2.012 Advisory Board

Our international advisory board will start being convened in May, and its members will be listed below.

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.

To apply to be a member of the advisory board, please join HEREInternational advisory board members, once approved, will be listed on this page.


Advisory Board Chairs:

Scott Brown is Owner of Social Information Group (http://www. socialinformationgroup.com), an independent information practice focused on the effective use of social networking tools for sharing and finding information. He also provides professional coaching for information professionals. He is adjunct faculty at San Jose State University in California and University of Denver in Colorado. From 2000 to 2009, he was a senior information specialist with Sun Microsystems. He received his library degree from San Jose State University in California in 1999, and holds a Masters in Counseling from Regis University in Colorado. You can reach Scott at scott@socialinformationgroup.com, and follow him on Twitter @scbrown5 or @socialinfo.

Kim Dority is founder and president of Dority & Associates, an information strategy and content development company. Kim created and teaches a course on alternative career paths for LIS students and practitioners for the University of Denver and is the author of Rethinking Information Work: A Career Guide for Librarians and Other Information Professionals and the Infonista.comblog. In addition, she created and manages the LinkedIn “LIS Career Options” international group.

Voluntary Advisory Board Members:


Lindall Adams
Saudi Oger
I am currently busy with my PhD. My research area focuses on public libraries and their responsibility to create social capital. My other passion is information behavior. I am on a never ending journey to learn how students search, and whether they use their university library webpage as a search engine to find information. I love Web 2.0 applications. Anyone of you know what happened to the semantic web? My hobbies are travelling and exploring new cultures. I am currently reading the Facebook book, a satirical companion on the use of Facebook. My favorite authors will always be Paulo Coelho and the sociologist Manuel Castells.

Rahim Zulfiqar Ali
United Bank Limited
Serving as a Member Finance at Local Education Board, Monitors Financial aspects of community institutions libraries and infrastructure of Management & Finance. By Profession: Over 3 years of Banking industry experience in the field of Finance. Presently, working at United Bank Limited (UBL) in FINCON - Budgeting, Planning & MIS reporting at Head office to SVP/Divisional Head. By Qualification: A commerce graduate with additional qualification of Public Finance Accountant and currently doing Banking Diploma.

Sandra Anderson
Alberta Teachers' Association
Sandra's library career has spanned government, corporate, non-profit and academic libraries. Currently, Sandra supervises the Alberta Teachers' Association Library and serves 36,000 teachers across the province. Her specializations in the library field are marketing, reference, collection development and technical services. Sandra volunteers on both community boards and library association boards and is excited to partipate in the advisory board of this great virtual conference. (Twitter)

Penny Andrews
I am a member of CILIP and volunteer at Feminist Archive North. I would like to research the role, current and future, of mobile technologies in the information-seeking behaviour of adults with autistic spectrum disorders. (Twitter)

Caitlin Bakker
Digital Projects Coordinator
Wilfrid Laurier University
Among other things, I'm the administrator of Scholars Commons @ Laurier, which is the institutional repository of Wilfrid Laurier University. I hold a BA in English from UBC and an MLIS from McGill. I'm very interested in the open access movement, digital libraries, scholarly communication, and educational technology.

Keita Bando
Digital Repository Librarian and Coordinator for Scholarly Communication
Keita Bando is Managing Director of MyOpenArchive, an international Non-Profit Organization that advocates Open Access. MyOpenArchive was founded in September 2007 in order to advocates Open Access for never-before-published research papers on the web. MyOpenArchive also provides Self-Archiving platform to enable better knowledge sharing. Keita is well-known among the international community of Open Access, because of following activities. Past Activities: - Made a presentation at OpenAccessDay (Tokyo Japan, October 2008) - Managed, as a host, www.openaccessweek.jp and held OpenAccessWeek seminar (Tokyo Japan, 2009). - Exhibited a poster at 2 international conferences (Open Repositories (Texas Austin USA, June 2011) and CERN workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication (Geneva Switzerland, June 2011). (Twitter)

Marcial R. Batiancila
PHilippine Librarians Association, Inc. - Southern Tgalaog Region Librarians Council
A Filipino librarian and recipient of 2009-2011 Erasmus Mundus scholarship in International Master in Digital Library Learning jointly offered by Oslo University College (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia), and Parma University (Italy). His involvement in the library community includes consultancies at various institutions and trustees/officers of several professional associations in the Philippines. Currently, he is the Director of Libraries of St. Thomas of Villanova Libraries of San Sebastian College-Recoletos de Cavite, Cavite City, Philippines.

