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Libraries at the Crossroads: Resolving Identities. EMEA Regional Council Conference 2017

Key Note Speaker information

Further biographies will be added to this section in due course, as speakers are confirmed.

Dr. Annette Demmel

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Partner at Squire Patton Boggs and Certified Lawyer

Dr. Annette Demmel is partner at Squire Patton Boggs in Berlin. She heads the German Data Protection and Cyber Security team and is also a certified lawyer for information technology (Fachanwältin für Informationstechnologierecht) and copyright and media (Fachanwältin für Urheber- und Medienrecht). Dr. Demmel advises national and international businesses in privacy, technology and telecommunications law. She frequently leads the implementation of privacy compliance programs and centralised software systems for multinational companies and provides advice on policy and regulatory issues arising in the electronic communications and internet sectors. Further she advises on legal issues relating to profiling and online marketing business models.

David Lee King

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Digital Services Director, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, social media, websites and libraries, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at http://www.davidleeking.com

Barbara Lison

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Member of the OCLC Board of Trustees and Director, Bremen Public Library

Since 1992, Barbara has been the Director of the Bremen Public Library and in 1999, was appointed the CEO of the Public Enterprise Bremen Public Library. She has served as the President of Bibliothek Information Deutschland, the national umbrella organisation of German library and information associations, and is currently an Executive Committee member of the German Library Association (DBV) and a member of IFLA's Governing Board.

Eric van Lubeek

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Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA and APAC

Eric joined OCLC as Director of Operations and Service EMEA in March 2007 and was appointed Managing Director OCLC EMEA in January 2011. Prior to joining OCLC, Eric was Managing Director of Infor's global library systems division. He has a long standing career in the library information systems industry in several positions, including consulting, sales, marketing and senior management.

Constance Malpas

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Research Scientist and Strategic Intelligence Manager, OCLC Research

Constance joined the OCLC Research team in 2006. Since then, she has contributed to a broad portfolio of work exploring the shift in scholarly attention and researcher workflows from print-based media to online resources, and the impact of this transition on libraries. She has been an active contributor to shared print management initiatives in North America, led the development of relevant metadata standards, and helped to produce an authoritative evidence base of data analyses and reports.

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

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Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University’s Internet Institute

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is co-author (with Kenn Cukier) of the current business bestseller, “Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think.” Acclaimed for his ground-breaking research into the role of information in the networked economy, Mayer-Schönberger is a visionary thinker about information innovation and governance, data privacy, memory and forgetting in a digital age, electronic government, and – of course - big data. He is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University’s Internet Institute and a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He has published eight books,  including the awards-winning “Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” and he is the author of over a hundred articles and book chapters on the information economy. A frequent public speaker, and sought expert for print and broadcast media worldwide, he has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, Nature, Science, NPR, BBC, The Guardian, Le Monde, El Pais, Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, and WIRED. “What I’m certain about is that Big Data will be the defining text in the discussion for some time to come.”

Julie Presas

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General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services, Secretary, OCLC

Julie Presas became General Counsel and Vice President of Legal Services in March 2014. She oversees the corporate legal function at OCLC including privacy compliance and the provisioning of legal support throughout the global organisation. As Secretary for the corporation, she also serves as advisor to company officers and the OCLC Board of Trustees. Prior to joining OCLC, she was General Counsel for Fiber Network Solutions, Inc., a tier one Internet service provider for businesses in the United States. Julie’s outside activities include serving on the board of a local non-profit organisation and providing pro-bono services through the Columbus Legal Aid Society Adult Shelter Assistance Project.

Skip Prichard

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President and CEO, OCLC

Skip Prichard became the fifth President and Chief Executive Officer of OCLC in July 2013. Before joining OCLC, Skip served as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group Inc., as well as President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning. He has also held a number of executive positions with LexisNexis. Among Skip's many passions is his Leadership Insights blog, and, he is a frequent key note speaker at conferences around the world. Skip received his Bachelor of Science degree from Townson State University and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Mary Sauer-Games

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Vice President, Product Management, OCLC

Mary Sauer-Games joined OCLC in September 2014 as Vice President of Product Management.

