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
Professor Helen Partridge
Dr Helen Partridge a Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Scholarly Information and Learning Services) at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia. She has oversight of the university’s Library Services, Learning and Teaching Services and Learning Environment and Media.
Helen is also an Adjunct Professor in Information Systems School at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. She works QUT’s Information Studies Group; a research team with a multi-disciplinary focus crossing the boundaries of people, information, and technology. The group has established an international reputation for its unique qualitative work exploring people’s information experiences. From 2006 to 2014 Helen coordinated QUT’s library and information science (LIS) education programs. She has published widely in the area of teaching and learning and has received a number of teaching awards including a Teaching Fellowship in 2008 from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) that explored the impact of social media on the LIS profession and its education. Helen was later commissioned by the ALTC to produce a Best Practice Report on Blended Learning that could be used to guide the future of higher education teaching and learning in Australia.
In 2009 Helen received funding to lead a project that established a framework for the education of the information professions in Australia. The project involved 11 institutions representing university and vocational library and information science education in Australia, and led to the inaugural Australian Information Education Symposium in Australia. This one-day symposium is now an annual event through which LIS educators can engage in open critical discourse and development around teaching and learning. She is an active member of the Australian and international library and information profession. She has twice been elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Library and Information Association, and was appointed a Fellow of the Association in 2012. Helen has been a member of the Library Theory and Research Standing Committee of the International Federation of Library and Information Associations, and coordinated the committee’s recent project, Research Librarian Partnership, a mentoring program aimed at helping new professionals in the library sector develop their knowledge, skill and experience in undertaking research. Email: email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
Assistant Professor Dr. Heather O'Brien
Heather O’Brien is Assistant Professor at the iSchool, University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Her research investigates user engagement with information media, specifically how to understand and measure this phenomenon. She created the User Engagement Scale, a multidimensional self-report measure to assess user engagement. Her work has appeared in scholarly journals including the Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, Journal of Documentation, Information Processing and Management, Interacting with Computers, various scholarly conference proceedings, and books. In 2012, she was the recipient the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)/DIalog Methodology Paper award (with Mahria Lebow). Her teaching interests include information behaviour seeking and use, user experience and engagement, and the impact of technology on individuals and society. 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