The BSLISE Working Group is comprised of members from across the globe and is an initiative of the IFLA Section on Education and Training (SET), LIS Education in Developing Countries SIG, and Section on Library Theory and Research (LTR).

BSLISE Co-Chairs: Clara M. Chu and Jaya Raju.

Name: Clara M. Chu [Co-Chairs] 

Current Affiliation: Mortenson Distinguished Professor and Director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs; the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Affiliate Professor, The iSchool at Illinois. Country: United States. Research and Professional Interests: Equity, diversity and inclusion in library and information science, information-seeking behavior, critical information studies, international and comparative librarianship, LIS education. 

Name: Jaya Raju [Co-Chairs] 

Current Affiliation: Professor and Head, Department of Knowledge and Information Stewardship, Humanities Faculty, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Country: South Africa. Research and Professional Interests: LIS education in the African developing context, developing LIS competency indexes for the digital age, and research theory and methodology. 

Name: Saif Abdulla Al-Jabri 

Current Affiliation: Director, Information Center, College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University; Lecturer at the Information Studies Department, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University (part-time). Country: Oman. Research and Professional Interests: LIS Education, Economics, Political Science. 

Name: Agnes Hajdu Barát

Current Affiliation: Professor of Library and Information Science (LIS), Eötvös Loránd University Country: Hungary. Research and Professional Interests:  Information Visualization, Knowledge Management, LIS Education, Knowledge Organization.

Name: Tiago Braga

Current Affiliation: General Coordinator of Information Technologies and Informatics, INSUMO Research Group, Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia Country: Brazil. Research and Professional Interests:  Data Visualization, Data Science, Information for sustainability Innovation.Research Interests: Information Science, Data Science, Data Visualization, Information for sustainability. 

Name: Thomas Chaimbault-Petitjean

Current Affiliation: International Relations Officer, École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques Country: France. Research and Professional Interests: LIS Education and training. 

 

Name: Anthony S. Chow

Current Affiliation: Director and Professor, San Jose State University. Country: United States. Research and Professional Interests: Academia, private industry, and government and specializes in web design and usability, leadership and management, instructional technology, and analytics and informatics. 

Name: Christopher Cunningham

Current Affiliation: Business Analyst Country: United States. Research and Professional Interests: LIS education, Digital librarianship, Digital divide 

 

Name: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe

Current Affiliation: Professor/Coordinator for Information Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Country: United States. Research and Professional Interests: Scholarly Communications and Publishing, Information Literacy, Evaluation of Library Services. 

Name: Jiuming Ji

Current Affiliation: Library Professor, East China of Science and Technology Country: China. Research and Professional Interests: Bibliotherapy; Information Literacy; Knowledge Management; Online Learning. 

 

Name: Albina Krymskaya

Current Affiliation: Deputy Dean, St. Petersburg State University of Culture, Russian Federation Country: Russia. Research and Professional Interests: Knowledge Management, Library and Information Science Education, Libraries Role in International Relations, User Information Needs in the Fields of Social Sciences, International History of Information Science, History of Russian-American Cultural and Scholarly Exchanges. 

Name:  Amara Malik

Current Affiliation: Assistant Professor at Department of Library and Information Science, Punjab University, Country: Pakistan. Research and Professional Interests: LIS education, digital references services, social media and emerging technologies in the field. 

Name: Barbara Marson

Current Affiliation: Teaching Asst. Professor & Program Director, East Carolina University Library Science Program, East Carolina University, Country: United States. Research and Professional Interests: LIS education, Social Work, Online Ethics. 

Name: Fatih Oguz

Current Affiliation: Associate Professor, University of North Carolina Greensboro Country: United States. Research and Professional Interests: Information Access, Refugee Cultural Heritage, Information Access, Institutional Repository. 

 

Name: Diane Rasmussen Pennington

Current Affiliation: Associate Professor in Information Science and the Course Director for the MSc/PgDip in Information and Library Studies at the Department of Computer and Information Sciences,  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Country: Scotland. Research and Professional Interests: Social media, Digital consumer health information, Digital photograph representation, Online education pedagogies. 

Name: Mônica Regina Peres

Current Affiliation: PhD, Investigator, Coordinator of the Documentation Center of the School of Communication, University of Brasilia Country: Brazil. Research and Professional Interests: Information literacy, LIS education, open access, scientific journals, digital preservation and institutional repositories. 

Name: Diljit Singh

Current Affiliation: recently retired from the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Malaya. Country: Malaysia. Research and Professional Interests: Information literacy, Management of libraries and information services, School libraries, LIS education. 

Name: Aida Slavic

Current Affiliation: Editor-in-chief of the Universal Decimal Classification, at the UDC Consortium in The Hague (Netherlands); Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Information and Communication Sciences at the University of Zagreb, Croatia. Country: Netherlands. Research and Professional Interests: Knowledge Organization, indexing languages, knowledge organization and information retrieval. 

Name: Ana Maria Talavera-Ibarra

Current Affiliation: is a Professor of Library and Information Science (LIS) at the Pontifical Catholic University (PUCP) in Country: Perú. Research and Professional Interests: LIS education, distance education, information resources and services, library automation, institutional repositories, cataloging and integrated systems among others. Name: Joan Weeks,

Current Affiliation: Head, Near East Section, African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress Country: United States. 

Name: Sohaimi Zakaria

Current Affiliation: Head, Faculty of Information Management, Universiti Teknologi MARA Country: Malaysia. Research Areas: Library and Information Science.