Lisa GivenProfessor Lisa Given,President of ASIS&T (The Association for Information Science and Technology is a non-profit membership organization for information professionals since 1937) and Associate Dean (Research and Development) for the Faculty of Health, Arts & Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. As a former Director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (Canada), Lisa has received numerous grants and awards. She is Lead Investigator of a current ARC Linkage Project exploring research adoption by the wine industry and of an ARC Discovery Project looking at knowledge management practices in non-profit organisations. Lisa is also co-investigator for the ARC Linkage Project “Library and Information Science Research Australia” which recently launched the Research Assistance & Development Australian Researchers Grant Program to provide a series of supportive activities to foster research collaboration in library and information science.


Professor Javed Mostafa,

Department of Information Science & Biomedical Research Imaging Center, University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is also Editor-in-chief of JASIST, a top journal in Information Science and Technology.Mostafa currently serves as an editorial board member of JASIST (since 2012) and has been an associate editor for the main information retrieval journal in computer and information science, ACM Transactions on Information Systems (ACM TOIS), for eight years (serving under two different EiCs). He is an associate editor for the ACM Transactions on Internet Technology (ACM TOIT) and has edited or co-edited several special issues of journals, including IEEE Intelligent Systems, Journal of Digital Libraries, and JASIST. At UNC, Mostafa is director of the Carolina Health Informatics Program and the Laboratory of Applied Informatics Research. His research concentrates on information retrieval problems, particularly related to search and user-system interactions in large-scale document/data repositories. He also serves as deputy director of the Biomedical Informatics Core at the NC Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute and has current research engagements in biomedical data mining, analysis, visualization, user interface design, and multi-modal human-computer interaction.


Professor Gary Burnett
College of Communication & Information, Florida State University

Gary Burnett, a Professor at the School of Information at Florida State University, received his PhD in English from Princeton University and his MLS from Rutgers University. His work focuses on a theoretical approach to “Information Worlds,” exploring the social, political, and economic contexts of information access and exchange within specific communities; and “Information Domains,” which attempts to theorize information in terms of relationships and interactions between individuals, social worlds, and practices of signification.  His book, Information Worlds: Social Context, Technology, & Information Behavior in the Age of the Internet, co-authored with Paul Jaeger of the University of Maryland, was published by Routledge in 2010.  He has published in journals such as Information Research, The Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library Quarterly, The Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, and Library and Information Science Research. He teaches technical and professional writing, as well as courses in information organization, the information needs of adults, the social worlds of information use, and doctoral courses in theory development and qualitative methods.  In fall 2016, he was Visiting Professor at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, South Korea, and in 2016-2017, he lectured at more than 30 universities throughout Asia.