Suliman Hawamdeh

Suliman Hawamdeh

Professor and Program Coordinator, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Oklahoma

Brief Career Biography:
Dr. Suliman Hawamdeh is a Professor and Department Chair in the College of Information, University of North Texas. Prior to joining UNT in August 2010, he taught and coordinated the Master of Science in Knowledge Management in the School of Library and Information Studies at University of Oklahoma. He also founded and directed the first Master of Science in Knowledge Management in Asia in the College of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Dr. Hawamdeh has extensive industrial experience, he was the Managing Director of ITC Information Technology Consultant Ltd, a company developed and marketed a line of products in imaging, document and record management, engineering drawing management, and library automation software. He worked as a consultant to several organizations including NEC, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Petronas, and Shell. Dr. Hawamdeh also worked as a researcher and a project leader at the Institute of System Science in Singapore.

Dr. Hawamdeh has authored and edited several books on knowledge management including Information and Knowledge Society published by McGraw Hill and Knowledge Management: Cultivating the Knowledge Professionals Published by Chandos Publishing. He is the editor of a book series on Innovation and Knowledge Management published by World Scientific.  He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, one of the first refereed journals in knowledge management.

He is a member of the editorial board and a reviewer for several journals including the International Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (IJoAKM), Business Process Management Journal, Journal of Information Science, International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management (IJNKM), International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research (IJCIR).  He served as a guest editor for several special issues including the Journal of the American Society of Information Science (JASIST), the Singapore Journal of Library and Information Management, and the Journal of the Electronic Commerce Research.

In his professional career, Dr. Hawamdeh has delivered several keynote presentations at various conferences and events around the world, including an invited talk at the United Nations World Summit on Information Society, which took place in Tunis in November of 2005. The invited talk focused on the role of ICT and NII in e-Government and economic development (http://www.itu.int/wsis/).  Dr. Hawamdeh served in the capacity of chair and founding chair of several conferences including the International Conference on Knowledge Management (www.ickm-2010.org) and Knowledge and Project Management Symposium (www.kipanet.org). He is the founding president of the Knowledge and Information Professional Association (KIPA). He was also the founding president of the Information and Knowledge Management Society from 1999-2003.

Benefits of ASIS&T: 
As any other professional association, ASIS&T provides tremendous benefit for professional and career development. The diversity that exists in ASIS&T does not exist in any other professional society I have been. You will find people from different disciplines, different backgrounds and different interest. This is clearly reflected in the various interest groups organized and nurtured by ASIS&T. It is an excellent platform for networking and knowledge sharing. I have a special relationship with ASIS&T as assist help to organize and support the International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM). The second ICKM conference was hosted by ASIS&T in Charlotte, North Carolina. The fifth ICKM is again hosted by ASIS&T just two day prior to ASIST Annual Meeting on Columbus, Ohio. ASIS&T provides an excellent opportunity for information and knowledge professionals to get engages with the most currents and challenging issues facing the information and knowledge profession.

Advice for New Information Professionals: 
See yourself as an information and knowledge professional who is able to see the forest beyond the trees. See yourself as an agent of change and get involved with the most current and challenging issues in the information and knowledge profession. ASIS&T is the right place to network and get connected.