the future of libraries in the digital age
Interested in serving on the Global Advisory and Outreach Board?
Advisory board members are asked to promote both participation and attendance at the conference, to help us find partner organizations in their regions, to help train and support presenters in their geographical region and local languages, and if possible to help moderate sessions during the actual conference. As a conference focused on being inclusive, our desire is to have international attendees not see this as a North-America-centric event--and to see themselves as full participants and presenters, not just an international audience. Our international advisory board is being convened, and members will be listed below.
Volunteer Global Advisory and Outreach Board Members
|Aderibigbe Adesoji David | Nigeria
Tai Solarin College of Eucation, Omu-Ijebu, P.M.B. 2128 Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State
I am a Librarian, interested in improving the use of information technology for teaching and learning.
|Pawan R. Agrawal | India
I am working as Assistant Librarian at Silvassa College(Govt. College of Arts, Commerce, and Science). I am also registered as a Doctoral student.
|Zaheer Ahmad | Pakistan
Information & Communication Officer
Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency-PILDAT
Zaheer Ahmad is well committed and active young professional currently working in Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency-PILDAT as Information & Communication Officer. He completed his Master in Library & Information Science & Master in Political Science from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He also served University of Management Sciences and Technology (UMT), Lahore and Pakistan Engineering Congress (PEC), Lahore in the capacity of librarian. He remained executive member of Punjab University Library & Information Science Alumni Association (PULISAA) in 2011-12. Recently He elected Vice President of Pakistan Library Association, PLA-Headquarters (http://www.pla.org.pk/headquarter.html) for the year of 2014-16. He remained secretary of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization PLWO-Federal Branch for the year of 2014 and now he is President of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization PLWO-Federal Branch (http://www.plwo.org.pk/fedral-branch.html). He is also serving as deputy editor in “The Librarian: A Quarterly Newsletter” (Newsletter of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization PLWO).
|Jiselle Alleyne | Trinidad and Tobago
Jiselle Maria Alleyne is a multi-faceted professional Librarian, with experience in Reference Services, Information Literacy, Leadership and Team Development.She began her educational career earning a Bachelors in History (Honours) degree from the University of the West Indies. An awardee of a government scholarship, she continued her education at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she graduated with her MLIS in Library Science & Information Studies. Jiselle started her professional career as Librarian 1- Outreach Librarian, and then served as Librarian 11- Youth Services Librarian at the National Library & Information Systems Authority. Her professional journey then took her to the West Indies School of Theology where she served as Head Librarian and to the COSTAAT as an Adjunct Lecturer. Jiselle’s career path changed its trajectory, taking her to Bermuda, where she served in the position of Research & Bibliographic Instruction Librarian for three (3) years. While at Bermuda College, Jiselle held several leadership positions, which led her to earn a second master’s degree, an MA in Leadership Studies from the University of Guelph, Guelph Ontario, Canada. She also studied Human Resource Management, and Organizational Behaviour.
|Barbara Alvarez | United States
Business Liaison Librarian
Barrington Area Library
I serve as the Business Liaison Librarian at the Barrington Area Library in the Adult Services Department. I connect business owners, employees, and job seekers with valuable library resources. I also design and deliver continuing education tools to the business community in the form of specialized classes, curriculum, online resources, and research assistance. I also am the co-founder and co-organizer of The Library OnConference, a free, virtual networking conference held on Google Hangouts (www.liboncon.com). I have experience working on teams virtually and in-person and organizing events.
|Prof.S.Balamurugan | Tamilnadu
Kalaignar Karunanidhi Institute of Technology, Coimbatore
I am Prof.S.Balamurugan working as a Professor in IT Department and Professor I/C for ME CSE, KIT, Coimbatore, In future also I have plans to publish journal papers in your esteemed journal in forthcoming days. Currenly I hold more than 100 International journals and 4 books to my publication credit. I am the recipient of gold medal for publishing highest number of quality journals every year consecutively for 7 years from my host institution.
|Marissa C. Ball | US
Emerging Technologies Librarian
Florida International University Libraries
Marissa C. Ball, Emerging Technologies Librarian at Florida International University serves as the liaison to the Women’s Studies Center offering instruction and collection development services. Her varied responsibilities in emerging technologies, social media, and Women’s Studies are also reflected in her research interests, which include learning technologies, gender and technology, women in film, and techno-feminism. Marissa received a Bachelor of Arts in English (with a concentration in Gender Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies) from the University of Florida and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida.
|Ffion Bell | Wales, UK
Graduate Library Trainee
I am originally from Pembrokeshire in SW Wales, UK. After living in Ireland and Denmark for a few years, I have moved back to work as part of Aberystwyth University Information Services in Ceredigion, Wales. I completed an MLISc in February 2013 from the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen. I'm interested in international library networks, excellent user services, document supply, and trying to read too many books at the same time.
|Lillian Bertrand | Canada
Ottawa Catholic School Board
Cool Canuck Edublogger: Advisory Board Memberships :GEC 2012, Library 20.
|Paul Bond | USA
Library Instruction Coordinator
University of Pittsburgh
|Shelly Buchanan | USA
Teacher Librarian & Instructional Coach
Rosemont Ridge Middle School, West Linn/Wilsonville School District
After teaching 5th grades and ELA 7-12 for years, I turned to life in the school library media center, where I work with students and teachers on issues of information literacy. I have become deeply interested in innovative teaching & learning practices, such as flipped classrooms, PBL, global awareness & outreach, etc. As a current PhD student, I am now studying student driven inquiry, a practice which puts students at the center of the work and teachers in a consultant positions. At the same time, I will begin teaching a fully online master's level course course in the San Jose State University School of Library & Information Science.
|Helena Burg | Brazil
Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
I'm a Library Science student who is a few months away from my BA degree. I'm interested in technology and science and how its developments have influenced and continue to influence the roles of librarians everywhere.
