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Professor Khalid Mahmood
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Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
 Founded: 1932 by Abdulaziz bin Abd al-Rahman Al
Saud
 Area: 2 million km2
 Population: 21 million Saudi citizens and 5 million
foreigners
 Economy: World’s largest oil exporter; 19th highest
GDP in the world
 System of government: Absolute monarchy; no
political parties or elections
 Constitution: Quran and Sunnah
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Higher education and libraries
 25 public universities, 7 private universities
 Education is free at all levels
 Large number of scholarships for students
 Segregated for men and women
 American system of education (BS 4-year, MS, PhD)
 Semester system (Fall and Spring with summer vacations)
 Large number of foreign faculty
 Centralized library system (central and branch libraries)
 Deanship of library affairs
 Saudi dean, vice dean and director
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This presentation is based
on my experience in and
visit to libraries in nine
Saudi universities
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Revolutionary changes in university libraries
 Enormous use of emerging technologies
 Shift from individual learning to
collaborative learning
 Shift from traditional to online service
model
 Going beyond library walls
 Librarian’s role as teacher
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Enormous use of
emerging technologies
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Integrated library system –
Symphony/Millennium/Horizon
• Used in the most of university
libraries
• Prepared by American companies
• Maintained in Saudi Arabia by
Naseej Arabian Advanced Systems
• Modules: Cataloging, OPAC,
circulation, acquisition, ILL and
serials management
• Multilingual
• International standards (Z39.50,
MARC)
• RFID integration
• SMS and e-mail notifications
• Special feature of My Account
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Radio-frequency identification – RFID
 3M company
 Tags in books
 Used for circulation
 Security gates
 User counts
 Shelf management
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Digital library assistant – DLA
3M company
Shelf management
Stock verification
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Self check-out machine
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Intelligent return and sorter system
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Internet labs
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Imaging service
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Smart board
 Interactive
whiteboard
 DViT (Digital Vision
Touch) technology
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Kiosk for interactive map
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Video wall for information
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Large screen for announcement
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Small
elevator
for books
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Technology for
book preservation
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Shift from individual
learning to collaborative
learning
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 Cabins for
individual study
 Group study
rooms
 Seminar rooms
 Video conference
rooms
 Exhibition area
 Cafeteria
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Shift from traditional to
online service model
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Library website
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E-resources portal
 One-stop-shop for subscribed e-resources
 Subject-wise and alphabetic list of databases and journals
 Hierarchical list of e-books and e-journals
 Links to Summon and Library OPAC
 Link to ‘Ask a Librarian’
 Off-campus access
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Saudi Digital Library
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Web scale discovery tool – Summon
 Developed by ProQuest, an American company
 Unified search of library catalog, e-databases, e-
journals and e-books
 Simple and advanced search
 Multi-lingual search and interface
 Citations can be exported
 Name of suggested librarian
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Encore Discovery Solution
 Used by KAUST
 Developed by Innovative Interfaces, an American company
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Virtual catalog of Saudi libraries
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Access to e-resources through mobile
 Links to mobile websites of databases and e-journals
 Links to mobile applications for Android and iTunes
 Installation and user guides for mobile applications
 Use of BookMyne software
 Use of QR codes
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Institutional repository
 Archiving of research output of university, i.e., books,
research papers, theses, etc.
 DSpace and ePrints open source software
 Subject wise collections
 Simple and advanced search and browse
 Faculty members can upload their research papers
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‘Ask a librarian’ service
 Online chat service for users
 English and Arabic medium
 Backed by qualified
librarians
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Library
presence
on social
media
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Online subject guides
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Selective dissemination of information – SDI
 Surveys on information needs and interest
areas of teachers and students
 SDI service through email
 User profiles in databases
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Going beyond library walls
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Liaison librarians program
Functions
 Communicate with college community
 Establish contacts with college faculty and administration
 Attend college functions (meetings, workshops, conferences, social gatherings, etc.)
 Provide help to college in new program design, curriculum revision, accreditation, etc.
 Convey community’s opinions/suggestions to library administration
 Promote library resources and services
 Send alerts to the college community regarding library services
 Create flyers with library information
 Provide current awareness service (New arrivals, etc.)
 Arrange library tours for college community
 Provide help in library feedback surveys
 Develop and manage library collection
 Assess library collection on specific subject
 Involve college faculty in selection of material
 Provide help in purchase of materials
 Provide help in technical processing of specialized material
 Manage library collection (use, weeding, etc.)