Kim Becnel
Assistant Professor of Library Science
Appalachian State University
Kim Becnel, Assistant Professor of Library Science at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, received her MLIS and PhD from the University of South Carolina in Columbia. With experience in public libraries in Louisiana and North Carolina, she now teaches and researches in the areas of public library management, youth services, children’s literature, and distance learning. Her work has appeared in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries (Libraries Unlimited 2011), Library Management Tips that Work (ALA 2011), Diversity in Youth Literature: Opening Doors Through Reading (ALA 2012) and Public Libraries.

IT Manager
Ulaanbaatar Public Library
I'm 36 years old, married, with 4 children. My profession is a software engineer, have been working as an IT manager in UPL since 1998. (Twitter)

Sharon Bostick
Dean of Libraries
Illinois Institute of Technology
Sharon L. Bostick is Dean of Libraries at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, USA. She has written extensively on information-seeking behavior in university students, and on academic and library consortia in the United States. She created the Library Anxiety Scale, a statistically validated instrument, which is in use worldwide as a diagnostic and research tool. She is co-author of the book Library Anxiety: Theory, Research and Applications”. Her current research combines the study of information-seeking behavior with the study of creative learning environments in libraries. She was formerly Dean of Libraries at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Director of Libraries at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Wayne State University, an AMLS (Library Science) from the University of Michigan, and a BA in English and Counseling from Oakland University in Michigan. Dr. Bostick is an active member of numerous professional associations, including the American Library Association, IFLA and ALADN. Her speaking engagements have taken her across the U.S. and around the world presenting on numerous issues impacting and influencing the modern university library. (Twitter)

Scott Brown
Social Information Group
Owner of Social Information Group, has most recently been a Senior Information Specialist with Digital Libraries & Research, the library and information organization at Sun Microsystems. He has provided training in social networking tools to companies, government and non-profit organizations and individuals to help them understand and effectively use these tools. He also provided in-depth secondary research and competitive intelligence, administered surveys, conducted stakeholder work, and used Six Sigma tools to determine customer needs and wants. He received his library degree from San Jose State University in California in 1999. (Twitter)

Tina Chan
Reference and Instruction Librarian
SUNY Oswego
I am a reference and instruction librarian at the State University of New York at Oswego. I work with students to support their research needs, and I work with faculty to support their library instruction and collection development needs. I enjoy working with students and faculty as I help them reach their goals. I also enjoy being professionally involved. As a result, I am involved in several national and regional library associations. (Twitter)

Ahava Cohen
Student Librarian
Beit Berl College
Information officer for portfolio start-ups, student librarian (periodicals desk, cataloging), LIS student. (Twitter)

Sue Considine
Executive Director
Fayetteville Free Library
Librarian. Honored to be the Executive Director of a busy public library in upstate NY. Work with a fabulous team of librarians, staff, volunteers and community members to make a difference in our community and in individual lives every day. ALA LLAMA Division Councilor 2011-2013. NYLA Public Library Section President 2012. NYLA Councilor at large candidate 2013. (Twitter)

Sanghamitra Dalbehera
Institute of Technical Education & Research
I am working as a librarian in I.T.E.R and has 13 years of experience in library processes i.e. automation ,digital library and technical activities.

Elizabeth Dll
MLIS graduate student/Cybrarian/Library Assistant
Valdosta State University/Second Life/Georgia Military College
On July 27th Elizabeth Dill graduates with a MLIS degree from Valdosta State University. She already possess an interdisciplinary M.F.A. degree in Film/Video/Theater from the California Institute of the Arts, as well as a B.S.Ed. in Secondary Social Sciences Education from the University of Georgia. Elizabeth was awarded a graduate assistantship in the eLearning Department in Odum Library at VSU and has worked the duration of her MLIS program. In addition, she works in an eLibrary at Georgia Military College, and is virtual reference librarian in the Community Virtual Library in Second Life. She specializes in embedded librarianship and is actively interviewing for positions at academic libraries.

