Dr. Rosemarie Heath
Dr. Rosemarie Heath is the Head of the Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Jamaica. Dr. Heath is dual-qualified and experienced as an educator and librarian and has published primarily in the areas of media and information literacy, academic librarianship, and children’s literature. She has served at the Library and Information Association of Jamaica (LIAJA) at the executive level for several years, two of which, she served as First and Second Vice President.
Dr. Stanley H. Griffin
Stanley H. Griffin is Deputy Dean, Undergraduate Matters (Humanities) and Senior Lecturer, in Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, Department of Library and Information Studies (DLIS) respectively at The University of the West Indies, Mona Jamaica Campus. He holds a BA (Hons.) in History, a PhD in Cultural Studies (with High Commendation), from the Cave Hill Barbados Campus of The University of the West Indies, and an MSc in Archives and Records Management (Int’l), University of Dundee, Scotland. His research interests include Multiculturalism in Antigua and the Eastern Caribbean; the Cultural Dynamics of intra-Caribbean migrations; Archives in the constructs of Caribbean culture; and Community Archives in the Caribbean. His most recent publications include Decolonizing the Caribbean Record: An Archives Reader (Litwin 2018), and Archiving Caribbean Identity: Records, Community, and Memory (Routledge, 2022) co-edited works with Jeannette Bastian and John Aarons, several book chapters and journal articles on Caribbean archival, historical and cultural issues. Stanley is active on the executive of several academic, heritage, and archival professional societies, including the Caribbean’s archival association, CARBICA, and is a member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion.
Eric started working as an Education / Marketing manager in the world of libraries, archives and museums 2003. Since then he worked for two educational institutes specialised in archiving, information retrieval and document management. From the start he had a keen interest in digitalisation of information and the consequences for the information specialist. Since June 2021 Eric is responsible for the development of a generic education program for all Information Professionals working for the Dutch Government. As a part of this project he is currently focusing on competence profiles for the Information Specialist of 2030.
Since 2007 Eric is active in the Dutch Caribbean. Since then he organised training programs for the National Archives of Suriname, Curacao and Aruba as well as the Anton de Kom University Library of Suriname.
Eric is a board member of the KNVI (Royal Dutch Association for information professionals), member of the Innovation Committee of the Dutch Royal Library and an editor for the magazines Od (Governmental Information) and IP (Information Professional).
Nicole Alleyne has worked in libraries for over 22 years, first at the National Library and Information System Authority and presently at the University of Trinidad and Tobago. Mrs Alleyne holds a BSc in Computing and Information Systems and a Bachelor’s in Information and Library Studies and is currently completing her Masters’ of Arts in Library and Information Studies at The UWI, Mona.
Dr. Rahul Kumar is an assistant professor at Brock University. His research focuses on the changing post-secondary education sector, specifically on the quality of education, artificial intelligence in education, academic integrity, international students, online education, and ethics. Prior to the faculty position, he worked in the computer industry.
Mr. Roger Chung is the Acting Chair of the Department of Information Science and Technology at COSTAATT (The College of Science and Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago) which is a community college. One of his signal achievements is to nurture initially unexposed learners (from eight years old to adulthood) to the point where they attain functional Technology Literacy. His research interests are associated with Media Literacy, Databases, Business Intelligence, Systems Analysis and Design, Big Data, Knowledge Management, Machine Learning, Data Science, Enterprise Transformation, Online Teaching and Learning Technology. He currently holds a Master’s and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies. His career has taken him through the retail sector, waste management sector and education sector. He has held the positions of IT Manager, Database Administrator, Systems Analyst, Programmer and Lecturer.
Education and ideas are powerful and exponential in their influence upon the minds of the learner (of all ages). Wellness, training, motivating and mentoring can be used to develop the will of our learners. Mentoring and counseling learners to love themselves despite their challenges because of their potential, uniqueness, dreams and accomplishments. Locating and igniting the passion within our brothers and sisters. Providing the opportunities for change to those with the hunger for it. Creating a fertile ground to help those who have not yet found their purpose. We are at the right place and time to change the future of our nation. A nation passionately pursuing its dreams. One dream at a time.
Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer
Eppo van Nispen tot Sevenaer is a much sought-after international speaker and thinker because of the unique connections he is able to make between the digital world and the human dimension. In addition, he is a regular guest in TV, radio and online programs, in which he explains media from the past, present and future. He is originally a tv-joournalist. In recent years, Van Nispen has been working on his “social thing”, namely the impact of digitization, especially in the field of information provision, with the mission to build the most modern library in the world, DOK in Delft. In 2008, in an American survey, DOK was named the most modern library in the world, in addition to being “Best library in the Netherlands” by a jury of experts.
Van Nispen subsequently became director of the CPNB, the foundation that is responsible for the largest reading campaigns in the Netherlands, such as the Children’s Book Week, Bookweek and Holland Reads. Eppo is currently director of the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, the state-of-the-art media culture institute in the Netherlands that has the second largest data collection in the world. Van Nispen is also chairman of the Culture and Media working group within the Dutch AI coalition, a coalition of the best universities, media companies and cultural institutions on artificial intelligence. He also holds various board positions. Sent by his College of Sages (his 6 children, wife and from heaven his grandmother of 102+) he tries in an inspiring way, with a smile and a tear, to make all kinds of connections between the world of now and that of the future without losing humanity in it.
Dr. M. Stephanie Chancy
M. Stephanie Chancy is the Caribbean Partnerships Librarian at the University of Florida and dLOC Director of Operations. Dr. Chancy’s research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic material culture. While completing her dissertation Dr. Chancy served as the Green Family Foundation Graduate Fellow at the Digital Library of the Caribbean. She has taught several undergraduate level courses and, prior to her academic career, served as an administrator for non-profit performing arts organizations.
Perry Collins is Interim Chair, Digital Partnerships & Strategies, at the University of Florida Libraries. In this role, she oversees copyright, open education, and digital scholarship initiatives within the Libraries. Before joining UF in 2018, Collins worked for six years as a program officer in the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities.