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Cordially invites you to the

23rd Library Lecture Series and Outreach Programme

"Libraries and Development: On the Agenda"

Ms. Lynne M. Rudasill
Associate Professor, Global Studies Librarian , University Library
University of Illnios, at Urbana-Champaign

Chairperson: Dr. R K Sharma, Librarian, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan

Date: Monday, 12th January 2015 at 3.00 pm
Venue : Committee Room, Central Library, JNU

About the talk : International library organizations are most well-known for the venues in which they hold their conferences, but there is much more going on behind the scenes. Several of these associations, frequently considered non-governmental or civil society organizations, work to create change in the way that information is accessed, disseminated, and used throughout the world. With a focus on the development framework that will soon replace the Millennium Development Goals promulgated by the United Nations, I will explore and describe less visible activities, their success or lack of success, and what we might need to do to keep libraries and information science relevant in our information rich world. I will pay particular attention to the work of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and its efforts to get libraries on the development agenda.

About the Speaker : Lynne Rudasill, Associate Professor, University Library, is the Global Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also oversees the development of resources and collections in political science, U.N. serial publications, and the European Union Studies Center in her association with the International and Area Studies Library there. Her research is focused on the dynamics of scholarly communication including grey or fugitive literature and the impact and future of open access publications. She has taught courses in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois on social science research and resources as well as teaching in the undergraduate Department of Global Studies. As Chair of the Professional Committee of the IFLA Governing Board she has a deep understanding of the impact of that organization on information policies and sustainable development..

Previous Lectures:

15 October 2014
Topic: North Carolina State University Libraries: Trends and Challenges
Speaker : Mr. Rob Rucker
, Head, Research and Information Services Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
About the Speaker:Rob Rucker is Head of the Research and Information Services Department at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. After getting his MS in Library Science at Columbia University, New York, in 1990, he worked as librarian in the General Research Division at the New York Public Library. From 1996-1998 he was librarian with the Peace Corps assigned to Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco. Since 1998, he has been at the North Carolina State University Libraries, and has held a number of positions..

15 October 2014
Topic: Disability Rights Movement in India: Emergence, Challenges and way forward
Speaker : Dr Ramesh Kumar Sarin

About the Speaker: Born in 1952, Dr Ramesh Kumar Sarin Holds doctorate from JNU -- & currently teaches Political Science at (Satyavati College University of Delhi). His research interests ranges from disability activism to comperetive disability policy. His Ph.D Theses entitled: "changing policies for the visually impaired: A Comparative Study of South Africa and India" was published by Academic excellence Press in 2009. His name was featured in the Guinness Book for creating World Record in Braille Writing in 1991. He undertook arduous journey on foot of 7344 kilometers in 12 Indian States to spread awareness about the importance of education in the lives of the blind people.

19 March 2014
Speaker : Ms. Preeti Monga
, Director, Silver Lining Synergies Pvt. Ltd. , Mayur Vihar, New Delhi
About the Talk: An introspective session which leads you to discover within yourself stunning abilities, dreams and possibilities you never thought existed!
With the continuous explosion of information hitting you 24 by 7, along with pressures of remaining abreast with study and other day to day challenges, you can easily fall into the hidden trap of believing that you are functioning at your maximum; and have no further potential left for experiencing or achieving more! You feel completely stretched out, and therefore consciously / unconsciously put away your dreaming powers and loving longings for later!
Interestingly, most of us are only utilizing a fraction of our true potential … why … because it has got covered with layers and layers of unnecessary and futile hum drum of every day Survival! How would you like to discover simple ways to wipe away the unsolicited covering layers, and get reconnected to your very own hidden potential; and once again be able to freely exercise your very own magical positive powers ?
MMM, please don't think that this is one more empty gimmick to lure you to my session! Let me assure you, I walk every bit of my talk; you can test it for yourself even before you come to listen to what I have to say!
Speaker will share her experiences and in reality gift you with all the practical knowledge she has gathered over the years!
We will have an interactive session, where we will have the opportunity to connect and harness, our positive energies to together build a more beautiful world for all!

