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Open Access and Beyond

Abstract:

Initiatives to promote open access to scholarly publications, as well as other associated research products, such as data, have existed for many years, and there is now a general awareness of this issue among academics and researchers. In many countries, open access policies and infrastructure are being promoted and debated at governmental, professional and institutional levels. To connect with the global momentum toward open knowledge sharing, the panel will start with a Middle Eastern regional case study, where an institutional repository is established and OA and data management policies are debated among academic and research community. The panel will also discuss international trends in open access, changing publishing models, cost-efficient methods for disseminating research findings and ways to re-direct subscription money. The panel will examine the journey towards e-science, which requires research data management and sharing plans and policies at institutional and national levels, as well as the development of new tools and infrastructure to support scientific discovery.

Objectives:

This panel will provide an overview of recent Middle Eastern and international developments in open access policy and e-science, and present an opportunity to discuss the changing research and publishing environment and the roles that should be played by researchers, librarians, IT developers, publishers, and students.

Timing:

3 hour workshop with one break.


Topics & Speakers:

Researchers' perspectives on an institutional repository and open access policy: Marshaling and curating university research outputs in order to leverage the value of the institution’s research investment

Presented by:

Prof. David Ketcheson

Professor Ketcheson is an assistant professor of applied mathematics and computational science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He is an advocate for open access, reproducible research, and for returning the control of scholarly publishing to the academic community. At KAUST he initiated a university policy that will ensure open access to all KAUST theses and dissertations and is now co-sponsoring a comprehensive open access policy. He frequently blogs and speaks about open access and reproducible research, and is a signer of the Cost of Knowledge.


Mohamed Ba-essa

Mohamed is the Digital Repository Specialist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). He leads the development and operation of the KAUST Digital Archive to save, share, and expand the impact of research-related works of the institution, such as conference papers, technical reports, peer-reviewed articles, preprints, theses and dissertations, images, data sets, and other works. Mohamed contributed to the implementation of the university “Theses and Dissertation Policy” and developed the necessary infrastructure. As part of the University Open Access Committee Mohamed leads the effort to develop an OA implementation plan for KAUST.


International developments in open access policies and implementations: An overview of trends at national, funder, and institutional levels

Presented by:

Sarah L. Shreeves, Associate Professor, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah is the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), a set of services and collections supporting scholarly communication (including the institutional repository) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also the co-Coordinator for the Scholarly Commons, a space for expert, interdisciplinary research support services and open workshops for faculty and graduate students to develop skills in areas such as digital content creation, management of research data, understanding copyright issues and author rights, and working with geospatial and numeric data. She is responsible for working with faculty, students, and researchers on a range of scholarly communication issues including author rights, open access, theses and dissertations, data management, and data curation. Sarah is currently active in the next phase of development of the DMPTool and served as the co-Program Chair for Open Repositories 2013. She is a past faculty member for the ACRL Scholarly Communications 101 Road Show series. She is a member of the Open Repositories Steering Committee, the Advisory Board for the Digital Library Federation, the DSpace Vision team, and the steering committee for the DMP Tool. Sarah regularly speaks and publishes on scholarly communication issues.


The e-Science environment: An opportunity to think strategically about the library and the role it plays in a data driven research environment

Presented by:

Rachel L. Frick, Director, Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources

Rachel is the Director of the Digital Library Federation Program at the Council on Library and Information Resources. Rachel contributed to the Digital Public Library of American start-up effort, as co-chair of the Content and Scope Work stream, and continues to contribute as co-chair of the Content Strategy Committee. Previous to her work at CLIR, Rachel served as the National Leadership Grants Program for Libraries senior program officer at the Institute for Museum and Library Services <http://www.imls.gov/>. Ms. Frick¹s library experiences range from being the head of bibliographic access and digital services at the University of Richmond to a regional sales manager for the Faxon Company, with a variety of library positions in between. She holds an MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in English literature from Guilford College.