 Play role in developing institutional repository
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Liaison librarians program…
Functions
 Provide reference assistance
 Keep abreast of resources in specialized subject
 Provide subject focused service at reference desk
 Provide research consultations by appointment
 Answer online reference queries
 Assess information needs of community
 Provide information literacy instruction
 Design information literacy instruction program
 Conduct IL sessions in library and college
 Compile user guides in subject area
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Library liaison with industry
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Librarian’s role as teacher
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Information literacy instruction
 Credit courses
 Workshops for students
 Seminars and workshops for
faculty
 Presentations by database
vendors
 Campaigns to promote
library resources
 Exhibitions of library
materials at conferences
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Thanks for your patience
QUESTIONS
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Innovations in Saudi university libraries -- An insider's view

  • 2. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia  Founded: 1932 by Abdulaziz bin Abd al-Rahman Al Saud  Area: 2 million km2  Population: 21 million Saudi citizens and 5 million foreigners  Economy: World’s largest oil exporter; 19th highest GDP in the world  System of government: Absolute monarchy; no political parties or elections  Constitution: Quran and Sunnah 2
  • 3. Higher education and libraries  25 public universities, 7 private universities  Education is free at all levels  Large number of scholarships for students  Segregated for men and women  American system of education (BS 4-year, MS, PhD)  Semester system (Fall and Spring with summer vacations)  Large number of foreign faculty  Centralized library system (central and branch libraries)  Deanship of library affairs  Saudi dean, vice dean and director 3
  • 4. This presentation is based on my experience in and visit to libraries in nine Saudi universities 4
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  • 14. Revolutionary changes in university libraries  Enormous use of emerging technologies  Shift from individual learning to collaborative learning  Shift from traditional to online service model  Going beyond library walls  Librarian’s role as teacher 14
  • 15. Enormous use of emerging technologies 15
  • 16. Integrated library system – Symphony/Millennium/Horizon • Used in the most of university libraries • Prepared by American companies • Maintained in Saudi Arabia by Naseej Arabian Advanced Systems • Modules: Cataloging, OPAC, circulation, acquisition, ILL and serials management • Multilingual • International standards (Z39.50, MARC) • RFID integration • SMS and e-mail notifications • Special feature of My Account 16
  • 17. Radio-frequency identification – RFID  3M company  Tags in books  Used for circulation  Security gates  User counts  Shelf management 17
  • 18. Digital library assistant – DLA 3M company Shelf management Stock verification 18
  • 20. Intelligent return and sorter system 20
  • 23. Smart board  Interactive whiteboard  DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology 23
  • 25. Video wall for information 25
  • 26. Large screen for announcement 26
  • 29. Shift from individual learning to collaborative learning 29
  • 30.  Cabins for individual study  Group study rooms  Seminar rooms  Video conference rooms  Exhibition area  Cafeteria 30
  • 31. Shift from traditional to online service model 31
  • 33. E-resources portal  One-stop-shop for subscribed e-resources  Subject-wise and alphabetic list of databases and journals  Hierarchical list of e-books and e-journals  Links to Summon and Library OPAC  Link to ‘Ask a Librarian’  Off-campus access 33
  • 35. Web scale discovery tool – Summon  Developed by ProQuest, an American company  Unified search of library catalog, e-databases, e- journals and e-books  Simple and advanced search  Multi-lingual search and interface  Citations can be exported  Name of suggested librarian 35
  • 36. Encore Discovery Solution  Used by KAUST  Developed by Innovative Interfaces, an American company 36
  • 37. Virtual catalog of Saudi libraries 37
  • 38. Access to e-resources through mobile  Links to mobile websites of databases and e-journals  Links to mobile applications for Android and iTunes  Installation and user guides for mobile applications  Use of BookMyne software  Use of QR codes 38
  • 39. Institutional repository  Archiving of research output of university, i.e., books, research papers, theses, etc.  DSpace and ePrints open source software  Subject wise collections  Simple and advanced search and browse  Faculty members can upload their research papers 39
  • 40. ‘Ask a librarian’ service  Online chat service for users  English and Arabic medium  Backed by qualified librarians 40
  • 43. Selective dissemination of information – SDI  Surveys on information needs and interest areas of teachers and students  SDI service through email  User profiles in databases 43
  • 45. Liaison librarians program Functions  Communicate with college community  Establish contacts with college faculty and administration  Attend college functions (meetings, workshops, conferences, social gatherings, etc.)  Provide help to college in new program design, curriculum revision, accreditation, etc.  Convey community’s opinions/suggestions to library administration  Promote library resources and services  Send alerts to the college community regarding library services  Create flyers with library information  Provide current awareness service (New arrivals, etc.)  Arrange library tours for college community  Provide help in library feedback surveys  Develop and manage library collection  Assess library collection on specific subject  Involve college faculty in selection of material  Provide help in purchase of materials  Provide help in technical processing of specialized material  Manage library collection (use, weeding, etc.)  Play role in developing institutional repository 45
  • 46. Liaison librarians program… Functions  Provide reference assistance  Keep abreast of resources in specialized subject  Provide subject focused service at reference desk  Provide research consultations by appointment  Answer online reference queries  Assess information needs of community  Provide information literacy instruction  Design information literacy instruction program  Conduct IL sessions in library and college  Compile user guides in subject area 46
  • 47. Library liaison with industry 47
  • 48. Librarian’s role as teacher 48
  • 49. Information literacy instruction  Credit courses  Workshops for students  Seminars and workshops for faculty  Presentations by database vendors  Campaigns to promote library resources  Exhibitions of library materials at conferences 49
  • 50. Thanks for your patience QUESTIONS 50