She came to OCLC from the American Psychological Association, where she was Senior Director, managing PsycINFO database products and leading an organization of 70 staff. From 2002 to February 2014, she was Vice President, Product Management–Humanities, STM and Dissertations at ProQuest, a leading global information provider. Before that, from 1999 through 2002, she was Vice President, Product Management, at the Gale Group, a major reference and education publisher of electronic databases and textbooks. She also previously held positions at Mullen Advertising, R. L. Polk and Company, and Data Resources, Inc., all in Detroit, Michigan.

An active participant in publishing and information technology communities, Mary has served on boards with the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and CrossRef. She has also been active on a regional board of the March of Dimes.

Mary holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan–Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College.

Peter Sidorko

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President of OCLC Global Council and University Librarian, The University of Hong Kong Libraries

Peter is the University Librarian at The University of Hong Kong Libraries (HKU). In this position, Peter has full responsibility for directing all aspects of the HKU Libraries’ system, including its policy formulation, planning, budgeting and development processes. He is a Director on the Board of Directors of CLOCKSS and the current President of the Hong Kong Library Association (HKLA). Prior to his current life in Hong Kong, Peter spent almost 20 years working in various capacities in university libraries in Australia including the University of Newcastle, the University of New South Wales and the University of Sydney.

Prof. Dr. Klaus Tochtermann

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Library Director, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Klaus Tochtermann studied Computer Science at Kiel University and at Dortmund University. In 1996, he received a scholarship and spent his post-doc at the Center for the Studies of Digital Libraries at the A&M University in the U.S. Since 2010, he has been Director of the ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Professor for Computer Science at Kiel University. His current research includes Science 2.0, Open Science and Research Data Management.

Member Session Speakers

Tuba Akbaytürk

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Library Director, Koç University

Tuba Akbaytürk Çanak has been serving as  Koç University Library Director since 2011. Within the scope of her position, Tuba manages 5 libraries in 3 different cities in Turkey. Budget management, Collection development, e-resources management, library automation, resource sharing, digitisation and user services are some of the areas she is responsible for. Tuba who was the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) Steering Committee Member responsible for negotiations since 2012, now serves as ANKOS President for the term of 2016 - 2018. Tuba earned her BS from Boğaziçi University in Molecular Biology and Genetics and her MLS from Indiana University.

Benson Ali

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Library Director, American University of Nigeria

Benson Ali, the Library Director of the American University of Nigeria, (AUN) Yola, is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri and MLS degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He has served as a Polytechnic Librarian and Director to the Adamawa State Library Board, before going to AUN at its inception in 2005. Ali is a member of the NLA, ALA, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria and a Mortenson Center Associate.

Reinhard Altenhöner

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Deputy General Director, State Library Berlin/Prussian Heritage

Reinhard Altenhöner (* 1963), acts as a Deputy General Director of the State Library Berlin / Prussian Heritage. The focus of its activities comprises digital services and the process reorganisation with special regard to (meta)data management, digital archiving and strategic process management. Until 2015, he was responsible for the „Information Infrastructure and Preservation“ department in the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek (DNB), the national library of Germany. He is member in different boards and scientific steering committees and he periodically publishes on different topics.

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Dr. Jan-Pieter Barbian

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Director, Stadtbibliothek Duisburg

Dr. Jan-Pieter Barbian worked as a Researcher of Contemporary History at the University of Trier, later becoming the Head of the Cultural Department at People’s High School in Duisburg. Since 1999, he has been the Director of the Public Library of Duisburg, which is the most used cultural and education facility in the town. It operates as a centre for media, information and education in various forms of further learning, in cultural education, in the solving of employment policy and asserting in a labour market, in supporting the social integration of migrants and refugees. In September/October 2009, he worked with a grant from the Goethe-Institute as a “Librarian in Residence” in New York and Washington, D.C. He authored and processed several monographies and published many articles in periodicals about the modernisation of Public Libraries, cultural education for teens, political lobbying and fundraising.

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Barbara Beckers

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Head of the Library, Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg/Center for the Social History of Limburg

Drs. Barbara Beckers is Head of the Library department of the Academic Library, Manager of the Social Media Strategy and Researcher at the Sociaal Historisch Centrum voor Limburg/Center for the Social History of Limburg. Currently, she is finishing her dissertation on regional memory culture of the Second World War.

