Candidate for Director – Al-Jabri
|Question 1: When did you first join SLA? What made you decide to join then, and why do you still belong today?
Question 2: What changes, if any, do we need to make to keep annual conference as a vibrant, well attended event?
Question 3: How has involvement with SLA over the years helped you grow professionally and personally?
Question 4: SLA is an international organization. How can SLA involve and reach out more to members outside North America?
Saif has more than 20 years of experience in library management. He has worked in different levels of library management and administration. He has an optimistic vision of library development and its future role and he always encourages young people in the Arab region to enter the field and join the world of knowledge professionals.
Saif joined the SLA Arabian Gulf Chapter early in his career and was a participant in SLA activities even when he was studying abroad in the USA and Russia. When he returned after his long journey with his PhD, joining the SLA was one of his first priorities. In 2005 he was chosen as president elect for the AGC and led the organizing committees for the 12th and 17th annual conferences in Muscat, Oman, in 2006 and 2011.
Since then he has been dedicated in serving the AGC and maintaining it to the SLA standards along with a number of his colleagues. He was committed to monitoring the chapter progress even when he was not on the board. In addition, he was involved in SLA events and presented at the annual conference on several occasions.
Currently, Saif is the treasurer of the Arabian Gulf Chapter. He has served on the chapter board as president twice, as well as membership officer and board advisor.
Saif is passionate about his profession and participating in many information related activities in Oman, the Middle East and worldwide in addition to his SLA activities. He is involved with the Oman Library Association (OLA) and has been elected vice president for the OLA. He is also doing an excellent job in the Arab Federation of Libraries and Information, and last year was elected as a board member for three years. Moreover, he is a member of the steering committee of the Information Literacy Network for the Gulf. Saif is an active member in the Islamic Manuscript Association and in IFLA. He has attended more than sixty international conferences and presented in over forty five.
Saif earned his BA in English Language and Literature from the English department at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, and his MLS and MIS from North Carolina Central University, America. He received his PhD in Economics, Information Documentation and Archiving from the State University of Management in Moscow, Russia. Beside Arabic, his mother tongue, he has mastered English and Russian. When he is not involved in his professional activities, Saif is taking care of his family, spending time with his beloved wife, four daughters and five sons. They enjoy camping and traveling.
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