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My first degree is in librarianship, my second in Philosophy.

Now, I’m the director of the Catalan Academic Library Consortium (a unit of the Catalan Consortium for Academic Services). Formerly I was the library director of the Catalonia Technical University (1989-1998) and, before, professor in the School of Librarianship, University of Barcelona (1986-89).

I’m the Spanish coordinator the OA working group (Education and Universities Ministry). I’ve been active in different professional associations and committees at Catalan and Spanish level, like the scientific committees of professional conferences, the Executive board of the Spanish Association of Academic Libraries (Rebiun) or the Catalan library association. I’m member of the LIBER Executive Board and of the Organizing Committee of the European meetings of the ICOLC. I also am member of the Library Advisory Board of Nature Publishing Group and Wiley. I’ve been member of OCLC Global Council and Library Advisory Boards of Elsevier and ProQuest.

I’m writing a blog about cooperation and technology in libraries http://bdig.blogspot.com and coordinating another one that summarizes library technical reports http://www.google.com.tr/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=blok+de+bid

I use to write articles or give talks about new trends in librarianship, new technologies and libraries, cooperation and quality insurance.



Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results. As SPARC’s Director since 2005, Ms. Joseph leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization, and has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting emerging publishing models, enabling digital archives, and establishing open access policies on the national and international levels.
Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She was the founder BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently. Ms. Joseph is also the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a national coalition that advocates for public access to the results of federally funded research.
Ms. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and DuraSpace, and is an active participant in committees at U.S. federal science agencies, including the NIH, The Department of Energy, and the National Academies of Science. She is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications in general, and on open access in particular.



Kathy is the Director of the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), the consortium of Virginia's 73 nonprofit academic libraries.  Members include all of the public colleges and universities (including all 6 doctoral institutions, the 9 public 4-year colleges, and 24 public 2-year colleges), as well as 33 private non-profit colleges and universities, and the state Library of Virginia.   She has worked with VIVA from its inception in 1994 and is currently responsible for managing the $16 million annual budget and all contracts as well as coordinating the services and projects of the committees.  Kathy has been very active in the International Coalition of Consortia (ICOLC) and with Project COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources).  More information about VIVA is available at www.vivalib.org.



Hans Wissema is Professor Emeritus at the Technology University in Delft, the Netherlands, and Managing Director of Wissema Consulting Ltd. He studied chemical engineering and control engineering in the Netherlands and the UK and received his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. All his life Prof. Wissema has combined his academic work with a consultancy career in the field of management, innovation and entrepreneurship. He also held a chair in Strategic Management at Nijenrode Business University in the Netherlands and has been an entrepreneur himself, establishing his own consulting firms.
Prof. Wissema has advised numerous large and small companies, public organisations and universities. He is the author of sixteen books and numerous articles on management and policy issues including many that have been translated from the original Dutch or English. Prof. Wissema’s current focus is on innovation policy, higher education policy and management of universities. His book Towards the Third Generation University has been translated into five languages. Universities in Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Columbia, Thailand, India and Indonesia have taken on board the wisdom of this book in developing their strategy for the future
Prof. Wissema’s current focus is on innovation policy, higher education policy and management of universities. His book Towards the Third Generation University has been translated into five languages. Universities in Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Russia, the Netherlands, Germany, Columbia, Thailand, India and Indonesia have taken on board the wisdom of this book in developing their strategy for the future. Since early in his career, Hans Wissema has been acting as a mentor to managers, students and others who have come his way. This has given him vast knowledge about human nature. His experiences were published in his book Siberian Lessons on Life, Love and Death.



Nol Verhagen (1948) has an MA-degree in Dutch language and literature and started his carreer as mother tongue teacher in secundary education. After six years of teaching, in 1979 he became a university administrator, first at Tilburg University, from 1990 at the University of Amsterdam, where he was appointed Managing Director of the Humanities Faculty.