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Jyldyz Bekbalaeva

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Library Director, American University of Central Asia

Jyldyz Bekbalaeva is a Library Director at American University of Central Asia, where she manages library services and resources. Prior to joining the university in 2015, Jyldyz worked as the Information Specialist at the U.S. Embassy, where she managed countrywide library assistance programs. She is a member of the Executive Board of the Library and Information Consortium of Kyrgyzstan. She holds an MSLIS from University of Illinois and a Ph.D in Linguistics from Kyrgyz National University.

Lars Binau

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Team Manager, Library Facilities and Stacks, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Lars Binau’s educational background is an MBA in Strategy, Organization and Leadership from Copenhagen Business School. Besides that he has an associate degree in accounting from Quincy College, Massachusetts, USA. Recently, Lars passed the LIBER’s Emerging Leaders International Development Program for the leaders of tomorrow’s libraries. Through the last ten years, Lars has been head of various departments within the Technical Information Center of Denmark, and is presently in charge of library facilities and stacks at the Technical University of Denmark.

Diane Bruxvoort

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University Librarian and Director, University of Aberdeen

Diane Bruxvoort is the University Librarian and Director at the University of Aberdeen with responsibility for libraries, special collections, museums, data protection and freedom of information. She was previously the Senior Associate Dean of Libraries at the University of Florida with responsibility for public services, collections, and digital services; and worked for a decade at the University of Houston rising from Head of Access Services to Associate Dean for Collections. Diane began her career in public libraries as a children's librarian and does a great storytime.

Rebecca Bryant

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Senior Program Officer, OCLC Research

Rebecca Bryant, PhD, serves as Senior Program Officer at OCLC Research where she leads and develops areas for the OCLC Research Library Partnership and for OCLC Research related to research information management (RIM). Rebecca previously served as the project leader for the RIM implementation at the University of Illinois where she led a campus-wide effort to implement the Elsevier Pure research information management system. She has also served as Director of Community at ORCID and spent a decade in the University of Illinois Graduate College as Assistant Dean.

Marta Cichoń

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Custodian, National Library of Poland

Marta Cichoń has been working at the National Library of Poland for 5 years. Prior to joining the Library community, she had been working in many other industries. This experience allows her to see library data from the perspective of how it can be re-used by other services. She studied Quantitative Methods and Information Systems and she perceives libraries as the source of authoritative data, which in the era of web, is valued more than ever before.

Szabolcs Dancs

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Chief Advisor, National Széchényi Library of Hungary

Szabolcs Dancs works as Chief Advisor at the National Széchényi Library of Hungary. Previously, he was the Director of Projects and the Director of Collection Development at NSL and the Head of Collection Development at the Library of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is responsible for the coordination of library standardisation activities in Hungary. He is a member of the Hungarian National Commission for UNESCO and the editorial board of two library journals in Hungary.

Ixchel M. Faniel

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Research Scientist, OCLC Research

Ixchel M. Faniel, PhD is a Research Scientist at OCLC. Her interests include improving how people discover, access, and use and reuse content. Her current research examines how academics manage, share, and reuse research data and librarians’ experiences designing and delivering supportive research data services. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and National Endowment for the Humanities. More information about Ixchel M. Faniel can be found on the OCLC website.

Marie-Louise Fendin

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Library Director, Stockholm School of Economics

Marie-Louise Fendin has been working as a professional librarian for many years. For the last 20 years, she has had different management positions in various libraries in Sweden and abroad. At the moment, she is Library Director at the Stockholm School of Economics. She has been at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Nordic Africa Institute, and the Library at the EU Parliament in Brussels. She has also been teaching at the Program of Library & Information Science at Uppsala University. She has participated in a large number of groups and committees within the library field, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Silke Glitsch

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Deputy Head of Readers' Services, Göttingen State and University Library

Dr. Silke Glitsch has been Deputy Head of Reader Services at the Göttingen State and University Library since 2015 and Head of Public Relations at the library since 2004. Previously, held positions such as Subject Specialist for Slavonic Studies and Exhibition Project Manager, all at SUB Göttingen. She has contributed to several journal articles and has given presentations at many events.

Judith Gulpers

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Faculty Liaison, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Judith Gulpers is the Faculty Liaison for Philosophy and Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Within the EUR library, she is the key user for WorldCat Discovery. She is also interested in (the use of) bibliometrics and research evaluation.

