ALA Annual Conference

The American Library Association (ALA) hosted its 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition, June 22-27, in the association’s home city of Chicago. The conference was attended by more than 22,700 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including more than 6,500 exhibitors) from across the world.

ALA’s Book Club Central was officially launched with the unveiling of its website and Honorary Chair Sarah Jessica Parker’s inaugural book selection, “No One Is Coming to Save Us,” by Stephanie Powell Watts. A story describing the American dream and the African-American experience in a struggling community in the contemporary American South. Parker revealed that she’s “jealous of anyone who gets to read it for the first time.”

ALA president Julie Todaro opened the inauguration of Sarah Jessica Parker to be the American Library Association chair of Book Club Central.

Parker is an advocate for libraries and literacy issues, has served on a Presidential Task Force to integrate literature and drama into schools, has experience starting a book club, is the Editorial Director of a new line of books: SJP for Hogarth, and is — most importantly — a lifelong reader who shares her love of reading with others

Poster Day at the Kuwait University

It was a pleasure to participate in the Poster Day that was organized by the Scientific Research Sector at Kuwait University. My student Hessah Osamah Alasousi, graduate student of Master of Information Studies, presented her research titled “MOTIVATING ACADEMIC LIBRARIANS: IMPLICATIONS OF MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS THEORY” which was conducted under my supervision. The purpose of the study was to examine the motivators of academic librarians that help them achieve their tasks efficiently. Also, it investigated the implications of Maslow’s theory of needs in managing an academic environment. The research followed a qualitative method using a survey. I was very proud of Hessah and her ambition and enthusiasm to conduct this research.

The Poster Day is one of the RS endeavors to engage faculties in projects that serve the community, and diverse issues that require expertise and knowledge. RS is committed to organize the poster day event annually as an ideal forum for spreading the culture of innovation and creativity in scientific research, as well as encouraging interdisciplinary research and collaboration across KU faculties, and beyond.



With Prof. Sajjad Ur Rehman, Director of the Master of Information Studies at Kuwait University; Prof. Abdus Sattar Chaudhry, Hessah Alasousi, and Dr. Bibi Alajmi



New Publication: Knowledge Organization Content in Graduate Coursework

Knowledge organization (KO) content is central to educational programs of library and information science (LIS) and information and knowledge management (KM) programs. The components of information and KO have similar philosophies, theories, approaches, strategies and tools. LIS education programs have strong traditions of teaching KO. Fresh emphasis is noted on metadata, data mining, info-maps, knowledge maps, taxonomy, ontologies and other strategies for organizing an organization’s explicit and tacit knowledge. This paper aims to analyze how LIS schools have responded to the needs of developing competencies related to information and KO among its graduates.

New Publication:When the Nation is in crisis: libraries respond

The purpose of this research is to shed light on the role of libraries as community institutions by reflecting on the experience of the Ferguson Municipal Public Library (FMPL), Missouri, USA, during the time of social unrest in the summer of 2014. The research explores the traditional and non-traditional roles of libraries during times of social unrest while focusing on relevant areas of crisis management preparedness and competencies necessary during crisis.

The study adopts a qualitative approach in investigating the research problem and uses the case study method to collect relevant data. This paper reports on the experience of the FMPL staff during this time. Their experience of what happened, how they dealt with it, and what their expectations were after the crisis are all documented. Several scholars have studied how public libraries respond to disasters, yet little is known about whether public libraries proactively engage in community-wide disaster planning, and if so, what is the nature of those partnerships.

Bibi Alajmi, (2016) “When the Nation is in crisis: libraries respond”, Library Management, Vol. 37 Iss: 8/9, pp.465 – 481

More Publication on my Google Scholar Account

11th International Conference on Knowledge Management, Osaka Japan, Oct 2015

Since the first ICKM was held in Singapore in 2004, subsequent conferences have been held in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A. (2005); Greenwich, London, U.K. (2006); Vienna, Austria (2007); Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. (2008); Hong Kong (2009); Pittsburgh, U.S.A (2010); Johannesburg, South Africa (2012); Montreal, Canada (2013); and Antalya, Turkey (2014). ICKM is considered to be a flagship conference in the research area of knowledge management. International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) provides researchers and practitioners from all over the world a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical and practical aspects of Knowledge Management.