|Nitesh Vasantrao Chore | India
College of Engineering & Technology
Librarian, College of Engineering and Technology dhamangaon rly. dist-amravati (maharashtra)india 444709
|Ahava Cohen | Israel
Beit Berl College
Librarian, LIS instructor, doctoral candidate (field of research: cataloging/RDA).
|Cathy Collins | USA
Library Media Specialist
Sharon High School
Ms. Collins has worked as a Media Specialist/Librarian for 14 years in locales ranging from California to Kathmandu, Nepal. She is currently working as Librarian/Media Specialist at Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts. She began her career as a reporter who covered business, arts and education-related issues. She holds a Masters in Library Science, a second Masters in Education and further graduate credentials in educational leadership. Ms. Collins has published her writing in journals including “Library Media Connection,” “NEA Today,” and various education-related blogs and websites. She is a 2012 Reynolds High School Journalism Institute Fellow and contributing author to a teacher resource manual connected to the recently published E-Book, “Searchlights and Sunglasses: Journalism in the Digital Age.” She is also a contributing author to the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) book, “Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age,” scheduled for publication this March. Among the many projects and committees she is involved with, she enjoys assisting students at Sharon High School as Chinese Exchange Program Manager, Virtual High School Site Coordinator and Global Competence Program Mentor. She serves on the Executive Boards of both the Massachusetts Library System and MassCUE (Massachusetts Computer Using Educators), and holds memberships in ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) and MSLA (Mass. School Library Association). She earned National Board Certification as a Library/Media Teacher in 2009 and is also a Certified Journalism Educator. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking around the globe, dancing, yoga, reading and listening to classical and jazz music. As a 2013/2014 “Teachers for Global Classrooms” Fellow, she traveled to Morocco this past spring
|Dr. Sherry R. Crow | USA
Associate Professor of School Library Science
University of Nebraska Kearney
Sherry R. Crow received her PhD in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University, and is currently coordinator and associate professor of the school library science program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Dr. Crow, author of Information Literacy: A Guide for the Library Media Specialist (2005), and co-author of Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction: Applying Research to Practice in the 21st Century School Library (2011), was named Colorado Librarian of the Year in 2004 and has presented her research at national and international conferences. She was named UNK’s Outstanding Scholar of the College of Education in 2010, and Outstanding Teacher of the College of Education in 2011.
|Anthony DeMinico | United States of America
Information Resources Services Support Specialist
Thun Library (Penn State University)
I am an employee of Penn State University's Thun Library in Reading, PA, and possess a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
|Satish Deshpande | India
DA-IICT (Dhirubhai Ambani Inst of Info & Communication Tech
Constantly in search of finding innovative IT-based solutions keeping info needs of the end-user, monitoring, analysing usage to help stake-holders take right decisions and focus on target users. Thirty-five year experience in the field of Library & Info Services (formerly Head, British Council Library, Ahmedabad, India; Mentor, Nirma University Libraries, Ahmedabad, India; Consulting Librarian, DA-IICT Gandhinagar; Mentor, Digital Library Solutions, Eclat Engg P Ltd, Ahmedabad.
|Lisa Durff | United States
PhD Student Educational Technology
I enable people to use technology tools to connect with their students, their audience, or each other. I moderate conference presentations and serve on conference boards to empower others to succeed in delivering their message using technological tools such as Blackboard Collaborate, Second Life, wikis, and nings. I am interested in assisting teacher candidates to integrate technological tools into their lessons. I am active in Relay for Life of Second Life, Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference, The Homeschool Conference, The Global STEMx Conference, Library 2.0 Conference, and the Global Education Conference. I am currently a PhD student in Educational Technology at Walden University with an expected graduation in 2014. I also enjoy fine food, traveling, and spending time with the preschooler in the family.
|Teresa Eastburn | USA
Ed Tech Manager, UCARConnect Lead
National Center for Atmospheric Research
STEM Educator, Content Developer, Climate Communicator, Tech-savvy individual , everything from video editing and graphic design, to websites, social media, and more ... Undergrad from University of California, Santa Barbara; MA and teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College, Pasadena. Multimedia certificate program, and still more. I leave to learn.
|Luann Edwards | United States
Ivy Bridge College of Tiffin University
Luann Edwards is a higher education professional with more than a decade of experience in academic librarianship and instruction with a focus on electronic resource management and distance education. She has served students and faculty in a variety of disciplines with their research needs in the physical and electronic learning environments. Her areas of experience include curriculum development, library development, tutoring, online instruction, support staff development, library management, event coordination, software licensing negotiation, assessment, accreditation, and web site development. Her most recent endeavors have included the construction of the virtual library for Ivy Bridge College and the development of the IBC Writing Center. This includes the development of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous services designed to increase Information Literacy awareness throughout the college community.
|Ramesh Elagandula | INDIA
JOGINPALLY B. R. ENGINEERING COLLEGE
I am Working as a Librarian At One of the Best Engineering Colleges in Andhra Pradesh., i.e.,JOGINPALLY B. R. ENGINEERING COLLEGE. Under my tenure we are providing internet facility to students in our Library for accessing e- resources/databases. British Library institutional Library membership for accesing englsih literature. DELNET FACILIT, NPTEL FACILITY. Our Library is automated with open source software: KOHA. I have trained professionals as Library Asst to Asst.Librarians to Librarians. I have few professional friends in each state in our country with whose encouragement and support I was elected as a General Body Member to DELNET for two year term 2010-2012 from Andhra Pradesh. Recently elected as President for OPLIB (Organization for Protection of Libraries),A.P. I am Life member in few professional Associations / bodies/ Organizations. I Organized & Conducted One National Level Workshop on Competency Skills for Library Professionals on 6-7, May, 2011 which was found in International bi monthly, ie., Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, U.S.A – August/September 2011 – Volume 37, Number 6, page no:8. Earlier we celebrated Dr. S. R. Ranganathan Birth Day as Librarians day at MRCET Campus on 11-8-2010 & 11-8-2011. Recently I have been appointed to render my services voluntarily as an Editor for International Journal of Library Science (IJLS)” for two years (renewable for next year). My name has been short listed for the following Awards 1) Eminent Educationist Award and Certificate of Education Excellence By National & International Compendium- New Delhi, 2) Best Educationist Award and Certificate of Education Excellence by International Institute of Education & Mangement- Delhi.