Henrik Haagensen

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Project Manager, Danish Royal Library - Aarhus

Henrik Haagensen is working as a Project Manager at the Danish Royal Library in Aarhus, Denmark. He is working with developing and maintenance of logistical services, library systems, national and international services and cooperation.

Leslie Alter Hage

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University Librarian, Notre Dame University-Louaize

Leslie Alter Hage is the University Librarian at Notre Dame University-Louaize (Lebanon) where she oversees three campus libraries and four research centre collections. She earned her BA in American Studies with a minor in Middle East Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and her MA in Library Science from the University of Arizona. An active member of the Lebanese Library Association, she is also a lifetime member of the American Library Association.

Volker Heller

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Chairman and Management Director, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB)

Volker Heller studied Music, Political Science and Arts & Media Management. He worked as a musician, and composer as well as in management consultancies, focused on the public sector. His professional roles as Managing Director included amongst others Kulturmanagement Bremen GmbH and Directorate - Cultural Affairs at the Berlin Senate Chancellery. Since 2012, he has worked as Chairman and Management Director at the foundation Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB).

Dr. Kerstin Helmkamp

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Head of Reader Services, Göttingen State and University Library

Dr. Kerstin Helmkamp has been Head of Reader Services at the Göttingen State and University Library since April 2012. Previously, she worked at the Thuringian University and State Library as Head of User Services and Information and Collection Specialist (German Language and Literature) and also, was a member of the provisional management at the Department of Bibliographical Services at the Berlin State Library. She has published several journal articles and has held various teaching positions and presented at events in the last few years.

Inge Heslinga

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Information Specialist/Subject Librarian, Tresoar

Inge Heslinga (MA) is an Information Specialist/Subject Librarian at Tresoar. With a degree in Frisian Literature, she is responsible for the acquisition of private (literary) archives, but she’s also cooperating in a variety of digitisation projects. She is now working on the implementation of the crowdsourcing tool Fryske Hannen, an online platform for enriching Frisian heritage with metadata by seeking the help from (anonymous) communities.

Günter Hipler

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System Architect for the swissbib project, University Library of Basel

Günter Hipler has worked on the swissbib project since it was first founded in 2008. Günter has a Bachelors degree in Business Informatics and Financial Management. Before entering the library world, Günter worked for various software companies, an insurance company, the ETH in Zürich and the Federal Administration of Finance in Germany. His current interest is in: how to integrate the methods of BigData into the data processing platform of swissbib in order to form a "Swiss Metadata Platform".

Eugenie van den Hoven

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Project Manager, Library Renewal, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Eugenie van den Hoven is the Project Manager for the implementation of WorldShare® Management Services at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Ronald Huizer

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Program Manager, Innovation, BiSC Utrecht

Ronald Huizer was born in Utrecht and proudly works in the public library industry. Libraries are important for him, because he has learnt so much and discovered whole new worlds in the library, especially in music - long before Spotify. As a Program Manager, he has been working on innovation and development in the telecom, education, labour union and public library industries. Currently, he is working at BiSC (Utrecht) on the new ICT infrastructure for libraries that will enable them to move forward to new library services, for instance, basic cultural skills, digital skills and community building.

Carmen Hüning

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Librarian, FH Münster

20 years ago, Carmen Hüning’s first task as a librarian was the implementation of the library system SISIS SE at the Library of Münster University of Applied Sciences. Today, she is managing the current version of this SISIS product line used at the library. As the first library in Germany, they plan to change towards WorldShare Management Services on 1 January 2017.

Bjørn R. Jensen

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Software Engineer, Royal Danish Library - Aarhus

Bjørn Rohde Jensen (MSc Computer Science and MSc Physical Chemistry) is a Software Engineer at the Royal Danish Library - Aarhus, where he has worked with library logistics, workflow management and system integration since 2009. He is the architect and lead developer on the library's workflow management system for handling inter library loan and copy requests.

Mijke Jetten

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Project Manager, Research Data Management Support, Radboud University (the Netherlands)

Mijke Jetten (1978) has a leading role in setting up a service desk for research data management support at Radboud University, the Netherlands. As a result, the University Library guides researchers through all phases of the data life cycle. She also contributes to transforming the local CRIS into a one-stop-shop for researchers to archive research data as well. Additionally, Mijke is completing her PhD on interreligious adult education between Christians and Muslims.