Research Data Management Planning implementation

By: Prof. Sayeed Choudhury

Moderator:

Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar

Dr. J. K. Vijayakumar carries 15 years of leadership experience in library management, information technology and teaching from different countries. He is the Acting Manager of Research and References at KAUST Library and heads the collections, instructions, reference, research services, digital repository, and faculty liaisons team; also oversees the document delivery service. Previously he worked with INFLIBNET Centre in India as a Scientist, with American University of Antigua in West Indies as Library Associate Director. He has received his professional qualifications from the Robert Gordon (UK), Bundelkhand, Annamalai and Kerala Universities. He is a standing committee member of IFLA Acquisitions and Collections Standing Committee, member of IATUL SIG on Information Literacy, member of international associations including CILIP; editorial boards of many journals/conferences. He has authored/edited 4 books and around 30 articles in leading journals and conference proceedings

Timing:

  • 5 Minutes, Topic Introduction
  • Moderator - 30 Minutes each for Panelists
  • 25 Minutes Q&A, Discussion
  • Total 2:00 hours

Information Literacy through the Lens of the Student Experience

Session Chair:

Vanessa D. Middleton

Head Librarian
Petroleum institute, AbuDhabi, UAE

Vanessa Middleton: currently serves as The Head Librarian of Petroleum Institute Libraries in The United Arab Emirates. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree from the Wayne State University, USA. Vanessa has over 15 years of experience working in academic, public and special libraries including Wayne State University, Ford Motor Company, Detroit and Kalamazoo Public Libraries. Before joining Petroleum Institute, she was The Research & Instructor Coordinator at The American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. She has served as lecturer at American University in the Emirates’ Library & Information Science. Her research interests include comparative international librarianship, information literacy and online learning communities. She is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, Gulf Information Literacy Network Steering Committee. Vanessa is enthusiastic about empowering students in emerging nations to become 21st century engineers.


Panel Speakers and Presentations:

Presentation Title

Moving into the Liminal Space: Thinking Conceptually about Information Literacy
By Lori Townsend and Amy Hofer

Biographies

Amy R. Hofer is the Distance Learning Librarian at Portland State University. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and her B.A. from Brown University. She has taught information literacy to a variety of populations since 2007 and applies the threshold concepts approach developed with her coauthors to the fully online credit course that she currently teaches.

Lori Townsend is the Learning Services Coordinator at the University of New Mexico. She received her MLIS from San Jose State University and her B.A. from the University of New Mexico (UNM). She has taught information literacy for seven years. In her new position as learning services coordinator, she hopes to lead the UNM University Libraries in building an online curriculum informed by the threshold concepts approach.

Presentation Abstract

What do we teach when we teach information literacy? The ACRL Standards have guided our thinking on this question for over a decade. Now the Standards are being revised, with a shift to embrace conceptual knowledge in information literacy, making explicit the links with critical thinking, lifelong learning, and various emerging literacies. Here we discuss information literacy as a network of interconnected understandings, supported by skills, dispositions, and processes that enable students to adeptly navigate an increasingly complex information landscape. These understandings can be characterized as “big ideas” or “threshold concepts” but, put most simply, represent the unique content that librarians teach. If we are to help students move through these understandings, we must reach beyond the one-shot model of instruction and partner with faculty to embed these concepts in the disciplines or even develop our own credit-based programs.


Presentation Title:

Changing the Landscape of Information Literacy
By Jon Jeffryes

Presentation Abstract:

This talk will explore the speaker’s evolving approach to teaching information literacy. Jeffryes will discuss his research of students’ information use in workplace settings to expand the coverage of literature types covered in information literacy instruction along with his experience adapting instruction opportunities to move beyond showing students how to search article databases to incorporate information literacy into areas such as soft skills development (teamwork skills, project management) and data management. The presentation will discuss techniques for learning the information needs of users and provide examples of changing approaches to incorporate information literacy skills in a strategic and meaningful way. The presentation will provide attendees with ideas to take back to their institution to re-engage with information literacy instruction from new angles.

Biography

Jon Jeffryes

Engineering Librarian at University of Minnesota

Jeffrayes has been a librarian at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities since the summer of 2008. I'm the subject liaison to four engineering departments, Biomedical Engineering,Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and in charge of the Standards Collection in the Science & Engineering Library. My areas of interest are information literacy and instruction. I'm especially interested in the creation of online learning objects and the use of Web 2.0 technologies for instructional purposes. I'm also interested in citation managers including RefWorks, EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero; and their ability to supplement and enhance research and instruction.

