Confirmed Speakers in order on programme
We have an exciting line-up of speakers including:
Dr Ralf Schimmer, Head of Scientific Information Provision at the Max Planck Digital Library. Dr Schimmer is responsible for the electronic resources licensing programme for the Max Planck Society and for a broad range of Open Access and other information services. A frequent co-organiser of the Berlin conferences on Open Access since 2003, he manages the Open Access publication charge agreements of the Max Planck Society. Currently, he chairs the Governing Council of SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in particle physics, and is project manager for ‘Open Access 2020’, the Max Planck-initiated Open Access transformation initiative. He also serves on a variety of national and international committees and is a frequent member of the library advisory boards of publishers.
Professor Bernard Rentier was the Rector of the University of Liège from 2005 to 2014. He is a virologist and immunologist by training and author of over 200 scientific publications focusing on influenza, measles and chicken pox. He founded Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS) and is its current president. EOS is an international association whose purpose is to persuade the world’s rectors, vice-chancellors and university presidents of the benefits of OA, and to tutor them in how best to achieve it. Prof. Bernard Rentier is described by OA guru Stevan Harnad as is the first rector to fully grasp and fully act upon OA. He will be sharing his leadership insights via a video conference link.
Lazarus Matizirofa is the Acting Executive Director, Knowledge Management Corporate, at the National Research Foundation. He heads the Data, Content and Curation Management Services (KMC) unit, which deals with digital curation of NRF-Funded Research Outputs, Knowledge Networking Databases, the NRF’s Open Access (OA) Strategy, and Digitisation. He is also a member of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Next Generation Repositories Working Group. Lazarus has a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from the University of Cape Town and is currently studying for a doctoral degree looking at the impact of OA publishing as a mode of knowledge production in the South African universities.
Dr Daisy Selematsela is the outgoing Executive Director, Knowledge Management Corporate at the National Research Foundation. From May 2017, she will be the Executive Director of the UNISA Library.
Eve Gray, Senior Research Associate, IP Law Unit, Faculty of Law, UCT, is an internationally recognised specialist on open access and the geopolitics of scholarly publishing, a perspective that has gained a new level of urgency in the wake of recent student demands for the ‘decolonization of the university’ in South Africa. Ms Gray’s interest in the disruptive potential of digital media in scholarly publishing goes back to the 1990s, when she was the Director of Wits University Press, helping rebuild a scholarly list post-apartheid at a time when the internet was in its very early stages. She has subsequently worked as a publishing consultant and researcher, probing the contradictions in research publication policy in South Africa.
Ina Smith is the Planning Manager, Scholarly Publishing Unit, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). She was LIASA 2016 Librarian of the Year and was on the LIASA Execuitive Committee for ICT Development (2014-2016) and the LIASA HELIG Chair (2014-2016). Ina is also a consultant for Librarians in the Cloud/Teachers in the Cloud, an Open Access and best practice research training facilitator.
Reggie Raju is the Deputy Director for Research and Learning at the University of Cape Town Libraries, South Africa. He has been in academic libraries for more than 30 years. He holds a PhD from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Currently, he serves on the Academic and Research Libraries Standing Committee of IFLA and is the interim chair of the SPARC Africa Working Group. His research area is research librarianship with a specific focus on scholarly communication. He is the co-editor of the first two open access books published by UCT Libraries and has published a number of articles in national and international journals and has written a number chapters in books.
Robert Jacob Pearce is presently the Director of Library and Information Services at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth. He holds amongst others a Masters Degree in Librarianship from Unisa and a Diploma in Industrial Psychology, also from Unisa. He has been a Librarian for the past 42 years of which 30 years were spent at the University Libraries of NMMU, UNISA, Venda and the Vaal University of Technology. He has published articles and chapters in books on Librarianship and Afrikaans Literature in various countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium and South Africa. Since 2007 he has been a member of the South African Academy for Science and Arts. He is an avid musician (guitar and vocals), dramatist and poetry writer.
Jeremiah Pietersen is the Subscriptions Librarian at the University of Cape Town Libraries. He recently completed his master’s in LIS with a focus on developments in academic libraries spurred on by technological advancements. Emanating from the conclusion of the study and his current duties, Jeremiah has developed an interest in the establishment of digital scholarship services in academic libraries in the developing context. Having been involved in Open projects and the beginnings of SPARC Africa – he is interested in advancing open access on the African continent. Other research interests include open publishing and the successful marketing of academic library services.
Mr Kamran Naim is Strategic Development Manager for the nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews in Palo Alto, California, and is also a Doctoral Candidate and Research Lead at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. His interests span the breadth of scholarly publishing from issues relating to access (particularly examining new models for open access), accessibility, and usability of research information. He has worked extensively in the developing world working to implement technical solutions to support capacity building through broader access and visibility of research. At Annual Reviews, he works to advance the organization’s mission to support and advance research communities through a range of innovative programs that seek to maximize the positive impact of science on humanity.