|Evans Lubwa Wafula | KENYA
MTONGWE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL
A MASTERS STUDENT FOR LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY. EXPERIENCED LIBRARIAN.
|Denia | Brasil
Doutora em Educação USP. Área: Didáticas, teorias de ensino e práticas escolares, FEUSP, SP. Mestre em Engenharia de Produção UFSC. Área: Mídia e Conhecimento, PPGEP, SC. Psicóloga PUCRS, RS. Currículo lattes: http://lattes.cnpq.br/6373344492780053
|Juan Domingo | España
Investigador en TIC, learning and technology, elearning, Inteligencia artificial.
|Robin Fay | US
ATCx3 Consortia/Athens Technical College l
Robin Fay (@georgiawebgurl) is a creative technologist with over 10 years experience in higher education focused on technology and training; most recently she is working with virtual reality (digital 3D) in a consortia of 3 technical colleges. Robin is a sought after trainer and speaker, who frequently speaks and teaches on technology including digital identity, metadata, social data, among other topics. As an early adopter of technology, she has been involved in many software and web development projects in the incubation stage. Her research interests are library and community sourced metadata (RDA, DC, RDF/XML and other semantic web schemas) for materials including digital objects, linked data and the intersection of the semantic and social webs. Robin is a prolific content creator (georgiawebgurl on most social media websites) ; her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA Tech Source). She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina); B.A. in English (University of Georgia).
|Sean Fennell | United States
Emerging Technologies Manager
Muskingum County Library
220 North 5th Street
|Bhakti Gala | India
Deaprtment of Library & Information Science,Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat
I am currently teaching in the Department of library & Informtion Science, MSUniversity of Baroda, India. I am also a registered Doctoral Student.
|Loida Garcia-Febo | United States
Information New Wave
Loida Garcia-Febo is an international librarian and consultant, researcher, speaker and writer of topics such as human rights, access to information, advocacy, services to diverse populations, new professionals and continuing professional development. She has spoken about these topics at ABC, CNN, NPR, Univision, Telemundo, New York Times and media outlets in different regions of the world. She has taught in 19 countries in 5 continents. She has notably spoken at events coordinated by US Embassies in Tokyo, Mexico and Spain, and at the United Nations. Loida is President of Information New Wave, an international charity seeking to enhance the education of minority groups in the USA and in developing countries. She is member of the American Library Association (ALA) Executive Board and member of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Governing Board.
|Thom Gillespie | USA
3618 E Park Lane
Hi, I'm Thom. I teach online with South University as part of the department of Information Technology in the College of Business. I am also a volunteer instructor with the University of the Person. Previously, I was the director of the graduate program in Interactive Communications at Quinnipiac University. Before that I created the Masters in Immersive Mediated Environments (MIME) in the department of Telecommunications at Indiana University. Booths programs are dedicated to interactive storytelling and computer game design which draw on existing talent: Fine Arts, Telecommunications, Computer Science, Music, Business, Theater, Journalism, Folk Lore, Information Sciences and Instructional Design.
|Andréa Gonçalves do Nascimento | Brazil
|Leah Griffin | United States
I am a Teacher Librarian at an Independent school in Seattle, Washington. I am a graduate of the UW iSchool. I serve on the board of the Washington Library Media Association, as a member of the Voice of Youth Advocate Top Shelf Committee, and a coach and founding member of the NWAIS Middle School Debate League. I also love coffee, rediculous muscle cars from the 80's, and watching films on VHS.
|Karen Dominique Hallett | USA
Arkansas State University
|Africa Hands | USA
Africa S. Hands is a special projects (read: freelance) librarian with a focus on helping professionals understand and use social media, search engines and other online tools. She does this through one-on-one tutorials and presentations. Africa maintains a Scoop.it page for LIS and other professionals which captures articles relevant to job seekers and career changers. Africa tweets (@africahands) resources of interest to information and higher education professionals. Connect with Africa on LinkedIn at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/africahands.
|Laurie Hansen | USA
I have been an online educator for almost 10 years. I started a group at my workplace that was inspired by Steve Hargadon and the work you all do at Global Ed Con with international volunteers. I believe we can make a difference in the world using technologies. I'd like to be part of Global Ed Con to help make that happen.
|Amy Herman | USA
A 2000 graduate of the San Jose State University MLIS program, Amy works at Olympic College in Bremerton, Washington as Library Faculty and Systems & Databases Librarian. Her areas of expertise currently lie in instruction, assessment, distance education, database wrangling, and all things eBook. When not pushing to keep her Library technologically relevant, Amy is a baseball and basketball mom who also enjoys running and reading.
|Angel Raúl Hernández | México
Secretaria de Educación y Cultura de Quintana Roo, México
Profesor y asesor en tecnología educativa. Más de 20 años capacitando a otros colegas docentes en el uso de las TIC.
|Barbara Holland | USA
Brooklyn Public Library
Sr Librarian always interested in emerging trends concerning librarianship and libraries
|Qaiser Iqbal | Pakistan
Lahore University of Management Sciences
Qaiser Iqbl working as an Assistant Manager at LUMS. Before this I was working in Riphah International University Islamabad. I had been working with the Pakistan Librarian Welfare Organization (PLWO) Federal branch from 2013 to 2015 as a Treasure. Now I am an Executive member in the headquarter. I am a member of the Pakistan Library Association. I am also a member of Punjab University Library Alumina Association. I took part of workshops, seminars and training as well. I organized different seminars and workshops for library professional and for the students. During 2013 to 2015 I was delivering lectures in Riphah International University Islamabad.