In 1997 followed his appointment as University Librarian. He developed special interests in the fields of copyright and licensing. He was a member of IFLA’s Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) and is one of the resource persons of the European branch of the International Coalition Of Library Consortia (ICOLC).

In August 2013 followed his retirement

 From 2002 till 2005 he was also chair of UKB, the Dutch Research Libraries consortium. In this last capacity he acquired ample experience and expertise in negotiating with scientific publishers.

He was also a member of the Licensing Working Group of Knowledge Exchange, the co-operative effort that supports the use and development of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure for higher education and research in the Netherlands, Denmark, United Kingdom and Germany.

 As Director of the University Library of UvA he was leading for 15 years the largest Research Library in the Netherlands, serving 4000 researchers and teachers and over 30.000 students in all academic disciplines. The physical collections consist of more than 4.000.000 volumes and over 200.000 items in the Special Collections, that are among the most outstanding in Europe. The Library offers over 25000 digital journals and some 500 digital databases to its patrons. The Library is offering about 3000 working places, including 1250 work stations, in the four campuses of the UvA. The services to the academic and non academic public are state of the art and include RFID based self service for circulation and Primo Central for integrated search and discovery.

 As chair of the Dutch Research Library Consortium UKB, representing all 13 Research University Libraries and the Royal Library in The Hague, and as its licensing advisor, he has since 1999 negotiated on behalf of the consortium numerous license agreements with all major scientific publishers, including Elsevier, Springer, Wiley/Blackwell, Taylor and Frances, Sage, Lippincott , ACS, Thomson Reuters, and many others. He also negotiated the purchase of EEBO (Early English Books Online) and ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) for the Consortium. The yearly turnover today in this field is about € 30.000.000.

 As a former member of the Licensing Expert Group of Knowledge Exchange and as participant in the International Coalition Of Library Consortia since 1999, he is familiar with current trends in licensing and with business models for acquiring access to scientific and scholarly information.



Mr. Gultekin GÜRDAL was graduated from Hacettepe University Library Science Program (currently the Information Management Program) in 1990 and completed his MBA degree from Kocaeli University.
Mr. GÜRDAL has been continuing to be the Library Director at Izmir Institute of Technology (IYTE) since 2005. He has previously held positions at Bilkent University, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, Sabanci University and TOBB University.
Mr. GÜRDAL served as the Chairman of the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) between the years 2008 and 2012. Currently, he serves as the Coordinator of the ANKOS Open Access and Institutional Repositories Working Group. He is recently working especially on the Open Access studies. He is the EU 7th Framework of the OpenAIREplus (2nd Generation of Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe) project partner and the national contact person of SCOAP3 project for Turkey. At the same time, he has been elected one of the member of "Open Access and Institutional Repositories Working Group" which was founded by Chairman of the Board of Higher Education and he is working for the “National Academic Archive” project. He is working to raise awareness about Open Access in Turkey.
Mr. GÜRDAL keeps active membership with the following organizations; Turkish Librarians' Association (TKD), University and Research Librarians Association (UNAK), Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS), Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche - Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), The European Organisation for International Research Information (EuroCRIS), International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL).
Gultekin Gurdal serves on the Publications and Editorial Subcommittee for “Insights: The UKSG Journal” which is an international journal published by UKSG. He also serves on the advisory boards of a number of publishers and the firm such as Elsevier, Springer, Proquest, Sage and EBSCO, etc…
Mr. GÜRDAL has many national and international publications. He is a close follower and practitioner of all kinds of scientific and technological development in the field of librarianship/information science.



Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), an international association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany- with a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 35 countries in 4 continents. Its mission is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access digital repositories.

Shearer has her Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and has worked in the areas of open access and research data management for over a decade. She is chair of the international Open Access Licenses and Agreements Task Force, which monitors consortial licensing practices for deposit into repositories. She is also co-chair of the RDA Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group, which is looking at good practices for managing multidisciplinary data sets in repositories. Shearer is also a part-time Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and member of the Steering Committee for Research Data Canada. She has also been a consultant for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, as well as numerous academic libraries.





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