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Professor Tefko Saracevic, PhD

Tefko Saracevic is Professor II (highest academic rank at Rutgers University) since 1991. He is co-chair of LIDA Conference from the beginning. He is professor at School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University since 1985.
His research interests are widely spread and include research, education and service in information science. His research interests include: human information behavior; human-computer interaction from the human viewpoint; modeling interaction processes in information retrieval;  criteria, measures and methods for performance evaluation of information retrieval systems and information systems in general; evaluation of digital libraries; and analysis of Web queries as submitted to search engines etc. He is interested in theoretical and pragmatic study of value of information and library services and investigates nature of information science as a field. As principal investigator or co-principal he has received research grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes for Health, Department of Education, Council for Library Resources, the Rockefeller Foundation, UNESCO, and several other national and international organizations. Results are widely reported, distributed, and cited.
He is active in a number of professional associations. He was the president of the American Society for Information Science (ASIS) in 1991. He received many important awards and acknowledgments such as the Gerard Salton Award for Excellence in Research, by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval, Association for Computing Machinery (SIGIR/ACM) in 1997; the ASIS Award of Merit in 1995; the 1989 Best Paper Award in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science; the ASIS Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award in 1985; and the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research in 1991. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1994 and was granted a second Fulbright scholarship for 1999.
In a histogram of citations from papers in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST & predecessor names), from the Web of Science for years 1956-2006 and involving 4065 authors, professor Tefko Saracevic was ranked first in citations to his work both in articles in the Journal, as well in articles globally from that Journal.
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Professor Tatjana Aparac-Jelušić, PhD

Full Professor and the Dean of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Zadar, Croatia.
Professor Aparac Jelusic received her Ph.D. in Information Sciences, University of Zagreb (1991) and M.A. in Library Science, University of Zagreb (1982). She graduated in Comparative Literature and Italian Language and Literature, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb (1972)
Since 2008 she is the Dean of the New PhD program Knowledge Society and the Information Transfer, University of Zadar (in cooperation with U of Ljubljana, UCLA and Rutgers) and author of the New Joint Graduate Program “Written Heritage in the Digital Environment” (Zadar, Osijek and Parma, Italy). She has been teaching (since 2007) as visiting professor in Eisenstadt, Austria and in from 2009 at Boras LIS School, Sweden.
Supervisor for over 100 diploma papers, 12 Master and 7 PhD Thesis of Croatian and Slovenian LIS students. Her students regularly participate at international conferences such as BOBCATSSS, IFLA and LIDA.
Research projects: PI – Organization, preservation and usage of Croatian Written Heritage, 2007-2010, 2002-2006.
She was the member of the Editorial Board of Information Processing Management (from 2003 till 2008), Alexandria (from 2002 till 2008), and Journal of Documentation (since 2006).
She received Kukuljević’s Award (Croatian highest award in LIS field) and
Thompson/ISI Outstanding Teacher of Information Science 2006 – Award given by ASIST.
Author of one book, six chapters in books, over 100 research and professional papers (in Croatian and English), over 30 reviews, opinion papers and has edited 24 books.
Co-director of LIDA Conference; member of PC for CoLIS, ECDL, QQML2009, and reviewer for ASIST, ALA, ECDL and some other international conferences.
Chair, American Society for Information Science and Technology /European Chapter, 2004-2009
Chair, Euclid – European Association of LIS university departments, 2008 –


Herbert Van de Sompel, Ph.D. (Lead of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team, Los Alamos National Laboratory)

Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University (Belgium), and in 2000 obtained a Ph.D. in Communication Science there. For many years, he headed Library Automation at Ghent University. After leaving Ghent in 2000, he was Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library.
Currently, he is the team leader of the Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), the Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse & Exchange specifications (OAI-ORE), the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, the bX scholarly recommender service, and info URI. Currently, he works with his team on the OpenAnnotation and Memento (time travel for the Web) projects.