|Michael | United States
Assistant Professor of Sociology
William Penn University
Michael O. Johnston earned his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a double major in Sociology and Psychology from Buena Vista University in 2007, Masters of Public Administration from Iowa State University in 2009, and Ph.D. of Public Administration from Walden University in 2014. His dissertation research, entitled Understanding Violent Adolescent Males: Implications for Post-Release Recidivism, is on the barriers and supports to nonviolence for young adult males who were adjudicated or received an informal adjustment for simple assault during middle adolescence. He recently presented his dissertation research at a round-table session during the 69th Annual Meeting for the American Society of Criminology (ASC) on November 20- 23, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Johnston joined William Penn University as an adjunct instructor for sociology in 2010, was promoted to full-time instructor of sociology in fall 2013, and became an assistant professor of sociology for the university in fall 2014. He continues to serve as a member of adjunct faculty for Buena Vista University and previously taught a semester as a lecturer for Iowa State University in their Masters of Public Administration program. Prior to academia he worked as a lead teacher for a before and after school program. He is the president of Young Professionals (YP) of Pella and is a member of ASC. Dr. Johnston is interested in opportunities to teach (online and brick and mortar), course design (online and brick and mortar), research, serve on dissertation committees, as well as invitations to present on special topics. If you have any of the aforementioned opportunities available or are interested in learning more about him, please feel free to contact him via email at Michael.Johnston19@gmail.com.
|Alys Jordan | USA
Head, Research, Instruction, & Outreach Services
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alys Jordan is committed to excellence, her research interest are distance learning, organizational development and leadership, instructional design, and technology. Alys is not unfamiliar to leadership and service in the community where she works and resides. She has maintained an active role in community organizations: National Diversity Council Advisory Board, Broward County Diversity Advisory Council, Women for Women International, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), employed her extensive nonprofit experience as a member of the Board of Directors for the League of Women Voters, and directed committee members and Chair of the John C. Tyson Award. Alys serves as feature editor of Academic Exchange Quarterly in Distance Learning; and reviewer for the International Journal of Library Science and OFFCAMP/Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning. Her professional commitment is reflective in her professional service to American Library Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Omega Theta Chapter, American Association of University Women, and number of other professional organizations.
|Joseph Mechirath Joseph | INDIA
Central Board of Secondary Education
An accomplished educationist with holistic & New Generation Learning Technology, passionate to craft a class less society through education where the gulf between the rich and the poor is zero. We may be able to achieve this by: the alignment of educators. The synergy of modern marvels of brain research and information technology, the challenging task of making these learning resources available to the common man. But it must be initiated without delay.
|Dr. Sanjay Kataria | India
Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida UP India
Working as Librarian at JIIT (Deemed University) Noida since August 1, 2013.
|Robin Kear | USA
Univerity of Pittsburgh
Teaching academic librarian in Pittsburgh, USA. International leader, instructor, speaker and writer. Ms. Kear has served at the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) over the last eight years in various roles, including her election as executive board member-at-large and is currently chair of the International Posters committee. She was selected and then reappointed to serve on the ALA Website Advisory Committee. Ms. Kear served as an information services intern for the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya, and has taught in Vietnam and Kazakhstan. She enjoys publishing, presenting and contributing to international librarianship. She was named an ALA Emerging Leader for 2008 with IRRT sponsorship and named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2008 for having a global focus.
|Arif Rohman Khakim | Indonesia
University of Indonesia
Iam Student of Library and Information Science In University of Indonesia. I like travel and Writing. In the future I want to be Record Manager in World Bank and Bank of Indonesia.
|Sher Afzal Khan | Pakistan
|Tibor Koltay | Hungary
Szent István University
I am Professor, Head of Department and Course Director for LIS curricula at the Department of Information and Library Studies, of Szent István University, Faculty of Applied and Professional Arts in Jászberény, Hungary. Iobtained his PhD at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary). My major research interests include interdisciplinary connections between linguistics and library and information science, abstracting, information and digital literacies.
|Irene Korber | United States
California State University, Chico
|Bharat Kumar | India
Management Development Institute
I am a professional with more than a decade of experience in academic librarianship. He is presently Assistant Librarian at Management Development Institute, an AMBA accredited top ranked b-school of India. He holds Master of Philosophy (Library and Information Science) and Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application. He has served in number of institutes / universities in different capacities. He is reviewer of a learned journal of national repute and developed on-line course on Information Retrieval for SAARC Documentation Centre. He has attended number of training programs, conferences at national and international level. He has authored number of articles in journals, books and also presented papers in national and international conferences.
|Laouissat Boubakeur | Algeria
Head of the library of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Laghouat
I graduated from the University of Algiers in 2002 a certificate degree in library science and documentation, then worked as a supplement to the Library University of Laghouat then formed in the techniques of libraries at the Institute INPED for 10 months and then became the head of the search bibliographic in the Central Library of the University of Laghouat In 2011 Head of the library of Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Participated in several meetings involving networks of university libraries
|Su Young Lee | Australia
Hello, my name is Su Young Lee, an undergraduate student studying Bachelor of Law and Science (psycholog) at Macquarie University in Australia. As an ambitious young individual who is aspiring to become an legal/psychological consultant/adviser who counsels, supports, advocates and empowers disadvantaged and/or mistreated chidlren and young people and their respective communities I have joined GEC to develop and learn new skills and knowledge on how to provide educational yet interesting programs to empower these disadvantaged and/or mistreated youth and their respective communities so that they regain confidence and become motivated to overcome any issues or challenges they might be facing.
|Rebecca Leonhard | Switzerland
Director of LAS Libraries
Leysin American School in Switzerland
Rebecca is the Director of the Leysin American School (LAS) Libraries in Switzerland, a prestigious secondary boarding school serving a student body consisting of more than 80 different nationalities. She received her bachelor of arts degree in English from Penn State University and her masters of science in library science degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. In a previous librarian position at LAS, Rebecca was responsible for establishing the school’s new library at the Belle Epoque Campus that supports the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. In addition to her secondary school experience, Rebecca has been working in college and university libraries since 2004, including Penn State University Libraries and Motlow State Community College based in Tullahoma, Tennessee. Her work has focused on emerging technologies, access services, ESL students, and library student workers. In 2014, Rebecca was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader. Prior to joining LAS, she was the director of the Smyrna campus library of Motlow Community College and the Access Services Supervisor at Penn State Abington College.