Michelle Dunaway
MLIS Candidate
University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences
Michelle Dunaway is a student in the iSchool at the University of Pittsburgh. Her professional interests include reference services, government and legal information resources, library instruction, and psychology of learning and teaching. She earned her JD from Wayne State University and also holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. (Twitter)

Lisa Durff
Flat Classroom Coordinator
Flat Classroom Projects

William TB Fee
Digital Collections & Authority Control Librarian / Graphical Materials Librarian / Disaster Response Librarian
State Library of Pennsylvania
Began both the Graphical Materials and the Digitization programs at the State Library of Pennsylvania. I've been at the State Library for 17 years, 6 as a Librarian. I specialize in FRBR, complex serials and metadata.

Loida A Garcia-Febo
Coordinator, New Americans Program
Queens Library
Loida Garcia-Febo speaks, writes and researches internationally about human rights, access to information, advocacy, services to diverse populations, and professional development. She has published about her international work with new professionals on Feliciter, Canadian Library Association magazine, Incite, Australian Library and Information Association magazine, and the Australian Library Journal. She received the ALA 2010 Elizabeth Futas Catalyst for Change Award for her work with international new librarians, and was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal. Currently, she is ALA Councilor-at-Large and Chairs the ALA Committee on Membership Meetings. Loida is a former President of REFORMA, was Chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table and is a former secretary of IFLA’s Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression Committee where she currently is an Expert Resource Person. Loida co-established and! advises IFLA’s New Professionals SIG. She is Coordinator, New Americans Program, Queens Library. (Twitter)

Dominique Hallett
Reference Librarian
Arkansas State University
I have been a reference librarian for the past 10 years at my current position. I teach a one credit course titled Library Information Resources. I have presented at this conference before and love working in a virtual environment as well as with international students. I have an interest in serious leisure as well. I am involved in various online social networks and have many connections with librarians all across the world through these mediums.

Africa Hands
Independent Librarian
Hands On Research Solutions
Africa works as an special projects independent librarian at Hands On Research Solutions, a company she started after completing her MLIS. Africa specializes in social media training, career coaching with higher education and library science professionals, and individualized research projects.

Amy Herman
Library Faculty
Olympic College
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 mom who also enjoys running, reading, and travelling.

Barbara Holland
Brooklyn Public Library
I am a Sr.Librarian, at Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn NY.Just about 13 years of experience as a information professional. As a Young Adult librarian,I enjoy the task of creating and planning lesson plans for teens ages 13-17. I am experienced in information retrieval and enjoy researching various topics in my spare time. When I'm not busy researching, I enjoy creating an arts and crafts projects.

Barbara Holland
Sr Librarian
Brooklyn Public LIbrary
Native New Yorker Sr Librarian , Thirteen Years Young Adult Specialty

Kristina Holzweiss
Bay Shore Middle School
I am currently employed as a school library media specialist. Previously, I taught seventh-grade English for nine years. I received both a BA and an MA in English. In addition, I completed the Educational Computing Certificate from SUNY Stony Brook, and received my MLS in Library Studies from CW Post. I have taught several in-service classes, and am a certified Thinkfinity trainer, Intel Master Teacher, and Glogster Ambassador.er. My presentations include the LI Language Arts Council Conference, the Western SuffolkBOCES Annual School Library System Conference, NY Library Association, Suffolk School Library Media, LI School Media Association, Long Island Tech Summit, LICSS, Library 2.011, and the Social Learning Summit.