7th February 2014
Topic: Developments at the UK Open University Library
Speaker : Ms.Elizabeth Mallett
, Library Services Manager (Information Management) The Open University Library in the UK
About the Talk: The Open University is the largest academic institution in the UK, and was the highest-rated UK university in 2012. 71% of OU undergraduates have no previous HE qualifications on entry to the university, and there are a large number of students with disabilities (over 17 thousand). To support this diverse student base, the Open University Library Service continually strives to innovate in online library services and find new ways to improve the student experience.Elizabeth will present some of the new initiatives currently underway, such as the “Library Futures” programme and the Digital Literacy Levels Framework. She will give a preview of the forthcoming OU Digital Archive and an overview of some recent JISC –funded projects .

About the Speaker: Elizabeth has a BA (Hons) in Librarianship from Loughborough University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Open and Distance Education (PGCERT ODE) from The Open University. She is also a qualified PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner. Elizabeth started her professional life in public libraries in rural England, and then London. She joined The Open University Library in 1998 and has held a number of positions including Head of Information Literacy and Research and Innovation Projects Manager where she managed a series of externally funded (JISC) projects such as STELLAR, RISE and most recently the start-up phase of the OU Digital Archive project, with the aim to build a space where collections of material from the OU’s rich history can be discovered and preserved.
Since June 2012 Elizabeth has led theInformation Management team. This includes university wide roles such as the University Archivist, Records Manager and Metadata Manager, who support best practise in managing information across university units and systems. This includes working with the University Secretary’s office regarding legal compliance on information retention and data protection issues.

5th February 2014
Topic: Library Science and Librarianship in Swaziland: An overview
Speaker : Dr.ThiyamSatyabati Devi
, Sr. Assistant librarian (Cataloguing Head), University of Swaziland, Kwaluseni Campus, Private Bag No 4. M201, Swaziland, Southern Africa.
About the Talk: Library science is an interdisciplinary field that applies the practices, perspectives, and tools of management, information technology, education, and other areas to libraries; the collection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information resources; and the political economy of information. There is no generally agreed-upon distinction between the terms library science, librarianship, and library and information science, and to a certain extent they are interchangeable, perhaps differing most significantly in connotation. Libraries have existed since ancient times, but only in the second half of the 19th century did library science emerge as a separate field of study. With the knowledge explosion in the 20th century, it was gradually subsumed under the more general field of information science. By the second half of the 19th century, Western countries had experienced such a proliferation of books of all sorts that the nature of the librarian's work was radically altered.
I will in my presentation indicate the historical background of traditional and modern libraries and librarianship in Swaziland. The various types of libraries including National libraries, Public Libraries, Academic libraries, School libraries, and Special libraries. It will also cover the state of Bibliographic control and services, professional organizations, library education, and Automation. Highlight the basic problems in the development of the library in the country. Suggestions for the improvement of the present situation along with recent moves by the government to improve the state information activities are also pointed out.

About the Speaker: Dr.ThiyamSatyabati Devi is currently working as a Senior Assistant Librarian (Cataloguing Head) in the University of Swaziland, in Southern Africa. She carries with her a rich experience and expertise of having worked with the prestigious institute INFLIBNET (Information and Library Networked ) Centre an IUC of UGC prior to joining this institute as a Project Scientist with the bulging project "UGC-INFONET Digital Library consortium" in India. She authored more than 45 articles. She attended a number of seminars and conferences. She has worked on a project on Bibliography Compilation of Manipuri Literature under SahityaAkademi, New Delhi. She is an International Advisory board member of TAV Dr. TAV Murthy Festschrift Volume, 2012-13 and foreign Advisory Board member of the Journals e-Library Science Research Journal (LSRJ). She is the reviewer of the Journals "Issues in Business Management and Economics" and "Sky Journal of Education Research". She is also an examiner of Ph. D. thesis of Bharatidasan University, Tiruchirappalli. She is the member of the National and International associations including LIASA She can be e-mailed at satya115@rediffmail.com/sdthiyam@uniswa.sz

31stJanuary 2014
Topic: Rock your paper: An open access repository
Speaker : Mr. Neeraj Mehta
, A freelance Open Access activist
About the Talk: "Open access is free immediate online availability of research articles and it comes along with the right to re-use. It is about making scientific research available to anyone and anywhere in the world, to read and access and build upon... so people can do interesting things, and work in new ways with the material. The idea is to make research material more valuable.