|Jessica Lewis | Jamaica
The University of the West Indies
Miss Jessica C. Lewis is currently the Librarian in the Mona Information Literacy Unit, Loan and Reference Department at The University of the West Indies, UWI Mona- Jamaica , Main Library. Over the last 10 years, she has worked in different capacities in libraries across the Caribbean. She served as the Co-ordinator for Research and Information at the National Library of Jamaica, Deputy Director – Branch Libraries of the public library system in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and Liaison Librarian for the Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of the West Indies, UWI, Cave Hill Main Library, Barbados
|Arshad Mahmood | Pakistan
State Bank of Pakistan
Mr. Arshad Mahmood is Director of a professional association Pakistan Library Club (PLC) and working as Library Officer in State Bank of Pakistan since 2008. Arshad Mahmood is an MPhil Scholar and author of 5 research papers. His two research papers accepted in International conferences i.e. ICOASL 2008 (India) and ICOASL 2011 (Tokyo, Japan). He is currently serving as Library Officer at State Bank of Pakistan. Mr. Mahmood has 12 years library profession experience in a variety of national and international organizations i.e. National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Islamabad Club, International Islamic University (IIU), National Library of Pakistan and State Bank of Pakistan. As a Director of Pakistan Library Club (PLC) he has organized various seminars, training workshops for LIS professionals in Pakistan. Mr. Arshad Mahmood is a member of organizing committee of PLA National Conference in 2007. Mr. Mahmood is a life member of Pakistan Library Association and also member of various national and international organizations.
|Guillermo Guadalupe Martìnez Valdez | Mexico
Profesor de asignatura
Centro Cultural Ojos Fronterizos
Me encanta aprender y desaprender y contagiar a los que me rodean en este proceso de autoaprendizaje virtual que nos dan las tecnologias
|Mohamed Majeed Mashroofa | Sri Lanka
South Eastern University of Sri Lanka
Basically I'm a science graduate, Bachelor of Science and obtained a Master in Library and Information Science University of Colombo.In between I got a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Open University of Sri Lanka. Now I'm reading for Ph.D at Management Science University of Malaysia. I have 13 years experience in Academic library services. I had been working as the Head, periodical Section of the University Library for nearly a decade. Now I'm in- charge for the Science library of Faculty of Applied Sciences and Head- e- resources and Information services of the entire university library.
|Rhonda McCoy | USA
Information Curriculum Specialist
Paine College Collins-Callaway Library/LRC
Rhonda McCoy, an Instructor in the Library, received an M.S.F.E in Instructional Technology from Troy State University in 2001 and a B.A. in Psychology from Augusta State University in 1998. She completed all coursework and comprehensive exams for a PhD from Capella University with a concentration in Instructional Design for Online Learning and Psychology. She has been employed with Paine College since 2001, serving first in the Education Division where she taught how to integrate technology into the classroom. Currently as Information Curriculum Specialist, she is the primary provider of reference and other instructional services in the Library and she is currently implementing an Information Literacy program for students.
|Brett Moffatt | Australia
Founder & Educator
Old Master Studios
Brett Moffatt, has a background in fine art, having obtained bachelor's and master's degrees in visual arts. He also holds a graduate diploma of secondary education. He has been a professional visual artist for over 20 years, and in that time has taught at, and administered, private colleges and municipal arts organizations in Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. He maintains an educational consultancy practice based on new technologies, online resources and instructional design.
|Hesham Mohamed | USA
Masters in Information and Library Science, Doctor in Management and Organizational Leadership, Doctor in Information Systems and Technology, Senior Librarian Queens Library.
|Bekti Mulatiningsih | Indonesia
Queensland University of Technology
Bekti Mulatiningsih is a PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research focus lies within the domain of social media applications and the implications they can have on individuals and communities. Bekti is the recipient of the 2012 Australia Library and Information Association Student Award for her Master of Information Technology (Advanced) at QUT. This award recognises the highest achieving graduating student in all ALIA-accredited librarianship and library technician courses as a means of recognising students for excellence in their studies. Prior to study, she has worked as a LIS professional in academic, public, medical, non-government organisation, and newspaper libraries in Australia and Indonesia. Besides study, currently she is working at University of Queensland Library as a Casual Digitisation Officer.
|Muhammad Asif Munir | Pakistan
University of Health Sciences
Muhammad Asif Munir is currently working as Chief Librarian at University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. He completed an M. Phil. Degree from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Currenlty enrolled in Ph.D. Media and Communication Studies at University of Central Punjab, Lahore. Mr. Asif has more tha 12 years of professional experience. He started professional career as a Librarian at Ali Institute of Education, Lahore. His previous assignments include Library Manager at Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Lahore, Deputy Manager at Lahore of University of Management Sciences, Lahore, Library Specialist at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Director Libraries at University of Central Punjab, Lahore and Chief Librarian at Sukkur Institute of Business Administration, Sukkur, Pakistan. Conducted various training programs on Web Searching Techniques, Avoiding plagiarism, Citation Management, Use of Turnitin, and Marketing of library services. A couple of research publications are also on his credit. Life member of Pakistan Library Association (PLA), Served Pakistan Library Association (Punjab Branch) as Assistant Secretary (Elect) 2007-2009, Member Executive Council (Elect) 2009-2011. Served Punjab University Library & Information Science Alumnai Association as Treasurer (Elect) 2010-2012. Mr. Munir is Secretary General of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (http://www.plwo.org.pk/headquater.html), Serving as Member Advisory Board of International Journal of Information Management Sciences (http://plwo.org.pk/editorial-board.html). Also served as President Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization.
