Masdar Institute of Science and Technology
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, today announced it hosted the 11th meeting of the UAE Academic and Research Library Directors at its campus.
A total of 18 directors of libraries representing the academicand research institutions gatheredfor the first time at the Masdar Institutecampus, renowned for its sustainable and smart buildings.
Masdar Instituteofficials including Dr. Joe Cecchi, Provost, and Dr. Abdullah Al Hefeiti, Library Director,welcomed the guests at the Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) station.Alighting from the PRT pod cars, theytook the spiral staircase to the Courtyard where they viewed the 45-meter high Windtower.Later, they visited the Earth Observation and Environmental Remote Sensing lab and the Interactive Artificial Intelligence lab.
The meeting at the functionally-designed Knowledge Centerwas led by Dr. Abdullah Al Hefeiti, Chairman oftheUAE Academic and Research Library consortium and Library Director atMasdar Institute.The participantsfocused ondeveloping a strategy for the consortium of academic research libraries in the UAE,sharing of experience,training development for librarians and creating a website for the committeeof librarians.
The guestsincluded Ali Abdullah from UAEUniversity, Vanessa Middleton, Head Librarian at the Petroleum Institute,Dr. Dorothy Furber Byers, Head of Librariesat Khalifa University of Science, Technology & Research (KUSTAR), Dr. Hassan A. Momani, UAE Federation Library Director from the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), and RashedAbdulrahman from Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage. The two attendees from Zayed Universityincluded Alecia Perkins, Learning Enhancement Centre (LEC) Coordinator and Interim Dubai Campus Librarian, andMary Sengati-Zimba, Abu Dhabi Campus Librarian.
The directors also discussed several measures for identifying the strengths, challenges and opportunities for further developing academic libraries in the UAE to make them on par withother world-classlibraries in universities.The participantsadditionally focused on the vision and missionof a library, delivery of information services, availability of electronic resources, number of professionals and support staff, as well as thetime they may remain open during special events.
Dr. Joe Cecchisaid: “We are privileged to host the 11th meeting of the UAE Academic and Research Library Directors. These custodians of knowledge,with their expertise and resources, play a dynamic role innurturingthe student community. Libraries are knowledge treasure troves that are waiting to be discovered by students and we are confident the decisions taken at this meetingwill productively impact the academic community in general.”
Dr. Al Hefeiti said: “The library directors meeting serves as a forum to discuss cooperation building measures among the institutions to share resources, advance research in the country and to promote networking amongst the participants. This meeting assumes special significance because it is held in our sustainable campus that is powered entirely by renewable energy.Masdar Institute is keen to expandits contribution to the academic and research communities in general.”
Mandated to promote inter-library cooperation in resource-sharing and exchange of experience and experts,theUAE Academic and Research Library Directors committee aims to meet the challenges of new technologies, and cost of acquisitions to warrant excellence in providing high-quality services for the end-users.
Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute integrates theory and practice to incubate a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, working to develop the critical thinkers and leaders of tomorrow. With its world-class faculty and top-tier students, the Institute is committed to finding solutions to the challenges of clean energy and climate change.