A number of Saudi government universities have recently signed agreements to join the Saudi Digital Library (SDL) in a bid to ensure its diverse digital databases are available directly to all their employees, students, and faculty members.
The universities’ rectors and their deputies represented these higher education institutions in the signing of the said agreements, in an endeavor to benefit from the SDL’s e-resources and databases for 2017, whereas the SDL’s General Supervisor& Consultant to the Minister of Education, Dr. Abdul Hamid Al-Sulaiman, inked the documents on behalf of the library.
The agreements qualify local public universities to enter the Saudi Digital Library consortium, the largest academic conglomerate of information resources in the Arab world, which includes more than 200 million scientific materials, namely 550 thousand digital and reference books, 160 thousand journals, periodicals, articles, dissertations, audio-video items, and conference deliberations, and covers all academic disciplines constantly updated by the Library.
The universities’ rectors and their deputies hailed this constructive step, highlighting the SDL’s significant role and efforts in ensuring provision and access to the diverse knowledge resources provided by the leading Arab and international publishing houses. They stressed their keenness, as heads of these higher education institutions, to make the best use of the rich world electronic content .
For his part, the library’s General Supervisor expressed his happiness with this achievement, which came in line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030, as a step to empower state-run universities to access online resources swiftly in a bid to achieve knowledge society, promote scientific research and keep up with the latest developments in global publishing.
Some agreements were signed on the sidelines of the 7th International Exhibition & Conference on Higher Education, recently held in Riyadh, deemed as one of the prominent cultural and scientific events in the Arab region, while the other documents were inked at the universities’ headquarters in their respective regions.
Later, the rest of the government universities will sign similar agreements with the SDL.