Mary Kaye Hooker
Head Librarian
Bauder College

Erica Hubbard
Library Department Chair
Community College of Qatar
Erica L. Hubbard, Library Department Chair, at Community College of Qatar, (CCQ) is a member of the faculty and responsible for the overall mission of library services for the institution. Establishing two campus libraries from the ground, her most important objective for CCQ is to increase information literacy while inoculating a reading culture within the student population and surrounding community. Previously she held public services librarian positions at Houston Community College (HCC) in Houston, Texas where she provided reference assistance in addition to functioning as adjunct faculty within the English Studies department facilitating college preparatory courses face to face and online. She has also facilitated computer literacy classes and taught web page design developing a firm foundation in understanding and improving information retrieval behavior within student populations. Her prior employment at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania consisted of coordinating and conducting reference duties for the career development collection at Haggerty Library which served undergraduate and graduate students. She also participated with the Internet Public Library project housed at Drexel providing reference assistance to global patrons on a variety of topics through the world wide web. Upon pursuing a concentration in Archival studies in graduate school, she completed an internship at Temple University, where she processed historical papers at Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Special Collections Library and conducted empirical research over measurable diversity within academic and non-academic repositories in the Philadelphia area. The research is under review with American Archivist and she presented selected findings at the annual Association for African American Historical Research and Preservation Conference at Seattle University in Seattle, WA. (Twitter)

Alys Jordan
Head of Research, Instruction, & Outreach Services
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Jordan received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Florida State University. She has a Specialist Degree in Library Science and has earned two Masters Degrees in the disciplines of Information Studies and Religious Studies. Presently, Jordan is pursuing a Doctorate of Education with an emphasis in organizational leadership at Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Her research interest range from training and curriculum development, Web 2.0 in business, history, and education. Subsequent to her educational pursuits, Jordan has received an extensive array of professional development hours and certificates. (Twitter)

Janardhan Reddy, Kaila
CSI Institute of Technology
Designation: Librarian and Co-ordinator (NATA). Qualifications: B.Sc.(Life Sc.), M.Sc.(Env.Sc.), B.L.I.Sc.,M.LI.Sc.,M.Phil., L.L.B. and pursuing Ph.D. from Osmania Univeristy, Hyd.A.P.India. Experience: Industrial 3 Years, IT(GIS) for 5 years, and present Lib. & Inf. Sc. profession since 2000 i.e, 12 years total 20 years of services and also I worked for International Chess Championship Matches as a Member of Chess Secretariat held at Sanghi, India in 1994. Served as Part-time news contributor for Telugu National Daily for 2 years. Memberships: Life Member in ALSD,A.P. and ILA,India. etc. Prsent Joint Secretary, A.L.S.D. formerly workded as Treasurer for A.L.S.D. and Executive Member from 2005-07, 2007-09, 2009-11 and 2011-13.

Robin Kear
Liaison Librarian
University of Pittsburgh
I have served the American Library Association International Relations Round Table (IRRT) over the last seven years in various roles, including my recent election as executive board member-at-large. I served a half-year as an information services intern for the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya in 2003. I enjoy publishing, presenting, being involved in ALA, and contributing to international librarianship. I 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. (Twitter)

Sandra L. Keirsey
Assistant Librarian
Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University
Sandra received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences in 2009 from Drexel University. Before coming to Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU), she was a contracted employee for Chugach Federal Solutions, Inc. and was working at the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI) before coming to PMU. CASI is the official repository for National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) documents. Previously Sandra worked as a virtual Senior Reference Administrator for the ipl2 Librarian Service, where she managed a team, assisted the Manager of Reference Services, and helped in the virtual reference.

Serap Kurbanoglu
Hacettepe University
I am a full-time professor and the Chair of the Department of Information Management of hacettepe University. Graduated from the same University and received my PhD from Sheffield University,UK. I do organize international conferences and workshops. The most recent one is next week about Information Management and E-Science, next one is October 2013 on information literacy. I give lectures on numerous topics such as Information Literacy, Systems Analysis, Project Management, etc. I serve as a referree for numerous journals.

Sam Leif
Librarian / Learning Resource Center Specialist
International Academy of Design and Technology - Vegas
I graduated from SJSU with my MLIS in 2011 after interning at the University Of Nevada Las Vegas in their Reference and Instruction Departments. I successfully helped launch their library Twitter feed. Co-authored an article on Twitter use in academic libraries (Libraries Atwitter, Reference Services Review). Started first professional position in February as the solo-librarian / Learning Resource Center Specialist at the International Academy of Design and Technology, Las Vegas Campus.

