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Eurasian Academic Libraries Conference - 2022: Speakers

Keynote Speakers


 

Matthew Voigts, Policy and Research Officer, IFLA / Netherland

Matthew Voigts is the Copyright & Open Access Policy Officer at the International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA) in The Hague, where he conducts research and advocates for libraries and freedom of information in international policy forums. Among other recent work, he is the lead author of IFLA’s study on how copyright affected libraries during COVID-19.

Matt holds a PhD in Anthropology / Digital Economy Research from the University of Nottingham, where his research focused on asylum seekers’ online privacy practices and access to information via social media. He has also worked in journalism and conducted anthropological research on film distribution & media piracy in China. Matt further holds a MSC in Digital Anthropology from University College London and a BA in Writing from Wartburg College.

Copyright and Publications for the Digital Future: A Global View of Laws, Access and Practice 

This presentation highlights recent copyright and licensing-related challenges and opportunities related to digital access with examples from around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic urgently brought to the forefront longstanding issues with digital access, which – in addition to infrastructure factors - include copyright laws and licensing contracts most applicable to physical media, private consumers and in-person teaching. These contributed to issues libraries faced in providing access to their collections even as they explored innovative digital lending and information sharing solutions. As we look toward the future, and legal cases work their way through courts in America and elsewhere related to eBook pricing and digitized collections, the capacity to lend and disseminate knowledge remains bolstered by open access policies and copyright laws designed for digital lending with flexibility toward developing technologies.

Matt Voigts

Paola Corti, Open Education Community Manager, SPARC Europe / Italy

Paola Corti is the Open Education Community Manager of the European Network of Open Education Librarians (ENOEL); she supports librarians in taking action to implement the UNESCO OER Recommendation. She also works at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, as a project manager and instructional designer; she works on international projects, MOOCs design and development, and professional development courses for Faculty and Researchers, mainly on Open Education and innovative pedagogies. She is a Facilitator for Creative Commons Certificate courses, and she is involved - hands and heart - in implementing the UNESCO OER Recommendation. Paola has been working in distance learning since 1998 and is a passionate advocate for Open Education (OE). Paola’s work tries to link social justice and Open Education. She helps bridge the gap between educators and librarians in achieving more open access to education.

Ready, Set, Action! ENOEL Librarians at the Crossway of Open Education

This presentation will address the UNESCO OER Recommendation concerning the first area, “Building capacity of stakeholders to create, access, re-use, adapt and redistribute OER.” European Network of Open Education Librarians are interacting with OER as creators and users. At the same time, they are sharing practices with peers while being professionally involved in many other activities. This presentation will highlight the resources network members have produced together, but also their capacity-building strategies and the challenges they encounter when building skills and capacity in libraries in High Education. While “Together” is a keyword, sharing ideas, problems, experiences and skills, negotiating along the way on what to do and how, and pooling efforts to solve common goals and challenges, all this is not always easy: collaboration comes with challenges of its own. These challenges can only be overcome through collaboration, and the ENOEL demonstrates this.

Paola Corti

Raymond Uzwyshyn, Director of Collections and Digital Services for Texas State University Libraries, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.L.I.S. / USA

Dr. Raymond Uzwyshyn is Director of Collections and Digital Services for Texas State University Libraries. Previously, he served as Director of Online Libraries for American Public University System, Head of Digital and Learning Technologies for the University of West Florida Libraries and Web Services Librarian for the University of Miami, US. Ray possesses a Ph.D. (New York University, Media Studies), MBA (IT Project Management) American Public University and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has chaired the American Society of Information Science & Technology, SIG in Information Visualization and served as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Access to Learning Technology Awards, IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) and Open Repositories. He currently serves on the IT standing Committee for the International Federation of Library Associations (2021-2025) and as editor of IFLA’s IT section Trends and Issues in Library Technology. Ray's interests include artificial intelligence, research data repositories, digital scholarly ecosystems, online education, data visualization, multimedia digital.

