Speakers’ Profiles

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Anne Barckow Head of Department of Intercultural Services, Languages and Education.
Anne Barckow is a librarian as well as translator from Japanese and Korean to German. After graduation she spent three years as a coordinator of international relations on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program in the town hall of Kusatsu, Gunma, Japan, before starting to work in various German academic and public libraries.
At present, Anne Barckow is Head of the Department of Intercultural Services, Languages and Education at Bücherhallen Hamburg (Hamburg Public Libraries), Germany. She has also been a member of the Committee on Intercultural Library Work of Deutscher Bibliotheksverband (German Library Association) since 2011.

Alyssa Pierce earned her undergraduate degree in Linguistics from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL and has previously worked for the U.S. Embassy Luxembourg, Field Museum in Chicago, and currently is participating in an internship with Making in Michigan Libraries, which focuses on bringing making programming to rural libraries. Her interest in intercultural work began with a high school cultural exchange program to Finland, and followed with a university study abroad at Science Po in Paris, where she participated in a program focused on European Union Studies. Alyssa is currently earning her MSI degree at the University of Michigan, where she also works as a User Information Services Assistant and a Lexicographic Assistant.

Karen E. Fisher is a Professor at the Information School, and Adjunct Professor in the Communication Department at the University of Washington. She is also a Consultant for UNHCR Jordan, Visiting Professor at the Open Lab, Newcastle University, U.K., and Adjunct Professor, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. She is an advocate of humanitarian research. Her passion is how libraries and information technology can create futures.

  • Gunilla Widén is a Professor of Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Her expertise is in knowledge management and sharing, social capital and information behavior in different organizations e.g. libraries.
  • Kristina Eriksson-Backa is a Senior Lecturer in Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. She researches in information behavior with special interest in health information needs of different groups of people.
  • Eeva-Liisa Eskola is a University teacher in Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Her current research interests are information literacy and information behavior of asylum seekers and refugees.
  • Jannica Heinström is a Senior Lecturer in Information Studies at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Her research focuses on psychological issues in information behavior.

Daniela Greeb Director of the Institute for Relational Politics, São Paulo , Brazil
Was trained in Social Work by the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP) in Brazil, with a specialization in Socio-psychodrama (Role Playing) Research and Application. In addition to several research projects, Daniela has managed several social and cultural projects and programs with a variety of partners, including Petrobras, São Paulo City, São Paulo State, the Brazilian Federal Government, Le Monde Diplomatique Brasil, UNESCO, and the United Nations Development Program. Daniela has also consulted with businesses, city government, and NGOs on qualitative research using role playing for needs analysis and training. She currently serves as the CEO of the Institute for Political Relations, a certified Brazilian OSCIP (Civil Service Public Interest Organization).

Vanessa Labigalini Director of the Institute for Relational Politics, São Paulo , Brazil
Holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC/SP) in Brazil, as well as further studies in Radio Production and Role Playing. Vanessa is the editor of the book, From Backwards to Right, by Paloma Klysis (published by the Ayrton Senna Institute). Vanessa worked as a television director and television and radio producer for several years, and directed the program “The Discovery of the World,” amongst others. She has coordinated role playing programs and workshops in São Paulo city and state, and was responsible for organizing 180 spaces that were developed for public role playing exchanges. She is the Director of Projects and Communications for the Institute for Political Relations, a certified Brazilian OSCIP (Civil Service Public Interest Organization).

Dr. Benedicta Obodoruku has 10 years of progressively responsible professional experience in thematic and specialized research and writing in the field of political science and international relations. This is gained as an Expert on Refugee Information Needs (awarded Ph.D. in Information Studies (Long Island University, 2010-2014); a Public Information Officer (United Nations); a Political Science Scholar (obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts Degrees in Political Science by SUNY College at Oneonta, 2004-2006 and Long Island University, 2007-2009); an Outreach/Administrative Officer (Sacred Heart Mixed Schools, 1999-2003); a Research Assistant at the Long Island University Post (LIU-Post); and she has published articles and commentaries on refugee protection issues in scholarly Journals, and she has also made presentations on the topic at national and international levels.

Paz Zavala is a Geographer with a Bachelor’s Degree in ‘Management of Cultural Heritage’. For 7 years was part of the BiblioRedes Program, within the Directorate for Libraries, Archives and Museums, whilst participating in the Advocacy Work Group for theBill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Currently, she is one of the Coordinators for the Program “Bibliotecas para tu Acción Ciudadana” created by the Democracy and Development Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting the participation of citizens with emphasis in the use of digital platforms.

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Ursula Leibmann holds a BA of Social Science and is the Deputy General Manager of FEN (Forum Erwachsenenbildung NÖ) – Board of Adult Education in Lower Austria. General Manager of komm.bib, NÖ Fachverband Kommunale  Bibliotheken, which means Lower Austrian professional association for communal libraries. She is also a teacher of volunteer and part-time librarians education; at the moment extra occupational Masters studies, to become MA of Social Science, focussed on practices of inclusion/exclusion within the migration society. Volunteer leader of a public library of a village in Lower Austria. She also holds a qualification within the field of accessibility and has education in tourism business management.

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Stephen Stratton Head of Collections and Technical Services at California State University Channel islands in Camarillo, California USA He hold’s a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling as well as a Masters in Library Science. He has been a member of the Library Services to Multicultural Populations Standing Committee since 2009.