Keynote Speakers

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Samuel Kai Wah Chu

Using Social Media to Enhance Inclusion and Outreach by Libraries

Dr. Samuel Kai Wah Chu is Associate Professor (Division of Information & Technology Studies) and the Deputy Director (Centre for Information Technology in Education) in the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. He is also the Program Director for the MSc (Library & Information Management).

He has published over 100 articles and books, including key journals in the area of information and library science (e.g., Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Library & Information Science Research), school librarianship (e.g., School Library Media Research, School Libraries Worldwide), academic librarianship (e.g., Journal of Academic Librarianship), knowledge management (e.g., Journal of Intellectual Capital, Journal of Information & Knowledge Management), and IT in education (e.g., Computers & Education, Journal of Educational Technology & Society).

He is also the author of a series of children’s story books published by Pearson Longman Hong Kong, including My Pet Hamsters and The Chocolate Boy.

Dr Chu is the Asia Regional Editor for the Journal of Information & Knowledge Management and an Editorial Board member for the journals Online Information Review and School Libraries Worldwide.

Dr Chu holds a number of research grants, including USD$380,000 from the Quality Education Fund, and is a recipient of his Faculty’s Early Career Research Output Award.

Professor Gobinda Chowdhury

Digital Societies

Gobinda Chowdhury is a Professor within the Information and Knowledge Management programme in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UTS.

After acquiring an honours, a postgraduate and two PhD degrees, he worked as an academic and a researcher in different parts of the world for nearly two decades. Before joining UTS, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK, and prior to that an Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

Prof. Chowdhury has also successfully conducted contract research for several UN bodies, national government bodies and charities. Prof. Chowdhury was awarded a Fellowship of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, UK's largest, and one of the world's oldest, professional bodies) in 1999 for his contributions to the field of information studies.

Prof. Chowdhury has an extensive list of publications that include nine well reviewed books and over 100 refereed journal articles and conference papers in different areas of information studies.

He has also served as an editorial board member of several major international journals including: Journal of Documentation (2002-) Online Information Review (2002-2008 ), Library Review (2002-), International Yearbook of Library and Information Management (2003-2006), World Digital libraries: an international journal (2007-).