My paper titled ” Use and Reluctance: A Study of Faculty Reactions To The Use Of eLearning Systems At Kuwait University” aimed to identify factors that influence the adoption of eLearning technologies at Kuwait University. The study  examined the research problem from four major dimensions: educational, technical, course-related, and administrative. A qualitative exploratory approach had been undertaken to address the research question. In total, 76 semi-structured interviews were conducted in both science and art colleges ate Kuwait University. The research identified four main dimensions to reflect the current reluctance reason faculty members at Kuwait University are facing.

The conference covered so many topics including knowledge economy, knowledge management tools and techniques, competitive intelligence, collaboration, knowledge creation and sharing, knowledge management strategies and implementation, and knowledge management education. 

ICKM 2016 will be in Vienna



 Group Photo of Conference Attendees and Award Winners

I-Site Namba, Osaka


With Dr. Shuhei TOYODA
Toyota Boshoku Corporation, Japan



 And here is a selfie with my Ph.D. Committee advisor, Dr. Claire McInerney
 School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, USA



LIS Students Reunion_Kuwait University

بعد سنوات من تخصص دراسات المعلومات في جامعة الكويتـ أقام النادي المعلومات، النادي المهني الطلابي في القسم، حفل يجمع خريجي التخصص واساتذة القسم لتبادل الاخبار والتجارب وتعزيز مبدأ التواصل بين خريجي القسم وجامعة الكويت. وقد أشرف على الحفل د. بيبي العجمي المشرف العام للنادي المعلوماتي في كلية العلوم الاجتماعية جامعة الكويت.

After 10 years of its establishment, Library and Information Science Department organized for the first time in Kuwait University a Reunion gathering that invited all graduates, DLIS professors, and partners from the public and private sector. The Reunion was under the supervision of Dr. Bibi Alajmi, the Supervisor of the Info Club the students Club at the DLIS department in Kuwait University.





تطبيقات إدارة المعرفة في المؤسسات: خــارطــة طـــريــــق مـن المــفـاهــيــم الــي الــتــطـبـيـق


تهدف ورشة تطبيقات إدارة المعرفة في المؤسسات:  خــارطــة طـــريــــق مـن المــفـاهــيــم الــي الــتــطـبـيـق  الي استكشاف وتطوير المهارات والمعرفة في مجال العمل المؤسسي من خلال التعريف بأهم الوسائل، والعمليات، والأدوات المبتكرة في مجال إدارة المعرفة والتي تساهم في تطوير البيئة المؤسسية. وركزت الورشة المبتكرة علي البيئة المؤسسية والطريقة المثلي لتحقيق الأهداف الاستراتيجية والتشغيلية داخل المؤسسة. وقد تنوعت الاساليب المستخدمة في إدارة الورشة لتركز علي توصيل المحتوي بشكل تفاعلي وذلك باستخدام الاساليب العملية التي يمكن نقلها والاستفادة منها في اي مكان. وتعتبر هذه الورشة ديناميكية للغاية وتركز علي الخطوات الرئيسية لدراسة إدارة المعرفة وافضل السبل لتطبيق إدوات وعمليات إدارة المعرفة في المؤسسة. مع عرض لأحدث التجارب في تطبيق إدارة المعرفة في المؤسسات في المجالات المختلفة.


تسعى الورشة الي تحقيق الأهداف الأتية
التعرف علي وفهم قيمة المعرفة، والخبرات، والتعلم.
تحديد التحديات التي تواجه المؤسسة والدوافع الأساسية للحاجة الي تطبيق إدارة المعرفة في المؤسسة.
اكتشاف ديناميكية إدارة الحلول في المؤسسة.
تحديد الأدوار والمسؤوليات في المؤسسة، ومن هم الأشخاص الذين يعملون وفق تلك الأدوار.
فهم كيف تعمل الاساليب المعرفية (Knowledge-centered approach) في تطوير أداء المؤسسة، المشاركة الجماعية، وثقافة المؤسسة بشكل عام.
تحديد ما تحتاجة لبداية صحيحة وناجحة




Introduction to Knowlegde Management: From Theories to Applications

In the last ten years, Knowledge has been viewed as the most significant asset of an organization. Knowledge Management (KM) aims at increasing of knowledge creation and utilization within the organization to enhance its performance, productivity and creativity level which is crucial for changing business requirements.