The history of the model is that publishing scientific manuscripts, especially ones with complexed, detailed, colored figures was expensive. So, if you wanted your article to be distributed widely, you sent it to commercial publishers and then they would manage the review process and communications with the reviewers and revisions and once it gets accepted and the they handled typesetting and printing and distribution of your scientific work... "

23rd January 2013
Topic: Common heritage of Indian and Turkic people, lexical elements
Speaker : Dyusenova Akmaral Aripkyzy
, Professor of Arabic language and literature, University "Turan-Astana", Kazakhstan .
About the Talk: Phenomena taking place in all spheres of public life have left their mark on the vocabulary of the language. Economic, social, political, cultural, diplomatic relations, and traditions are manifested in language.
Common heritage of Indian and Turkic peoples originated from the time of Muhammad ZahiriddinBabyr ("Babur" in Arabic Lion) when Arabic spread in Mauerenahre and DeshtiKypshake. Babyr spoke Turkic languages , Arabic and Persian. Babyr's lyric consisted mainly of poetry genres of gazelle ,Ruban , Tuy , mesnevi and others common in the eastern classical poetry . We know two versions of Babyr manuscripts as collections of poems . One is located in Paris , the other in India , Rampur library . " Babyr Nam" takes a major role in the history of Turkic literature and culture. Often there are stories and legends, proverbs, idioms and comparisons. 13-15 centuries during the formation of religion in an environment of shagatay bilingualism and mixing shagatay language, literature with Persian , Tajik and Turkic languages, the language of Babyr consisted 30% Arabic, 21% Persian. In 1483-1530 , the Babyr Nam is one of the first examples of prose in Turkish literature. With good reason we can say that the literary heritage has made contribution, not only in the Turkic-speaking culture, but also to the world literature.
During the time of Sultan Mahmud Gazanaui India focuses on spreading Islam. Islamic Center in India was in the city of Lahore where language was Urdu.
Work of Mohammed HaydarDulati "Tarikh-iRashidi" was written in the ancient Turkic, Arabic, Persian, and Indian languages - an important chronicle of the Turkic peoples, artwork written on historical subjects.
It is important to review, analyze language in the context of traditions , culture and spirituality, as well as to consider changes in the language due to the interchange with other languages . Analyzing the history it can be traced a great influence of many historical factors exerted on the Turkic languages, especially Kazakh. We see a direct impact of the events in the life of society on the vocabulary of the language. Due to historical factors that influenced the Turkic languages , in the Kazakh language borrowed words have a special place.

About the Speaker:DyusenovaAkmaralAripkyzy, philosopher, theologian, professor of Arabic language and literature, pedagogical sciences graduate majoring in Kazakh language and literature, University "Turan-Astana", Kazakhstan

29th November 2013
Topic: Large-Scale Multimedia Digital Library Collections: Challenges and Research Opportunities
Speaker : Prof. Ricardo da Silva Torres,
Institute of Computing, University of Campinas, Av. Albert Einstein, 1251, 13083-852,, Campinas, SP - Brazil
About the Talk: Technology advancements towards image acquisition, storage, and dissemination have fostered the creation of large image collections. In this scenario, there is a strong requirement for effective and efficient systems to manage those materials. In this lecture, I will address common challenges as well as research opportunities related to the design and the implementation of multimedia digital libraries and associated services.

