“Why academics and researchers still prefer Google Scholar?”

I was asked this question by someone. Here's my personal take on this: We cannot deny the pervasiveness of Google / Google Scholar usage among academics and researchers. One of the enticements of Google Scholar is the simplicity of the search box.  However, if we take a look at Discovery Products such as Summon, EDS, …

Dwarves in Wroclaw

During my recent trip to Wroclaw, I noted that there were numerous dwarves located all around town in Wroclaw.  In fact, they even provide you with a map to find these dwarves.  To date, I have no idea why those dwarves are placed at some strategic places.  Perhaps, there are some meanings/reasons to it.   …

IFLA World Library and Information Congress, Wroclaw Poland 2017 & ACM Library Advisory Board meeting

I had the opportunity to attend IFLA conference from 19 - 25 August 2017 in Wroclaw Poland.  (Thanks to my Boss, Dr Vijay, KAUST Lib Director for approving my trip).  The event was held @ Centennial Hall, Wroclaw. Before attending this conference, I also had the privelege to sit in the Association for Computing Machinery …

Hygge in the Library

I was introduced to a new word "hygge" via Blinklist today.  I wanted to discover more about hygge and started googling it as well as reading online articles about this new term.  What I got from Oxford online dictionary, the word 'hygge' means "A quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being …

Ramadan – Kaust 2017

Alhamdulillah, today mark the first day (27 May 2017) of the blessed month of Ramadan.  This is the month where Muslims all over the world observe 'fasting' or 'sawm.'  Muslims abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till dusk.  Muslims also abstain from sexual activities.  "Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women …