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.
Nomoya Mahlangu has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Cape Town. She works as the Director, Research Support and Teaching & Learning at the University of Johannesburg Library. She is the LIASA’s Higher Education Libraries Interest Group (HELIG) Coordinator for the Gauteng South Branch. Apart from her professional interests, she is fascinated by AI and has a keen curiosity about kinetics and sports science. As such her first book, entitled “No Chains Around My Feet: Running as a Metaphor for Life” was published in 2017.
Frederick Mavhunduse is a Campus Librarian at one of the University of Johannesburg’s four campus libraries. He has a Master of Information Technology (Library Science) from the University of Pretoria and is a qualified teacher. His recent work experience before the current position is that of an Assistant Teacher-Librarian and Information Literacy Librarian. His interests are in the use of emerging technologies in academic libraries focused on the front-end services of the library.
Adrian St. Patrick Duncan is a Librarian at the University of the West Indies, Law Branch Library. He can be described as a 21st Century Librarian with his effective usage of Information and Communications Technologies to make library research, access and retrieval as well as using technology-based tools to aid in e-referencing for ease of use by clients and staff. He is a skilled researcher and is excellent in translating library services and policies into tangible, comprehensible resources for users. Equipped with both undergraduate and post graduate degrees in library and information studies coupled with his award-winning abilities in display development and implementation, he prides himself on being a versatile, technical and hands-on librarian, who adeptly provides support to staff and students in a legal-focused multi-disciplinary academic environment.
Mr. Duncan possesses a wealth of experience working in various academic and legal information environments including Courts and Law firms. He has and continues to publish articles on Smart & Intelligent Libraries, Augmented Reality, Contactless Innovations, Artificial Intelligence and Usability Testing/Heuristic Evaluation in various academic journals including; the Electronic Library Journal and Library Hi Tech, his latest works can be found on various electronic platforms, including Emerald Insight.
Joyce van Aalten
Joyce van Aalten is an independent taxonomy consultant and trainer. She has 15+ year experience with taxonomy, thesaurus, ontologies and knowledge graphs projects for a broad range of customers. Some of her customers include KLM, Philips, EEAS, Thesaurus for Health Care and Welfare and the Thesaurus for the Dutch House of Representatives. Joyce is specialized in taxonomy management tools and the possibilities of metadata/taxonomy within information management systems, like Microsoft365/SharePoint. She frequently shares her knowledge via workshops, talks at conferences, articles, and she is co-author on Taxonomies: Practical Approaches to Developing and Managing Vocabularies for Digital Information (ISBN9781783304813) and an open text book on findability (ISBN 9789492388001).
Eva Bosgraaf (MA in Media Studies) has worked as a journalist and writer, focusing on the impact of new media on individuals and societies. Additionally, for the past ten years, she has been involved with a postgraduate program for librarians, where she trains them to assist library visitors in navigating the information society.
Frederico Portas Lagar
Portas Lagar is Managing partner and founder of the ITMS Analytics company from November 2017. To date he has been dedicated to the development and commercialization of library information service analysis models for the USA and Latin America
Maneka Gokool, MSc. is a senior lecturer in the Department of ICTs and Digital Technologies, COSTAATT, where she has helped to develop the Bachelor’s in Information and Library Science degree offered by the College. She currently delivers courses offered in the Programme. Ms. Gokool is the founder of Digital and Information Literacy Foundation developed to provide underserved communities in the region with computer and information literacy skills. She designed and implemented the NALIS Youth Lit, a reading program offered in Public Libraries for students with reading difficulties. She has over fifteen (15) years experience in librarianship and has worked in school, public and academic libraries. Her areas of research interest include Information Literacy and AI integrtioan in Library Science.
Mrs. Joanne Jarvis-Patrick is a Senior Lecturer at The College of Science and Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago, COSTAATT for the past ten years. Her specialisation is in School Librarianship and Information Literacy, having served as a School Librarian for twenty years. Her research interest lies in exposing adult learners to emerging educational technologies using andragogical strategies to revolutionise the teaching/learning process in the online environment.
Mrs. Jarvis-Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History/ Sociology/Management, (UWI, St. Augustine) a Master’s Diploma in Library Studies, (UWI, Mona Jamaica) Certificate courses in Teaching of Reading, Education for School Librarianship (UWI St. Augustine), and Quality Online Teaching and Learning (COSTAATT), a Master’s Degree in Tertiary Level Teaching and Learning (UWI, St Augustine) and is currently studying for a Doctor of Education in Teaching and Learning with Emerging Technologies (UWI, Open Campus).