Education

MA-LIS from the University of Wisconsin--Madison, 2006
B.A. in English from Grinnell College, 2003

https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/staff/jon-jeffryes


Presentation Title

Information Literacy and EFL Learning Communities
By Nicole Johnston

Presentation Abstract:

Understanding the information literacy experiences of EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students, This presentation explores how EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students’ experience information literacy and how understandings of EFL students’ varying experiences of information and learning can be used to inform the development of information literacy curriculum in classrooms where students speak English as a second language. This presentation is based on research conducted in a higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates. EFL students experienced information literacy in four qualitatively different ways: process, quality, language and knowledge and had varying experiences of information and learning. EFL students faced barriers to accessing information in local contexts and in their own language. EFL students also faced challenges when reading text in English, when translating between two languages and with understanding the meaning and context of information in English. This research has revealed that EFL students apply various techniques when they read, understand, organise and translate information. While these techniques are often teacher directed, EFL students often adapted these techniques to suit their own learning styles. The findings from this research offer an important contribution to information literacy practice by providing important insights about EFL students’ experiences and perceptions of information and learning that can be used to inform curriculum development.

Biography

Nicole Johnston is a lecturer at University College London in Qatar. She has previously worked as a librarian and English teacher in the UAE, Australia, Ireland and Japan. She has a Masters of Library and Information Science degree and her PhD research is about information literacy and EFL students.

As Information Distribution Changes, So Too Do Exchange Standards

Abstract

As information has increasingly moved to digital distribution forms, the ability for machines to interact seamlessly is a critical component of providing content to patrons. Regardless of the system or purpose, be it the need for digital systems to communicate content, metadata for discovery, or usage data for assessment, the most critical element of that exchange is standards. Standards exist for creating digital content, for how information is purchased and distributed, for how the library manages its access and controls content distribution, and for how that content is used. Standards provide the critical infrastructure elements that allow the seamless exchange and delivery of digital content. Understanding how these infrastructure elements are developed and interact is an increasingly vital part of every librarian's responsibility.

 This session will cover a variety of information exchange systems and the movements toward standardization that will help address those challenges:

  •  An introduction to international standards for information distribution (Todd Carpenter)
  • The exchange of metadata (Tim Devenport, EDITEUR)
  •  Linked data and the transformation of bibliographic data (Eric Miller, Zephera)
  •  Future improvements in library management and information discovery systems (Todd Carpenter).

Presented by:

Todd Carpenter

Todd Carpenter is Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit industry trade association that fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information used in publishing, research, and learning. Throughout his career, Todd has served in a variety of roles with organizations that connected the publisher and library communities. Prior to joining NISO, Todd had been Director of Business Development with BioOne. He has also held management positions at The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and The Haworth Press.

Eric Miller

Eric Miller is co-founder and president of Zepheira which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage information across boundaries of person, group and enterprise. Dr. Miller serves as an adviser to businesses and other organizations, and as speaker at conferences worldwide providing insights on the evolution of the Web. Until 2007, Eric led the Semantic Web Initiative for the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) at MIT. During his work at the W3C, Eric’s responsibilities included the architectural and technical leadership in the design and evolution of the Semantic Web. Responsibilities also included working with W3C members to develop global Web standards and conventions that support Semantic Web requirements and to establish liaison with other technical standards bodies and related industries to ensure compliance with existing Semantic Web standards and collect requirements for future W3C work in this area.

 Eric served as a Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he was a Principal Investigator on the MIT SIMILE project. He focused on developing open source tools based on Semantic Web technologies that improve access and reuse of digital resources. Previously, Eric was a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio and the co-founder and Associate Director of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models.

