Advisory Committee

Blanche Woolls
Blanche Woolls was Director of the School of Library Information and Science at San Jose State University, 1997-2005. She is a past president of the American Association of School Librarians and the International Association of School Librarianship. She has been active throughout her career in local, state, national and international library media associations. Professor Woolls has a B.A. in Fine Arts, M.A. in Library Science and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science, all from Indiana University.
Carol Priestley
Carol Priestley is Director of the Network for Information & Digital Access (NIDA). She spent many years from the mid 1970s to the 90s working in both Africa and Asia. Her particular interest is that all people are able to access and contribute information, ideas and knowledge necessary to drive sustainable and equitable development. Carol Priestley was the founding Director of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) in 1992 and held the position until 2006. She was awarded the MBE for her services to science in developing and transitional countries. She holds a B.Sc. in Geology from University of Leeds and M.Sc. in Information Sciences, University of Leeds Metropolitan.
Rob Davies

Rob Davies' work is dedicated to the strategic development of information services and libraries internationally and their connections with culture, education, media literacy and economic development in the digital era.

After 14 years with The British Council in Cairo, Jakarta, Singapore and at its London HQ, he formed a specialist organisation. In this role, he was responsible for instigating and leading numerous European projects, including several under the umbrella of the European Digital Libraries Initiative (Europeana) and worked as a consultant on projects funded by bodies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Development Fund and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in more than 40 countries.

In recent years, he has led a landscape study of public libraries and analogous institutions in three provinces of China and co-authored  'Fostering a digitally-inclusive aging society in China: the potential of public libraries' published by the World Bank in June, 2014. In 2015, he also advised the British Council, on a Library Landscape Study in Bangladesh, prior to a forthcoming national project. 

Among his current and recent work he is or has been:

  • Senior Adviser to NIDA (Network for Information and Digital Access).
  • Chair of a Europeana Task Force on public library makerspaces.
  • Member of the Management Board of the Transition Project for the National Library of Greece, to move to its new home at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in Athens.
  • Evaluation and sustainability consultant to Future Library on the INELI-Balkans regional library leadership project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Libraries expert on the USAID-funded Sindh Reading Project being implemented by Chemonics International in Pakistan
  • Adviser to the ITN-DCH project to create a European cadre of cultural heritage PhD fellows under the EU Marie Curie programme.
  • Researcher at the Cyprus University of Technology, Digital Heritage Research Laboratory and Project Manager of the ViMM Coordination and Support Action funded under the EU Horizon2020 research programme’.

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