ANN J. WOLPERT
Director of Libraries
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
As Director of Libraries, Ann J. Wolpert oversees MIT’s distributed library system and MIT Press.
She also has oversight of Technology Review, MIT’s magazine of innovation.
Prior to joining MIT, Wolpert was executive director of library and information services at the Harvard Business School. Her experience previous to Harvard included management of the Information Center of Arthur D. Little, Inc., an international management and consulting firm, where she also worked on various consulting assignments. More recent consulting assignments have taken her to the University of New Mexico, Cornell University and Adelphi University in New York, the campuses of INCAE in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, the League of European Research Libraries in Amsterdam, the National Library of China, and the Malaysia University of Science and Technology.
Wolpert is active in the professional library community. She recently served as president of the Association of Research Libraries and is a member of its Intellectual Property and Copyright Committee. She serves on the board of directors of the Boston Library Consortium and the steering committees of the Coalition for Networked Information and the Digital Library Federation. She is a member of the National Institute for Health's Public Access Working Group and the Journal of Library Administration's editorial board, and she is a publications advisor to the National Science Foundation and the Massachusetts Medical Society. A frequent speaker and writer, she has recently contributed papers on topics such as library service to remote library users, intellectual property management in a digital environment, and open access and the future of research libraries in the digital age.
Wolpert received a BA from Boston University and an MLS from Simmons College, where she is an Honorary Trustee. In 1998 she was elected to the National Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education of the American Council on Education.
The Future of the Profession in the Digital Era: New Roles for Information Professionals.
Big data, open access, mobile technology, exploding Internet content, and personalized and continuous learning are among the important trends that are reshaping knowledge management and opening new doors for information professionals. Librarians and other information professionals are poised to participate in the creation, dissemination, and curation of knowledge as never before.
The role of our professions is increasingly active and dynamic, leading to fascinating new career opportunities in the 21st Century.
Sherif Kamel Mahmoud Shaheen, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of Library, Archives & information technology Department
Faculty of Arts-Cairo University
Director of the New Central Library of Cairo University(www.cl.cu.edu.eg)
Holds MA with distinction in Library Science from Leeds (1987) and a PhD with first honor degree in library science from Cairo University (1991) as well as a private pilot license from Egypt Air Institute (1981). Worked as the National librarian of Egypt (October 2005 to October 2007)Also, worked for King Abdul Aziz University, department of Library and Information Science – Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for ten years(1994-2005)
He was selected to be an expert member of the Regional Expert Committee for ALECSO's 5 years Plan (2011 – 2016) responsible for the Communication and Information Sector, Tunisia. Also, he is working with other 5 experts from around the Arab world as a steering Committee for ALECSO’s department of Information and Communication since April 2011. On Feb.2012 he was selected to be the chairman of the National Committee for Book and Publishing at the Higher Supreme for Culture, Egyptian ministry for Culture.
He was chosen as a board member in various institutions like Cultural Monetary Fund, the Egyptian Academy for Science and Research (Council for Culture and Knowledge) and the National Library and Archives of Egypt.
Although he started his career as academic, but he is considered as a professional trainer at some institutions in Egypt and abroad, for example: ARADO, ALECSO, Arabic Association for Business Administration…etc. His main subject interest is the application of Information Technology and Communication in Libraries, Archives and Museums.
He believes in the integration of the three Societies’ memory institutions. Also, he has published works dealing with various managerial problems as well as new concepts like TQC, ISO 9001/2008, Performance indicators and management, Electronic Management, Knowledge Management application in different institutions…
He works as editorial and Scientific Adviser in Various Arabic journals specialized in library and Information Science published in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Also, he worked as a professional Consultant in Various projects concerning establishing, developing and Automating Information centers and libraries in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
He received in 2009 The Egyptian Society for Libraries and Information Award best Academic library (The New Central Library for Cairo University, and Cairo University Award for the excellence in organizing the first used book fair. In 2007 Selected as a member of the International group ( International Visitor Program) by the American Embassy to travel for 21 days (5-29 June 2007) to U.S. visiting major libraries and Information Centers and Attending the ALA annual conference. In 2006 he received The Arab Federation for Libraries and Information Award for excellence in profession, and The Egyptian Society for Libraries and Information Award for excellence in profession. In 2002 he was the first ever Librarian to receive the Egyptian governmental encouraging prize for the year 2001 in social sciences (Library and information branch) Published 10 books and 85 research articles and papers presented to conference or published in different journals.
From traditional to Digital Information and Knowledge professions: What is missing in the Arab World?
The paper scans various factors affecting the transformation of the profession from traditional to digital environment. The factors discussed represent two levels, the national level and the profession level. According to the national level, the paper deal with Society’s image and respect concerning information and knowledge profession (National Library, Archives and Museums), Information Literacy efforts (ALECSO’s Certificate for Information Literacy), Arab culture, language and technology (Arabic digital content and tools, e-readers, OCR software and scanners, Coding like QR, RFID…etc.), Privatization, out-sourcing and economic model, Education system (Schools and Universities, distance education and e-learning), Science and technology Information Networks, Institutions’ Social Responsibility, Government (Budget, plans, policies, and legislations..i.e. copyrights and Open Access initiatives and Freedom of Information), ICT Infrastructure, Publishing Industry (traditional and electronic), Knowledge-based economy plans, Innovation and creation national system.
Secondly, Concerning the profession level the paper discusses education (Library science, Archives and Information technology, with special concern to What is being learned about collecting, organizing and accessing Implicit Knowledge?, Knowledge workers’ satisfaction (librarians, Academics, Publishers, vendors, Associations), Professional needed software, Systems and equipments, Management issues (leaderships, marketing, Quality assurance, Accountability, performance indicators), scholarly communication and society, Professional institutions community (Associations and Federations), Profession standards (International and local), the concept of Society’s memory institutions (Libraries, Archives and Museums) and the need for Convergence and Collaboration. Finally, the paper ends with crucial recommendation that can facilitate the soft change and make it easy.