AUIS partnered with the Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) in Boston, Massachusetts to conduct a workshop titled “Capacity Building in Academic Libraries” with librarians from the University of Kerbala from October 1-16, 2018. The 15-day workshop focused on bringing Kerbala and AUIS up to date on the latest trends and practices in academic library management and operations, and helping them integrate new techniques into their support of the advancement of knowledge by faculty and students.
Participants included Dr. Omaima Hameed Al-Adilee, Mr. Hamad Mahmood Jawad Nasrawi, Mr. Imad Abdulrasoul Ismael, Mr. Haider Musa Jaffar, and Dr. Faisal from the University of Kerbala, as well as AUIS librarian Rania Azad, who also contributed AUIS’s experiences to the workshop. The workshop was led by Michèle Cloonan and Caryn Anderson.
Ms. Cloonan is a library management and cultural heritage preservation and conservation expert and served as dean of SLIS at Simmons University from 2002-2012. Prior to Simmons, she was chair of the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has held a variety of offices in the American Library Association, the American Printing History Association, the Northeast Document Conservation Center—where she was chair of the board of directors, and the Massachusetts Center for the Book. She was president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education from 2008-2009. She has also served on the editorial boards of Libraries & Culture, Library Quarterly, and Libri. Her honors include the Banks/Harris Preservation Award, the Robert Vosper/IFLA Fellows Programme Award, the Bibliographic Society of America Fellowship, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She holds degrees from Bennington College (AB), the University of Chicago (AM), and the University of Illinois (MS, Ph.D.).
Ms. Anderson is an expert in library technology and research. She has taught at SLIS at Simmons University since 2006 and served as Manager of Doctoral Programs from 2007-2008. She is currently Associate Editor of Library and Information Science Research. Ms. Anderson previously lived and worked in Iraq from 2009-2012 and provided training and mentoring to public and academic libraries all over the country, including in Sulaimani. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication/Journalism from Boston University and a Master of Library and Information Science from Simmons University.