Confirmed keynote speakers
Formerly a librarian at both Cambridge and Oxford University, Andy is now a freelance trainer and consultant in user experience (UX) research methods, leadership and teambuilding. As well as teaching UX courses he works directly with library staff and their users in both the academic and public sectors in order to identify opportunities for new and improved user-centred products and services.
He originated the international UX in Libraries conference and has written for and edited several UX books. From 2015-17 Andy led the Futurelib innovation programme at the University of Cambridge which conducted UX research and design thinking across its libraries. He regularly works all over the world and last year visited Norway to teach for the first time.
Rocky M.D. Ralebipi-Simela
Prof. Rocky Ralebipi-Simela is the National Librarian and CEO of the National Library of South Africa. She is the Chairperson of African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) Section on National Libraries. She also serves as Vice Chairperson of the Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL).
Rocky holds a Ph.D in Library and Information Science from the University of Minnesota, USA. Her career which spans 40 years includes the following leadership positions: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic (Provost) at the Central University of Technology; Free State, Regional Director at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Executive Dean: Faculty of Humanities, Management Sciences and Law at the University of Venda; Head of Department of Information Studies, University of the North and Campus Librarian at the University of St. Catherine, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
She served and continues to serve on many councils, boards and committees including the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC), National Council on Library and Information Services (NCLIS), Sabinet and the National Skills Authority Board, amongst others. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Hubert Humphrey Policy Fellow, a Minnesota Lawyers for Human Rights Award recipient, CSIR Advanced Leadership Award of Outstanding Merit holder and American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.
Confirmed plenary speakers
Curt Rice is currently Rector at the Oslo Metropolitan University. He also leads Norway’s Committee on Gender Balance and Diversity in Research. He served as the Pro Rector for Research and Development (2009-2013) at the University of Tromsø and was the founding director of the first Center of Excellence in Tromsø, the Center for Advanced Study in Theoretical Linguistics (CASTL). He is Professor of Linguistics. He is also strongly engaged in work related to open access publishing.
Aslak Sira Myhre
Aslak Sira Myhre is General Director of the National Library of Norway. He is the former director of the House of Literature in Oslo (2006 – 2014) and !Les, an organization promoting reading among children and youths. He was party leader of the Red Electoral Alliance 1997-2003, and is the author of several books.