Shabbi Luthra
Director of Research and Development, and Technology
American School of Bombay
Shabbi Luthra has worked for over two decades in various teaching and leadership roles in international schools in the field of educational technology. Her work is focused on the development of stakeholder ownership of technology integration, and on the creation of technology-enriched learning environments that support our students’ acquisition of 21st Century skills. She is currently the Director of Research and Development, and Technology at the American School of Bombay, and is focused on working with a team of educators to study, design, prototype, and develop new designs of schooling and teaching and learning for the 21st Century. (Twitter)

Elizabeth Machie
San Jose State University
I recently completed my MLIS studies and am looking forward to taking part in the advisory board. I am especially interested in social media's application to new library environments and ways to apply Web technologies to library branding strategies.

Arshad Mahmood
Pakistan Library Club
Mr. Arshad Mahmood is Director of a professional association Pakistan Library Club (PLC). Arshad Mahmood is an MPhil Scholar and author of 3 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. (Twitter)

Charles Mayberry
Director, Information Services
SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network)
Charles Mayberry is the Director of Information Services, at SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network). He obtained his graduate degree in Library and Information Studies at Florida State University in 1993. His past experience in librarianship includes seven years as the Director of Information Services at the National Golf Foundation where he developed an industry library. While at SEFLIN, Charles has led the Virtual Library Team, helping to develop MyLibraryService.org, MiServiciodeBiblioteca.org, and the new SEFLIN.org Web site. He also led the development of Florida Library Jobs, a state-wide recruitment service for Florida's libraries. Since joining SEFLIN ten years ago, he has been a frequent speaker on the topics of library recruitment and virtual library services. He also holds certification as a Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. He has served as the chair of the Virtual Library Discussion Group for the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and is also an adjunct faculty member of the University of South Florida's School of Library and Information Science. Charles has been the project lead for two international virtual conferences, one in 2011 entitled Library Resource Sharing: Trends & Technologies, and one in 2012 entitled eBooks: Benefits, Challenges, and the Future.

Rhonda McCoy
Information Curriculum Specialist
Paine College
Rhonda McCoy serves as a faculty member in the Science and Mathematics department and the Curriculum Specialist in the Instruction and Reference Department at Paine College in Augusta, GA, where she has worked since 2001. Rhonda successfully completed the HBCU Library Alliance Leadership Institute in 2008 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. Rhonda has been active in various library organizations for the past twelve years and is a very active member on many committees of the Georgia Library Association and in other professional organizations. Rhonda is currently serving as the Vice-President of AABIG. She has served as a conference paper and poster presentations reviewer for several organizations. Rhonda recently published an article on discovery tools in the Journal of Undergraduate College and Libraries and has presented at various international and national conferences. Rhonda looks forward to continuously being a leader, contributing to academic body of knowledge and igniting a passion of librarian activism in everyone in which she comes in contact.

Phil Menger
Library Technician
Let go after 22 years from my company on the cusp of the downturn I went back to University and got my two year Library Technician Diploma. I currently have a column (Phil the Web Crawler) on the LTAIG (Library Technicians and Assistants) news letter. http://ltaig.wordpress.com/ and am the Sponsorship and Advertising Coordinator for the BC Library Association newsletter Browser. Prior to my new career as Library Technician I had careers in broadcasting and as an executive with a corporate newswire service. I am currently pursuing a degree in Adult Education. (Twitter)

Shima Moradi
Islamic Azad University, Tehran Science and Research Branch
I got all my degrees in Library and Information science and also i got many certificates in IT and computer science also. My previous experiances were in different environment, Editor in chief of, webmaster, lecturer, Scholalry communication expert and ....I am the member of different association in Iran and all around the world.

mugisha george
community library project coordinator
A journalist/public relation by profession with experience in insurance sales now working as a community library project coordinator

Jane Orbell-Smith
Queensland Health
Jane has had a varied career initially training as a library technician and then qualifying as a librarian. She has a background in special libraries (Agriculture, Veterinary Sciences, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Indigenous Law, Join-use Community/School, Tertiary Education, and for the past 6 years, Health Sciences). Jane has a focus on continuing professional development, provision of services to remote clientele, and inter-disciplinary collaboration. She currently sits on the National Health Libraries Australia Executive, National ALIA Careers Advisory Committee, and is also the Editor of the HLA News.

David J Parkes
Staffordshire University
University Librarian, ICT Associate Director - research,writing on web 2.0,next web, libraries, technology, library architecture, moocs, heutagogy, ambient learning, OER, informaiton and digital literacies (Twitter)

i am Prof. kuldeep pawar, librarian , government college of education, parbhani, maharashtra, india , last 10 years experience of librarian.

