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Mihaela Banek Zorica

Mihaela Banek Zorica will be taking part in the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.

Mihaela Banek Zorica, PhD, ( is an Assistant professor at Department of Information Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,University of Zagreb, where she teaches subjects related to knowledge organization, e-learning, school libraries, and information literacy. She has been working on several international and national projects. Her research interests are on e-learning, repositories, knowledge organization, school libraries and information literacy on which she has published several papers, book chapters and books. In 2010 she received the IASL School Librarianship Award and the University of Zagreb e-Learning Award for a course with the best utilization of social software in e-learning.


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Maria Xanthoudaki

Maria Xanthoudaki, Director of Education and of CREI at “Leonardo da Vinci” Museum (Milan), will be taking part in the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.


Contemporary museums face a challenging mission: contribuite to the empowerment of all individuals by encouraging the development of knowledge and skills that enable them to become confident learners and conscious citizens. What does this mean in terms of receiving, possessing and elaborating information? What does it mean for museums as cultural institutions, for their professionals and for their visitors when engaging in learning experiences? Answering these questions would help analyse on the one hand the approaches adopted by museums when designing educational experiences for their visitors and on their role as mediators of knowledge and as informal learning settings in society.

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Dr Maria Xanthoudaki is Director of Education and of CREI, the Centre for Research Informal Education at the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan, Italy. She also teaches Research methods in Education at the Department of Education, Catholic University of Milan. Dr Xanthoudaki holds a BA in Education from the University of Crete (GR), a Master in Art Education and a PhD in Museum Education from the University of Sussex (UK). Before entering the National Museum of Science and Technology, she was Senior Research Associate at the Department of Education and Professional Development at the University of East Anglia (UK) where she worked also with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. 

As freelance museum education expert, she carried out several education and research projects in cooperation with universities and museums: for example, with the Council of Europe, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in the UK, the Politechnic of Milan, the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art of Turin, the Querini Stampalia Foundation, and the Civic Museums of Pesaro in Italy, the Maritime Museum of Crete and the Venizelos Foundation in Greece. She has taught BA and postgraduate courses at the University of Siena, the University of Padoa, the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and professional development courses for museums across the country.

She is member of the Annual Conference Programme Committee of Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centres and Museums; member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Science Communication and spokesperson for the steering committee of THE Group (the thematic group of Ecsite focusing on explainers’ professional development).

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Maria Xanthoudaki

Director of Education and of International Relations

Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci 

via San Vittore 21 – 20123 Milano 

Tel +39 02 48 555 304 – Fax +39 02 48 010 016

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Lourense Das

Lourense Das will be chairing the panel on Information Literacy development and training in educational contexts: creating knowledgeable and critical 21st century citizens, scheduled in EMMILE Programme on Feb. 27th, afternoon.

Lourense H. Das (1956) graduated in library sciences (BA) specialization school libraries, in 1976. She has worked in various schools and educational libraries. In 1996, she founded Meles Meles School Library Service, a private consultancy company. Lourense has worked as executive officer for the Dutch School Library Association (LWSVO) and the Dutch Library Association (NVB). In 2009, Lourense won the NOT (National Education Fair and Conference) 2009 Innovation Award for her concept and product FacTotem 2.0 and was nominated for the SME Limburg Innovation Award. Her international work includes secretary of the School libraries and Resource Centres Section of IFLA (2005-2007), coordinator and chair of the ENSIL  Foundation (since 2003); Director Europe (2003-2009) and Vice President Association Operations for IASL (since 2010).

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Alton Grizzle

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 27, 2012, morning, Alton Grizzle, with his colleague Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, both from UNESCO, will be speaking about:

Media and Information Literacy (MIL) as a composite concept

Abstract: The presentation will outline the development of the concept of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) introduced by UNESCO few years and its integration into in a number of international, regional and country level projects and initiatives. UNESCO believes that traditional concept of literacy has been replaced by the concept that is a plural, dynamic and situational as well as closely linked to the ability of citizens both at individual and societal level to identify, understand, create, communicate and compute information. It is fundamental to ensure that all citizens have a key set of competencies – knowledge, skills and attitudes – needed to succeed throughout all stage of their life. The concept of the MIL is a part of UNESCO’s larger mandate to promote open, inclusive, pluralistic and participatory knowledge societies. In the first part of the presentation Alton Grizzle will introduce the recent work done by UNESCO in development of MIL Curriculum for Teachers published in 2011. In the second part of the presentation, Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg will be speaking about the development of MIL indicators that would help to assess the MIL competencies at national level.

