Opening Keynote speaker: Tanja Hichert

Tanja Hichert

Tanja Hichert is a futures / foresight practitioner specialising in scenario planning, horizon scanning, scenarios for risk management and facilitating strategic conversations that provide clarity and direction for organisations faced with complexity and uncertainty. She has fifteen years of in-house experience working for global multi-national corporations, and has spent the last ten years running a specialised futures consulting firm.

Tanja has a MBA and a M.Phil in Futures Studies (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University. In addition to running Hichert & Associates, she is an associate at Vision Foresight Strategy LCC, teaches postgraduate students, and serves on the board of the Association of Professional Futurists. She also serves as a director of the South African Node of the Millennium Project where she co-founded the Foresight for Development platform.

Title of presention: How to be "future-fit" and manage complexity and uncertainty


Prof Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson

Professor Bruce Watson is chairman of the Department of Information Science, co-director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, co-founder of the FASTAR Research Group and director the Centre for Decision Making and Knowledge Dynamics, all at Stellenbosch University. In addition, he holds a visiting professorship in Computer Science at King’s College London.

In 1995, Watson received his first Ph.D in computing science and engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology, after studying discrete mathematics and computer science at the University of Waterloo. He later returned to Eindhoven as chair of Software Construction. Watson’s second Ph.D, in computer science, is from the University of Pretoria in 2012. His recent book is The Correctness by Construction Approach to Programming, published by Springer.

With more than a dozen distributed researchers, his FASTAR Research Group performs fundamental research in new algorithms and implementations for high-performance pattern matching. Parallel to his academic career, he worked as a compiler engineer at several companies (e.g. Microsoft).

Title of presentation: Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence


Dr Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox

Andrew Cox is a Senior Lecturer at the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK, where he is head of the Digital Societies research group and Postgraduate Director and coordinator of the MSc in Digital Library Management. He was director of the JISC funded RDMRose and LFHE funded Wicked ways with RDM projects. He is a Fellow of CILIP and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a co-editor of Online Information Review.

Title of persentationLibraries and the wicked challenge of Research Data Management (RDM).


Heidi van Niekerk

Heidi van Niekerk

Heidi van Niekerk is Data Science specialist with a specific interest in Health Informatics. She is currently busy with her PhD in Socio-Informatics at the University of Stellenbosch. Previously she worked at Accenture as a consultant in both South Africa and the United States. After which she joined Wells Fargo Bank and worked in the field of Risk Management. She returned to South Africa and joined MediClinic, a private hospital group, working in the field of Health Informatics.

She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Stellenbosch. As well as a Masters Degree, from the University of Pretoria, in Informatics.

Title of presentation#bigdata16


Dr Tamar Sadeh

Tamar Sadeh

Director of Discovery Strategy, Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company

With a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics, Tamar Sadeh began her career developing search engines for structured and unstructured data. At Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, Tamar has taken an active role in the definition and marketing of the company’s various technologies since she joined the company in 1999. Tamar holds a doctorate from City University London’s School of Informatics and is the author of various publications in the area of library information systems.

In parallel to her work at Ex Libris, Tamar volunteers as a narrator for audiobooks at the Central Library for the Blind.

Title of presentationRelevance-ranking methods for mega-indexes of scholarly materials


Prof Justus Roux

Justus Roux

Professor Roux is a former professor and chair of the Department of African Languages at Stellenbosch University until 2009. From 2011 to 2014 he was Director of the Research Unit for Language and Literature at the North-West University (NWU) and founder member of the Language Resource Management Agency (RMA) at the NWU. He spent a year as guest professor teaching at the Institute for Computational Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart, Germany up till March 2016; he is the current interim director of the newly established South African Centre for Digital Language Resources. He is also the Convenor for the Steering Committee of the Association for Digital Humanities in South Africa.

Title of presentationDigital humanities and South African academic libraries


Lindiwe Soyizwapi

Lindiwe Soyizwapi

Lindiwe Soyizwapi is Deputy Director at the University of Pretoria, Department of Library Services.  She manages client services, which involves teams that support both teaching and research. She is currently busy with Doctoral studies in Business Administration (DBA) at Bath University.

