Steering Committee

The ACU RKI Community is fundamentally led by our members, taking direction from feedback, surveys and general comments. On a more day-to-day basis, the Community is guided by advice from a Steering Committee of international experts drawn from the ACU’s constituency of member universities, and leading global engagement-focussed organisations.

Patrice Ajai-Ajagbe
Programme Officer

Dr Stephen Akintunde

Stephen Akintunde

University Librarian
University of Jos, Nigeria 

Dr Stephen Akintunde is University Librarian, University of Jos, Nigeria where he is seeks to make the library the place to be on campus through creative and impactful services. He is Chairman, Nigerian University Libraries Consortium (NULIB) and Country Licensing Coordinator, Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). He was a member of ACU Steering Committee, Libraries and Information Network. He was chosen as Outstanding Reviewer for New Library World in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence. He is well published and widely travelled. He has held leadership positions in the Nigerian Library Association at State and national levels. His membership of professional associations includes the American Library Association, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, International Sociological Association and Nigerian Library Association.

Silke Blohm
Director of Research and Enterprise
SOAS, University of London, UK

Donna Bourne-Tyson

Donna Bourne-Tyson

University Librarian
Dalhousie University, Canada

Donna Bourne-Tyson is the University Librarian at Dalhousie University. Donna holds degrees from Nipissing University (BA), the University of Western Ontario (MA) and Dalhousie University (MLIS). Research interests include digital scholarship and open access publishing, and the impact of technology on equitable access, reading and learning.

Donna is currently the President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, and Chair of the Council of Atlantic University Libraries She is a past-president of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, Nova Scotia Library Association and Ontario Library Information Technology Association. She has served as Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Executive for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, and Chair of the Novanet Board of Directors.

Dr Josepha Foba Tendo
Senior Lecturer
University of Buea, Cameroon

Anne Horn
Director of Library Services & University Librarian
University of Sheffield, UK

Anne HornAnne joined the University of Sheffield as the Director of Library Services and University Librarian in March 2015. She moved from Australia to take up the role, where she held the post of University Librarian and Executive Director Academic Support at Deakin University. In both posts, she has set the strategic vision for the library, most recently leading the development and implementation of the University of Sheffield Library's new Strategic Plan 'Our Library. Our Information Future'.

Anne is President of the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) and is active in IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations) as a member of the Standing Committee for Library Buildings and Equipment. Nationally, Anne is a member of RLUK and SCONUL and in 2017 she also chaired the UUK Open Access Repositories Working Group. Anne is also a member of the Jisc Library Services Advisory Group. Locally, as the Director of Library Services & University Librarian, she is on the Advisory Board for the University of Sheffield iSchool. Anne has published and presented on designing spaces, leadership and change management, information and digital literacy (IDL), library services for a digital age and libraries influencing student success.

Dr Paula Jones

Director of Research and Innovation
University of Newcastle, Australia

Paula JonesDr Paula Jones is Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Newcastle, Australia, a research intensive university with key strengths in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment. Paula's professional experience includes working for over 15 years in international, national and regional collaborative research. As Director, Paula leads the Research and Innovation Services team who provide institutional support and management for pre and post award research grant management; research integrity, ethics and compliance; centralised research infrastructure; research data management and performance analysis.

Karen Lequay
Campus Librarian, Open Campus Library and Information Services
University of the West Indies, Trinidad

Anne Powell

Anne PowellProgramme Manager, Information Access & Publisher Liaison
International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP), UK

Anne has been working for INASP for 15 years and is currently responsible for developing and implementing information access work. She works with publishers and also supports university libraries and partner consortia with access and use of e-resources.

Prior to joining INASP, Anne worked as a librarian and library educator in Zimbabwe for 21 years.

Dr Amruth Sherikar
Deputy Librarian
Gulbarga University, India

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