Open Access Data Research Repositories: From Data and Research Ecosystems to Artificial Intelligence and New Discoveries

Data research repositories allow sharing and archiving of research data for global research. Libraries open this sharing of data to modern metadata and interoperability for search, retrieval, and larger possibilities of global scholarly research ecosystems. Data research repositories are being leveraged to accelerate global research, promote international collaboration, and innovate on levels previously thought impossible. They link data to further content from online publications to multimedia digital communication and aggregation tools. 

This article pragmatically overviews a data and content-centered ecosystem and then discusses the ecosystem's next level of possibilities. This involves questions of  big data and AI infrastructures for \enabling researchers towards Deep Learning (Neural Net) possibilities. These new areas show large promise in making good use of online open data repositories, digital library ecosystems and online datasets
Recent AI research also highlights the utility of several available online open-source digital library data repository and ecosystem components.  An online data-centered research ecosystem accelerates open science, research and discovery on global levels.  This open-source ecosystem and software infrastructure may be easily replicated by research institutions and universities globally. 

Ray Uzwyshyn

SECTION 1: OPEN ACCESS, OPEN DATA AND OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Carol Smith is a dedicated adherent to and practitioner of Dr. R. David Lankes’ model of New Librarianship. This new disciplinary framework reconceptualizes the mission of libraries as “improving society through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities” and is the innovative and inspirational lens through which she approaches all aspects of library leadership. Librarianship was a midcareer change for Carol, following several successful and varied positions of leadership in both the oil industry and information services profession.

Prior to her current role as University Librarian at the Colorado School of Mines, Carol served as Library Director at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO (2013-2016). At the University of Central Missouri (2006-2013), she was a tenured Associate Professor of Library Services, serving as both a Business Librarian (2006-2010) and Technology Initiatives Librarian (2010-2013).

Reflections and Directions on Scholarly Communications: A Library Leadership Perspective

Scholarly communications is far from a new discipline, yet its rise as a defined specialization for librarians has taken off dramatically over the course of just the past decade. This rapid and fairly recent expansion of scholarly communications as a strategic area of focus has introduced both fresh opportunities and new challenges for academic library leaders. The purpose of this paper is to provide a broad overview of the past, current, and future scholarly communications landscape from the distinctive perspective of an academic research library director. 

Carol Smith

Christopher J.J. Thiry has been the Map & GIS Librarian at the Colorado School of Mines Arthur Lakes Library since 1995.  Previously, he worked in the Map Division of the New York Public Library.  He holds a BA in history and a MILS from the University of Michigan.  He has taught numerous workshops including some in the United Arab Emirates regarding map librarianship, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), map resources, and map cataloging.  He completed a summer internship at the Library of Congress’ Geography and Map Division.  He has been the President of the Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML) twice, and has hosted a WAML meeting on 2 occasions and shepherded it once more.  He is the editor of the 3rd edition of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Guide to US Map Resources, and creator of the “Clearinghouse of GIS-made indexes to paper map sets”.  He has done extensive research on the history of race-based covenants in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Christopher Thiry
Lisa Nickum is the Systems Discovery Librarian at the Colorado School of Mines. She is responsible for library systems that facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources in both the physical and digital realms as systems administrator for a library management system and related products. Prior to the Systems position, Lisa was the Government Publications Librarian for over 20 years at Mines. She is currently the Chair for the collaborative United States organization TRAIL (Technical Reports Archive and Image Library). She earned her BA in Music History from the University of New Mexico in 1991 and MS in Library Science from the University of North Carolina in 1993.  Lisa Nickum

Trial, Error, Revamp, Success: Implementing Course Readings at the Colorado School of Mines

