Ed Davidson has 33 years’ experience in the development of library automation systems. He has spent the last 18 years working on Resource Sharing and ILL systems. These include OCLC’s VDX, WorldShare ILL and Tipasa systems. As part of his work, Ed has also been involved in the development of library-focused international standards, having been an active member of the Implementors’ Groups for Nordic SR, Z39.50, ISO ILL, and NCIP. Ed is currently a co-editor of the new ISO ILL standard: ISO 18626. Ed is based in OCLC’s Sheffield UK office, and works with development teams in both the US and Europe on the continuing evolution of OCLC’s resource sharing systems.
Dimity Flanagan is the Scholarly Communications Lead at the British Library. She is responsible for the development and implementation of open access policies, ensuring that OA developments are incorporated into the library’s strategy and services. Before coming to the BL, Dimity worked in university libraries both in the United Kingdom and Australia
Helena Francke is associate professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Borås, Sweden. Her teaching and research is primarily about scholarly publishing and information practices/information literacy. It spans several library types, as well as the practices of students and researchers. Helena is particularly interested in how open access to publications and research data is implemented in research infrastructures and in the practices of individuals and groups. She combines this with an interest in how people assess the credibility of various types of documents in a digital world.
Dr. Berthold Gillitzer is deputy head of the user services department of the Bavarian State Library. He is not only responsible for the ILL service of the library but also head of the Bavarian Interlibrary Loan Center, leads the Bavarian working group for the further development of ILL services and is part of the German wide working group for the coordination of ILL within Germany. A special concern of his work was the integration of electronic resources within ILL. Other fields of his activity are among others semantic technologies for new discovery services and beacon technology for indoor navigation
– Master Degree in Germanistik and History at the Technische Universität, Braunschweig (2014)
– Master Degree Library- and Information Science at the Humboldt University, Berlin (2014)
– doctoral studies in modern German history, doctoral Thesis about concentration camp memorial places in the German Democratic Republic
– scholarship holder of the Bundesstiftung Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur Berlin
– since October 2017 head of the subito office Berlin
Thomas Kaarsted is Deputy Library Director at the University Library of Southern Denmark. He is in charge of outreach and societal impact including several strategic projects, including remote access to high schools, Citizen Science, SMART Library as well as Communication.
Linda Mannila is a researcher, social entrepreneur and educator with a background in computer science, education and business. She currently works at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland and Linköping University in Sweden, doing research on digital competence in a school context. She has also founded, and currently runs, the nonprofit organisation Make It Finland, with the mission of supporting digital competence for all through collaboration with libraries and by organising multilingual events open to everyone. In addition, Linda has a long experience of leading development projects, strategy work and training efforts related to digitalisation at schools, municipalities and both public and private organisations
Anne C. Osterman is Director of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), the consortium of the 72 nonprofit college and university libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Anne has worked in many capacities in academic libraries, including as head of technical and access services, acquisitions librarian, and research and data services librarian. She has a Master’s degree in Statistics from American University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Svein Arne Tinnesand heads the Secretariat for Library Development at the National Library of Norway. Svein Arne Tinnesand has a degree in librarianship, and has worked as chief librarian in Randaberg municipality and chief county librarian in Rogaland county. He has also worked as a political advisor for the Socialist Left Party in the Storting, and served as chair of the Norwegian Library Association
National Library Norway / Nasjonalbiblioteket
Huifang Xu and Xiaomu Xu
Xiaomu Xu is assistant librarian at the same institute.