Keynote speakers

Carol Tenopir


Carol Tenopir is a Chancellor’s Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Director of Research for the College of Communication and Information, and Director of the Center for Information and Communication Studies. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, and the information industry. She is the author of five books, including, Communication Patterns of Engineers, winner of the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division 2005 Best Publication Award, (IEEE/Wiley InterScience, 2004) with Donald W. King.

Dr. Tenopir has published over 200 journal articles, is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, and for 28 years wrote the “Online Databases” column for Library Journal. She has been awarded many times for her work in the field of information science.  Dr. Tenopir holds a PhD degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois. She is also the recipient of a myriad of awards in the LIS-field including the 2004 International Information Industry Lifetime Achievement Award.

Guus van den Brekel

Interactive media

Guus van den Brekel is coordinator of Electronic Services at the Central Medical Library of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG). He is responsible for maintaining, developing and innovating library services for staff and students. Part of the time he is also responsible for various library education and training programs.

Guus van den Brekel is a Go-Between for IT-departments for library systems and services, plus a Medical Information Specialist. Research Impact and Support is his current focus as faculty coordinator of PURE UMCG, the Current Research Information System of the University of Groningen.

Recent workshops: Keeping up to date, How to Improve your research impact, Comparing Journal Apps (including BrowZine), Mendeley

Download Guus van den Brekel’s presentation here.

Josie Billington


Josie Billington is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society (CRILS), University of Liverpool, Great Britain. She specialises in Victorian literature and in research on reading and health.

Her publications include Faithful Realism, This is Living Art: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Shakespeare, and editions of George Eliot (Scenes of Clerical Life), Elizabeth Gaskell (Wives and Daughters), Margaret Oliphant (Novellas and The Ladies Lindores) and Barrett Browning (C21st Oxford Poets).

Dr.  Billington has also published extensively on the power of literary reading to influence mental health and wellbeing, particularly in relation to depression, dementia, chronic pain and prison life. She is currently engaged in interdisciplinary research projects related to self-harm, autism and reading with children and families in collaboration with colleagues in Medicine, Health and Psychology. Her most recent book is entitled Is Literature Healthy? (Oxford University Press, 2016).