Melissa Powell
Melissa Powell has worked for over 30 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry. She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals both online and through state libraries and library consortia. She spent 2009 organizing a local history collection at a public library in the mountains of Colorado (“from boxes to shelves”) and regularly consults with school and public libraries on technical and public services. Melissa is the Webcast Producer for Publisher’s Weekly, Content Editor for Colorado Libraries Journal, and Editor of the Biblio Tech Review, an international library technology newsletter.

Saima Qutab
Library, Higher Education Commission
I am librarian at the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. HEC is a governmental body to advice and support universities of Pakistan. I am MPhil scholar and authored 6 articles and presented my work in 4 different national and international conferences. I represented Pakistani female librarians at OCLC/IFLA as Jay Jordon Early Career Development Fellow 2009. I also won Charles Wallace Trust Scholarship to attend a two months course in University of Glasgow, UK in 2012. I served as a volunteer on different national associations and organizations. I am an active technology female librarian in Pakistan promoting female’s involvement in the development of profession and Pakistan in rather less opportunity areas.

Muhammad Rafiq
University of Sargodha
Dr. Muhammad Rafiq is, currently, serving as Assistant Professor at Dept. of Library & Information Science, University of Sargodha [Pakistan]. He has over 13 years of experience of teaching and managing university libraries and information settings of national and international organizations i.e. Punjab University, Lahore; GC University Lahore; National Textile University, Faisalabad; International Islamic University Islamabad; Development Alternative Inc. USA; and International Relief & Development Inc. USA. He achieved: The Jay Jordan IFLA-OCLC Early career Development Fellowship 2004; The Winner of 2009 International Research Paper Contest of American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T); and Associate to Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, USA. Dr. Rafiq has professional alignment with ALA, SLA, ASIS&T, and PLA.

Ghulam Murtaza Rafique
The University of Lahore
My name is Ghulam Murtaza Rafique. I am serving The University of Lahore as Librarian since last one year.

Credo Reference/SJSU SLIS
Libraries Thriving
Credo Reference
I'm passionate about teaching, learning, networking, collaborating, and supporting libraries. Having recently earned my MLIS, I'm ready to enter into the field and continue to add to my foundational LIS skills. (Twitter)

Jackie Ricords
Credo Evangelist
Credo Reference
Jackie Ricords has an academic background in education policy, history, and economics and has completed research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, a Rotary International Fellowship in England and Spain, as well as a NEH Fellowship in Rome. Jackie spent 10 years coordinating education non‐profits, faculty professional development programs, and government projects in the areas of educational technology, service‐learning, and diversity. Before her current position as a director for Credo Reference, Jackie was the Director of Library & Educational Relations for a STM publisher, IGI Global. A central focus of Jackie’s current position is assisting libraries with their e-resources planning and developing new products to assist with information literacy.

Melanie Sellar
Co-Executive Director
Librarians Without Borders
Melanie Sellar is the Co-Executive Director and Founder of Librarians Without Borders (LWB). She led the start-up of LWB in 2006 while an MLIS student at the University of Western Ontario (Canada). Since its founding, Melanie has helped to grow LWB to include five Canadian LIS/IS programs, to cultivate and shape library development programs in a number of countries, and to focus the organization around service-learning pedagogy. In addition to her extensive work with LWB, Melanie is employed as the Education Services Librarian at Marymount College in Los Angeles.

John Shank
Instructional Desing Librarian
Penn State Univ.
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. 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 (Digital Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. Shank is the co-founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian On-line Community (http://www.blendedlibrarian.org/). (Twitter)

Daniela Skokovic
Pozega Public Library
I have been working as children librarian for ten years. At my library I am coordinator of several projects (For every baby a book, Read while you are waiting (in the Health Center), IFLA Sister libraries project (partnership with one German library...). I am also an active member of Serbian Library Association and its Coordinator of Commisssion for International Cooperation. (Twitter)

