de Stricker, Ulla

Ulla de Stricker
de Stricker Associates

Upon a successful career holding senior positions in the information industry, Ulla leverages extensive expertise in knowledge and information management. She established her consulting practice in 1992.

An accomplished and sought-after public speaker, Ulla is a frequent contributor to the professional literature and to conferences.  Her most recent book, published 2008 by Information Today, is Business Cases for Info Pros: Here´s Why, Here´s How.  The book and the workshop based on it have been highly recommended (See “books” at  She publishes a popular blog for information professionals under “KM blog” at With Jill Hurst-Wahl, she is the coauthor of the forthcoming Information and Knowledge Professional’s Career Handbook (Chandos, 2011).

Hailing from Copenhagen, Ulla studied in Jerusalem, New York, and Montreal.  She operates her consulting practice out of Toronto, Canada. 

Wigell-Ryynänen, Barbro

Barbro Wigell-Ryynänen
Councellor for Library Affairs
Ministry of Education and Culture

Councellor for Library Affairs at the Ministry of Education and Culture
B.A., Helsinki University,Faculty of Pedagogics, Librarianship qualification degree, Helsinki university
MSc, Turku Swedish University, Faculty of Information science
Cultural/library manager in Sweden 1976-1982
Library manager in Finland 1982-1996, responsible also for culture and tourism.
Councellor for library affairs at the Provincial Government of Southern Finland 1996-1999, appointed Councellor for Library Affairs at the Ministry of Education, Cultural Policy, in 1999, one of a team of three persons, all trained librarians, responsible for public library development, legislation, strategic work and state subsidies.

Whaley, Hannah

Hannah Whaley
Assistant Director, Library and Learning Centre
University of Dundee

Hannah Whaley is an Assistant Director in the University of Dundee’s Library and Learning Centre, with responsibility for Research and Systems. She specialises in system design, service development and innovation within HE teaching and research. As a qualified software engineer with a background in design and usability, Hannah had previously established herself in the field of elearning in recent years, winning UK Learning Technologist of the Year in 2007. Her current role is focused on facilitating efficient access to wide-ranging sets of academic resources and systems, coordinating strategic research support, and wherever possible, advancing the implementation of technology for learning, teaching and research.

Westrum, Anne-Lena

Anne-Lena Westrum
Project Manager
Oslo Public Library

Anne-Lena has her background from information architecture, web development and project management. She is currently working in the “Digital library” department of Oslo Public Library as a special consultant on digital services. She is also the project manager of the Pode project.

Wallace, Karen

Karen Wallace
Information Library Officer – Service Development
Sheffield Libraries, Archives & Information

Karen is an Information Library Officer for Sheffield Libraries, Archives & Information and has worked for over 20 years in Libraries.

Her current responsibility is for the continuing development of the library website and the e-resources provided by the library, along with responsibility for increasing the use of social networking in Libraries.  She is also a member of the steering group for the successful GC/Guardian Awards 2009 nominated EventSheffield website and joint winner of the Oxford Online Champion Award for the Best Website Promotion in December 2007.


Tylee, Claire

Claire Tylee
Bibliographic Services Librarian
University of Bath

I have been Bibliographic Services Librarian at the University of Bath for five years, overseeing the acquisition and metadata management of books and e-books. Prior to this, I have worked in subject-based roles such as Management (University of Bath), Law (University of the West of England) and Art and Design (Bath Spa University).

Since being in my current post, I have developed a keen interest in the growing e-book market and have contributed to Phases I and II of the JISC e-textbooks project. My role involves advising subject-librarian colleagues on e-book-related matters and I endeavour to keep abreast of developments in content, purchase models and resource discovery opportunities.

I am a Chartered member of CILIP and an active mentor for Chartership candidates.

Taylor, John

John Taylor
VP of Technology & General Manager

John Taylor is Vice President Technology and General Manager of ProQuest’s Cambridge Operations. Though based in the United Kingdom, Taylor is directly responsible for all software and product development activities for ProQuest in the Cambridge, Toronto, and Ann Arbor operations. The scope of Taylor’s role includes responsibilties for Software Engineering, Product Design, Project management, Quality Assurance, and Online Operations and Information Technology. Taylor’s career in technology and product development includes three years in technology consulting, research, and development and management in the Telecommunications and Finance industries. Taylor also spent six years in various software engineering and product development roles with Unisys Corporation in the United Kingdom and North America.

Stephens, Owen

Owen Stephens
Owen Stephens Consulting

Owen has been working in Library and IT services within the Higher Education sector for over 15 years. As well as a strong technical background, he has been on the management team of the library services of two leading UK Universities (Royal Holloway, University of London and Imperial College London), and he’s been responsible for a number of innovative projects at both institutional and national levels. These include:

  • Organising the very first ‘Mashed Libraries‘ event in the UK
  • Project Director for the EThOSNet project to launch national e-theses service based at the British Library
  • Selecting and implementing a variety of library and e-learning systems including Library Management Systems, OpenURL resolvers, Federated Search systems and Virtual Learning Environments
  • Project Manager for the TELSTAR project at the Open University, integrating Reference Management tools into online learning environments

Owen is now a freelance consultant offering services to the library sector. Owen blogs about libraries and technology at

Senese, Susan

Susan Senese
Associate Librarian, Research and Information Technology
University of Toronto Mississauga Library

I lead the Research and Information Technology Services mandate within the University of Toronto Mississauga Library, part of a tri-campus university.  I am responsible for public and staff computing, application development and support, emerging technologies, digital signage, scholarly communication, digital research services with an emphasis on digital humanities, special archival collections, the library website and project management leadership.  I am the lead IT liaison with our campus computing services organization for all technology related issues in our library.  I have been a leader in the library for the past four years and previously spent nineteen years with ExxonMobil Canada in various roles from business librarian, corporate archivist, electronic documents management analyst and b2b internet services manager.


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