Official language of the conference: English
Egyptian national, is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria and the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA), the new Library of Alexandria in Egypt, which he headed from its inauguration in 2002 to his retirement in 2017.
He serves on many boards and advisory committees for various international institutions. A graduate of Cairo and Harvard (Phd) He has held many important international positions,including Vice President of the World Bank (1992-2000), and professor at the Collège de France, Paris,(2010-2011).
He has published over 100 books and monographs and over 500 papers on a wide range of topics, and has received over 36 honorary doctorates.He is a member of many academies and has been decorated by Chile, Japan, Azerbaijan and other countries and has received the Legion d’Honneur from France and is a Commander of the order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.
Tefko Saracevic, Ph.D.
Studied electrical engineering at the University of Zagreb, Croatia; completed Master (1962) and Ph.D. (1970) studies in information science at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Stayed at Case till 1985, when moved to Rutgers. Promoted to Distinguished Professor in 1991. Professor Emeritus since 2010. Presented papers at international meetings in 48 countries. Was the president of the American Society for Information Science; received the Society’s Award of Merit (the highest award given by the Society). Also, received the Gerard Salton Award for Excellence in Research, by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Association for Computing Machinery (also the highest award given by the Group). As of February 2018, he has received 4,703 citations in Scopus database (the largest abstract and citation database of scientific journals, books, and conference procedings; excludes self- citations). In Google Scholar (with a broader coverage of all kinds of documents in addition to journals) he received 13,504 citations.
Sanda Erdelez, Ph.D.
Dr. Sanda Erdelez is a Professor and Director at Simmons College, USA (School of Library and Information Studies). She received her LL.B. and LL.M degrees from University of Osijek Law School (Croatia) and Ph.D. in information transfer from Syracuse University. She was also a faculty member at University of Osijek, University of Texas at Austin and most recently University of Missouri. Dr. Erdelez is a former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of The Texas Excellence Teaching Award and The ALISE Pratt-Severn Faculty Innovation Award. Her research interests include human information behavior, human-computer interaction and usability evaluation in online environments. She has been internationally recognised for her pioneering research in the area of information encountering – application of serendipity in information behavior. Her research has received funding from both corporate and government sources including Dell Inc., SBC Communication, Texas State Government, and NSF. In 2015, Dr. Erdelez received the Outstanding Contribution to Information Behavior Research Award from the Special Interest Group on Information Seeking and Use (SIG USE) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) and also became member of the SIG USE Academy of Fellows.
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A leader and spokesperson for information literacy/information skills for learning, Dr. Lau has travelled professionally to more than 60 countries as a passionate advocate for the role information competencies play in our global knowledge society, and the potential of information to transform lives. Having led four academic libraries, with the responsibility for raising funds and building new library facilities at two of them, Dr. Lau currently is a Professor at Universidad Veracruzana, the fourth largest public university in Mexico. With a Ph.D. in Information Science, Sheffield University, England; a Master’s Degree in Library Science, Denver University; and Law Degree at Sinaloa University, Mexico. He has been awarded the title of National Researcher for several consecutive three-year terms, 1989-2018 (Mexico).
He has played a national and international leading role as a member of the Board of Directors of the Special Libraries Association (USA)–the first foreigner to have this role in its 100-year history. In addition, representing SLA at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA – The Netherlands) in several roles, among them serving two terms on the Governing Board; on the Executive Committee; and was the first Chair of IFLA’s Information Literacy Section. Dr. Lau is Past-President of the Mexican Library Association (AMBAC). The author of more than 200 papers and articles and 20 monographs, including the IFLA Information Literacy Guidelines (translated into 12 languages) and an InfoLit Marketing manual.
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