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Stephen Abram, MLS, is President 2008 of Special Libraries Association,
USA and the past-President of the Canadian and Ontario Library Associations.
He is Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and Chief Strategist for the
SirsiDynix Institute. Stephen was listed by Library Journal as one of the top
50 people influencing the future of libraries. He has received numerous honours
and speaks regularly internationally. His columns appear in Information Outlook
and Multimedia and Internet @ Schools, and SirsiDynix OneSource and he is the
author of ALA Editions bestselling Out Front with Stephen Abram. He blogs at
the popular Stephen's Lighthouse.
Gayle Gossen has a B.A in English Literature from the University of Toronto
and an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario. She worked as a
librarian at the Toronto Star before moving as an Education Consultant to
LexisNexis Canada where she also worked as an Account Executive, Marketing
Manager, Manager of Customer Education and National Sales Manager. She has
worked for CNW Group and Thomson Carswell in sales and sales management.
She has also worked in several start-up organizations. She is currently a
Business Intelligence Specialist for the Business and Relationship
Intelligence division of Dow Jones in Toronto. Gayle is currently Secretary
and Chair-Elect-Elect and has served as Director and Public Relations Chair
with the SLA Business and Finance Division as well as compiling the best
practices and co-ordinating their recent re-branding project. Gayle served
as President, Bulletin Editor, Programmer and Awards Chair for the Toronto
Chapter. She chaired the Task Force for Chapter Modeling and is currently
co-chair of the First Five Task Force.
Jack W. Plunkett
Jack W. Plunkett is CEO & Publisher of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based
provider of market research and industry information in printed and electronic formats.
Plunkett's client list includes leading corporations, institutions and government agencies
worldwide. Jack Plunkett is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Plunkett's
Energy Industry Almanac, Plunkett's E-Commerce & Internet Business Almanac and Plunkett's
Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac. A life-long entrepreneur, he has been recognized as a
finalist in the "Entrepreneur of the Year" competition sponsored by Ernst & Young.
Nevenka Zdravkovska works as the Head, Engineering & Physical Sciences Library at University of Maryland.
She is B.S. Physics, Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, Macedonia and MLS from Texas Woman's
University, Denton, Texas.
Dr. Krishan Lal
Dr. Krishan Lal is the President of Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA),
International Council for Science (ICSU). He is INSA Senior Scientist and Former Director of
National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi, India.
Closing Remarks by
The Honorable Janice R. Lachance is the 13th chief executive of the Special Libraries Association.
She is a seasoned leader and communicator with more than 20 years experience in public service and
governance, Janice is a collegial executive and team player with a concertmaster leadership style that
inspires both allegiance and hard work. From 1997 to 2001, Janice was the Director (CEO) of the U.S.
Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the federal government's independent human resources agency.
Appointed to this position by President Bill Clinton and unanimously confirmed by a bi-partisan U.S.
Senate, Janice provided policy and program leadership for 1.8 million federal employees.
The federal workforce encompasses a vast array of professions including astronauts, medical researchers,
statisticians, forest rangers, economists, diplomats, biologists, attorneys, engineers, physicists,
executives and, of course, information professionals and librarians.
Other Prominent Speakers Include
- Linda Broussard, Chief Community Officer, SLA
- Jay Bhatt, Information Services librarian W. W. Hagerty Library, Drexel University.
- Jack W. Plunkett CEO, Plunkett Research Ltd.
- Rebecca B. Vargha, Past President SLA, University of North Carolina, USA.
- Jane Macoustra, Tai- Pan Research, U.K.
- Rajwant S.Chilana, Ph.D. Asso.Professor of Lib. Admn & South Asian Studies Librarian, Univ.of Illinois,USA.
- Dr. S Majumdar, Librarian, University of Delhi, Delhi.
- Dr. H.K.Kaul, Director, DELNET, Delhi.
- Dr. Subhash Deshmukh, Librarian, I P University, Delhi.
- Dr. Usha Mujoo Munshi, Librarian, IIPA, Delhi
- Mr. Sudhir Arora, Librarian, IGNOU, Delhi.
- Mr. G K Manjunath, Chief Librarian, IGIDR, Mumbai.
- Dr. Iswara Bhatt, BITS, Pilani.
- Dr. Jagtar Singh, Head and Dean, Punjabi University, Patiala.
- Dr. R C Gaur, Director, IGNCA, Delhi