About the Speaker: Ricardo da S. Torres received a B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from University of Campinas, Brazil, in 2000. He got his doctorate in Computer Science at the same university in 2004. He is Director of the Institute of Computing, University of Campinas. His research interests include Image Analysis, Content-Based Image Retrieval, Databases, Digital Libraries, and Geographic Information Systems. Ricardo Torres is member of RECOD lab http://www.recod.ic.unicamp.br). He is author/co-authors of more than 100 articles into refereed journal and conferences (see http://www.ic.unicamp.br/~rtorres). He serves as PC member for several international and national conferences. He also has supervised 20 master and 5 PhD projects.

6th November 2013
Topic: Quality Assessment and Open Access at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
: Dr. Karin Sundén University Librarian / Universitetsbliotekarie, Gothenburg University Library / Göteborgs universitetsbibliotek, Art Library / Konstbiblioteket, Göteborg, Sweden
About the Topic: In the university world, the financial allocations for research are increasingly dependent on bibliometric indicators of faculty publications registered in databases and repositories. Following a decision by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gothenburg, the allocation of faculty research resources, should from the budget year 2012 partly be based on bibliometric indicators and partly on external funds. Each faculty has had to develop and formulate their bibliometric indicators in a way, that best reflects their specific subject field and their publishing culture. The Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts has, beside traditional publications, also decided to focus on the unique excellence, that charactarizes its field, i.e. artistic works. I will, in my example, show how it was made possible to use a bibliometric indicator also in assessing art works and not only scientific texts and how it was tried out in practice.
About the Speaker:
Karin Sundén is a University Librarian, currently working at the Art Library, Gothenburg University Library, Sweden. Apart from her library and information studies, he has studied art history at an advanced level. She has also experience in working with institutional repositories and Open Access publishing.

4th October 2013
Topic: Art and Science of Online Search Strategies for Research Scholars
:Mr. Santosh C. Hulagabali, Librarian | Library & Information Centre, Nagindas Khandwala College* | Malad (W) | Mumbai
About the Topic: The researchers are in need of qualitative information. But the qualitative information is scattered due to an exponential growth of information in all the branches of knowledge. Both print and online sources of information are growing in myriad ways, and specifically the researchers' approach towards use of online information sources is increasing. So the talk addresses the required skills and approach towards tapping the scholarly information with less time. The talk highlights on three crucial elements viz. search strategies, search tools and various sources of information. The talk helps researchers to be specific, strategic, result-oriented by using certain online search techniques, sources of information and exploring a lot many online information resource discovery tools available specifically in public domain.
About the Speaker:
Mr. Santosh C. Hulagabali has Master of Library and Information Science with 'Dr. S R. Ranganathan Gold Medal' and a University Rank from Karnataka University, Dharwad. Mr. Santosh started his career as Library and Documentation Assistant at RBI's IGIDR, Mumbai and as Library Intern at British Council Library, Mumbai. He has more than twenty papers to his credit, published in esteemed LIS journals, books and conference proceedings. As an Editor, Mr. Santosh has published two conference proceedings. He has also delivered six talks on All India Radio (AIR). At Present, Mr. Santosh works as the Librarian at Nagindas Khandwala College, Malad (W), Mumbai. At his Library he has started a Certificate Course in 'Online Information Sources Tools and Techniques' (COIST) for research scholars and also developed a national archive of conference abstracts (ICon-AD). He is presently pursuing Ph.D. from University of Mumbai.

11th September 2013
Topic: Launching chat reference, Facebook, Twitter & other social media initiatives in a University Library
Speaker : Mr. Tay Chee Hsien, Aaron, Senior Librarian, NUS LibrariesCentral Library (Information Services), National University of Singapore
About the Speaker: Mr. Tay Chee Hsein Aaron joined NUS Libraries in 2007. Much of his work has focused on extending the digital reach of the library by launching chat reference, Facebook, Twitter & other social media initiatives. As E-service facilitator, he is in charge of implementing, supporting & strategizing use of the discovery service, link resolver, Libguides & LibAnswers platforms as well as other online services. Aaron was named an international Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2011 & received a silver award for outstanding librarian of the year at the Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians in 2012. He blogs regularly at Musings about librarianship blog http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.sg/.