Tim Devenport

Lead Consultant to ICEDIS, EDItEUR and an independent business consultant and project manager in the serials publishing sector, and has provided expert help to EDItEUR for many years. He joined EDItEUR in 2011. He has worked with many of the major academic and business publishers, including Nature Publishing Group, Palgrave Macmillan, Thomson and Elsevier. Tim's professional interests span two main areas – in the standards arena, he works to help international and cross-industry bodies like EDItEUR and ICEDIS to develop frameworks that allow for automated and effective information and transactional exchange. Within publishing operations, he provides publishing clients with expertise in business analysis and the management of complex projects, typically spanning a number of functional areas and the implementation or migration of business systems for fulfilment, content hosting and e-commerce.

Electronic Resources, Library Technology and Discovery

Abstract

Implementing Discovery layers is a current focus of many libraries. But Discovery is not something that happens in isolation. A successful Discovery implementation depends on the library or libraries implementing sound management processes for both electronic and physical resources and maintaining accurate knowledge bases about their holdings and operations. This panel will discuss a wide variety of factors that impact Discovery, including relations with vendors, institutional communication and structure, maintenance of the online catalog and other library knowledge bases and the level of practice of library technology in the particular institution.

Presented by:

Donna Hanson

Donna is the Associate Director for Collections and Instructional Services at the University of Georgetown in Qatar. Her 20+ years of library experience in 3 different countries ranges from technical services and library systems to collections and instruction. Donna’s main interest is in optimizing the use of library resources: making the discovery process easy and providing the greatest choice of resources. Her ultimate goal is to spend more teaching time on concepts, ideas and search strategies and less time explaining interfaces. Will discovery layers be the answer or yet another tool in the library toolbox?

Robert Frasier

Robert L. Frasier has been the Information Technology Librarian at Zayed University in the U.A.E. since 2009. He has a Masters Degree in Library Science from the University of Arizona and a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. He previously worked as a systems librarian at Western Illinois University and Mercer University. He has been involved in the implementation and maintenance of number of systems that manage ibrary resources.



Thomas Hodge

Is the Assistant University Librarian at the American University of Sharjah. He has managed an implementation III's Encore Discovery and supervised an evaluation of discovery products that lead to a migration to Serials Solutions' Summon platform. His interested include library process design and implementation and all facets of managing electronic resources and metadata.



Brent Searle

Brent is the Library Systems Manager at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada with primary responsibility for library automation and access systems. A member of Langara’s Library Co-ordination, Web, and Discovery Teams, he is an advocate for seamless, immediate, and intuitive access to the full range of the library’s resources. Firmly believing that the most effective way to influence product direction is to be involved during the development stage, Brent continues to promote Langara Library’s ground floor participation whenever possible. Most recently Langara was a development partner for version 1.0 of the Sierra Library Services Platform and a beta partner for Encore ES discovery with EBSCO Discovery Service integration.

The Role of Information Professionals in the Knowledge Based Society: Opportunities and Challenges

Session Chair:

Prof. Hesham Azmi, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Media & Mass Communication
American University in the Emirates (AUE)

Prof. Hesham Azmi is currently the Dean of the College of Media and Mass Communication at the American University in the Emirates – Dubai. Previously, He was the founder and Director of the Information Science Program at Qatar University from 2004-2010.

Prof. Hesham Azmi received his Bachelor of Information Science degree from Cairo University, Egypt, his MA. In Information Studies from Loughborough University of Technology, UK, and his Ph.D. in Information Science from Cairo University, subsequent to conducting the research in the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, USA.

He is the author of several books, peer- reviewed journal articles and papers published in regional and international conference proceedings. He has been recognized by various institutions for his remarkable research endeavors. He was granted the Best Research Award in Social Sciences, Humanities, Arts and Islamic Studies by Qatar Foundation Research Forum in 2010 for his research project dealing with Qatari Woman use of the Internet. Also, he was the recipient of the Best Research Award form Qatar University Research Forum 2011. Furthermore, He is a recipient of several research grants including the highly prestigious QNRF in its first cycle in 2008.

Prof. Azmi has participated in several key committees including: the Committee for the establishment of the National Archives of Qatar and Qatar University's Reform Committee. He also served as the Chair of Qatar University libraries Development and Steering Committee. He has served two terms as the Vice President of the Arab Federation of Library and Information (AFLI) from 2008 – 2013.

