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Masdar Institute Library Hosts Roundtable for Serials Solutions’ Gulf Chapter User Group

More than 30 Institutions Participate in Sessions on Latest Products and Solutions for Accessing e-Resources

Abu Dhabi-UAE: 20 December, 2012 – 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 inaugural Serials Solutions Gulf chapter user group roundtable at the campus.

Held on 11 December, the roundtable was part of Masdar Institute Library’s efforts to contribute to knowledge sharing and obtaining latest solutions in library resources for users in the region.

Serials Solutions is the global leaders in essential discovery and e-resource management solutions led the discussions on effective use of resources. A product update and suggestions on upgrading to the library resources safely to the 21st century solutions were also part of the agenda.

The meeting brought together users of Serials Solutions products as well as for institutions interested in purchasing them to meet and exchange experiences while gaining information on latest technologies. Masdar Institute Library is hosting the event at the campus as part of its contributions to knowledge sharing and obtaining latest solutions in library resources for users in the region.

Dr. Abdullah Al Hefeiti, Library Director, Masdar Institute, said: “Offering the right database and providing adequate information on ways to access e-resources remain the crucial services offered by digital day libraries. With the support of the UAE’s leadership, we have continuously expanded our knowledge resources to benefit faculty and students. By hosting the Serials Solutions user group roundtable, we help exchange information on collectively tackling some of the challenges libraries face today. The meeting provided us an opportunity to learn from Serials Solutions some of the region-specific solutions we can access for the benefit of the student community.”

Abdullah Al-Sayyed Regional Sales Manager, MEA Region, Serials Solutions, said: “We are grateful to Masdar Institute for hosting the event at the campus. With our products and solutions, we aim to provide easier access to librarians who can guide the students in their higher education. Our products are designed to improve access to and use of collections, ease librarian workloads and ultimately reduce operating costs. We believe the users group benefited from the roundtable at Masdar Institute.”

Serials Solutions® provides industry-leading technology solutions for libraries worldwide. The company’s Serials Solutions’ suite of discovery and management solutions include the world-class Summon™ web-scale discovery service that provides instant access to the full breadth of the library’s collection through a single search.

Other products from Serials Solutions® include AquaBrowser® discovery layer that makes navigation more accessible; 360 that is the only integrated e-resource access and management solution; KnowledgeWorks that is the authoritative e-resource knowledgebase and foundation for Serials Solutions 360; and Ulrich’s™, the world’s most authoritative source of bibliographic and publisher information for serials and the most comprehensive source of print and electronic serials data available.

The Masdar Institute Library is equipped with advanced information technologies that offer excellent Internet connectivity and efficient online access to rich e-resources and digital contents. The services and collections at the library are entirely dedicated to support the Masdar Institute community of faculty, researchers, students, and administrators. The library also offers out-campus researchers and postgraduates access to its collections and facilities.

Established as an on-going 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 through education and research.
 

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