27th August 2013
Topic: Building a Print Fanzine Collection in a Digital Era
Speaker: Ms. Isabel Ayres Maringelli
, Walter Wey Library, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo
About the Topic: Building a Print Fanzine Collection in a Digital Era. Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo is the oldest art museum in São Paulo, SP, Brazil. The Walter Wey Library was created in 1959 to support the Museum staff: curators, researchers and conservators but today the majority of patrons is graduate students. The Library's collection is rich in representing Brazilian artists and contains materials pertinent to the Museum's art collections but it includes materials from all over the world. The Library has just started a new section that is formed by fanzines. Although there are many other libraries that hold these collections they are not very familiar either to users or to librarians. The library became interested in starting this collection because we have received many fanzines made by visual artists, illustrators, poets and comic writers. Fanzines are self-published booklets, created by hand or using low-cost printing technologies that allow to creator to take part in the whole production process. Although there are some E-zines being produced, some authors claims that fanzines could be considered as means of cultural resistance, in terms that they are printed and usually handmade, in opposition to all social media and digital sources for publishing. By bringing these materials into an art public Library Pinacoteca seeks to invite more people to read them. The circulation of fanzines could be restricted to other places than public museum and they are so original and creative that we decided to keep them and make them available to users. We expect to do a research to find relationships with contemporary art and also with other disciplines as Communication Theory and Information Science.

About the Speaker: Isabel Ayres Maringelli was born in São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 1969. She has a Master of Business Administration - MBA in Cultural Economics (2009) – FGV – Getulio Vargas Foundation and a Graduate Degree and Bachelor's in Information and Documentation Science – Sociology and Political School São Paulo Foundation (1993). She is the Coordinator of Library Walter Wey, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, the oldest art museum in the city, since 2009. Prior to this she has worked for more than 20 year in the Business Administration in the Getulio Vargas Foundation. She has published some articles in the field of use of open source software for library automation and libraries portals and has also been working with exhibitions productions.

19th March, 2013
Topic: Databib: Cataloging the World's Data Repositories
Speaker: Prof. Michael Witt, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
About the Topic: Databib (http://databib.org) is a curated, global, online catalog of research data repositories. Librarians and other information professionals have identified and cataloged over 500 data repositories that can be easily browsed and searched by users or integrated with other platforms or cyberinfrastructure. Databib can help researchers find appropriate repositories to deposit their data, and it gives consumers of data a tool to discover repositories of datasets that meet their research or learning needs. Users can submit new repositories to Databib, which are reviewed and curated by an international board of editors. All information from Databib has been contributed to the public domain using the Creative Commons Zero protocol. Supported machine interfaces and formats include RSS, OpenSearch, RDF/XML, Linked Data (RDFa), and social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
About the Speaker: Michael Witt is an Assistant Professor of Library Science and Interdisciplinary Research Librarian at Purdue University. Professor Witt is the project director for the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), leading a collaboration of the Libraries, research office, and campus computing in the design and implementation of a campus data repository and supporting data services. He has presented and published in venues such as the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, International Digital Curation Conference, EDUCAUSE, Open Repositories, ASIST Research Data Access and Preservation Summit, Library Trends, Journal of Library Administration, College & Undergraduate Libraries, and Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A. His service to the profession includes chairing the LITA/OCLC Kilgour Award and LITA Library Hi-Tech Award committees and serving on the editorial board of Information Technology and Libraries. He is named on 17 internal and external grants in support of his research in the area of digital data curation. Witt is affiliated with the Distributed Data Curation Center at Purdue and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Databib, an international catalog of data repositories. For more information about Professor Witt, visit http://www.lib.purdue.edu/research/witt.