Alyssa Goodman, Ph.D. (Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University)

Alyssa Goodman is Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution. Goodman and her research group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA study the dense gas between the stars. They are particularly interested in how this interstellar gas arranges itself into new stars. Their investigations use a variety of observational techniques covering the spectral range from X- ray to radio.
Goodman is P.I. of The COMPLETE Survey of Star-Forming Regions, which, in 2006, finished mapping out three very large star-forming regions in our Galaxy in their entirety. These three regions were also fully observed by the Spitzer Space Telescope, under the c2d "Legacy" Program, in 2004-5. The COMPLETE Survey represents a data set of unparalleled diversity and is of order one thousand times larger than what was available a decade ago. The database is allowing astrophysicists to address questions like how many stars like the Sun can form from a given mass of gas in the Milky Way?
Goodman also has a strong interest in scientific computing. She co-founded The Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC) at Harvard, and she served as its Director from 2005-8. The IIC is a multi-disciplinary center that fosters new work at the boundary between computing and science. Goodman's own research in the this area focuses on new ways to visualize and analyze the tremendous data volumes created by surveys like COMPLETE. Presently, she is working closely with colleagues at Microsoft Research, helping to expand the use of the WorldWide Telescope program.
Goodman also teaches several courses at Harvard, on both astrophysics and on the display of data, including one called The Art of Numbers.
Goodman received her undergraduate degree in Physics from MIT in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard in 1989. She held a President's Fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley from 1989-92, after which she took up a post as Assistant Professor of Astronomy at Harvard. In 1997, she received the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize from the American Astronomical Society for her work on interstellar matter and became full professor at Harvard in 1999. She currently serves as Chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Liz Lyon, Ph.D. (Director, UKOLN, University of Bath)

Dr Liz Lyon is the Director of UKOLN at the University of Bath UK, where she leads work to promote synergies between digital libraries and open science environments. She is author of a number of major direction-setting Reports and articles including Dealing with Data (2007), Open Science at Web-Scale: Optimising Participation and Predictive Potential (2009) and Informatics Transform : deconstructing libraries in a data-centric world (2011).
She is Associate Director of the UK Digital Curation Centre and leads the UKOLN Informatics Research Group.  In this role, Liz has led a series of pioneering research data management projects: eBank, eCrystals Federation, Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2), SageCite and Patients Participate!, all of which have explored links between research data, scholarly communications and open science. She has a doctorate in cellular biochemistry and has worked in various University libraries.

Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D. (Associate Dean and Professor, iSchool at Drexel, The College of Information Science and Technology, Philadelphia, PA, USA)

Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D., is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor at the iSchool at Drexel, College of Information Science and Technology.  Among her other administrative responsibilities, she helps manage the operations of the ipl2, a digital library that serves as a teaching/learning/research environment with a digital reference service (  She teaches in the area of digital reference services and business information.  Prior to joining the faculty at Drexel, she served on the faculty of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland where she taught in the areas of reference, electronic access, business information and special libraries.  Dr. Abels received her MLS from the University of Maryland and her Ph.D. from UCLA. She was the recipient of the SLA Rose L. Vormelker Award, 2007 and the ASIST ISI Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award, 2008. 

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D. (Senior Research Scientist, OCLC Research, Dublin, OH, USA)

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Scientist at OCLC Research.  She received her PhD in Library and Information Science (LIS) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She has experience in academic, public, and school libraries, and in LIS education. She was a Visiting Researcher at the University of Sheffield, and completed several UK projects funded by JISC to investigate users' behaviors, including virtual research (VR) environments and digital repositories. She is collaborating with JISC and the University of Oxford to study digital visitors and residents. She is co-author of the 5th ed. of Basic Research Methods for Librarians (2010). Connaway was co-PI of an IMLS-funded project to evaluate the sustainability and relevance of VR services, and co-investigator on another IMLS-funded study of the information-seeking behaviors of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Previously she was Vice-President of Research and Library Systems at NetLibrary, director of the Library and Information Services Department at the University of Denver, and on the faculty of the Library and Informational Science program at the University of Missouri, Columbia.