In the spring of 2018, the Arthur Lakes Library at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, USA, purchased the Leganto platform that according to its developers, Ex Libris, was a “course resource list solution [that helps] foster meaningful learning and enhance student success in online, on-campus, and hybrid learning environments”(Ex Libris 2020).  The intent of the purchase was to consolidate the Library’s physical course reserves with electronic library resources, and make those items available through the campus’ Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas.  By the fall of 2022, the Course Readings service (formerly called Leganto) is considered a success, becoming deeply engrained with learning and teaching at Mines.  But the success of this program was very much in doubt two years earlier. This paper will discuss the implementation, initial lack of acceptance, outside influences affecting the eventual success of the service, and the revamping and reintroduction of Course Readings on the Colorado School of Mines campus

Cameron Cook is the Data & Digital Scholarship Manager for the UW-Madison General Library System. Her interests include building holistic research infrastructures, leadership, building strong organizations, digital scholarship, equity in data & emerging research, data sharing, and open research. She strives to take a people-centered approach to her work and aims to empower & be an advocate for her campus communities, a translator between stakeholders, an improver of systems, and a dreamer of opportunities.

Cameron Cook

Jennifer Patiño is the Data & Digital Scholarship Librarian for the UW-Madison General Library System. She works to support the institutional open access repository MINDS@UW, Research Data Services, and instruction in library-based tools for text and data mining and data visualization. Her interests include open access, digital humanities, data equity, and building communities of practice.

Jennifer Patiño

Research Data Support at University of Wisconsin-Madison

This short talk will introduce the research data sharing and compliance landscape in the United States and the ways in which the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries are responding to it through their local data support services. An introduction to UW-Madison Libraries' Research Data Services and provided data repositories will be covered along with lessons learned from the development and on-going support of these services.

SECTION 2: OUT IN THE OPEN: PERSPECTIVES AND CHALLENGES OF OPENNESS

Yaşar Tonta is with the Department of Information Management of Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey.  His research interests are information retrieval, information systems design, digital libraries, scholarly communication, bibliometrics, cultural heritage, open science and open access. He chaired the Department and served as the Founding Director of TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM.  He was a visiting professor at Humboldt University in Berlin. He took part in EC- and TÜBİTAK-supported projects. He received Hacettepe University’s Science Award (2010). He is a member of several organizations including ASIST. Professor Tonta received his graduate degrees from UC Berkeley (Ph.D.), University of Wales (M.Lib.), and Hacettepe University (M.A.). 

Open Access: The Key Driver to Address the Grand Challenges 

Open Science plays an essential role to tackle the grand challenges that we face today. Open Access to scientific output has tremendously increased the R&D process during the Covid 19 pandemic whereby we have witnessed the fastest ever development of a vaccine against any health menace in the history of the world. The main theme of this year's International Open Access Week, "Open for Climate Justice", aims to stimulate cooperation and collaboration in the climate change research community so that the consequences of the looming climate crisis can be prevented before it is too late.  In this presentation, I will summarize the recent developments in the Open Access domain and underline the current issues that the Library and Information Science (LIS) community is facing nowadays. More specifically, I will address the issue of transformative agreements and point out some of the open questions such as the widening equity gap with regard to access to scientific information across the globe.

Yaşar Tonta

Stephen B. Alayon is an Associate Professor at the College of Information and Communications Technology, West Visayas State University located in Iloilo City, Philippines. He finished both his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Education (Mathematics) degrees at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. He finished his Master of Library and Information Science degree at the Central Philippine University. Stephen is a registered Professional Teacher and Librarian in the Philippines. He served as the executive of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI). He served as the president (2019-2020) of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). He held various awards such as PAARL, ASLP, PLAI, SLA and other. Stephen is a distinguished achiever in the field of Library and Information Science in the Philippines, committed to upholding UN SDGs by supporting open access to information from publicly-funded research, particularly on fisheries and aquaculture. His undertakings served to strengthen fisheries education by promoting research and scholarship through the dissemination of SEAFDEC publications in print, and through the institutional repository and digital library boxes. He and his team are currently helping universities and other institutions to establish their institutional repository.

