Webinar 2: How Academic Libraries Enhance the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Research Support

Cornell University Webinar Series: How academic libraries can contribute to global development

How does the research supported by academic libraries help move the SDGs forward? Please join us on Thursday December 5th, 2019 at 9am EDT to hear about the perspective from Africa and South Asia on what academic libraries are doing to help enhance the work towards the 2030 SDGs.  This webinar is jointly organized with IFLA Academic and Research Libraries Section.

Host: Gerald Beasley, Cornell University Librarian
Speaker 1: Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University
Speaker 2: Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent Consultant – Environment, Climate Change, & Research  System, and Visiting Research Fellow, CSD, University of Liberal Arts  Bangladesh (ULAB), Bangladesh
Webinar moderator: Mary Ochs, Director, Albert R. Mann Library

Webinar 2 recording

Part 2 of Academic Libraries for Sustainable Development: A Webinar Series


About the Speakers

Gerald Beasley

Gerald Beasley is currently the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. As the chief academic and administrative officer of the university's extensive library system, Beasley leads one of the world's largest research libraries, with a total budget of more than $64 million, a staff of more than 400 and more than 8 million print volumes, 1.5 million ebooks and 128,000 eserials. Cornell has 18 constituent libraries located in Ithaca and New York City. The staff supports teaching, learning and research across the university’s colleges and schools, and it actively serves scholars around the globe.

Haseeb Irfanullah

Haseeb Irfanullah is a biologist-turned-development practitioner, and often introduces himself as a research enthusiast. Over the last two decades, Haseeb has worked for different international development organizations, academic institutions, donors, and the Government of Bangladesh in different capacities. Currently, he is an independent consultant on environment, climate change, and research systems. He is also involved with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh as a visiting research fellow of its Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) in Dhaka. Haseeb has served as the editor for the Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy, and his interest in research communication involved him with INASP’s activities, like BanglaJOL and AuthorAID. Haseeb has been involved in designing and facilitating workshops, training sessions, and dialogues for young & mid-career researchers and journal editors of Bangladesh to improve their understanding of journal publishing practices and standards. He also writes articles and thought pieces on scholarly systems and works with relevant agencies to improve Bangladesh’s research ecosystem. Haseeb has a PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Liverpool, UK.

Ellen R. Tise

Ms. Ellen R. Tise is Senior Director, Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University in South Africa since January 2006. She previously held the positions of University Librarian at the University of the Western Cape and Deputy University Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is a Past-President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) (2009-2011) and of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) (1998-2002).

She served on other major library and information bodies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee in 2007, OCLC Members Council Delegate 2005-2008 and Director of the Sabinet Online Board since 2003. Ms Tise was appointed to the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World for a four year period from 2011-2015. She served as Chairman of the Board of the National Library of South Africa from 2012-2015.

Tise also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of Beacon of Freedom of Expression of the National Library of Norway since 2012, Qatar National Library Board in 2013, OCLC Board of Trustees since November 2014 and the IFLA Cultural Heritage Programme Advisory Committee since August 2015. She is a recipient of several awards for distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions to librarianship, including honorary membership in LIASA and an honorary IFLA fellowship. She has published various articles in professional journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, seminars, symposia, etc.​