Gulf SLA 2015 event summary


So much to say, so much to hear, so much buzz at the 21st Annual Conference of SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter.

This year’s theme was “The Internet and Positive Change for Librarians and Information Professionals: Creating Real Future Impact.”

The 21st SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter, held this year March 17 – 19 in Abu Dhabi, was well attended with participants not limited to MENA but also from other parts of the world.

ACCUCOMS was represented by Simon Boisseau, Commercial Director, Eyad Mohammed, Commercial Manager for MENA and Turkey and Khalaf Al-Assaf, Regional Manager MENA.

The event included a wide range of topics related to internet and web-based information needs for libraries. The main purpose of the conference was to focus on more practical knowledge and ideas-sharing rather than merely presenting papers. 

The message coming from Gulf SLA was the highlight of a gap between new technologies, online applications and mass storage technology of cloud computing and the ways in which libraries keep up with them.

Simon Boisseau, expressed his enthusiasm about ACCUCOMS’ presence at this year’s Gulf SLA: “ACCUCOMS had a prominent stand position and the exhibition traffic was busier this year. It’s always a well-attended event featuring most of the top institutions in the region. Publisher representatives from Kluwer Law International, AAAS, Royal Society and Annual Reviews were present at the stand with us.”

“Our staff gained several new opportunities from institutes in North Africa as well as updates on larger deals in Qatar and Saudi Arabia” added Simon.

Khalaf Al-Assaf, commented: “We had the opportunity to connect with main universities from Oman, Bahrain & Kuwait and set the base for new deals in Lebanon.”

This is the second year ACCUCOMS has attended Gulf SLA since establishing its commercial presence in MENA in 2012. The next Gulf SLA will be in Kuwait and we hope to see everyone there again in 2016.