Axel Kaschte

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Product Strategy Director, OCLC EMEA

Axel Kaschte oversees the OCLC product management of legacy library management systems and EMEA-related product management tasks, to enable the transition of the library community to next-generation library services within the web paradigm. From 2009 to 2013, he joined Ex Libris as Strategy Director Europe where he was deeply involved in defining and presenting the new strategy of unified library automation and cloud solutions.

Cathy King

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Director, End User Services Product Management, OCLC

Cathy King manages OCLC's End User Services Product Management team. She’s a fearless leader who pushes the limits of innovation, while staying true to the unique needs of library partners. Cathy’s passion for end user behaviours and trends stems from honing her skills during more than a decade working in e-commerce. She takes pride in having improved end user search experiences through technology projects and data analysis. What’s more, a well-rounded and diverse educational background influences a thoughtful approach to every project. She studied Computer Science and English Fiction Writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also gained an MBA.

Rob Koopman

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Enterprise Architect, OCLC

Rob Koopman has been at OCLC since 1981. He is currently working as an Enterprise Architect, based in the OCLC EMEA office in Leiden. He has a physics background and has had several functions within OCLC. His current activities include text and data mining, data visualisation, information retrieval and the application of these techniques within discovery.

Simone Kortekaas

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Head of Collection & Information Management at Wageningen University & Research – Library

From December 2013 until December 2016, Simone Kortekaas was the Project Manager for the transition of the UKB Consortium (Dutch University Libraries and the Royal Library) from a national library infrastructure to the OCLC WorldShare® Platform. She works as Head of Department for Collection and Information Management at Wageningen University & Research – Library. Simone has experience in leadership roles in several Dutch libraries. She has a broad background in the library field, back office as well as front office, library automation and ICT as well as managerial skills.

Hans Laagland

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Data Manager, Tresoar

Hans Laagland (BA) is Data Manager at Tresoar. He is the intermediary between IT and the collection. He is responsible for the intellectual data management: standardising data, making data available as open data, and making data available for internet information infrastructures (e.g. Wikipedia/ DBpedia). As a member of the Workgroup Redbot (connecting data of Frisian heritage institutes), Hans Laagland is working on implementing the technique of linked data.

Veronique Lecat

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Cataloguing and Metadata Librarian, American University of Sharjah

Veronqie Lecat was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Canada. After graduating with her MLIS from McGill University, she worked at the Library of the Canadian Museum of History and the Library of Parliament. She moved Sharjah, United Arab Emirates in 2014, when she became the Catalouging and Metadata Librarian at the American University of Sharjah, where she has played an important role in their recent migration to WorldShare® Management Services (WMS).

Scott Livingston

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Executive Director, OCLC

Scott Livingston is currently an Executive Director at OCLC where he leads the Product Management team for Library Management Services. He also leads OCLC’s product operations and market segment strategy team. Prior to joining OCLC, Scott was Senior Vice President at Cision and was responsible for global product planning and marketing as well as US public relations, specialised sales and customer service operations. Previously, Scott was Vice President at LexisNexis Group and headed the public records solutions for legal professionals division. He also served in a variety of executive management roles related to legal news publishing and book publishing. He also was the Vice President - Strategy & Operations at ProQuest. Scott began his career as an academic law librarian. He has extensive experience in big data, taxonomies, business development, strategic planning (with a particular emphasis on turn around strategies), acquisition integration, social media and publishing.

Marc Loman

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Information Specialist, Wageningen University and Research Library

Marc Loman is an experienced Information Specialist and Project Manager in Academic Libraries and a Digital Library Developer with particular interest in Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 applications. He specialises in: digital libraries, information literacy, project management, information management, social sciences, internet searching, Web 2.0, scientometrics, citation analysis, user experience, usability, interfaces and collections management.