4th March, 2013
laptop Distribution Ceremony for Visually Impaired Research Scholars of JNU
Guest of Honour: Shri P. K. Pincha, Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India

11th February, 2013
Topic: Keeping it Glocal Best Practices for International Outreach in an Academic Library
Speaker: Mara L. Thacker, South Asian Studies Librarian |Assistant Professor of Library Administration, International and Area Studies Library, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
About the Topic : Using the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as a model, this talk will explore the why's and how's of library outreach. The talk will be divided into two sections. In the first section, we will consider what constitutes outreach, how it has developed over time and why it important. In the second section, I will draw on my experiences as a public services librarian to offer practical advice about how to create an effective strategy for reaching out to international scholars and students with international ambitions.
About the Speaker: Mara Thacker is the South Asian Studies Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is passionate about public services and is chair of the International and Area Studies Library Outreach Committee. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and worked as a Public Services Librarian at Paul Smith's College from 2010-2012.

27th November 2012
Topic: World Development Report 2013: Jobs
Speaker: Mr. Martin Rama, Director, 2013 World Development Report

3rd August 2012
Topic: Knowledge Management in Academic Libraries Southern African perspectives
Speaker: Prof. Priti Jain, Associate Professor , Department of Library & Information Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Botswana

29th June 2012
Topic:Enabling Open Scholarship: Open Access Policies, Issues and Resources for Higher Education Institutions
Speaker: Dr. Usha Mujoo Munshi, Chief Librarian, Indian Institute of Public Administration, IP Estate, New Delhi.

16th May 2012
Topic: Depleting Archives and Disintegrating Histories
Speaker:Ms. Shilpi Rajpal, PhD Scholar, Department of History, University of Delhi.
About the Topic: The proposed talk is based on personal experiences of the researcher in various archives and libraries of India. It was her doctoral research that brought her face to face with the working of the Indian archives. The Public Record Act which was passed in 1993 regulates the management, administration and preservation of public records. The talk will highlight weaknesses in the Public Record Act in dealing with present scenario. The Researcher believes that various government departments have little clue regarding the preservation and maintenance of the valuable historical documents that are being look after by them. The art of conserving, classifying and weeding out of these documents largely remains unknown to most of them. It would not be an exaggeration to state that the Indian archives are facing a deep crisis as far the maintenance of its public records is concerned. The talk reveals the dismal condition of archives in India. It further seeks new ways i.e. what more needs to be done in order to preserve the documental legacy of India. 
About the Speaker: Ms. Shilpi Rajpal is PhD Scholar in the Department of History, University of Delhi. At present, she is in final phase of her thesis writing entitled ‘Madness and Delinquency in Colonial North India’ 1850-1947’. She was awarded the University Teaching Assistantship in 2009 for the period of four years in the University of Delhi. She has also taught as a Guest Lecturer in Department of Germanic and Romance Studies, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi (August 2007 – March 2009). She has presented papers in several national and International Conferences.

17th April 2012
Topic: Creating Socio-economic Value through Open Public Data
Speaker: Ms Waltraut Ritter,Research Director, Knowledge Dialogues, Hong Kong & Visiting Professor, International School of Information Management, Mysore.
About the Topic: At the ministerial OECD meeting on the Future of the Internet Economy in June 2008 in Seoul, the member states agreed on the need for governments to work with business, civil society and other parties to promote and expand access to public sector information and promote the re-use of data worldwide. Public sector organisations produce, collect and share vast amounts of information, such as meteorological, traffic and socio-economic data, health and statistical data, cultural information and others. Public sector information is the “raw material” for new added value services, but it is often difficult for third parties to re-use it. Many countries have updated their public information laws to adapt to the new opportunities through the digitisation of information. PSI re-use (Public Sector Information) goes beyond traditional e-government concepts and transactional information exchanges between public sector and business/citizens. The awareness for PSI issues, from policy to legal and technological questions varies from country to country and depends on open information flows between different stakeholders, as well as a change of mindset in the public sector. This new thinking encourages new forms of public engagement and leads to democratization of government data.
What are the trends and developments in public information in India?
Will the Electronic Delivery of Service Bill (EDS) increase transparency and enhanced cohesion?
About the Speaker:
Waltraut Ritter
Waltraut Ritter is managing director of Knowledge Dialogues which she founded in Hong Kong in 1997, specializing in applied research relating to innovation, knowledge, and intellectual capital. She has worked in information and knowledge management since 1989, when she served as information management consultant for the United Nations Development Programme in Geneva and New York. In recent years, she has focused on the knowledge economy and innovation initiatives for national and international agencies in the public sector.She is visiting faculty at the International School of Information Management the University of Mysore (India) and was Professor for Knowledge Management at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She holds an MA in Information Science and Sociology from the Free University of Berlin and an MBA from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.She has been involved the UN World Summit of Information Society process from 2003 to 2005 and subsequent UN Internet governance forum (IGF) working group on Open Data. She is a founding member of the New Club of Paris, a knowledge economy research network supported by the Worldbank, OECD and EU. She also serves on the Digital21 Strategy advisory board of the Hong Kong Government and as research director for the Asia Pacific Intellectual Capital Centre, a non-profit think tank on knowledge economy.

