Speakers

Mr. Xiaolin Zhang
Former director
National Science Library

Dr. Xiaolin Zhang is the former Director of the National Science Library (NSL) of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) from 2004-2015. He graduated from Columbian University in USA in 1992 with a Doctor of Library Science degree. His research interests cover the fields of digital libraries, knowledge organization and Knowledge-driven services, information analysis, and research informatics. He has been active in promoting open access in China, is instrumental in developing OA policies of CAS and NSFC, and has initiated events like China OA Week and China IR Conferences. Dr. Zhang was a member of IFLA Governing Board and Professional Committee from 2005-2009, and is now a Vice President of China Society of Library Science. While working partially at ShanghaiTech University, he keeps exploring strategic potentials for libraries in the digital and open environment. He is one of the Co-Chief Editors of Journal of Data and Information Science (in English), and Chief Editor for Modern Library and Information Technologies (in Chinese).

Mr. John Willinsky
Professor
Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

John Willinsky is Khosla Family Professor of Education and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Stanford University, as well as Professor (Part-Time) of Publishing Studies at Simon Fraser University. He directs the Public Knowledge Project, which conducts research and develops open source scholarly publishing software in support of greater access to knowledge. His books include the Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire's End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006) and the forthcoming Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke.

Mr. Philip Kent
University Librarian
Melbourne University

Philip joined the University in March 2009. Following the Information Futures Commission and the development of a 10 year information strategy for the University, the Library was reinvigorated under his leadership. Key priorities during 2009 - 2014 were to increase the profile and effectiveness of the Library's contribution to the University's research effort. Access to the unique cultural collections held by the Library was advanced. Innovative learning spaces were developed to support the teaching and learning mission as well as implementing new technologies to support student learning. In 2015 a new organizational model was implemented. Philip's focus in on strategic and representational matters related to the Library while the operational programs have transferred to University Services.

Philip is a Director of CAVAL Ltd, he chairs the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL's), resources purchasing consortium, Chairs the Group of Eight (Go8) Librarians and Chairs the Editorial Board for the Australian Library Journal.

Ms. Lea Star
Associate University Librarian
The University of British Columbia

Lea Starr is Associate University Librarian for Research Services at the University of British Columbia where she has worked since April 2002. She is currently provides oversight for four library branches; the Asian Library, the Education Library, the David Lam Business Library and Canaccord Learning Commons and the Xwi7xwa First Nations Library. She also has responsibility to lead the UBC Library's work in supporting the research endeavor at UBC. In this area she is developing the Library's Research Data Management Services, supporting the Library's work in responding to developing UBC digital humanities initiatives, ensuring that effective services and training are offered to graduate students and researchers through the Research Commons and collaborating closely with the Office of Research Services to provide metrics support and appropriate research tools for UBC scholars.

Lea contributes to research data management initiatives at the national level in Canada. In 2012, she led the UBC Library team's participation in the ARL eScience Institute. During her tenure at UBC Library, Lea has at various times, provided oversight for most of the public service branches with much of her focus being directed to the science branches. Prior to arriving at UBC, Lea worked at the Vancouver Public Library, as the Director of the Western Canada Regional Office of the Canadian Health Network. She also worked at the University of Alberta coordinating reference services in the life sciences as well as completing several short term contracts managing hospital libraries.

Ms. Antonia Yiu
Associate Librarian
The University of Hong Kong

Antonia is the Associate Librarian (Scholarly Communication and Information Services) in the University of Hong Kong Libraries.  Her key role is to provide strategic leadership in information services delivery and scholarly communication across the HKU Libraries network.  Antonia works closely with her team in the Main Library to provide reference assistance and instructional programs in support of teaching, learning and research through various means, both face-to-face and digital.