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Dato' Dr. Zaiton Osman
Library consultant at the Open University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was the chief librarian of the University of Malaya for more than a decade. During her administration as chief librarian, she instituted a formal user education program. The course has been incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum and accepted by the Senate as a compulsory one-credit university course. Her professional involvement at the national level includes serving as joint chairperson of the Working Group in the National Digital Library System as well as member of the Implementation Committee of the National Digital Library System. In 1983 she became president of the Library Association of Malaysia. Her dedication and contribution to librarianship have earned her several awards, the latest of them as Congress of Southeast Asian Librarians (CONSAL) Outstanding Librarian 2003.   

 
 
Sharipah Hanon Bidin
Chief librarian of the Tan Sri Dr. Abdullah Sanusi Digital Library at the Open University Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before her assignment as chief librarian of the OUM, she was at various times a consultant, head of the Information Systems Management Division, and medical law librarian  at the University of Malaya. Her areas of specialization and expertise include information technology applications, digital libraries,  and information skills for open and distance learning.    

 
Thelma S. Kim
Chairs  the Library and Information Science Department of St. Louis University in Baguio City. She is a much sought after speaker on library management and public services. She is the president of the Baguio-Benguet Librarians Association.    

 

 

 

Corazon M. Nera
Director of libraries at the Lyceum of the Philippines.  She organized the library of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE), the countryís premier library for educators. With a subsidy from FAPE, she instituted the interlibrary loan system for schools and conceptualized the library collection development program for Filipiniana materials. She also initiated the ARALIN Project database for Filipiniana. She has served professional associations at various times as president, vice president, committee chair and member, resource speaker, lecturer and trainer, and received numerous awards from them for her work.  In 2002 she was appointed member of the Board for Librarians of the Professional Regulation Commission.  

 
Sharon E. Henry
Chief librarian of the Asian Development Bank. She holds various positions in international organizations such as deputy of the Joint World Bank-International Monetary Fund Library and associate director of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She has also served in government as head of the Canadian MARC Standards Office at the National Library of Canada and most recently as chief of the Headquarters Library of Natural Resources Canada. She has actively participated in professional associations at the local, national (Canada) and international levels by holding office, presenting and publishing papers and chairing and organizing conferences, meetings and workshops.       

 
Dr. Shalini R. Urs
Director of the Department of Library and Information Science at the University of Mysore in India. She has been specializing in the application of information technologies for information network. Her interests are in the areas of digital library and electronic publishing, electronic theses and dissertations, and metadata. She directs the Vidyanidhi Digital Library which aims to evolve as an information infrastructure and a framework for facilitating the creation, archiving and accessing of doctoral theses.  On the international level,  Dr. Urs has coordinated the UNESCO International Guide for ETD Projects and is a member of the Asian Digital Library Steering Committee.       

 
Perla T. Garcia
Library director of De La Salle University and a member of the Board for Librarians in the Philippines. Her involvement in the library community includes consultancies at various institutions and trainor for a series of management development programs on library system management of the Fund for Assistance to Private Education (FAPE).   She has been a fellow of the Bibliographic and Information Services in Asia and the Pacific (BISA) training scholarship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and recipient of an Asia Foundation fellowship. She has been a speaker at various conferences and seminars sponsored by the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI), the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL), the Association of Special Libraries of the Philippines (ASLP),  and the Medical and Health Librarians Association of the Philippines (MAHLAP). In recognition of her active involvement in Philippine librarianship, she was cited by PAARL in 2000 as Outstanding Academic Librarian of the Year.       

 
Dr. Diljit Singh
He graduated with a B. Sc. from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and an M.S. and Ph. D. from Florida State University in the USA. He is currently an associate professor at the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, University of Malaya. Before joining the University, he taught in two schools and worked at the state and federal levels of the Ministry of Education. He is also a past director for Asia and currently the vice-president of the International Association of School Librarianship. His professional and research interests include management of libraries and information services, use and user studies, digital libraries and school libraries.        

 
Annabelle P. Acedera
She is the director of libraries at Xavier University. In 1989 she spearheaded the founding of the Cagayan de Oro Cooperating Libraries, a consortium of academic libraries in that city.  Its membership has grown to include libraries in Regions X, XI and XIII, hence the change of name to Academic Libraries Information Network in Mindanao. She has been a member of the board of the Academic Libraries Book Acquisitions Services Association, Inc. (ALBASA) and the Philippine Library Materials Project Foundation (PLMP). Mrs. Acedera teaches part-time and handles review classes for the librariansí board examination. She is also a member of the accreditation team of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (PAASCU).       

 
Jaffee Yee
His publishing and library-related career spans over 28 years. He  has represented some of the world's leading publishers and vendors, including McGraw-Hill, CBS International Publishing and EBSCO Information Services. He is an active member of the library community in Asia, holding membership in most of the regional library associations and supporting many of their events and activities. He was one of the speakers at the 1999 Congress of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), has spoken in several other regional conferences, and was once a guest lecturer at the Temasek Polytechnic Singapore. He founded Asia's first regional library journal, Asian Libraries,  and is currently the publisher/editor in chief of Asia Library News. Mr. Yee is the regional manager of YBP Library Services, a Baker & Taylor Company.      

 
Fe Angela M. Verzosa
University archivist at De La Salle University in Manila since 1988, has to her credit 36 years of experience as organizer of library collections and archival materials of the National Library, University of the Philippines Main Library, J.P. Laurel Foundation and De La Salle University. Since 1995, she has served in various capacities in library associations, the Philippine Librarians Association, Inc. (PLAI) and the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Libraries (PAARL). In June 2001, she was elected to head the National Committee on Libraries and Information Services of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts until 2004.      

 
Ma. Bernardita M. Reyes
Known to the Archives community as Maita, is a practicing chemist conservator. She trained in conservation at the International Center for the Study of Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome. She specializes in paper and stone objects and in environmental control in museums. She took part in the planning and design of the Conservation Labs of the University of Santo Tomas Archives, the National Library and Museo Recuerdo. Ms Reyes is the head of the Conservation Laboratory of the Museum and Archives of the Archdiocese of Manila.