Announcement of Panelists – Social media strategy in academic libraries workshop, 17 August 2013.


You are invited to join us for a half day workshop on “Social media strategy in academic libraries – Implementation experience at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Libraries with the Academic and Research Libraries Section” on 17th August 2013, Saturday from 9:00am – 12:30pm at NTU Libraries.

The workshop, to be held at Nanyang Technological University [NTU], will include a panel of international librarians.  The panelists will share their experiences in implementing social media and the challenges faced.  Details of the panelists are:

Mike Berrington is Deputy University Librarian (Customer Services) at Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom) where he has overall responsibility for all customer facing services. Mike is a post-graduate qualified librarian with more than 20 years’ experience in academic libraries and has presented nationally and internationally on a wide range of library management and technology related topics.

Janet Fletcher is the Director, Information Services at University of New South Wales Australia. She leads a large team of staff with a key focus in providing research and publishing support services to academic and research staff.  Such a focus has required the Library to design support services for students that do not require substantial staff time.  This includes installing physical and online self-service facilities to access and use the Library’s resources, facilities and services.  The Library has also found success in engaging with large cohorts of students via social media networks established across the University.

Gillian Nowlan is a Liaison Librarian for music, education, and media production & studies at the University of Regina. Gillian has been involved in the creation and management of the University of Regina Library’s social media accounts. She has also constructed policies detailing procedures for social media usage at the Library, and has worked closely with the University’s Social Media Committee to create best practices for social media use in an academic environment.   Gillian has presented at international conferences and has been awarded the Canadian Library Association Emerging Leader Award for her leadership and dedication to the profession. Her research interests include mobile technologies, information literacy, and social media and its applications in academic libraries and higher education.

Jarmo Saarti is the Library Director at the University of Eastern Finland Library and adjunct professor in the University of Oulu.  He has been the chair of the board of the National Repository Library in Finland and a member of the board of the National Library of Finland. He is specialized in the knowledge organization of fiction and in the management of libraries. His publications include more than 200 papers and he has written or edited about 30 books.

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