Panel Speakers and Presentations:

The role of wisdom in creating integrity in knowledge policy

Common sense alone tells us that wisdom matters and that knowledge can only be put to its best uses if wisdom is applied to its use. I argue that Knowledge policy is likely to be wasted if it exists in a wisdom vacuum. Yet wisdom is rarely discussed in relation to knowledge economies and knowledge policy.

Wisdom researchers do not picture wisdom as something belonging to old men with long white beards living hermit-like existences in the wilderness or in remote monasteries. Wisdom is actually a practical capacity for use in everyday life by citizens. Aristotle called this practical wisdom or phronesis. The theory of wisdom I use is called Social Practice Wisdom (SPW) and it is an update of Aristotle’s practical wisdom extended by Buddhist philosophy and contemporary empirical research.

SPW is the art of living coherently and appropriately according to the situation to produce excellence for oneself and others. Wise practitioners do this by integrating intellectual and ethical virtues in praxis to create deliberative excellence that has positive impacts for humanity. In this view wisdom is the peak of human social excellence. Specifically, a wise social practitioner integrates their sense of mastery and healthy self-esteem that is tempered by humility with:

  1. State of mind: An equanimous and actively open mind. This involves equanimity for openness to new ideas, experiences and critique, and the ability to mindfully, skillfully and constructively understand uncertainty and any situated relativities of values, culture, and politics.
  2. Ability and skill: Educated self-awareness, conation, and emotional and social intelligence. This involves self-knowledge, and well-developed and practiced predispositions (conation and mastery) and social, cultural, economic, and political nous to achieve social excellence and to create well-being.
  3. Virtue: Empathy and pro-social behavior. This involves empathetic and careful consideration and understanding of other's needs, including emotional and social needs, to find the right and ethical (virtuous) thing to do.
  4. Praxis/doing: Courage, generosity, and prudence in responsible use of knowledge and power. This involves knowing why, how, and when to adapt to the environment and why, how, and when to change the environment, including having the mastery and courage to do so in difficult circumstances.
  5. Creating positive outcomes, change: Being a galvanizing leader and artful communicator. This involves an aesthetic, forward-looking, constructive and positive way of living as a skilled and ethical communicator, deep and transcendent thinker, and humble leader.

However, despite understanding others and life so well, a wise social practitioner is not selfishly manipulative.

Five important things about taking an SPW approach (that are not well enough handled in knowledge, judgments, decision-making, ethics and related research areas on their own) are that SPW:

  1. Is clear about the roles and relevance of one's dispositions and their recursive relationship with habitus, including cultural artefacts like knowledge and values that are part of a community of minds.
  2. Shows how self-insight, empathy, virtue, reason, and transcendence create equanimity and commitment that underpin deeply wise dispositions needed for SPW.
  3. Explains the importance of culture and institutions in facilitating the integration of equanimity, empathy, emotion, virtue, transcendence, and reason, leading to ontological commitment through clear thinking, and then on to deep understandings and insight that foster SPW.
  4. Gives due emphasis to the aesthetics of wise social practice, particularly applying knowledge through social practice and dialogue (including eloquence and the art of communication), and metis or shrewd improvisation and political nous so that empathy, emotion and reason work in concert tp achieve things in life. Aesthetics, nous, and metis provide the skills and dispositions for quick and deep thinking that mindfully, ingeniously, skilfully, and yet prudently responds immediately to unfolding, ambiguous and difficult events, political realities and therefore encompasses the skills of mindful living and evoking and enacting tacit knowledge.
  5. Finally, SPW’s integration is the scaffolding that shapes and holds long term wellbeing or human flourishing and rises above narrow interests.

The central dynamic in SPW is therefore a complex multidimensional integration that creates clarity and decisiveness through equanimity and corresponding dispositions that generate the insight, composure and motivation to deploy the resources needed to act excellently and successfully in the best interests of oneself, others and the planet. This is the greatest public policy challenge for knowledge economies.

Presented by:

David Rooney,
Associate Professor at UQ Business School The University of Queensland.