Sunette Steynberg (co-presenter)

Sunette Steynberg

Sunette Steynberg is a Senior Information Specialist at the University of Pretoria. She is Information Specialist for the University Executive and the Department of Research and Innovation Services. She coordinates the Research Commons activities and has presented numerous papers at conferences.

Title of presentation: Librarians as partners in research at the University of Pretoria

Dr Elisha Chiware

Elisa Chiware

Dr Elisha Chiware is the Director of CPUT Libraries at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has been in this position for the last seven years. He has more than twenty nine years’ experience in academic and research libraries and has worked in several southern African countries including Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. He currently serves as the Secretary for IATUL – the International Association of University Libraries and he is on the SANLIC Board. He has published several academic papers, conference presentation and two books. He also serves as an external examiner at the University of Cape Town and  supervises Masters Students in Business Information Systems at CPUT.

Title of presentation: Research Data Management Services at Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Anita Nel

Anita Nell

Anita is the CEO of Innovus and Senior Director: Innovation and Business Development, Stellenbosch University.

One of Anita’s first positions was at Thawte, a successful South African IT company which was sold to VeriSign in 2000. Upon leaving Thawte, Anita was one of the founder members of HBD Venture Capital where she worked as Investment Manager. At HBD Anita gained valuable experience in investing in technology start-ups and serving on the boards of these companies post investment. With vast experience in human resources, marketing, negotiations, strategy and general management, Anita is well equipped to understand entrepreneurship and the many challenges facing start-up companies. She holds a BSc (Physics) degree and MSc (Psychology) degree, as well as an HED.

Title of presentationEstablishing a Knowledge Region in the Western Cape 


Kate Robinson

Kate Robinson

Kate is University Librarian at the University of Bath, UK. A Theology graduate from the University of Manchester with a Masters in Library & Information Studies, she has worked in libraries since the 1980s; contributing to a range of sectors including public libraries, private members’ libraries and the advertising industry.  Kate’s interests are user focussed and she particularly enjoys collaborative projects which experiment with new ideas and new technologies.

Kate is Chair of the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals’ Professional Registration & Accreditation Board, a Magistrate and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and CILIP.  

Title of presentationRegional Partnerships: how to turn good ideas into reality


Nora Buchanan

Nora Buchanan

Upon completion of a BA degree and postgraduate diploma in library science, Nora worked for four years as a librarian at Anglo American Corporation of South Africa.  Moving to Durban in 1982, she began work at the then University of Natal Library where, over the next 32 years, she held various positions, retiring as Director of Library Services, University of KwaZulu-Natal, in 2014. During this time, she also completed her Honours, Masters and finally PhD degrees.  Nora now occupies the position of Licensing Manager at SANLiC.

Glen Truran (co-author)

A graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Glenn has worked as an educator in South Africa and England.  Most of his career has been spent working for poverty alleviation non-profit organisations and he has over 20 years’ experience at a managerial level. He holds a BA degree and two post graduate diplomas from Wits, the first in education and the second in public policy and development administration, and he also holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town. Glenn now occupies the position of Director at the South African National Library and information Consortium (SANLiC).

Title of presentation: SANLiC and library collaboration in South Africa

Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized.

In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services' (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Lorcan began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee. Lorcan has a BA and MLIS from University College Dublin.

Mary Sauer-Games

Mary Sauer-Games

Mary joined OCLC in September 2014 as Vice President of Product Management. She came to OCLC from the American Psychological Association, where she was Senior Director, managing PsycINFO database products and leading an organization of 70 staff. From 2002 to February 2014, she was Vice President, Product Management–Humanities, STM and Dissertations at ProQuest, a leading global information provider. Before that, from 1999 through 2002, she was Vice President, Product Management, at the Gale Group, a major reference and education publisher of electronic databases and textbooks. She also previously held positions at Mullen Advertising, R. L. Polk and Company, and Data Resources, Inc., all in Detroit, Michigan.

