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
ACU 

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, where she is responsible for five libraries, two learning commons and 120 personnel.  She is active on several Dalhousie committees including Senate, Deans’ Council, Provost’s Executive, University Classroom Planning, the Atlantic Research Data Centre Governance Committee, and the Art Gallery Advisory Committee.  Previously she served as the University Librarian at Mount Saint Vincent University, and the Associate Director of the Library at Nipissing 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 Vice-President / President-Elect for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. She is a past-president of the Atlantic Provinces Library Association, Nova Scotia Library Association and Ontario Library Information Technology Association (and a member of the Ontario Library Association Board). She has served as Board Vice-Chair and Chair of the Executive for the Canadian Research Knowledge Network, Chair of the Novanet Board of Directors, on the executive for the Council of Atlantic University Libraries, member of the CNIB Library Board, and Board member for the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries.

Dr Josepha Foba Tendo
Senior Lecturer
University of Buea, Cameroon

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

Lyn McBriarty

Lyn McBriartyDirector of Research Services, University of Newcastle, Australia

Lyn McBriarty is Director, Research Services, 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. She has extensive experience in the higher education sector, building research and innovation capacity, driving change and delivering strategic outcomes in research administration and management. Lyn’s portfolio is responsible for supporting the development, promotion and facilitation of research and innovation at the University of Newcastle, including strategic development and planning; pre and post award management; research higher degrees; central research infrastructure; research data management and performance analysis. 

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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