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 Internet of Things (IoT) for Libraries

Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic in today’s world. The rapid mobility and growth of IoT has led to an astonishing number of endpoints that organizations must manage and secure. The global research and advisory firm Gartner predicts that more than 20 billion connected things will be in use by 2020. That is up from 11 billion in 2017. 

Furthermore, G​artner predicts that, through 2020, the biggest inhibitor to further growth will be a lack of prioritization and implementation of security best practices and tools in IoT initiative planning


​Workshop Overview

​The workshop will cover the following:

  • ​What is the Internet of Things
  • Examples of uses in libraries
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Smart speakers and voice computing
  • Automation with IFTTT (If This Then That)​

​Workshop Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • A general understanding of the different technologies that make up the Internet of Things.
  • Ideas for how these technologies can be used in libraries.
  • An overview of the current state of voice computing and its role in the Internet of Things.

Workshop Language

  • ​​English​.​

​​Workshop Moderator

Professor Dr. Clara M. Chu

Clara M. Chu is an expert with long experience in:

  • ​identifying appropriate solutions in the delivery of equitable and relevant library services in culturally diverse and dynamic libraries
  • using emerging technologies to connect and empower communities locally and worldwide
  • assessing the information needs of culturally diverse communities in a globalized and technological society.
  • Dr. Chu publishes, presents and consults worldwide in English and Spanish on library and information science (LIS) education, diversity in LIS, strategic planning, research methods, marketing and promotion of libraries, library trends, and learning and making in libraries, among other topics.

    Dr. Chu is active in library and information associations, having served as President of the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), on the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Co-Chair of the IFLA Building Strong LIS Education Working Group, and as the American Library Association (ALA) representative on the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

    She is currently serving on the boards of LibriLibrary Trends and the International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion.

    ​​She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the ALA 2018 Beta Phi Mu Award for distinguished service to education for librarianship, and the ALA 2008 Library Diversity Research Honor and its 2002 Equality Award.​

Workshop Format

​The workshop will adopt and utilize the following forms and mechanisms:
  • ​Brainstorming
  • Presentations
  • Working groups
  • Training exercises
  • Case studies


​Targeted Audience

​The workshop is suitable for:
  • Senior-level managers, and heads of libraries (including deans, vice deans, directors, chief librarians, and deputies)
  • Researchers, and faculty members in the Library and Information Science LIS field

​Date and Time

  • ​March 3–4, 2019 (Sunday and Monday)
  • 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


  • Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE.​

Workshop Cost

  • Student: USD200.
  • SLA–AGC members: USD300.
  • Non-SLA–AGC members: USD350.
  • Note:

       - Includes workshop registration fees.

​        - Does not include SLA–AGC conference registration fees.

       - Registrants will be responsible for their own accommodation, visa and flight tickets.

Payment Method

  •  Via bank transfer to the following account:
Riyad Bank – Malaz, Riyadh, S.A. – KSA
Account No.: 2860431149901
Riyadh Bank, Saudi Arabia
IBAN: SA63 2000 0002 8604 3114 9901
Swift Code: RIBLSARI
Beneficiary Name: Arabian Advanced Systems
Email the transfer receipt to:


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