An active participant in publishing and information technology communities, Mary has served on boards with the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) and CrossRef. She has also been active on a regional board of the March of Dimes.

Mary holds a Master’s of Business Administration degree from University of Michigan–Dearborn and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Kalamazoo College.

Title of presentation: The research library in the life of the user: Looking at directions from an OCLC perspective 


Dr Marinus Swanepoel

Marinus Swanepoel

Marinus left South Africa in 2003 for the position of University Librarian at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. Prior to him leaving South Africa he was the Chief Director: Library Services at the Tshwane University of Technology. He is currently a professional librarian at the University of Lethbridge looking forward to retirement in the not-too-distant future. Before receiving his PhD at University of Johannesburg he studied at the University of Pretoria, University of South Africa and University of the Free State.

Title of presentationResearchers' use of social media and altmetrics in South Africa


Prof Riaan Rudman

Riaan Rudman

Prof Riaan Rudman is an Associate Professor in Auditing and Information Systems at the School of Accountancy, Stellenbosch University. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant (SA). He specialised in Financial Institutions before joining academia. He lectures Auditing and Information Systems with a focus on internal controls and governance of advanced future technologies. His areas of research interest lie in business management and acceptable corporate behaviour in an electronic environment and new technologies.

Title of presentationDefining Web 3.0 for the library of the future: the next mind shift


Dr Lara Skelly

Lara Skelly

Dr Skelly has worked for a wide variety of libraries including several research and academic libraries. She was the Librarian for Research at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology before she took up her current post as the Research Manager at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. She has taught knowledge management at the University of the Western Cape for the last four years. Dr Skelly recently completed her PhD through the University of KwaZulu-Natal under the supervision of Emer. Profs. Christine Stillwell and Peter Underwood.

Title of presentationManaging researcher expectations


Jean-Louis Leysens

Jean-Louis Leysens

Jean-Louis Leysens is a current MA student at the Stellenbosch University. He recently submitted his thesis on how the online media use habits effect the modern user, the Millennial. He has also worked as a part-time lecturer at the department of Information Science in the Arts and Social Sciences faculty of Stellenbosch University, where he also conducted his research project under the supervision of Dr Daan B. le Roux.

Title of presentationWriting a masters thesis: conducting a literature study with modern online tools and services


Jeroen de Boer 

Jeroen de Boer

Jeroen de Boer work at Bibliotheekservice Fryslân (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands) as Innovation Advisor. He is a strong believer in open technologies and the way libraries can and should learn from maker culture. One of his current projects is the FryskLab, a Mobile Library FabLab.

Jeroen writes regularly on his personal blog and in professional magazines and often present at library conferences about topics such as innovation and makerspaces. In 2012 and 2014 he was awarded with the Library Initiative Award. He was nominated for the Librarian of the Year in the Netherlands in 2015, in which he won the second prize. He is on the European Task Force for Public Libraries, focusing on library maker spaces in relation to (re)-use of cultural heritage content.

Jeroen is the co-author of Makerspaces in Libraries with Terri Wilingham, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015. Currently they are working on a new book, The Complete Guide to Makerspaces in Libraries

Title of presentation: Makerspaces: a great opportunity to enhance academic libraries

Prof Mark Swilling

Mark Swilling

Mark Swilling is Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch.  He is Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute and Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. He co-authored, with Eve Annecke, Just Transitions: Explorations of Sustainability in an Unfair World (Tokyo: United Nations University Press, 2012).He co-edited, with Adriana Allen and Andreas Lampis, Untamed Urbanism (New York and London: Routledge, 2015). Another publication that Mark has co-edited, with Josephine Musango and Jeremy Wakeford, is Greening the South African Economy (Cape Town: Juta, 2016). Mark is a member of UNEP’s International Resource acting as Coordinator of the Cities Working Group. His most recent project was Advisor to the Curator of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR). For more about Mark see http://markswilling.co.za/.

Title of presentationGlobal Transformation, Reinventing Learning and the Role of the University in the 21st Century