Dr. Susan Gibbons is the University Librarian of Yale University. Prior to her appointment in July 2011, she was Vice Provost and Neilly Dean of the River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester. Dr. Gibbons holds an MLS and an MA in History from Indiana University, a Professional MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Doctorate in Education Administration from the University of Rochester. Most recently, Ms. Gibbons’ research has focused on methodologies for library user studies, the alignment of academic libraries with the needs of Net Generation students, university press publishing, and the future of academic librarianship in the digital age. In 2007 she published The Academic Library and the Net Generation Student and Studying Students: the Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester, for which Ms. Gibbons was co-editor. She was named one of Library Journal’s 2005 “Movers & Shakers” and in 2006 was a Visiting Program Officer for the Association for Research Libraries
Rakesh K. Kumar
Professor of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences
Director of Academic Projects, Faculty of Medicine
The University of New South Wales
Rakesh Kumar graduated in Medicine from the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, then emigrated to Australia to take up an appointment in Pathology at the University of New South Wales in 1977. After completing a PhD at UNSW in 1981, he was a Fogarty International Research Fellow at the US National Institutes of Health in 1987. Promoted through the ranks to Professor in 2002, he was head of the discipline of Pathology at UNSW from 2003-05. He is now Director of Academic Projects for the Faculty of Medicine, with responsibility for aspects of curriculum development.
An enthusiastic teacher of Medicine and Science students, as well as of postgraduate health professionals, he has twice received UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence, as well as other awards for teaching and funding for educational development. His experimental research, which focuses on mechanisms of inflammation in asthma and on the development of childhood asthma, is supported by grants from the National Health & Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council. He is a member of the editorial board of The American Journal of Pathology. In 2006, he was awarded an MD by published work, and in 2009 he received an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia. Rakesh was a member of the UNSW Academic Board from 2002-10, Deputy President from 2007-08, and Presiding Member of the Committee on Education from 2007-10. He is currently a member of the University Council.
Librarian & Technology Trend Spotter Consultant
Joe Murphy (http://joemurphylibraryfuture.com) is a Librarian and technology trend spotter. Formerly of Yale University Libraries, Joe now works as a consultant helping libraries and more prepare for upcoming technology trends. Joe is an author and editor, an international keynote speaker, and a conference organizer.