American International Consortium of Academic Libraries, AMICAL, is a 25-member organization of which Haigazian University is the youngest.
Haigazian joined AMICAL in March 2011, and as such participated in the 8th annual conference hosted in the Lebanese American University from 27 to 30 April. The first three days were held in LAU Beirut; the fourth, in LAU Byblos. Our university was represented by Senior Systems Analyst, Mr. Vahe Ghorghorian; Librarian’s Assistant for Technical Services, Miss Tamar Berberian; and University Librarian, Miss Sonia Sislian.
The theme of this year’s conference was “e-Content: Collecting, Managing, Promoting, and Teaching.” IT–library collaboration was a major subtheme. The four-day schedule was as follows:
Days 1 and 2 Gene Spencer (Pennsylvania), an independent consultant serving the higher education IT and library communities, presented the importance of strong library–IT relations at higher education institutions. Day 2 offered several joint AMICAL–AAICU events, including a workshop on IT–library cooperation.
Day 3 Sabrina Pape (New York), Vassar College Library Director, led the day’s discussions “on managing collections of electronic content and the organizational implications of the shift from print to e-content.”
Day 4 Rick Anderson (University of Utah), Associate Director for Scholarly Resources and Collections, led off with a presentation on the future of collection development followed by a discussion on e-content and the user.
The agenda also included presentations of theme-related topics, panel discussions and lightning talks. Selected library and IT vendors were invited to present their latest innovations and services. Throughout the conference, the 135 participants had the opportunity to mingle and discuss the advantages and obstacles that modern libraries encounter.