20th March 2012
Topic: E-books: Choices and Challenges
Speaker: Ms. Linda K Parker, Information Resource Officer, American Centers in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka, U.S. Department of State
About the Speaker: Ms. Linda Parker began a lifelong love of books as a child in Japan, where her father was serving in the Air Force. She read every book in the public library there and decided that there could be no greater joy than to help others discover the wonder found in books. She attended the University of Texas, first majoring in English Literature and also gained a Master's Degree in Information Science with further specialization in Digital Resources. She has worked as a Public Librarian, Library Director for the U.S. Department of Labor, Mining, General and Law Libraries. She is currently an Information Resource Officer with the U.S. Department of State. She is posted in New Delhi, with regional responsibility for the American Centers in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lanka. She has previously served in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Germany and Africa.

3rd February 2012
Topic: Embedded Librarianship New ways of building relationship with Faculty
Speaker: Dr. Triveni Kuchi, Director of South Asian Studies Program, Sociology & South Asian Librarian, Research & Instructional Services
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

10th January 2012
Topic: Documentation of Oral History: Experiences at South Asian Oral History project at the University of Washington Libraries
Speaker: Dr. Deepa Banerjee, South Asian Studies Librarian, University of Washington Libraries
About the Topic : South Asian Oral History project at the University of Washington which captured the history of South Asian Immigrants to Pacific Northwest. through Oral History interviews. The interviews are now part of National Museum of Immigration in Ellis Island and a book " Roots and Reflections: South Asian Map Pacific Northwest" by the oral historian Amy Bhatt and Nalini Iyer is being published by University of Washington Press (Publication due 2012) based on my project. http://content.lib.washington.edu/saohcweb/index.html
About the Speaker: Dr. Deepa Banerjee joined University of Washington Libraries in 2006 as a South Asian Studies Librarian and has been working closely with the faculty and students from South Asia programs at the University of Washington. As a general Reference and Research Librarian, she assists students with their wide ranging research needs from various subject areas through individual consultations, virtual chat and working at the reference desks. She plays an active role as a member of various local and national library committees. Examples include Scholarly Communications Committee, Diversity Committee, CONSALD (Committee on South Asian Libraries and Documentation), Association of American Libraries, ACRL / AAMES (Asian African and Middle Eastern Division). She has served as a Chair of the AAMES Publication Committee and AAMES Conference Planning Committee. She has also been the editor of AAMES newsletters.
Deepa also has publications, conference presentations and projects to her credit. One of her projects " South Asian Oral History Project" has received national acclaim and led to a book publication titled " Roots and Reflections : South Asians Map the Pacific Northwest" by University of Washington Press co authored by Dr Amy Bhatt and Dr Nalini Iyer based on the project. Publication is due in September 2012.
Deepa has worked in a variety of library settings in Australia, Canada and US prior to her current position. Deepa has an MLIS from Australia and a PhD from India.

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