Amada Marcos

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Member of the EMEA Regional Council and Head Librarian, IE Business School Library, Instituto de Empresa

Amada Marcos is the Head Librarian of the IE Business School and IE University at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) of Spain in Madrid and Segovia, and has held that position since 2006, combining it with her academic duties as a Professor of Information Technologies and Systems in the IE. She has worked on IE for many years, and prior to her tenure in the Instituto, she held several positions there for more than two decades. These positions included Library Specialist on Information in the Academic and Marketing departments.

José Luis Menéndez

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Library Director, Instituto de Empresa University

José Luis Menéndez is the Library Director at the Instituto de Empresa (IE) University and has previously held the positions of Deputy Director and Virtual Library Manager (IE Business School). Prior to this, he worked as an Information Officer at the bookshop, Ecobook and also, at the Defence Ministry. He has an Information Science PhD from the Complutense University of Madrid, as well as a Master in Information Science Management and a degree in Library and Information Science, both also from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Arend Middelveld

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Director, Bibliotnet Groningen

Arend Middelveld has spent his whole career as librarian in Groningen.  And always at Biblionet Groningen.  He has been a member of the board since 2005, and Chairman since 2012. His present main goal is the transition of Biblionet from a traditional public lending  library to a library as a partner in personal development (enhancing skills) of citizens. The task is doing this in a rural and agricultural environment of nearly 2500 km2 (the province of Groningen).

Chris Négrel

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Director - Library Solutions, OCLC EMEA

Based in Paris, France he works with various OCLC teams in EMEA. He is also working the members in the EMEA Regional Council. Prior to joining OCLC in 2007, he was the managing director of SirsiDynix in France (15 years). After graduating from the Librarian School of France, he started working in the field of library automation. His strong background in librarianship is an asset when working with large accounts, international organisations and National Libraries.

Henrik Secher Nielsen

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Project Manager, Randers Public Library

Since 2007, Henrik Secher Nielsen has been working at Randers Public Library in Denmark, first in library logistics and since 2011, as a Project Manager working on technical projects. In 2012 to 2013, he worked for a private company as a Project Manager focusing on new logistical solutions in various libraries throughout Europe and America. His education was in marketing and economics and his passion is creating innovative solutions, which can be used in everyday business and also, to develop the library service for the future.

Kate Price

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Associate Director (Collections and Research Support), King's College London

Kate Price has been Associate Director (Collections & Research Support) at King’s College London for three years. She is a member of the Library Services Leadership Team, which sets and monitors strategic aims and objectives across the Division, and she is responsible for information procurement, open research and special collections. She is also Chair of UKSG, a cross-sectoral organisation whose mission is to connect the knowledge community and encourage the exchange of ideas on scholarly communication.

Jacqueline Roelofs

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Manager of Market and Innovation, Biblionet Groningen

In the last 17 years, Jacqueline Roelofs has worked in many different positions in operational management and for the last year she has been managing all the libraries in the province of Groningen (Netherlands). She is working with five team leaders.

Sytske Schoenmakers

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Strategic Marketing and Communications Consultant, Hollands Handelen

Sytske Schoenmakers is a driven marketing communications professional with over 15 years of experience in (re)developing marketing strategies, branding, communications and b-t-b event management. As an entrepreneur she understands many organisational aspects of branding. Clients included Autodesk - CAD & Company - Dutch National Police - several Ministries - Rabobank - OCLC - Prologis - Public Libraries - and many more. In the Netherlands she implemented the Geek the Library Campaign in a joint effort with the four largest public libraries and she helps public libraries redefining their brand and strategies in a rapidly changing environment.

Ylva Sommerland

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Librarian, National Bibliography Division, National Library of Sweden

Ylva Sommerland currently works as a Librarian at the National Bibliography Division at the National Library of Sweden in Stockholm. She holds a PhD in Art History and Visual Studies from the University of Gothenburg (2012) and a MA degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Borås (1999).

Michael Studt

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Chief Financial Officer, Hamburg Public Library and Managing Director of Bücherhallen Medienprojekte GmbH

Michael Studt is Chief Financial Officer on the Board of Directors of the Hamburg Public Library and Managing Director of Bücherhallen Medienprojekte GmbH. Michael Studt worked for many years for Gruner and Jahr AG & Co KG, as well as Financial Times Deutschland GmbH, and is characterised by profound knowledge of the media landscape. As Chief Financial Officer, Commercial Director, Project Manager or Head of Information Technology, the 51-year-old has extensive knowledge and diverse experience in international corporate and SME structures. In July 2013, he became the Commercial Director of the Hamburg Public Library (Foundation). Since July 2015, he has been on the board of the foundation and in charge of commercial questions such as IT, controlling, real estate, accounting and general administration as well as digital strategies and content.