Librarian and Information Professionals’ Perspectives and Roles on Open Science

Digital libraries and institutional repositories (IR) were identified to be important and primary tools in the open access movement. Libraries and information centers were at the forefront of providing and advocating free access as well as addressing the permission barrier, taking the role of designers, promoters, and maintainers of IR. Librarians and information professionals have to address the challenges between journal subscriptions, pricing crises, article processing charges for authors, predatory publishing, plagiarism, reproducibility, ethics, and scholarly communication with the open access movement. This paper will share some insights into issues we encounter as we advocate this movement. A review of the literature and news articles related to open access, institutional repository, and reproducibility was conducted. A particular case study of a library advocating open access through establishing an IR and its use of the Request Copy Button will be presented. How it provided access to publicly funded research will be highlighted. Lastly, the perceived roles of librarians and information professionals in open science will be discussed.

Stephen Alayon

Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories). She is also a research associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and a strategic consultant in the area of open access, repositories and research data management.

Act Local, Think Global: The Scaling up of Open Science and the Role of Repositories

COAR is an international association that brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community. Open science promises to usher in a new paradigm for research; one in which all  researchers have unprecedented access to the full corpus of research for text and data mining and other novel research methods; a trusted, transparent and open system built on community governed infrastructure. A prerequisite for this vision is an interoperable, sustainable and functional network of repositories. Repositories are  essential for ensuring equity in open science because there are no fees to access or to deposit articles (or other items) into a repository; they are trusted, because there are managed by universities and research centres; and the highly distributed nature of the repository network makes it extremely resilient, protecting against any single point of failure, and safeguarding it from commercial buy-out.

Kathleen Shearer

Lizunova Irina is a Doctor in History, Associate Professor, specialist in the field of book science, history of books, press and media, the author and co-author of more than 300 scientific works, including 7 monographs. Over the past five years, she has published 50 scientific works, including one monograph. I. Lizunova is a lecturer at the Higher Library Courses of the The State Public Science and Technology Library of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPSTL SB RAS). She is a chairperson of the editorial board of the journals "Bibliosphere" and "Proceedings of The State Public Science and Technology Library of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences ", member of the editorial board of the journal "Humanities in Siberia" (since 2014), member of the editorial board of the journal "Book. Text. Book Publishing" (since 2018), member of the editorial board of the journal "Proceedings of the State Public Science and Technology Library of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences" (since 2019), Chairman of the Academic Council of SPSTL SB RAS on the Humanities, member of the Dissertation Council under the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Professional Education "Kazan State Institute of Culture". She was awarded the Certificate of Honor of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2017), the Gratitude of the Governor of the Novosibirsk region (2017). She has been an expert of the RAS since 2016.

Research Activity in the State Public Scientific and Technical Library of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences: Experience and Modern Directions of Development

The paper describes the activities of State Public Scientific and Technological Library of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Currently, the library is improving the forms and methods of work, generating its own resources, actively engaged in automation and informatization of library and information processes; developing research projects in library science, bibliography, book science and applied computer science. For 105 years of its activity the State Public Research Library has become a unique scientific and cultural Siberian phenomenon, combining the features of a universal public library, the center of scientific and technical information, aimed at information support and promotion of science, studies in the field of library and bibliography science, book science and applied information science.

Irina Lizunova

Celia Emmelhainz is the manager of the National Anthropological Archives in America’s national museum, the Smithsonian, and previously worked as an academic librarian at UC Berkeley and at Nazarbayev University. She has an MA in anthropology and an MLIS in library science. Her research focuses on decision-making in library and archive careers, qualitative data management and archiving, ethnographic methods in LIS, on improving access to social science research materials.

The Limits of Open Access

This paper discusses the limits of openness in the work of librarians and archivists, and why we can’t provide all of our scientific, cultural, and literary materials to the public online. I first discuss the limits of “open access” as a model, and then some ways to move forward.