Louis van Niekerk is an attorney specialising in commercial law and a partner at Dorrington Jessop Inc in Cape Town. He assists clients with a wide variety of commercial matters, including company law, commercial agreements, non-profit law, Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment structures and consumer law. His clients have ranged from start-ups, non-profits, schools and universities (both public and private) to small, medium and multinational commercial enterprises. Louis enjoys the challenge of engaging with complex problems and trying to find simple, effective solutions. His firm has a strong commitment to social upliftment, conservation and education and assists many non-profit organisations operating in those sectors. Louis has a passion for learning new things and believes that it is our duty to share our knowledge with others.
April Mahlangu is the Head of Library Centralised Support Services and is responsible for library quality at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Library and Information Services (LIS). He holds an Honours Degree in Information Science for Development from the University of Pretoria and is finalising his Masters Degree in Business Administration with Tshwane University of Technology Business School. He has been in the library profession for 16 years with some years spent at the Universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. April is a visionary leader, action oriented and a change agent. Strategic management, quality, project management and customer experience in academic libraries are his areas of specialty. He has done research on customer needs, market research and library impact or value in higher education institutions. He believes that any organisation exists to add value and without “value add”; the organisation naturally ceases to exist.
William Thomson is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa and an Accredited Commercial and Civil Mediator with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) (UK).
He is an Accredited Labour Mediator, a part-time Senior Commissioner at the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) and an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner with a number of Public and Private Sector Bargaining Councils and Dispute Resolution Agencies. William conducts training and other processes for the CCMA, Bargaining Councils and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in the SADC Region and he is also attached to a number of South African Universities where he lectures and presents courses on Conflict Management, Labour Dispute Resolution and Negotiation and Mediation Skills.
Maretha Allwright has managed the SEALS consortium business and systems for the Eastern Cape academic Libraries since 2008. The SEALS consortium uses a suite of Innovative Interfaces Inc. software products to stay in line with current technological developments and to manage print, electronic and digital resources in the consortium. She obtained a BA Library Science degree at UOFS in 1974 and an Information Science honours degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001. Her career started in 1975 at the Bloemfontein Public Library. She switched to academic libraries in 1989 and moved to the UK in 2003 where she worked in academic libraries and the Natural History Museum in London.
Dorette Snyman is Collection Developer: Commercial Electronic Resources at the Unisa Library. She is responsible for the management of the library’s electronic resources that includes the selection, licensing, fund management, access management and collection analysis of the library’s collection of major publishers’ journal agreements, database subscriptions and major reference works. With the recent implementation of the Library’s Encore Duet Discovery Service this also includes the implementation and accessibility of the library’s e-resources knowledgebase within the EBSCO EDS. Dorette holds a B.Bibl (Hons) from the University of Pretoria and is a long-standing member of LIASA.
Guy Halse is the SAFIRE Project Director at the Tertiary Education and Research Network of South Africa (TENET). Whilst primarily focused on identity federation, his role at TENET has expanded to include a number of trust and identity services. Prior to joining TENET he was Rhodes University’s IT Operations Manager, and was also involved in the technical operations of the SEALS library consortium.
Dr Adriana Marais, recently appointed Head of Innovation at SAP Africa, is a quantum biophysicist, best known as one of the 100 Mars One Project astronaut candidates in the running to move to the red planet in 2026. Dr Marias will share insights as a researcher, inspire delegates and remind the conference why, despite the disruption, it is an exciting time in the four billion year history of life on Earth to be alive! Adriana will speak at the gala dinner via a live feed from New York.
Maryna van den Heever has been at the Wits library for over 19 years. She was appointed as deputy librarian for the Library of Management in 1997. In 2001 she was appointed as Senior Librarian for the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment following the restructuring process at Wits. As one of the first participants of the Carnegie Research Library Consortium in 2007 she visited the United States in 2008. This was followed by the creation of a new post in the library and her appointment as Manager: Research Support services. She is currently overseeing the management of the two libraries in the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, the two libraries in the Faculty of Science, the Research Commons and Data Management Services. She maintains close collaboration with the Research Office in the field of research performance evaluation and bibliometrics. Her main interest lies within the many opportunities and challenges of research support in libraries and has presented at local and international conferences.
Nels Rune Jensen is the co-founder of ConsortiaManager, a workflow tool used by SANLiC and other consortia worldwide, to manage the acquisition of content and member renewals. Nels is dedicated to increasing the service levels to consortia members, while at the same time freeing up time for the consortium staff to focus on value-adding tasks. Currently he is occupied with tying acquisitions to research output, to provide for better insights into content value. With almost 20 years of international experience in the information industry, Nels has held positions with Munksgaard Intl. Publishers, Blackwell Publishing, Swets and most recently as Chief Commercial Officer for LM Information delivery, before starting his own company.
Call for papers
If you believe you have a relevant paper to present or a workshop you would like to facilitate, or would like to recommend someone else, please email details including the topic, format and a short abstract to the SANLiC administrator as soon as possible.