Gurpreet Singh Sohal
GGD SD College
Librarian at GGD SD College, Chandigarh - providing Information Consultancy and Reference Service to my students from the last 5 years. I have been doing exhaustive work in Open source software(s), Reference Services, Library Society, Digital Library, and so on. I am also member of Indian Association of Teachers of Library and Information Science (IATLIS), Punjab Library Association (PLA)

M. Shahid Soroya
Regional Librarian
Allama Iqbal Open University
I am working as Regional Librarian at Allama Iqbal Open University, Regional Campus, Lahore. I have more than 10 years professional experience. I have Masters, & M.Phil and currently enrolled as Ph.D candidate at University of the Punjab, Lahore. I have been awarded SLA-PAM International Membership Award 2007. I have been elected President of Punjab University Library & Information Science Alumni Association (PULISAA) for 2012-2014. I am moderator/owner of Online Discussion Group (more than 1200 members) named. Librarian Welfare Group. I am president of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization working for the betterment of LIS professionals of Pakistan.

Tim Staal
Head Librarian
American School of Bombay
Beginning in August 2012, I will be the Head Librarian at the American School of Bombay in Mumbai, India. I was formerly the Executive Director of the Michigan Association for Media in Education, (MAME) and the Director of Media and Information Technology for Jenison Public School in Michigan, USA. I am an Apple Distinguished Educator and Past President of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL).

Ulla de Stricker
de Stricker Associates
Knowledge Management Consultant (see www.destricker.com) active in several associations related to information professions. Author of several books for info pros and frequent speaker at conferences. (Twitter)

Libray of Alexandria
Mandy A. Taha is currently a senior librarian and responsible on the project of Setting the Standards and Guidelines for the Arab Libraries and Information Specialists, at IFLA Centre for Arabic Speaking Libraries (IFLA-CASL), the library of Alexandria, Egypt. Since 2001, Mandy worked with a number of projects and departments within the library and performed a number of task that includes selection of items for the library collection, bibliographies compilation and subject guides development, users assistance at the reference desk, taught some of information literacy courses and gave lectures including Web2.0 literacy course and set up a blog Alexlibrarians 2.0 for the course. She was awarded the Special Libraries Association membership (SLA) - Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics (PAM) Division, 2008 where she gave a presentation about science in Egypt. Mandy has co-authored (with Joseph R. Kraus, 2009) a webliography to Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship (ISTL). Currently, she is eIFL open access country coordinator in Egypt, organizes the Open Access Week activities 2010, 2011, 2012, and she edits the DRIVER Wiki page on Open Access in Egypt. Mandy holds a Bachelor and a Master degree in engineering, and is currently working on her PhD.

Anna Maria Tammaro
Università di Parma
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.

Yingqi Tang
Assistance Professor
Jacksonville state University
I am a Distance Education Librarian/Electronic Resources Manager at Jacksonville State University at Jacksonville Alabama.

Yingqi Tang
Distance Education/Electronic Resources Manager
Jacksonville State University

Linda Thiebaud
Lewisville ISD
I am an elementary school librarian (18 years), and I work part-time at a public library in addition to serving on the Flower Mound Library Board for 12 years. I participate in the Bluebonnet Reading Program each year. Last year, my fifth grade students placed fifth in an international writing project, two placed second place and five students placed first! In addition, my students have been published in a book along with students from 40 nations that was collaboratively written during school time. I have a pen pal in Sweden that I have written to for 42 years, so I have a long time interest in the international scene! In addition, I am a voracious reader.

Dave Trudeau
Director of Library Services
Vance-Granville Community College
I am a career change librarian with experience in middle / elementary schools and community colleges. I have a strong commitment to library advocacy and intellectual freedom at a variety of levels (school, academic, and public). As a community college library leader here in North Carolina and the USA, I am very interested in promoting and establishing library services as a vital (and equal) partner with academics and student services. This appears to be a common issue at the community college level.

School Library
I've studied Library Science and now studying Cultural Management. Im working as a teacher librarian. My work background includes art libraries and school libraries. I have been a volunteer librarian in a school library and now im an online volunteer in Welovereading(Jordan). I have a special interest in new media and technologies and how they relate to the contemporary Library and Librarian.Im interested also in information theory and philosophy.

