Professor Diane H. Sonnenwald
Diane H. Sonnenwald is Emerita Professor and Emerita Chair of Information & Library Studies at the School of Information and Communication Studies at UCD, Dublin, Ireland, where she served as Head of School and Head of Subject. Sonnenwald also holds the title of Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From November 2015 to May 2016 she was the Distinguished Endowed Chair and Visiting Professor at the National Taiwan Normal University.
Sonnenwald was the first person outside North America to be elected President of ASIS&T, the Association for Information Science and Technology. She served as President in 2011-2012, chaired the International Relations Committee from 2013-2015, and is currently chairing the 2016 ASIS&T Annual Meeting that will be in Copenhagen in October 2016. In these roles she has implemented initiatives to increase global participation and collaboration in the information sciences.
Professor Sonnenwald conducts research on collaboration, information behaviour and collaboration technology in a variety of contexts, including inter-disciplinary and inter-organizational collaboration in police work, emergency healthcare, academia and industry. This research has been published in over 90 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. Her most recent edited book, Theory Development in the Information Sciences, was published by the University of Texas Press in March 2016. Sonnenwald's work has been funded by national and international funding agencies, including the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, European Science Foundation, as well as private corporations and foundations. In 2002 Diane was a Fulbright Professor in Finland. Other awards and recognition include the 2014 SigUSE Elfreda A. Chatman Award and 2013 ASIS&T Lecture Series Award, a U.S. Army Research Laboratory Scientific Contribution Award, UNC Junior Faculty Research Award, ALISE Research Methodology Best Paper Award, and Bell Communications Research Award of Excellence. Professor Sonnenwald has a PhD from the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University.
Associate Professor Bharat Mehra
Bharat Mehra is Associate Professor School of Information Sciences University of Tennessee. Bharat’s research furthers diversity and intercultural communication and addresses social justice and social equity agendas to meet the needs of minority and underserved populations (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people; racial and ethnic minorities; international communities; low-income families; rural libraries; amongst others). He has applied conceptual frameworks in library and information science (e.g., human information behavior, information seeking and use, social informatics, etc.) in combination with interdisciplinary approaches from critical theory, feminist and cross-cultural studies, postcolonial literature, race and gender research, and community informatics or the use of information and communication technologies to enable and empower disenfranchised communities to bring changes in their socio-cultural, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic circumstances. Email: email@example.com
Professor Sajjad ur Rehman
Sajjad ur Rehman holds a professorship with the Department of Library and Information Science, Kuwait University.He was awarded his MLIS and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Indiana University, USA in 1983 and 1985. He has served in academic, professional and management positions since 1972. He has authored/edited six books, two of which were published by Greenwood Press, USA and one by Saur/IFLA. He published a large number of refereed journal articles in journals of international repute. He has produced 20 funded research and consultancy reports. He contributed to many international conferences. He has conducted training programs in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia and Kuwait. He has given consultancy to a number of corporate organizations and universities. His areas of expertise include information and knowledge management, knowledge organization, LIS education, KM education, management of information organizations, and information resources and services. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor Dr. Shaheen Majid
Dr. Shaheen Majid is Associate Professor at the Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is Associate Editor of Singapore Journal of Library & Information Management and on the editorial boards of several prestigious international journals. He did his MSc (Botany) from the University of the Punjab (Pakistan), MLIS from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), and PhD from City University, London (UK). He has written over 160 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters. He has provided consultancy services in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Pakistan. His research interests include information literacy, environment intelligence, information and knowledge sharing, and information needs & information seeking patterns. E-mail: email@example.com
Professor Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić
Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić is currently a professor at the Department of Librarianship, Faculty of Education, University of Osijek and Professor at the Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. In 2006 she won an Austinu nobel international award as the best teacher of information science—Thompson ISI’s Outstanding Information Science Teacher of the Year—from American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST). Major projects include: Organization, preservation and usage of the Croatian written heritage – scientific project financed by Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology: Implementation and usage of ITC in academic education in Croatia – research project financed by Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology; Croatian Information Network for Libraries – Feasibility study financed jointly by Croatian ministries for Science and Technology, Culture and Education. Tatjana has written more than 60 professional papers and reviews and is editor of 16 books in the field of LIS. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Associate Professor Lili Luo
Dr. Lili Luo is an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. She received her Master’s in Information Management from Peking University and PhD in Library and Information Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary areas of expertise include digital reference service, information seeking and use, and LIS education. She is particularly interested in studying the evolution of reference service under the influence of emerging technologies, and she has published actively and led multiple research projects in this area, including a recent research grant, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to study the best practices of providing reference service via texting. Email: email@example.com
Assistant Professor Keren Dali
Dr. Keren Dali is an Assistant Professor at the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alberta, Canada. Her primary research interests are in diversity and immigrant communities, reading practices in libraries and beyond, connections between information literacy and leisure behaviors, relationships between LIS and Social Work, and LIS education with the focus on creativity and the issues of accreditation. She holds the inaugural Outstanding Instructor Award from the University of Toronto (2013); the inaugural ALISE/Connie Van Fleet Award for Research Excellence in Public Library Services to Adults (2015); and the Outstanding Reviewer distinction (2015) and the Highly Commended Paper distinction (2016) from the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Her previous work was funded by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-2016) and an American Library Association Carnegie-Whitney grant (2014-2015), among others. She is currently chairing committees for both ALISE (Association for LIS Education) and ASIS&T (Association for Information Science & Technology) and is actively involved with the “Building Strong LIS Education” group at IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations), working on the international assessment of LIS education. Dr. Dali is on the editorial board of the Library Quarterly and on the international advisory board for the Journal of Librarianship & Information Science (JoLIS); she’s also an associate editor for the newly founded International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion. For the latest projects and updates, you can follow Dr. Dali at https://kerendali.wordpress.com/ and https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Keren_Dali
Assistant Professor Vanessa Irwin
Vanessa is an Assistant Professor with the Library and Information Science Program at the University of Hawaii. Dr. Irvin's research focuses on integrating social media with the literacy practices of librarian professional development. Vanessa's research model, The Librarians' Inquiry Forum (LINQ) (http://www.linqforum.com), convenes public librarians as communities of practice in urban, rural, and indigenous contexts to ask critical questions about professional practice, experience, and identity on library frontlines. With a specialization in reading, writing, and literacy, Dr. Irvin teaches in the areas of reference, youth, and multicultural/diversity services. Dr. Irvin is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Street Literature, which was the 2012 Zora Neale Hurston Book Award winner, conferred by the Reference and User Services Association of the ALA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lecturer Nicole Johnston
Nicole is a Lecturer in Library and Information Science at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. Nicole is currently a member of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) West committee and a member of the ALIA research advisory committee. Prior to moving to Perth, Nicole taught Library and Information Studies for University College London in Qatar. Nicole was previously a member and Chair of the Professional Development committee of the Information Literacy Network (ILN) of the Gulf region. Nicole’s teaching and research interests include information literacy, digital literacy, information behavior, open access and scholarly communication. Nicole obtained her PhD from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane Australia where she did her thesis on information literacy and English Foreign Language (EFL) students. Nicole is currently working on a research project looking at print versus digital reading behaviours of students as well as developing a new course in digital literacy.