|Ariel Muvhunzwi | Zimbabwe
10 4th Street , Mabelreign Harare
Over 15 years experience in library and information services. Hold a Master of Science in Library and Information Science , Bachelor of Arts in Media Studues and several diplomas. My passion is recent technological; development in library and information science focusing on mobile e-reader technologies amongst the youth in developing counttries. Technology is there to stay and embracing it will leverage information accessibility and sharing. I presented one paper at LIASA and co-authored two paper at the LIASA Conference in South Africa. I am a full member of Zimbabwe Library Association as well as it current Branch chair for Mashonaland.
|Dr. Lt. S. Sangara Nachiar | India
Director/Associate professor/Former NCC officer
Lady Doak College,Madurai
I am the library director of JX Miller Library. Attended NCC Pre Commissioned Officers Training Course at Gwalior and secured Commandant Silver Medal. As Librarian was honored as the prominent Alumnae of Holy Cross College on the occasion of the celebration of International Women’s Day with Gold Medal. Received Renowned Alumane Award on March 8th 2005. As NCC officer Lt. was awarded with an Outstanding ANO’s Award of Madurai Group in appreciation of her contribution in training the cadets for RDC NIA Presentation and flag Area at the Felicitation function organized by Madurai Group on 15/3/2005. Oberlin Shansi Visiting Scholar.Oberlin, USA.
|Muhammad Tariq Najmi | Pakistan
I am a library professional having strong professional skills and a master trainer for searching skills, turnitin, how to avoid plagiarism, MS Office, use of web 2.0 in research and many more. I am also a PhD scholar and i have submitted my thesis on June 2014 and is in evaluation process. I attended many national and international conferences where i have presented my research papers.
|Bankole Olatunji Ojo | Nigeria
Project System Co-ordinator
Sustainable Education Empowerment & Development (SEED)
I am humanitarian/researcher/developer on developmental programmes and projects, working on sustainable development programme.
|Christiana Oluwatoyin | Nigeria
Adolescence Panorama Initiative
I am a the President and Executive Director of Adolescence Panorama Initiative (www.adolescencepanorama.org); a community centric development organization that is linking services to broader concerns for adolescent well-being in areas of education, and support services, health and vocation. Our mission is to safeguard the well-being of adolescents in indigenous cultures in Nigeria. Our vision is a world of cultures and societies void of ills.
|Ayo Onatola | United Kingdom
Abingdon & Witney College
Ayo Onatola holds B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry, PGDE (Teacher Education) and MLS in Library, Archival & Information Studies [Ibadan]. A practicing Librarian and Learning Centres Supervisor at the Abingdon & Witney College, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom since October 2012 to date. Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP), UK (Regd. No. 64737), Certified Member, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Member, Nigerian Library Association and former Secretary of the Librarians Without Borders. At present, an Advisor to the Health Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015) Campaign, a member of Editorial Boards of two international librarianship journals, author of some papers in learned journals, books and book reviews He has considerable online presence in a few professional and social networks and a wiki buddy on Wikieducator
|Sujit Kumar Pandey | India
Kumaun University, Nainital
I have done MLISc. from University of Delhi, Delhi and Doctorate form Bundelkhand University, Jhanshi with 15 years of experience in Libraries.
|Cheryl Peltier-Davis | Florida USA
Archives & Digital Librarian
Nova Southeastern University
Cheryl Peltier-Davis is Archives and Digital Librarian at the Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University in Florida. She is the author of the book The Cybrarian's Web - An A-Z Guide to 101 Free Web 2.0 Tools and other Resources. She has given conference presentations and workshops on a diverse array of library-related topics - web 2.0 tools and libraries, core competencies for librarians, digitizing library collections, information management and Caribbean public libraries. Her professional association memberships include the American Library Association and the Association of Caribbean Libraries, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL).
|Kathleen Phillips | USA
Digital & Reference Librarian
Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College
My career as a librarian began as a student worker at Penn State’s Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library in 2006 and I fell in love with all things library from the start. I have worked in many different libraries: academic, medical, public, and I currently hold the position as sole librarian charged with building and running the digital library for the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. This unique and rewarding opportunity has allowed me to create something new and mold it into a learning tool for our students.
|Dimitar Poposki | Republic of Macedonia
Faculty of Philology Blazhe Koneski
Dimitar Poposki was born in Prilep in 1974. Information manager/Digitization consultant currently working at the Blaze Koneski Faculty of Philology in Skopje, Macedonia. He has substantial library and public administration experience. From 2004 until 2008 he focused mainly on digitization and Optical character recognition, as a result of the one year US Department of State scholarship in Library and Information Science conducted at Rutgers University.Since 2006, he has actively participated and presented his research at 36 International Library and Information Science conferences (USA, EU, SEEurope). He hosted workshops, trainings, lectures and consultation services on advanced web searching, optical character recognition, digitization, newspaper and historical archives, computer assisted translation, open access/ open educational resources, academic/scientific publishing at the Faculty of Philology Blaze Koneski, National and University Library St. Kliment Ohridski (Skopje, Macedonia), Department for Slavic Languages at the Karl Franzens University (Graz, Austria), Macedonian Academy of Science and Art (Centre for Areal Linguistics), United Nations - International Atomic Energy Agency - International Nuclear Information Systems (Vienna, Austria), Scholarly Communication Centre at Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA), Mikrosam company (A high tech industry robot factory). Taking part of the Open Access advocacy movement he organized and presented Open Access Week events since 2010. Supporter of open education/open science/open (goverment) data movement. Since 2008 he is taking part of PhD information science studies at the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences, Department of Information and Communication Science. His professional interests are focused on digitization of cultural heritage, information/knowledge management, scientific repositories, academic publishing, open access/open educational resources.