Evans Lubwa Wafula
Head Librarian
Hatua Likoni Organization
Passionate Librarian

Berthamae Walker
Deputy Librarian
The College of The Bahamas
I've been a Librarian in the Bahamas since 1982. I spent 5 years as a School librarian and since 1987, worked in academic library. I've served in several capacities at the College of The Bahamas (COB) Library including Reference, Circulation, Acquisitions and Special Collections librarian. I was educated at Alfred University, New York (BA); SUNY, Buffalo (MLS)and Nova Southeastern University (PhD).

Abbe Waldron
Library Media Specialist/Educational Technologist
Regional School District No. 6
I'm a library media specialist/educational technologist at a 7-12 school in Connecticut. I love to find new ways to engage students in reading through the use of technology. The best part of my job is getting to collaborate with other educators. I enjoy facilitating professional development in our district and I'm really interested in connecting our students and teachers to classrooms outside of our school. (Twitter)

Reina Williams
Library Faculty
Wilbur Wright College
Currently I am a library faculty member at Wilbur Wright College, which is one of the City Colleges of Chicago. I am in charge of reference, library instruction, and outreach. I have a Bachelor in Fine Art and Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2010. I received my Master in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in River Forest, IL. I will be pursuing a Doctor in Philosophy in Library and Information Science at Dominican University in the Fall of 2013. I have worked in online, academic, and public libraries. (Twitter)

Elizabeth Windsor
Subject Specialist Librarian
Argosy University
Elizabeth Windsor has a background in psychology and received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. She has worked as an Adult Librarian for the Seattle Public Library and an Information Analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has been working at Argosy University, Seattle Campus as a Subject Specialist Librarian since January of 2010 and can be reached at ewindsor@argosy.edu or (206)393.3623.


We also express appreciation to the International Advisory Council of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) and the International Advisory Board for the Center for Information Research and Innovation (CIRI) at San José State University. 


Stephen Abram (International Advisory Council)
Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets
Gale Cengage

Stacey Aldrich (International Advisory Council)
State Librarian
California State Library

Tasha Bergson-Michelson (International Advisory Council)
Search Education Curriculum Fellow
Google Inc.

Eileen Breen (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Publisher of the library journals of Emerald Group, UK

Christine Bruce (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Queensland University of Technology and QUT coordinator of the San Jose Gateway PhD Program

Kim Bui Burton (International Advisory Council)
Monterey City Library and Community Services 

Anne Caputo (International Advisory Council)
Executive Director
Dow Jones & Company

H. Frank Cervone (International Advisory Council)
Vice Chancellor, Information Services
Purdue University

Luciana Duranti (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Director of the international InterPARES records project and Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia

Jane Dysart (International Advisory Council)
Dysart and Jones

Adele Fasick (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Professor emerita and Dean emerita at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto and part-time lecturer, San Jose State University SLIS

Carla Funk (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Executive Director, Medical Library Association (which also manages the Association for Library and Information Science Education and the International Association of School Librarianship

Charles Harmon (International Advisory Council)
Neal-Schuman Publishers

Luis Herrera (International Advisory Council)
City Librarian
City and County of San Francisco

Jerry Kline (International Advisory Council)
Innovative Interfaces

Jane Light (International Advisory Council)
Past Director
San José Public Library
(past chair, executive board, Urban Libraries Council)

Cathy Marshall (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Principal Researcher, Silicon Valley Lab, Microsoft Research

Joe Murphy (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Independent consultant and tech trend spotter

George Needham (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Vice-president, Global and Regional Councils for OCLC, and an independent Library Strategist and Consultant

Mary Nino (International Advisory Council)
Associate Dean, Library Administration
San José State University
Dr. Martin Luther King Library

Kathy Pennell (International Advisory Council)
Library District Director
City of North Las Vegas, Nevada

Dan Russell (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Senior Research Scientist, Search Quality & User Happiness, Google.

Roberta Shaffer (International Advisory Board for CIRI)
Associate Librarian of Congress

Donna Scheeder (International Advisory Council)
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Library of Congress

Debora Seys (International Advisory Council)
Community and Content Manager
eBay Inc.

Albin Wagner (International Advisory Council)
Retired Deputy Director
New Jersey Division of Archives & Records Management

Debra Wallace (International Advisory Council)
Executive Director, Knowledge and Library Services
Harvard Business School