Ina Smith

BBibl, BBibl (Hons), HED, MEd (Computer Integrated Education), Research focus on Open Access Scholarly Publishing/Open Science/Open Data
Permanently registered as a teacher with the SA Council of Educators (SACE) Reg. No. 133961; Member of LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) Membership No. 2634

Ina Smith’s research focus is on promoting digital skills, open access, open science and open data publishing in the global South, with specific emphasis on Africa. She holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of Pretoria in Computer-Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma , and an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science. She has vast experience working in open access during her employment at the Univ. of Pretoria and Stellenbosch University – in repositories, journal publishing and conference publishing, and vast experience in developing training material in digital skills, as well as presenting training as part of continued professional development. She is currently employed as a project manager at the Academy of Science of SA, where she is managing the African Open Science Platform project, and also do digital citizenship training in her free time as co-director of In the Cloud: Creating Digital Citizens (MICT SETA accredited training company). She is also a DOAJ Ambassador for the southern Africa region. In 2014 she received the LIASA President’s Acknowledgement for Exceptional Contribution (2014), in 2011 she was a Runner-up in the international EPT Award for Open Access, and in 2016 she was awarded LIASA Librarian of the Year. Ina served on the LIASA Executive Committee during 2014 to 2016, and during the same time she also served as Chair of the LIASA Higher Educational Library Interest Group (HELIG). She has a keen interest in the research process in general, and are actively promoting all to become digital citizens and to remain lifelong researchers and self-learners towards preparing themselves for the challenges brought along by the 4th Industrial Revolution, incl. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and Robotics. Her involvement in digital citizenship and open research/science takes her all over the world, and she frequently presents papers at conferences.


Annamarie Goosen

BBibl, Facilitator (US 117871), Assessor (US 115753 – to be completed by February 2018); MBL (to be completed at the end of 2018)

Research focus: Corporate Governance of Non-Profit structures, and Library Marketing

Memberships: Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA); African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE); South African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI)

Annamarie Goosen’s research focus is on effective corporate governance for associations and non-profit structures in South Africa, as well as marketing in the library and information sector, with specific emphasis on the public library sub sector.  Throughout the years she has done many courses to enhance her knowledge of marketing, governance, and training and development to be able to apply it to a library environment.  She is completing her Master’s degree in Business Leadership (MBL) through UNISA’s School of Business Leadership in 2018.  Her master’s thesis investigates a new governance structure for non-statutory professional bodies in the Gauteng area.  She also holds an undergraduate degree in Library and Information Science and has 17 years’ experience actively working in and managing the public library sector and 9 years’ experience in managing a non-profit  that has interest in all sub sectors of the Library and Information Sector. She has many years’ experience in managing continuing professional development (CPD) activities and presented numerous courses and workshops throughout her career.  She served on both the LIASA Executive Committee as well as the LIASA Representative Council since 2009.  From 2012 to 2015 she also served on the National Organizing Committee for the IFLA 81st World Library and Information Congress which was held in Cape Town in 2015. In 2015 she was elected onto the LIASA Professional Body Advisory Board and in 2016 she joined the SALI Trust – LIASA Lifetime Achievement Award Adjudication Committee.  Annamarie Goosen is representing the Library and Information Services sector on the Provisioning Chamber of the ETDP SETA since 2010.  She is a member of the African Society of Association Executive which brings together all executives of non-profit associations across the continent.