|Mohammad Rehan | India
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya manav Sangrahalaya,
|Dr. Shafiq Ur Rehman | pAKISTAN
Department of Information Management University of the Punjab
Dr. Shafiq Ur Rehman (currently an Assistant Professor of Information Management) did his doctorate from France with highest distinction. He is author of more than 20 research publications published in reputed national and international Journals. He is teaching and supervising post graduate students. He has conducted more than ninety workshops, seminars etc. as a resource person in Pakistan and abroad. He is trainer of different research softwares like NVIVO (Australia), Endnote (USA), Turnitin and Idea Puzzle. He is also recipient of Info-share award of ASIST.
|Joseph Reilly | Saudi Arabia
Director, Library and Heritage Museum
20 years of un-quiet librarianship focused on user-driven discoverability, all with a smile!
|Kathy Rosa | United States
Director, Office for Research & Statistics
American Library Association
Dr. Rosa currently serves as the Director for the Office of Research & Statistics at the American Library Association. In this position, she conducts research, partners with other organizations in federal and private grant funded studies, and speaks at state, national and international library conferences. Dr. Rosa has several years experience in libraries and has taught library and information science courses. She holds an EdD with an emphasis in instructional technology from the University of Houston,an MSLS from the University of Kentucky and an MSE from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.
|Ana Maria | Argentina
Director. Distance Learning Area
Doctor in Sociology, Universidad Católica Argentina; Magister in Education Management, Licenciada in Education Management, Universidad CAECE; Teacher of English as a Second or Foreign Language, Dr. N. Avellaneda School. I worked for many years as a teacher of English, and have been the Head of Distance Learning at Universidad CAECE, Buenos Aires, since 2006.
|Agata Rychter-Gullstrand | Poland
Mediateka of Szczecin Academy of Art
A graduate of LIS at Pedagogical Universty of Cracow. She is a librarian of Szczecin Academy of Art media library - Mediateka, where she manages Acquisition & Cataloging Department. She specialises in cataloguing musical scores.
|Dr Sunil Kumar Satpathy | India
Dy.Librarian & Head
Central Library,National Institute of Technology,Raipur(C.G)-492010
Dr Sunil Kumar Satpathy is a graduate in Science and has passed his Master Degree & Ph.D in Library & information science from Sambalpur University of Orissa in the year 1993 & 2002 respectively. Besides he has passed M.A (Pol.Sc) & PGDLAN from Sambalpur University He has professional experience as Librarian, Sr.Librarian and Dy.Librarian for more than 20 years. To his credit he has co-authored one book on Library Classification, edited three books and has contributed nearly 80 papers in different journals/Book chapters/Seminar publications. He has also attended many International/National workshops and Seminars. His area of specialization is Library automation, Digital Library and Library management. Dr Satpathy has served as reviewer of some LIS journals. Presently he is working as the Dy.Librarian of National Institute of Technology, Raipur, Chhattisgarh,India.
|Daisy Selloane Selematsela | South Africa
National Research Foundation
Areas of interest: knowledge management, information literacy, research evaluation (metrics); research data management; LIS leadership; mentoring; records and document management; digitisation/preservation; OA.
|Muhammad Shahbaz | Pakistan
Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench
In the field of Librarianship I have served with excellence and have gained experience in all areas of public service, technology support, and innovation implementation. I have completed my MS(Management Sciences), Master in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS), Master in Political Sciences and B.Ed. I have served at University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore Leads University (LLU), Bahria University Lahore Campus (BULC) and recently doing work at Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench, Rawalpindi. I am the active member of Pakistan Librarian Association (PLA), Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organizations(PLWO) and Punjab University Library Information Sciences Alumina Association (PULISAA)
|John Shank | U.S.A.
Instructional Design Librarian
Penn State University Libraries
John D. Shank is the Associate Instructional Design Librarian and Director of The Center for Learning & Teaching at Penn State Berks.He was selected by Library Journal in 2005 as a Mover and Shaker. His responsibilities include teaching, administration, research, and service. He developed the Berks Educational Technology Grant Curriculum Program in 2002 and since that time has directed more than 90 grant projects that have been awarded to over 60 faculty, initially impacting more than 100 courses and 3500 students. His research interests include the role, use, and impact of instructional technologies in higher education and academic libraries. He has given hundreds of presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. Additionally, he has authored and coauthored a book, book chapters, and articles that focus on library integration into learning management systems, Learning Objects (Interactive Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. He is the co-founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian On-line Community (http://www.blendedlibrarian.org/), as well as a reviewer for the Journal College & Research Libraries (CR&L).
|Binod | Nepal
Youth for Human Rights Campaign Nepal
I am working in Youth for Human Rights International Nepal Chapter, I have 12 Years experience in IT field and 5 Years working experience in Human Rights Education Awareness and 4 years Experience in Disaster Relief I am continue my master degree in MCA and good experience in education sector and promoting sector.
|Ashley Sills | USA
Associate Director of Development for Global Issues Network
Global Issues Network
Ashley Sills has been dedicated to empowering youth through project based learning and socio-environmental activism for as long as she can remember. She has worked with the Global Issues Network and schools around the world to connect a network of students and educators who have realized and are committed to their global citizenry. As global citizens, this network is dedicated to partnering with their local communities to solve global issues through life long-learning and local activism. The Global Issues Network holds student led conferences in soon to be all regions of the world. All GIN Conference participants present their work and create a film highlighting their message. These conferences are a space for students and educators to develop their local community projects through peer-to-peer problem solving and edification.
|Manglien Singson | India
I have been working as a Library intern at Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar, college Librarian in Nagaland, a school librarian at Sainik school Nagaland. I am presently a teaching faculty of library and Information Science at Pondicherry University for the pass 4 years.
|Daniela Skokovic | Serbia
Pozega Public Library
I am a children librarian who is working at Pozega Public Library and a very active member of the Serbian Library Association. I am also the Chair of the Commitee for International Collaboration of Serbian Library Association. I coordinated IFLA Sister Libraries project in Serbia and IFLA/IBBY The World through Picture Books for Serbia. I am also author and coordinator for IBBY project Collaborative Summer Reading Program 2013 for ten public libraries in the region.
