Keynote Speaker Information
Further biographies will be added to this section in due course, as speakers are confirmed.
Chief Librarian, Hong Kong Central Library
Born in Hong Kong, Jim Hok-yan Chang received his Bachelor degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his Master degree from the Charles Sturt University, Australia and his Doctorate in Music Librarianship from Middlesex University, UK. He is now the Chief Librarian of the Hong Kong Central Library. He was the ex-President of the Hong Kong Library Association (2009 – 2010) and now he is a Fellow of the association (FHKLA).
Director of Library Services and University Librarian, The University of Sheffield
Anne Horn joined The University of Sheffield as the Director of Library Services and University Librarian in March 2015. Anne moved from Australia to take up the role, where she held the post of University Librarian and Executive Director Academic Support at Deakin University in Victoria. In both posts she has set the strategic vision for the Library, most recently leading the development of the University of Sheffield Library’s new Strategic Plan, Our Library. Our Information Future. Previously Anne held a senior post at the University of Queensland, and was the Australian Academic Consultant for EBSCO Information Services International. Anne Horn’s research and publications reflect her interests in the assessment of library and learning spaces; digital literacy and libraries influencing student success and retention; collections, informetrics and analytics. Anne has served on various national committees in Australia. She is currently a member of RLUK, SCONUL, the Information School Advisory Panel at the University of Sheffield, and a member of the IATUL Board.
Director of Library Services, University of Wollongong
As the Director of Library Services at the University of Wollongong (UOW) Australia, Margie provides leadership and direction for library services spanning six onshore campus locations and guidance for offshore library partnerships in the UAE and Asia. She is currently the President of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL). She is playing an integral role in the establishment of the International Alliance of Research Library Associations and she is a member of the editorial board for the journal: Performance Measurement and Metrics. Margie has a Master of Business Administration and a BA in Library and Information Science. She has affiliations with the Council of Australian University Librarians, the CAUDIT Leadership Institute, the Aurora Leadership Institute and the Frye Leadership Institute – 2009 (now known as Leading Change).
Dr Greg Morgan
Manager Digital and Service Development, Auckland Libraries
Dr Greg Morgan is Manager Digital and Service Development at Auckland Libraries, New Zealand. He leads teams responsible for the library website and app channels, social media, digitisation, service development through co-design and staff training/professional development. Auckland is one of the world's most diverse cities and aspires to be the most liveable. Greg previously managed two specialist university libraries and was National Manager of Library and Information Services at the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind. He was a sponsor on the first global International Network of Emerging Library Innovators, and is a mentor in the current INELI-Oceania programme.
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.
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.
Dr. Shirley Chiu-wing Wong
University Librarian, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Library, with its e-preferred acquisition policy, has the highest entrance statistics among all academic libraries in Hong Kong. Dr Wong is the principal investigator of the information literacy project funded by the Hong Kong University Grants Committee (UGC) and participated by all eight UGC-funded universities. She is newly elected to the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of University Libraries, and a member of the Copyright and Other Legal Matters Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). She will be the JULAC Chair in 2016/17.
Prof. Ping-Cheng (Benson) Yeh
Director (EE Dept.), NTU MOOC
Prof. Ping-Cheng Yeh is the world’s leading innovator in teaching with numerous pioneering achievements with many firsts – he was first to win the Overall Award and E-Learning Award in Wharton-QS 2014 Stars Awards: Reimagine Education (the "Oscars” of innovations in higher education); to design a MOOC-based multi-student social game and a serious online game for any general courses; to make a MOOC in Chinese with 50,000+ students; and to design experiential learning schemes with college students graded by 12-year olds on presentation skills. He also set a record of 2,236 teachers attending his speech on flipped teaching. Since 2010, Prof. Yeh has been a strong advocator of his teaching philosophy: “by the students, for the students, of the students". It states that students can be motivated to learn if the teachers can share more responsibility with the students, for instance, let students design their own homework problems. Prof. Yeh’s speeches have motivated many teachers in different countries to start thinking differently in teaching.
Senior Research Scientist and Director of User Research, OCLC Research
Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., leads the User Studies Activities and the Digital Visitors and Residents project. She is President of ASIS&T. Lynn has held visiting scholar positions at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the University of Sheffield, and at the Royal School of Library and Information Science. Her research has been funded by agencies in the US and the UK and she is the co-author of Basic Research Methods for Librarians. Find out more about Lynn Silipigni Connaway.
Dean of Libraries, Murray State University
Ashley Ireland received her Bachelor's degree from Murray State University, and a Master's of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. She first served as the Sciences and Agriculture Liaison Librarian at Murray State before becoming the Director of User & Instruction Services in 2012, and then became Dean of Libraries at Murray State in 2015. She led the Murray State team in ACRL's first cohort of Assessment in Action in 2013.
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 and combines this since February 2014 with the responsibilities for the Asia Pacific region. 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.
Dean of Libraries & Educational Technologies, James Madison University
Adam Murray received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington in 2001 and his Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina - Greensboro in 2006. He completed his doctoral degree in May, 2014 from Western Kentucky University. He served as the Interim Dean, and then Dean of University Libraries at Murray State University from 2007-2015, and transitioned to the role of Dean of Libraries & Educational Technologies at James Madison University in July, 2015.
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. An active participant in publishing and information technology communities, Mary is a Past-President of the Board of Directors for the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS).
OCLC Global Council Vice President, President-Elect and University Librarian, UCLA Library
Ginny Steel is the University Librarian in the UCLA Library. Throughout her career she has focused on understanding the information needs of faculty, students, and staff, advocating for sustainable scholarly communications practices, and enhancing and building services and collections. Prior to coming to UCLA in 2013, Ginny served as the University Librarian at UC Santa Cruz, Director of Libraries at Washington State University, Associate Director for Public Services at MIT, and in various positions at UC San Diego and Arizona State University. She was president of the Library Administration and Management Association in 2004-2005 and has served on a number of boards including the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Library Administration and Management Association, and the SPARC Executive Committee. She also chairs the Advocacy and Public Policy Committee of the Association for Research Libraries.
Sandra (Sandy) Yee
Chair, OCLC Board of Trustees and Dean of University Libraries & School of Library and Information Science, Wayne State University, Michigan, USA
Sandy Yee has served as Dean of the Wayne State University Library System since 2001, responsible for the School of Library and Information Science and five campus libraries. She serves as President of the Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET), a Southeastern Michigan consortium of member libraries. Prior to joining Wayne State, Sandy spent 19 years at Eastern Michigan University. She also has prior experience in community college, high school and junior high school libraries. In 2008, she was elected to the OCLC Board of Trustees, and was appointed Chair of the board in 2012. She is a leader and active member of a number of professional committees and organizations, including the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.