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King Saud University Vice Rector of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Dr. Ahmed S. Al-Aameri launched several important developmental projects in the Deanship of Library Affairs during his recent visit to the  Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Central Library.

After the day's formal activities, the vice rector received a tour of the  library’s departments and divisions.

Among the projects was the Electronic Library Management System known as “Acknowledge,” which allows library users to access, consult and research the library’s data sources.

Dr. Al-Aameri, accompanied by dean of Library Affairs Dr. Saud L. Al-Rowaily, received an overview of the Deanship of Library Affairs and the services it renders to KSU patrons and others.

The vice rector also visited the Deanship’s Memorial Museum’s collection of rare pictures, documents, manuscripts and rare coins, most of which are found only in the Prince Salman Library. The vice rector received an update on the library’s efforts to digitize university newsletters, periodicals, rare books and manuscripts, making them accessible through the library digital system.

To date,  7,630 university theses, 2,000 rare books and 6,000 manuscripts have been digitized.

Dr. Al-Aameri received a presentation regarding future deanship projects, including its automated RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology and the external loan equipment which provides patrons with brief information on more than 300,000 titles by way of electronic indexing.

Dr. Al-Aameri was updated on the inter-university library exchange loan project and those projects consolidating information awareness for students and  remodeling the deanship’s building for people with special needs.

In one of the tour highlights, the vice rector opened the new scientific theses hall and the renovated dedication and exchange department and was then presented  a detailed audiovisual presentation on services and users.

The visit and the opening were attended by Dr. Mohammad Al-Shamrani, the deanship’s vice dean of Development and Quality, and Dr. Hussein Al-Qahtani, vice dean for Technical and Technological Affairs.

The Deanship of Library Affairs was established in 1974 and developed into an academic body with full membership into the University Council, after being merely the Department of Libraries.

The Deanship of Library Affairs supervises all university libraries in Riyadh and covers all activities relating to publications, data, holdings, circulations and the representation of the university both locally and internationally.

KSU’s first university library was established in 1957, coinciding with the establishment of the College of Arts, followed by the College of Sciences library in 1958, the College of Administrative Sciences library in 1959 and the College of Pharmacy library in 1961. The university’s Central Library was formed in 1964 in Malaz by merging the libraries of the College of Pharmacy and College of Sciences.

In the ensuin eight years, five other libraries were opened in the College of Agriculture (1966), the College of Education (1967), the College of Engineering (1968), the College of Medicine (1969) and the Arabic Language Institute (1974).

The libraries of the Olaysha Center for Girls (1974) and Medicine for Girls (1976) were established exclusively for females. In 1980, these libraries were enhanced by the opening of the main library in Female Center for Scientific  and Medical Colleges in Malaz.

The College of Dentistry library opened in 1978, followed by the King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital library in 1980. A year later, the College of Applied Medical Sciences library opened.

At the start of the 1984-85 academic year, seven of these libraries were merged into one central library at the new campus in Riyadh. The library of the Deanship of the Community Services also was established at its location in Nasiriyah in Riyadh.

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