Rooney has researched, taught and published in the areas of the knowledge economy, knowledge management, wisdom, leadership, and organizational change. His books include Public Policy in the Knowledge-Based Economy, the Handbook on the Knowledge Economy, Knowledge Policy, and Wisdom and Management in the Knowledge Economy. Rooney has also published in many leading academic journals including The Leadership Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics, and Management Communication Quarterly.

The Role of Information Sectors in the knowledge based Economy: Techniques and Measurements Tools

Dr. Khaled A Mohamed

Abstract:

This paper would try to investigate the different techniques, assessment tools, and measurements criteria used by researchers and organizations to explore the role of libraries and information sectors in the knowledge based economy. The proposed framework would indicate the different fields of information sectors such as information industry, information and libraries services, information technology and so on, and what are the techniques and key performance indicators (KPIs.), beside the measurements criteria used for evaluating their role in the knowledge based economy?

The findings of this investigation would provide a framework for further and detailed research to explore the role and impact of these sectors on governments and organizations development. It would also create opportunities for developing new strategies and approaches to increase the rates of return on investment (ROI) and development in the knowledge based societies by utilizing the inputs and outs of knowledge production and transfer.

The proposed framework would provide a practical implication for assessing the level of advancement of each information sector to set up the priorities of development according to a strategic approach and general overview to the whole picture.

Presented by:

Dr. Khaled A Mohamed
Associate professor, Dept. of Library and Information
Fayoum University
Director of the Egyptian Universities Libraries' Consortium
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Dr. Khaled A Mohamed is an Associate professor at the department of library and information, Faculty of Arts, Fayoum University, Egypt and act as the chairman of the department. He is also serving as the director of the Digital Library Unit in the Supreme Council of Universities. He held a PhD from university of Pittsburgh, USA, and two master degrees, one from Cairo University, and one from university of Pittsburgh. He has initiated and participated in the development of the Egyptian Universities Library Consortium, managing its activities including: the Egyptian universities Union Catalog, open access journal publishing, and the Egyptian Digital theses repository. He is a member of the Egyptian National Committee of ICT and the Egyptian national negotiation team of electronic resources who are negotiating with the international companies for e-content licensing. He has participated in many advisory boards meeting of the international publishers. He has three books published, one of them is published in English, and the other two are in Arabic. He has also been invited author to write a book chapter in one of the American Books published by Academic press. He has published almost 20 papers some of them are published in international journals and the others are in Arabic. He has been granted the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research award of knowledge management and informatics in 2009 and the Arabian advanced system award in the golf SAL, 2010. He has H index score equal 2 as indicated by SCOPUS, Google Scholar and ISI.

Librarians as changemakers: the role of intrapreneurship in librarianship

Dewey developed a new classification system to help him reclassify a collection at Amherst in 1876. More recently in 1967 a collaborative effort by Ohio university presidents, vice presidents, and library directors who had the idea to use computer technology to enable shared, online cataloging and OCLC was born. Such constant reinvention is vital to avoid stagnation, respond to changes in the environment, and also for staff to feel stimulated and that they are contributing and making a difference.

Librarians and libraries can ensure they continue to provide valued services and systems to their patrons and user communities by thinking differently, innovating and reinventing themselves and their service offerings. Librarians can truly be innovators and catalysts for positive change in their communities. Pinchot coined the term ‘intrapreneur’ to describe those with an entrepreneurial disposition working within an organization to turn ideas into valued innovations. This presentation will explore the vital role of intrapreneurship in librarianship in today’s knowledge economy with an emphasis on social intrapreneurship and how librarians can become changemakers in their communities.

Shana Ponelis
Assistant Professor School of Information Studies,
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Shana Ponelis is an Assistant Professor with the School of Information Science (SOIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). Before joining UWM she was a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria. She worked as practitioner in industry as an IT consultant with Andersen and KPMG Consulting advising various organizations located in South Africa on management information systems. Her research includes information needs for decision-making in small, medium and micro-enterprises and she teaches information-based entrepreneurship to graduate students in LIS. Her work has been published in Aslib Proceedings, The International Information & Library Review, South African Journal of Information Management and Information Development amongst others. She serves on the editorial board of the Infopreneurship Journal, International Journal of Business Intelligence Research and the International Journal of Technology Diffusion. She holds a PhD in Information Technology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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