International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries
Prof. Carla Basili Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - (Italian National Research Council), Rome, Italy Lumsa University - Rome Talk title:Measuring Information Literacy policies Promoter and Co-ordinator of the European network on Information Literacy and of the European Observatory on Information Literacy Policies and Research Research interests focus on scientific information diffusion and transfer and, since 2001, concentrate on Information Literacy policies in Higher Education. Selected books: Information Literacy at the crossroad of Education and Information Policies in Europe (2008), Information Literacy in Europe (2003), The European Observatory on Information Literacy Policies and Research (forthcoming)
Prof. Dr. Norbert Fuhr Department of Computational and Cognitive Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen,Germany Talk title:Evaluation Approaches for Digital Libraries Norbert Fuhr received a PhD (Dr.) in Computer Science from the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1986. He became Associate Professor in the computer science department of the University of Dortmund in 1991 and was appointed Full Professor for computer science at the University of Duisburg-Essen in 2002. His current research interests are retrieval models, networked digital library architectures, user-oriented retrieval methods and the evaluation of digital libraries.
Dr. Henk Harmsen Head of the Development & Acquisition Department, The Netherlands Institute of Scientific Information (NIWI-KNAW) Talk title: Guidelines for repositories assessment and review of the quality of operations for data repositoriesHenk Harmsen (1958) studied computer linguistics at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). He wrote a PH.D at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (VU) about automatic syntactical- and semantic text-parsing. He was head of the IT department (1993-1995) and interim manager (1996-1997) of an institute of the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 1998 he went to the UvA as a librarian and operational manager at the Faculty of Science. In 2000 he returned to the KNAW to become operational director at the Netherlands Institute of Scientific Information (NIWI-KNAW). He has lead a few reorganisations and he is the primary 'booster' of various innovative IT-projects.
Expertise area: linguistics, text-corpora, informatics and development, audio
Prof. Peter Hernon Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA, USA, Co-editor, Library and Information Science Research Talk title:The Next Managerial Leadership: Continuation of a Research Agenda
Peter Hernon a professor at Simmons College (Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston, Massachusetts), where he teaches course on government information policy and resources, evaluation of information services, research methods, and academic librarianship. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and has taught at Simmons College, the University of Arizona, and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He has delivered keynote addresses in seven other countries: Canada, England, France, Finland, Portugal, Spain, and South Africa. He is the co-editor of Library & Information Science Research, founding editor of Government Information Quarterly, and past editor of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. He is the author of approximately 275 publications, 45 of which are books. Among these are Improving the Quality of Library Services for Students with Disabilities (2006), Comparative Perspectives on E-government (2006), Revisiting Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education (2006), Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education (2004), and Assessing Service Quality (1998), which received the Highsmith award for outstanding contribution to the literature of library and information science in 1999. He is the 2008 recipient of theAssociation of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) award for Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.
Prof. Niels Ole Pors Department of Library and Information Management, The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Copenhagen, Denmark (www.db.dk/nop) Talk title:Measuring the Quality of Leadership and Service Provision in Libraries Niels Ole Pors is Full Professor at the Department of Library and Information Management, The Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark. He is member of the Research Council of the Danish Ministry of Culture and Research Director of Norslis (The Nordic – Baltic Research School in Information Studies. He is also Library Advisor for Emerald Publishing Group and has since 2001 been active as an officer in IFLA. He has previously been Dean at the School with responsibilities for both research and education. He has published over 20 books and research reports on user studies and information behaviour, research methods and statistical analysis, organisational theories and leadership, quality management and educational questions concerning the profession. He has published more than 250 papers and articles in academic and professional journals. He is member of several editorial boards of academic journals. He also has a comprehensive international experience leading development projects in Eastern Europe and South Africa.
Dr Sohair Wastawy Chief Librarian, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
Dr. Sohair Wastawy is the first Chief Librarian for the new Library of Alexandria, Egypt. Dr. Wastawy has been a practitioner in the library and information field since 1975, and practiced librarianship in a number of countries including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the USA. She began her library career at Cairo University Library in 1975, taught librarianship in the first women’s library program in Saudi Arabia in 1983, and was the dean of libraries at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago from 1988 until 2004. Dr. Wastawy is an international expert in library management in academic, public, and research institutions. She earned her BA, MA, and completed work towards her Ph.D. thesis in Linguistics at Cairo University, Egypt. She also possesses a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, USA and a Doctorate degree in Library and Information Management from Simmons College, Massachusetts, USA. In addition to her leadership role and managerial responsibilities, Dr. Wastawy is often a consultant to the non-for-profit organizations, governments and accreditation commissions and has been the recipient of many excellence awards, a Peace Fellowship and a Fulbright Scholarship. She is also an member of many boards such as the Board of the International Association of Technical University Libraries, Director of the IFLA Center for the Arabic Speaking countries and has written and lectured extensively on issues related to libraries and information systems.