Please share widely. Looking forward to seeing you all in Boston.
Partnerships: Enhancing opportunities is this year’s theme for the annual
Middle East Librarians Association (MELA) meeting. The meeting will be hosted by the Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT, and will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, 15-17 November 2016.
Middle East librarians, and more generally Area Studies librarians, have a long history of cooperation and partnerships. Indeed, it is through partnerships that programs
such as the Middle East Cooperative Acquisitions Program (MECAP), and the Center for Research Libraries’ (CRL) Middle East Materials Project (MEMP) developed. These programs have been instrumental for our communities, the research being conducted, and highlight
some of the larger initiatives that have taken place over the years. Other large scale projects have made collections available digitally encouraging and enabling new avenues of scholarship. The profusion of digital humanities projects being created highlights
the ever-changing ways in which scholars interact with each other, scholarship is produced, and is providing enhanced opportunities for long-distance and international partnerships.
Partnering with institutions to further our goals as a community is essential; we invite papers of no more than 20 minutes exploring historical and contemporary partnerships.
Preference will be given to partnerships with libraries (or museums) in the MENA region.
Presentations dedicated to investigating, analysing, and discussing the opportunities, challenges, and experiences with all types of partnerships are welcome, including
but not limited to:
Rights, rules, and regulations of multi-party ownership
Enhancing metadata for accessibility across platforms
Reciprocal agreements for shared materials
Proposals should be a maximum of 250 words.
Please send your proposals to
vice-president-nKL4qXb96vI@public.gmane.org in a word document.
Proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee.
Proposals must include a title and clearly demonstrate relevancy to this year’s theme,
Partnerships: Enhancing opportunities.
Submission deadline is 31 August 2016.
Session format is a 30 minute presentation (20 minute presentation with 10 minutes for questions).
All submitters will be notified by 21 September 2016.
All presenters will be asked to submit a brief biography (max 100 words), a photograph, and an abbreviated abstract to be published in the program and posted on the MELA website.
All presenters will be asked to make their presentation available on the conference website.
While MELA is not in a position to pay honoraria or provide financial support for travel and lodging, we will waive program registration fees for presenters. Presenters
are expected to be full paid MELA members.
Dr. Sharon C. Smith
Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT
Co-director, archnet.org (http://archnet.org/)
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT is open Monday – Thursday, 10:00 – 4:00 (EST), or by appointment.