9th Annual Book and Information Fair at GUST

Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) opened its 9th annual Book and Information Fair in the foyer outside the GUST grand auditorium on Wednesday, March 06, 2013. The attendees included GUST team members, students and members of the general public.

Dr. Shuaib Shuaib, President of GUST officially opened the fair and welcomed the participants and thanked the sponsors and Library team for their exceptional work in making the event a continuous success. He particularly congratulated Shobhita Kohli, the Library Director for her continual efforts in organizing the grand event and for the Library services in general. Also present at the opening were Dr. Jasem Al-Abdulsalam, GUST Board Member, Dr. Donald Bates, Dr. Robert Cook, VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Fahad Al-Zumai, VP of Administrative and Financial Affairs, Dr. Sabah Quadoomi, VP of Academic Affairs, Dr. Salah Al-Sharhan, VP of Planning and Development, Dr. Kameleddine Benameur, Assistant Dean of the College of Business Administration, Dr. Ali Ansari, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Issam El-Moughrabi, Director of the MBA Program.

The opening ceremony was followed by a special tribute speech made by Dr. Khalid Kisswani, GUST Assistant Professor, Economics & Finance in honour of Dr. Robert Cook’s achievements at GUST. Dr. Kisswani highlighted Dr. Cook’s contributions to GUST and particularly to the Library, which wouldn’t be where it is today without his support.

A special feature in this year’s fair was the launch of academic writing web-based application: AW Wizard by Dr. Hussain Al-Sharoufi, Assistant Professor of English. Dr. Al-Sharoufi has developed this application to make writing academic essays a smoother, more exciting experience for his students and to help other professors do the same for their students.

The event continues to highlight the importance of keeping up with the latest developments in both online resources and publications, where the attendees can meet participating Publishers and Online Service Providers and review textbooks, online catalogs, etc. The participants were available to answer queries and assist attendees with necessary information.

The Fair included several leading publishing companies including: Cambridge, Cengage Learning HE, Cengage Learning ELT, Pearson Education, Pearson ELT, McGraw-Hill Education, Palgrave and Wiley; as well as online resource providers Arabian Advanced Systems (EBSCO, ProQuest, ebrary, Safari, Literature Online), EduTech, Sage, TechKnowledge, Virtus National. The local participants included the U.S. Embassy, GUST Bookstore, Center for Research and Studies in Kuwait, Kuwait Association for Learning Differences, and Center for Child Evaluation and Teaching.