Celia Emmelhainz

Dr. Reysa Alenzuela is the Head Librarian of Oriental Institute (OI) of the Czech Academy of Sciences and a full professor at Central Philippine University teaching Master in Libraray and Information Science. Reysa was a PostDoctoral Fellow (PhD Research in Library and Information Science) from Kyungpook National University under the Korean Government Scholarship Program. She graduated in Doctor of Philosophy from University of Iloilo and Master in Library and Information Science specializing from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Prior to joining OI, she was the Senior Librarian at the University of the South Pacific (Vanuatu), Expert Manager at Nazarbayev University (Kazakhstan), the Director of Thomas Jefferson Information Center US Embassy Manila and Director of the University of Iloilo Learning Resource Center (Philippines). She is currently a co-editor of ALA International Relations Roundtable’s International Leads and Consulting Editor of the Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice. Her research focuses on Advocacy, Information Literacy, Academic Integrity, UN 2030 Agenda and Library and Information Studies. She has been an author and a reviewer in various conference proceedings, books and journals published by IGI Global, Emerald, Elsevier, Journal of Information Science Theory and Practice and other open access academic publications.

Knowledge is No Longer Shelved: “OPENESS” of the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences in Czech Republic

Scientists and scholars, as a tradition of scholarship, publish their research free of charge for the main reason of sharing the output of their scholarly endeavors. This presentation summarizes the current open access initiatives of the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences in Czech Republic. It describes the recent projects which are made freely available in virtual spaces as an evidence of the institute's commitment to open access. As libraries' emerging role is to support their institutions' research, this presentation will further answer how and where the library and librarians fit in the framework.

Reysa Alenzuela

SECTION 3: THE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS OF OPEN ACCESS IN LIBRARIES

Dr. Raymond Uzwyshyn is Director of Collections and Digital Services for Texas State University Libraries. Previously, he served as Director of Online Libraries for American Public University System, Head of Digital and Learning Technologies for the University of West Florida Libraries and Web Services Librarian for the University of Miami, US. Ray possesses a Ph.D. (New York University, Media Studies), MBA (IT Project Management) American Public University and MLIS from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He has chaired the American Society of Information Science & Technology, SIG in Information Visualization and served as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Access to Learning Technology Awards, IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) and Open Repositories. He currently serves on the IT standing Committee for the International Federation of Library Associations (2021-2025) and as editor of IFLA’s IT section Trends and Issues in Library Technology. Ray's interests include artificial intelligence, research data repositories, digital scholarly ecosystems, online education, data visualization, multimedia digital libraries and new IT infrastructure implementation.

New Opportunities for Research Libraries: Open Source & Open Access Software
and Digital Scholarly Ecosystems

Leading University research libraries and institutions around the globe have begun to place academic research online through open digital ecosystems. These open source and open access infrastructures are available to any university and college.  They make research more readily discoverable opening doors for collaboration and quickening further progress. This article overviews setting up these new possibilities for institutions globally wishing to enable researchers and university faculty and quickly connect them to the current state-of-the-art global network research possibilities. 

Raymond Uzwyshyn

Emily W. Blevins, MSLIS, AHIP, is the Senior Clinical Reference Librarian at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, United States of America. She has worked in medical and public libraries for over ten years. Her research interests include emerging instructional techniques and software, library involvement in curriculum development, information organization, and systematic searching. She has worked with many different disciplines within health sciences and published on topics ranging from library-focused, such as librarian morale, outreach, and virtual reality implementation, to more clinically relevant topics including HIV care, HPV vaccination rates, and physical therapy interventions. Her personal hobbies include gardening, yoga, and working with animals.

Emily Weyant

Nakia J. Woodward, MSIS, is the Assistant Director for Administration and Collections at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, United State of America.  She has worked in academic and medical libraries for twenty years.  Her current research interests include the involvement of libraries in community partnerships, library involvement in the curriculum through technology and information support, the organizational culture and management of libraries, and the research practices of health sciences faculty and students.   She is a 2015 Library Journal "Mover and Shaker" award winner, 2016 Academic Librarian of the year for the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association, and the 2016 University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences Alumni Innovator award winner.  Her personal hobbies included yoga, swimming, and crafting with fiber and textiles.