The five-day  intensive course aim to

1) Understand the complexity, the value and benefits of knowledge, knowing, and expertise in context.

2) Understand the challenges that you are responding to; what drives the need for KM in your organization

3) Explore the dynamics of the solution-management processes.

4) Identify key roles and responsibilities in your organization, and who should fill each.

5) Appreciate how this knowledge-centered approach can boost your team’s performance, contribution and morale.

6) Know exactly what you need to do, in detail, for a successful rollout.

Participants were coming from different organizations such as Royal Court Affairs, Civil Service Commission, Culture Authority, Ministry of Education, and others. The course was highly dynamic and presented the work and practice of public, private and third sector organizations from a variety of industries and countries.


Knowledge Management Course

In the last ten years, Knowledge has been viewed as the most significant asset of an organization. Knowledge Management (KM) aims at increasing of knowledge creation and utilization within the organization to enhance its performance, productivity and creativity level which is crucial for changing business requirements.

We believe it’s time to build a new culture that promotes knowledge sharing and constant learning while preserving and recording appropriate information. This is essential for corporate knowledge to be effectively retained and enhanced. The goal and mission of this course is to realize the importance and need of Knowledge Management in your Organization and provide a systematic approach to assess  the readability of the workforce to be an enabling culture for learning and knowledge transfer through identifying critical knowledge and set strategies to transfer it.

The learning methods are highly interactive, using practical approaches that can be transferred into the workplace. The course is highly dynamic and presents the work and practice of public, private and third sector organizations from a variety of industries and countries. This course is a must-attend for those concerned with improving their organizations’ bottom line, business processes, and productivity, as well as streamlining operations, and accelerating development and innovation in their evolving enterprises.  

Who can attend and benefit from this course

The Knowledge Management course is specifically for managers and seniors preparing for, or charged with, the leadership of Knowledge Management, Human Resource Development or Innovation Management in their organization. Other professions can definitely benefit from this course, this could include executives in charge of:

  • Corporate Communications
  • Project Management
  • Best Practices
  • B2E / Employee Communications
  • Internal Communications
  • Employee / B2E Portal
  • Corporate Affairs
  • Social Media / Electronic Media / New Media / Interactive Media
  • eBusiness
  • IT
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Digital Communications

برنامج تنمية القيادة الأكاديمية

برنامج تنمية القيادة الأكاديمية
تحسين قيادة التعليم والتعلم في المؤسسات الأكاديمية
في ظل التوجة نحو مجتمع المعرفة والاقتصاد المعرفي


يهدف البرنامج الي تعزيز وتطوير المهارات القيادية لدي الإدارة الجامعية  من خلال التعرف علي أهم أنماط القيادة المتبعة في المؤسسات الأكاديمية وتعزيز دور نقل الخبرات والمعرفة في تمكين القادة من الأدوات اللازمة لتحفيز المؤسسة وتطوير أداءها. وتأتي أهمية برنامج تنمية القيادة الأكاديمية لتعزيز قدرات الإدارة الجامعية في مواكبة التطور في انظمة التعليم والتعلم والقدرة علي مواجهة التحديات التي يفرضها التحول السريع نحو بناء مجتمع المعرفة وتطوير الاقتصاد المبني علي المعرفة. . .


يسعى البرنامج الي تحقيق الأهداف الأتية

التعرف علي أهم الاتجاهات العالمية في موضوع قيادة وإدارة المؤسسات والتخطيط الاستراتيجي.
تطوير وتحديد أساسيات القيادة الأكاديمية.
التعرف علي أنماط ونماذج القيادات في المؤسسات الأكاديمية.
التعريف بأهم المهارات الادارية والتنظيمية اللازمة لمواجهة التحديات داخل البيئة الأكاديمية.
تعزيز القدرة علي التفكير بالمستقبل بطريقة تحليلية.
التعرف علي أساسيات إدارة المعرفة ودورها في تطوير ورفع الأداء المؤسسي.
التعرف علي اساسيات الاقتصاد المعرفي ودور المؤسسات التعليمية في الوصول الية من خلال القيادة الفاعلة.