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Ismail Serageldin

Ismail Serageldin is the Emeritus Librarian of Alexandria, and was the Founding Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the New Library of Alexandria (2001-2017) in Egypt.  Before that he was the Vice-President of the World Bank (1993-2000), and Chairman of the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), Founding Chairman of The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest : A micro-finance program (CGAP), and the Global Water Partnership (GWP).   


He currently serves on many advisory boards and committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts, including as Co-Chair of the Nizami  Ganjavi International Center (NGIC). He is also a Patron of the International Science Council (ISC). 


He has received many awards including the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan, The Pablo Neruda Medal of Chile and is a knight of the French Legion d’Honneur and a Commander of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.  


He graduated from Cairo University and holds a PhD from Harvard University He was a distinguished professor at Wageninen University and the College de France in Paris.  He has lectured widely, published more than 100 books and 500 articles, and has received and 40 honorary doctorates from all over the world. 



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Vicki McDonald
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Vicki McDonald is President of IFLA and is State Librarian & Chief Executive Officer, State Library of Queensland and a recognised leader in the library and information sector. Spanning four decades, her career has included leadership roles in public, academic and state libraries.

Her professional interests include a client-centred approach to designing services and spaces, digital inclusion, services to First Nations people, and a commitment to delivering lifelong learning opportunities for the community and profession.

In 2016, her national and international experience led to her appointment as State Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of State Library of Queensland. She understands the need for a strong, relevant and innovative library service and this is reflected in State Library’s achievements under her leadership.

In her current role, Vicki provides strategic leadership for a significant program to transform State Library’s services, collections and spaces through State Library’s Digital Strategy: Digital by Design. State Library is recognised for its services to First Nations communities, and for documenting and making accessible content related to Queensland’s First Nations peoples. To ensure that State Library retains its world-class status, she is championing the development of a strategy to renew spaces within the nationally recognised building. See here for further information

WBIMLC2020 Keynote Speaker
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Jesús Lau
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A leader and spokesperson for information literacy, currently is a Professor at Universidad Veracruzana, with: Law Degree, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico; Master´s Degree in Library Science, Denver University, USA; and Ph.D. in Information Science, Sheffield University, England.  Author of more than 200 papers and articles and 20 monographs, including: IFLA Information Literacy Guidelines (12 languages), and author/researcher of UNESCO MIL Global Assessment Framework, among other UNESCO publications.  Recipient of numerous awards, such as BRLA Librarian of the Year (USA), and FIL-Guadalalara Librarian of the Year; IFLA Medal; the SLA Cotton Dana award  (USA); and the UNESCO Global MIL Award.

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Christine Bruce

Professor Christine Bruce is Dean, Graduate Research at James Cook University, Australia. Her research contributions focus on information literacy, higher education learning and teaching and higher degree research study and supervision, and research collaboration. She authored Seven Faces of Information Literacy, and Informed Learning, and was lead editor of Information Experience. She works with colleagues on the application of informed learning theory to research and practice, and on developing new theory emerging from this process; notably informed systems, information experience, informed learning design and information experience design amongst others form a significant research track.

Prior to 2018 she was convenor of the Queensland University of Technology Higher Education Research Network, and Academic Program Director – Research Training for the Science and Engineering Faculty.  She served as Director and Assistant Dean, Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Information Technology between 2001- 2006. She was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship in 2008 to investigate the pedagogy of supervision in IT and Engineering, later expanded to the STEM disciplines. In 2015 she was appointed Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy for contributions around postgraduate study and supervision. Later in 2015 she was admitted as a Principal Fellow to the UK Higher Education Academy for learning and teaching impact, including around postgraduate study and supervision. In 2010 Christine received a Library Board of Queensland Award for contributions to information literacy research and education.

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Professor Marwiyah


Marwiyah is a lecturer at the Library and Information Science (LIS) Department UIN Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and started teaching at LIS Department in 2004. She was The Head of LIS Department from 2008 to 2016. As a head of the study program, she was involved in developing the LIS curriculum in UIN and also reviewed LIS Curriculum of other universities in Indonesia. She has also been a Library Consultant at Sunan Kalijaga Library since 2012. She actively presented papers at international events such as the International Conference of Asia Special Library in the Philippines (2013 and 2023), Seoul South Korea (2015), India (2019), and Indonesia (2017), Collnet in Thailand and the International Board Book for Young People (IBBY). She is also an active member of SLA Asia Community and and a member of the Editorial Committee for the SLA-Asia Newsletter from 2019 to present. She has a Research interest in information literacy, Reading habits, LIS curriculum and information-seeking behavior.

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