Nakia Woodward

Virtual Reality (VR) And Open Access: A Brief Overview

This presentation provides an introduction to virtual reality (VR) programs and hardware that have been used in academic libraries. As VR equipment becomes more accessible, libraries are finding different ways to use it to better serve their patrons. While there are not currently many open access programs for academic use with VR hardware, this presentation discusses some materials that are currently available. Examples of the ways in which VR materials can be used in libraries include: to supplement learning, implement team building activities, and provide stress relief. As VR technology is quickly evolving, we may see more immersive ways to use the programming in the future, particularly within academic settings.

Efimov Alexandr studied at Pedagogical University in Ekaterinburg. He is a deputy head of the department of information and analytical support of the Ural Federal University, which is located in Yekaterinburg, and a laboratory technician-researcher of the "International Center for Demographic Research" laboratory. He has more than ten years of experience working with DSpace.

Open Repositories of the Russian Federation: The Way to the Top-25 of the Best Repositories in the World

The paper introduces basic definitions of the topic, provides information on the history and current state of the institutional repository of Ural Federal University, comments on some systemic issues, and analyzes statistics. An attempt has been made to show the connection between the work done and the repository's position in the world.

Alexander Efimov

SECTION 4: OPEN ACCESS AND SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING

Paolo Colet started working as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Nazarbayev University in 2017. He is a registered nurse in the United States (USA) and a registered nurse/midwife in the Philippines. He has vast experience in nursing and midwifery education and practice in the Philippines and Saudi Arabia, being a clinician, lecturer, clinical instructor, part-time school nurse, and reviewer for the nursing licensure examination. Locally, Mr. Colet was trained at La Union Maternity and Children’s Hospital and in Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center. He earned his baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degrees in the Philippines.

Additionally, he did his Clinical Fellowship at Joanna Briggs Institute, Australia, on implementing evidence, and was awarded as an Associate Fellow for Australasian for Quality in Health Care. His research program can be summarized into an acronym HOPE (Holistic nursing, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Patient Safety, and Education). Moreover, together with his team, he is currently working on funded research projects on COVID19 and in nursing education in Kazakhstan.

Google it! Making Sense of Information Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice

When it comes to looking up for information, many people turn to Google. After all, Google is the most popular search engine worldwide and it houses an enormous amount of data. In this context, information literacy is crucial. Literacy in the information age means having access to and competence in evaluating information. It involves critical thinking skills and the ability to assess the reliability of sources or databases. Yet, it does not stop in there because evidence-based practice is another key concept in information literacy. The process of basing one's choices on the available data is what this term alludes to. Coming from the health sector, this is critical, as it impacts the consumers of healthcare services and, to some extent, the population's health. Bridging the gap is the collaboration between information scientist and health practitioner.

Paolo Colet

Susan Haigh is Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), an association of Canada’s 31 largest research libraries. She oversees a range of national initiatives to promote open scholarship, build research data management and other strategic capacity, and advocate for research library interests. Susan has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Victoria and a Master of Library and Information Science from Western University. Prior to CARL, she held leadership positions at Library and Archives Canada, with a particular focus on the preservation and access of Canada’s digital documentary heritage.

Open Data, Open Repositories, Open Education: The Canadian Context

Susan Haigh

Stephen B. Alayon is an Associate Professor at the College of Information and Communications Technology, West Visayas State University located in Iloilo City, Philippines. He finished both his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Master of Education (Mathematics) degrees at the University of the Philippines in the Visayas. He finished his Master of Library and Information Science degree at the Central Philippine University. Stephen is a registered Professional Teacher and Librarian in the Philippines. He served as the executive vice president of the Philippine Librarians Association Inc. (PLAI) – National Board of Trustees in 2015-2016, and president (2013-2014) and vice president (2015-2016) of the PLAI-Western Visayas Regional Librarians Council. He served as the president (2019-2020) of the International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC). He held various awards such as PAARL Outstanding Academic/Research Librarian 2012, ASLP Citation Award for Excellence in Research 2013, PLAI Distinguished Service Award 2014, Severino I. Velasco Award 2017, and Gawad sa Natatanging Laybraryan (Visayas) 2018 and 2020, and SLA Asian Librarian Award 2014. He and his team are currently helping universities and other institutions to establish their institutional repository. 

