Sultan Qaboos University, represented by the library and documentation group of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, organized the Fifth Information Forum on Monday, 15 April 2019 under the title “digital leadership in the information sector: the skills of the age and the profession of the future”. The event aims at discussing the latest topics in information science, libraries and documents, informing the society about the most important developments in the field of technology and information, in addition to introducing the most prominent developments and uses in the digital environment, as well as defining the role of information specialist in keeping pace with the development. The event also seeks to raise the awareness of the society on the importance of keeping pace with developments in the digital field.
The event, which was inaugurated by Sheikh Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al Hinai, Environment and Community Service Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of the University, focused on the directors and information specialists in the libraries in the Sultanate, the directors and document specialists in the documentation departments, as well as university students and school students.
The exhibition of the included 11 stations, the first station sought to introduce the group and its achievements and publications, and the definition of the forum and its sections, and topics discussed. Other stations were earmarked for topics including digital telematics, digital libraries, digital citizenship, digital twinning, digital leadership, digital context, information literacy, research strategies in digital environment, media, and finally entertainment in digital environment.
The forum featured two workshops held in the media corner. The first workshop entitled “Skills of enriching Arabic digital content on the Internet”, which was aimed at students in general, and sought to instill these skills and encourage students to write and publish blogs. The “Digital Security” seminar targeted students and information specialists together, discussed the role of digital security in the context of the shift towards the digital environment, the use of digital technologies, and discussed the most important security issues in the digital environment.