|M. Shahid Soroya | Pakistan
Pakistan Librarian Welfare Organization
I am working as Regional Librarian of Allama Iqbal Open University, Lahore. I am elected Secretary General (2012-14) of Pakistan Library Association (http://www.pla.org.pk). I have been elected as President of Punjab University Library & Information Science Alumni Association (PULISAA). I am founder President of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (http://www.librarianswelfare.org). I am serving in this profession from last 11 years.
|Anna Maria Tammaro | Italy
University of Parma (Italy)
Professor at the University of Parma, Rector Delegate for e-learning and local Coordinator of the International Master DILL Digital Library Learning, joint course together with Oslo (Coordinator) and Tallin Universities. She is Chair of the IFLA Division IV and Vice-President of the Italian Digital Humanities Association.
|Nicki Ugalde | USA|
|Rachel Vacek | USA
Head of Web Services
University of Houston
Rachel Vacek is an Associate Librarian and Head of Web Services where she strives to streamline and integrate web-based access to library resources and services in support of the teaching, research, and learning needs of the University of Houston community, as well as provide innovative resources and tools to library staff. She has has extensive experience in many areas within academic libraries, including management, reference, technology and information literacy instruction, marketing, event planning, electronic resources management, computer and networking support, and web services. Rachel is the President of the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) for 2014-2015, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and an ALA Emerging Leader. She enjoys speaking and writing about user experience, library web technologies, and leadership in libraries. She is a published author and has presented at many local and national conferences, including Internet Librarian, the LITA Forum, and ALA Annual.
|Caterina Lucia Valentino | Canada
My passion is teaching. My interests are sharing her knowledge and love of learning. Dr. Valentino is conversant with all aspect of health care delivery across the continuum of care. I am known for her adeptness at working with people, problem analysis and designing solutions that lead to sustainability. She moves freely between the not-for-profit and profit sectors firmly believing that good leadership and management competencies transcend disciplines and professions. Her research interests include virtual instruction, leadership and diversity/inclusiveness. She recently completed a funded research project on the influence of unconscious biases as the number one threat to stalling change. I have held senior leadership positions in the acute, long-term and community sectors. She sits on the board of North York Seniors Centre. I am a recipient of a Ryerson Teaching Award of Excellence and the Sue Williams Faculty of Community Services teaching award. I completed postgraduate work at the University of Toronto (MBA, PhD) and Dalhousie University (MPA). I volunteers for a number of professional associations and at my local elementary school. I am a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
|Rebecca Van Dan | USA
Head of Young Adult Services
Middleton Public Library
I love working with teens to create imaginative programming that engages them. I studied in Sevilla, Spain for a few years and am married to a Catalan scientist. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ngiwal, Palau, where I started a community library in 1993 and collected the oral legends of the residents. Currently we reside in rural Wisconsin and raise an endangered native horse breed.
|Cleary | United States
Global Oneness Project
Cleary is the Education Director at the Global Oneness Project. In 2009, she launched the education arm of the Project. She is the lead writer for the Project’s lesson plans and hosts educational workshops for teachers and students at conferences, schools, and universities. Some of her lessons are featured on TED Ed.
|Luisa Vigo-Cepeda | Puerto Rico
Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologies, University of Puerto Rico
Professor at the Graduate School of Information Sciences and Technologiex, University of Puerto Rico; Executive Secretary-Association of Caribbean University of Research and Institutional Libraries
|J.K. Vijayakumar | Saudi Arabia
Interim Manager, Research & Reference,
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology
|B.Vijayalakshmi | India
Sri Sarada College for Women, Tirunelveli - 627 011
B.Vijayalakshmi is working as a Librarian at Sri Sarada College for Women, Tirunelveli from 2009. She has organized 5 conferences, delivered 2 Guest Lectures, presented 23 papers in conferences, published 3 papers in journals, edited 3 books, contributed a chapter for a book & received 2 best paper awards. She is one of the editorial members of 2 foreign conferences. She is the associate Editor of the Multidisciplinary Journal. She is interested in inculcating Reading Habit & imparting Information Literacy Skills among the Student Community.
|Maria Jose Vitorino | Portugal
Teacher (since 1976) as well as Librarian (since 1990).Teacher's and Librarian's Trainer since 1998. Portuguese National School Libraries Advisor (since 1998). Degree in History, Lisbon 1977. Professional Degree on Teaching (kids 10-12 years old,Portuguese, History, Social Studies), Coimbra, 1979. Post-grad in Librarianship, Coimbra 1990, Master on Education Scinece (Education and Reading), Lisbon, 2007. Member of Portuguese Teacher's Union Fenprof since 1976 and of Portuguese BAD Lisbrarians Archivists and Documentalists Association since 1990 and of IASL since 1998. IASL School LIbrarianship Award (2009)
|Marissa Wilson | United States
Rissa Marie Designs
Co-founder of Rissa Marie Designs, a gamification, eLearning and web design business.
|Melda Yildiz | United States
School for Global Education and Innovation
Melda N. Yildiz is global scholar and teacher educator in the School for Global Education and Innovation at Kean University and adjunct faculty in Master of Education in Technology in Education at Lesley University. 2009-2010, Melda served as the first Fulbright Scholar in Turkmenistan. Since 1994, she taught Media Literacy Education, Multimedia Production, Women Studies, Asian Studies, and Global Education to P-16 educators and teacher candidates. Melda worked as a Media Specialist at Northfield Mount Hermon School, taught video and media production to grades 9-12, and published and presented featuring Educational Media, Global Education, Media Literacy, Semiotics, and Multicultural Education in many national and international conferences. She received her Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts on Math & Science and Instructional Technology. She received an M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University on Instructional Technology. She majored in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Bogazici University, in Turkey.
|Khalil Zakari | Morocco
I am a teacher continuing professional development specialist working for the Ministry of National Education and Training in the Kingdom of Morocco. I have knocked round numerous places helping teacher avoid professional atrophy ( the awkward feeling that one has done it all before) while seeking opportunities to ensure my own life-long learning.