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3 SLA members from across the globe describe how they dealt with the challenges
brought on by the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. They will share how their libraries
adapted; how their organizations changed (or didn't); and how they are still weathering
"the new normal"; that is anything but normal.
Seema Rampersad - Originally from Trinidad & Tobago, Seema went to London,
England to study Information and Communication. She worked for
PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Business Information Centre and the Intelligence Unit
at the Greater London Authority. Seema is currently working at The British Library&s
Business &; IP Centre for starting-up and growing businesses, which has helped 10000s
in the UK and internationally.Seema is still an advocate for traditional library and
information services. She recognizes the need for the profession to evolve and develop
whereby industries and sectors can benefit from the skills, competencies and network of
specialized libraries and information professionals. Seema continues to use new
technologies for collaborating information and knowledge across subject areas and
borders. She is interested in social media, AI, machine learning and multimedia as
business-focused and professional development tools for managing and delivering data,
information and knowledge. Seema serves on SLA Europe's Board of Directors as Past
President 2021, is in the Digi Comms Group and was Membership Chair. She is
currently Chair of the Task Force on Reopening Specialized Libraries, member of the
PREP Council and initial member of the Task Force on Diversity Inclusion and Equity
(DICE). She also volunteers in her local community
Nabi Hasan- Dr. Hasan is the head of the Central Library at Indian Institute of
Technology Delhi. Earlier, he has served as the University Librarian of Aligarh Muslim
University, whose library system is the largest in India. A Ph.D. in library and information
sciences, he was the first Norman E. Borlaug Fellow in Library Information Systems at
Cornell University in New York. He has 16 books and 156 articles to his credit and has
completed many technology-driven library projects. Dr. Hasan has served as 2020
President of SLA Asia and currently is the President-Elect of the Academic Community.
Nabi will share his experience on "Libraries and Library Professionals in the New
Normal: A case study of India", in which he would like to summarize as what librarians
and libraries have been doing during the pandemic in India. Libraries and Librarians in
India as in other countries as well, managed the library services differently in different
innovative ways. Some with full closures but with online and others with partial closures,
and some were open as per the next or new normal with online services as well.
Kevin Adams is the Information Specialist at the Institute of Environmental Science &
Research, in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has been a member of SLA for over 20
years, and a member of the Australia/New Zealand, Kentucky, LMD, Solo, Business &
Finance, Government and FAER communities, He was on SLA's Board of Directors
from 2015-2017, is currently the Chair of the Australia/New Zealand community, and on
the PPAC and SNPAC councils and is a Fellow of SLA.
His work covers all aspects of environmental science as well as forensic science, social
science and radiation science.