instruction can be both inspired and enriched by this approach, and understanding how threshold concepts inform the developing ACRL framework for information literacy threshold concepts. The second half of the workshop will focus on strategies for using threshold concepts to provide instruction in participants’ individual contexts. Participants will leave the workshop with some concrete ideas for transforming information literacy instruction in their classrooms and at their institutions, as well as new perspective for reflecting on the content we teach.


  • “The workshop was very relevant and interesting. The content was delivered in a way that suits all levels of learners.”
  • “The Presenters were organized, presented an appropriate amount of content, used an attractive presentation style but also allowed for hand-on practice on reflection. Well done!”

Workshop 3-C: Electronic Resource Management: From Implementation to Discovery This workshop is intended to give an overview of the process of implementing and maintaining Electronic Resources and ensuring that they are searchable and discoverable by your patrons. The focus will be on the importance of understanding the overall process, and how the different systems – Acquisitions, Integrated Library Systems, ERM applications, etc., work together with your library processes and procedures to deliver useful information resources to your users.