Status of Open Access, Digitization Initiatives, and Institutional Repositories in the Philippines

Several academic and special libraries and information centers in the Philippines have initiated the development of institutional repositories (IRs). Most of these were managed by librarians and information professionals. This paper presents the current status of digitization initiatives and institutional repositories by selected libraries (mostly academic libraries), archives, and museums in the Philippines in supporting open access. Objectives of setting up the repository, software used, and compliance with digitization standards will be discussed. The experiences, challenges, and lessons learned in establishing institutional repositories of selected institutions in the Philippines, particularly by academic and special libraries and information centers will be described. The initiatives and experiences of academic librarians in establishing electronic theses and dissertations will also be described. Lastly, the practices, processes, decisions, and problems encountered by librarians and information professionals in developing the IR will be discussed.

Stephen Alayon

Jyldyz Bekbalaeva is the Director of the Library at the American University of Central Asia, where she manages library services and resources. Prior to joining the University in 2015, Jyldyz worked as the Information Specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek, where she managed countrywide library assistance programs.  Jyldyz is actively involved with the activities of the Library and Information Consortium of Kyrgyzstan. She holds an MSLIS from the University of Illinois and a PhD in Linguistics from Kyrgyz National University. Jyldyz served as a Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University in 2017-2018. 

Open Access and Open Educational Resources in Kyrgyzstan: Developments and Perspectives

The presentation will provide an overview of the development of Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) in Kyrgyzstan. The country has been going through various political and socio-economic transformations, which have had an impact on the country’s educational infrastructure, as well as educational policies and practices. 

Since 2014, OA and OER have been on educational practitioners' agendas.  Various projects have been implemented by government agencies, educational institutions, and donor organizations. The presentation will highlight successes and challenges in implementing OA and OER and discuss the current state of OA publishing and OA repositories in the country. 

Zhyldyz Bekbalaeva

Tetiana Kolesnikova was born in Ukraine. Received higher education (Library and Information Faculty) and completed postgraduate studies from the Kharkov State Academy of Culture. The theme of PhD thesis is “Communicative models of higher educational institution libraries’ activity in the conditions of informatization” for specialty “Book Science, Library Science, Bibliography”. Academic interests are the introduction of new digital initiatives in university libraries, which provide an opportunity to expand the scope of research and education, to improve the quality of education and provide new forms of information and interaction between research and education communications. The main directions of scientific research and the practical implementation of their results in recent years aimed at establishing a new model of scientific library activity “Library as a publisher of digital publications”, on improvement of bases of informative analytics and holding of the biblio-scientific research in the field of library science and transportation science.

The Focus of the Wartime University Library - Open Educational Resources: On the Example of the Ukrainian State University of Science and Technology

Tatiana Kolesnikova

Natalia Sokolova is the Director of Information Library Systems Center of Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University. She holds Ph.D in CSE, MCS from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Computer Systems and Programming Technologies (2000 -2019). She was a coordinator of several international projects, including EC programs. She is the leader of the Library Consortium of the North-West of Russia, the scientific advisor of the National Center of Research Data Identification. She is involved in developing MOOCs and teaching online courses for students and postgraduates, mainly in the area of information literacy and research outcomes promotion, as well as for university professors and librarians. 

Her research interests include ILS development, institutional repositories creation and use, digital transformation of university libraries. She deals with implementation of methods to raise effectiveness of library resources/data usage, integration of library services within the digital university platform.

Open Data Management at Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University

The paper discussed the evolution of information library resources usage in universities during last 20 years. Proactive position of the polytechnic university library makes it an important link in many business processes of the educational activities, research and management. The common features of the country university libraries system  changes are highlighted as well as particular featured of SPbPU library transformation are explained.

Natalia Sokolova
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