Lars Svensson

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Advisor for Knowledge Networking, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Lars G. Svensson works in the German National Library (Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, DNB) as an Advisor for Knowledge Networking. He in an internationally acknowledged expert on the use of Linked Data technologies in libraries and has edited two books and published more than a dozen articles on that topic, including _User Interaction and Linked Data_ (Berlin: DeGruyter, 2013) and “Are Current Bibliographic Models Suitable for Integration with the Web” in Information Standards Quarterly (2013). He is active in the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), where he is past Chair of the Information Technology Section’s Standing Committee and Chair of the Linked Data Technical Committee. Further, he works with technical standardisation, serving or having served on working groups in W3C, IETF, DIN and NISO.

Anna Maria Tammaro

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Professor, University of Parma

Anna Maria Tammaro teaches in DILL International Master Digital Library Learning, joint course with Oslo and Tallinn Universities and is President of the Comitato Scientifico UNIPR CoLab of the Università di Parma, co-laboratory for innovation in teaching and learning. She is the Chair IFLA Library Theory and Research Section and was previously member of the IFLA Governing Board.

Dr. J.K. Vijayakumar

Dr.J.K. Vijayakumar, Interim Library Director and Manager of Collections and Services, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Interim Library Director and Manager of Collections and Services, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Dr. Vijayakumar has seventeen years of continuously progressing and highly responsible leadership experience from health science, scientific and technological libraries in the Middle East, the Americas and India. Currently, he is the Interim Library Director and Manager of Collections and Services at the award winning King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Library, which represents the new generation library of the future, a digitally born library offering 95% of the collections online and open 24/7 for the users. KAUST is a graduate research university of science and technology renowned by global benchmarks. He also worked as Associate Library Director at American University of Antigua in the West Indies and Scientist at the Information and Library Network Center in India. He holds a Doctorate and two Masters in Library Science and has published extensively in reputed journals and conferences. He is a member of IFLA Standing Committee on Acquisitions and Collections Development, and Editor for a few prestigious journals.

Cornelia Vonhof

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Vice Dean of the Information and Communication Faculty, Stuttgart Media University

Cornelia Vonhof has been Professor at the Information and Communication Faculty, Stuttgart Media University since 2004. At present, she is Vice Dean of the faculty. Her field of teaching is public management, including quality management, library organisation and management, accounting, controlling, human resources management, public finances, public administration.

Catherine Walsh

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Director of Library Services, University of Essex

Director of Library Services at the University of Essex since 2015, Catherine is currently leading a programme of transformational change for the library service there. With over 25 years experience in academic libraries, Catherine was previously Director of Library Services at the University of East London and has held senior management posts at London Metropolitan University and at the London School of Economics.

Shenghui Wang

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Research Scientist, OCLC Research

Shenghui Wang has been a Research Scientist with OCLC Research since 2012, based in OCLC EMEA office in Leiden, Netherlands. She received her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Manchester, UK. Her current research activities include text and data mining, information retrieval, visualisation as well as linked data investigations.

David Whitehair

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Director, Metadata Services, OCLC

David Whitehair and his group manage OCLC's cataloguing and metadata services including OCLC WorldShare Metadata, Connexion, WorldCat Cataloging Partners, Contract Services, Dewey Services, and more. David has been with OCLC for over 25 years. His library career began when he was a freshman at The Ohio State University where he worked in the acquisitions department of the library. He received a BS in education from The Ohio State University and received an MLS from Kent State University. David is available to speak on topics related to cataloguing efficiencies, the future of cataloguing, e-book workflows, the WorldCat knowledge base, and WorldShare Metadata services.

Silvia Witzig

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Metadata Specialist for the swissbib project, University Library of Basel

Silvia Witzig works as a Metadata Specialist at the University Library of Basel. As a member of the swissbib project team, she is responsible for the swissbib metadata platform, which harvests and merges the bibliographic data from the different Swiss library union catalogues, repositories and other GLAM sources.


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