Dr. Ali Al-Aufi: "How LIS in the Arab states is socially and intellectually organized"

February 17, 2017 12:00 pm
Manning 208

Join us Friday, February 17, from 12:00-1:00 pm in Manning 208 for a SILS CRADLE talk.

Title: How library and information science in the Arab states is socially and intellectually organized

Presenter: SILS Visiting Scholar Ali Al-Aufi, PhD

Abstract: The discipline of ‘library and information science’ has witnessed, for decades now, changes and debatable discussions about its social and intellectual organization. These epistemological changes share similarities as well as differences across the world. This talk will highlight issues that shape the status of library and information science in the context of the Arab states. It will highlight the characteristics of LIS in terms of social and intellectual organization, including aspects related to determination of terminology, institutional affiliation, accessibility to resources and funds, educational programs, employment, and access to jobs, as well as contemporary issues of scholarly communication. The talk opens discussion on whether these differences affect the international reputational autonomy of LIS, and whether more international collaboration can help alleviate the problems that constrain the development of LIS in the Arab states and elsewhere.

Bio: Ali Al-Aufi is a visiting scholar UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) for the year 2016/17. He comes from the Department of Information Studies, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman, where he is currently working in the position of associate professor. He received his MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001, and PhD in Information Management from Curtin University, Western Australia, in 2007. His research interests include information management, scholarly communication, social informatics and philosophy of LIS. During his scholarly visit at SILS, Al-Aufi has been conducting research in collaboration with Dean Gary Marchionini and others that investigates the Omani parliamentarians’ perception and utilization of social networking sites as information sources.