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Alton Grizzle, a happily married Christian, works at the UNESCO HQ in Paris as Programme Specialist in Communication and Information. He is co-manager of UNESCO’s global actions on media and information literacy (MIL). Alton has diverse education and experience in the fields of education, management, information systems and media and communication. He has conceptualized and spearheaded many projects in media development, communication for development and MIL. Prior to UNESCO, he was an educator/principal at secondary school and adult vocational training levels of the education systems in Jamaica for ten years.  

He holds a Diploma in secondary education from the Mico University College where he majored in mathematics and music. He later pursued a Bachelors Degree with a double major in management and economics at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Masters of Science in Computer-based Management Information Systems at the UWI. Alton Grizzle is currently finalising a second Masters in media and communication – at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom.

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Anne Lehmans

Anne Lehmans (Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux 4/IUFM d’Aquitaine, France) will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with the speech:

“New perspectives in transliteracy and the evolution of the French ‘professeur-documentaliste’ “


Transliteracy is “the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media from signing and orality through handwriting, print, TV, radio and films, to digital social networks.” (Sue Thomas). The notion has been introduced in France among scholars, particularly those who work in the field of information and library science, and among them, those who are in charge of the future school librarians, “professeurs-documentalistes”. However, in France, transliteracy is taken into an epistemic and conceptual framework more than into a pragmatic reflection on competencies, abilities and skills required to deal with information in the digital era. It means a new perspective on  information culture as a cross-cultural and critical knowledge about  information, media and computer science. This new “trans” perspective is crossing the hyphen between “professeur” (teacher) and “documentaliste” (school librarian). The French “professeur-documentaliste” is an hybridation of an educator and a technician, whose professional identity is built on academic knowledge on information and education science on one hand, documentation and librarian skills on the other. 

This contribution is a presentation and a critical reflexion on the actual curriculum and scientific content of the academic and training courses for “professeurs-documentalistes”. They have to take into account a new social, technological, academic and institutional environment within the digital era, to define new cross-contents of “information” and to evolve toward new educational and professional practices for new needs. Transliteracy perspective may include innovative practices and solutions to educational questions about information today. Examples of experiences, tools and practices are presented.

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Anne Lehmans studied Law and Political Science at Universitè Montesquieu-Bordeaux 4, Bordeaux, France. She examined cultural perceptions between Japan, France and the US for her PhD in Political Science and worked on a post-doc at the University of Charlottesville in Virginia (USA) on medias and transcultural relations. She helds and coordinates courses on information literacy and information science at the IUFM (teacher training courses)-University Montesquieu-Bordeaux 4 since 2002. She is involved into several research and library projects. Her most recent contribution :  Professeur-documentaliste : un tiers métier with Vincent Liquète.

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Maria José Vitorino

Maria José Vitorino, Portuguese School Libraries Network adviser, activist in several associations and institutions, will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with the speech:

” Information Literacy Education : School and Public Libraries Collaboration”


This presentation aims at telling the real and simple stories of three recent examples of partnership between School and Public Libraries, in Portugal, detailing how Information Literacy Education concerns each one of them, and all, and could help to overpass some traditional gap between institutions and different background professionals. Portuguese School Libraries Network, RBE promotes school and public libraries collaboration since 1996, and publishes IL related contents since its website was created (2000). Many teachers and librarians involved themselves in Information Literacy Education projects, improving their own professional education with cooperation and teamwork , including increasing demand for advanced University courses on literacy, education, and also partnership/cooperation subject, as we can check on several researches, specially those published since 2006, many of them available through E-LIS and, or, OER Portuguese Universities Repository RCAAP. RBE’s coordination and local/regional advisers, school’s teacher librarians and principals, as well as many public libraries leaders, have been realizing information literacy education makes a difference by managing improvement through collaboration. Local networking solutions (redes concelhias), and a diversity of literacy-connected projects involving school and public libraries, are emerging all over the country. At the same time, several Universities are approaching these issues with great interest, both as research units andl as professional’s initial and further education centres.

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Maria José Vitorino is a teacher and also a librarian, and she works as Advisor (Coordenadora Intermunicipal) in Portuguese School Libraries Network, supporting all kind school libraries development, including partnerships between Public and School Libraries. Being one of ENSIL‘s founders, she is member of ENSIL Board. A past member of  the Board of BAD, Portuguese Librarians, Archivists and Documentalists Association (IFLA member), she keeps an active collaboration in BAD’s SL Section. She is involved in teaching literacy education subjects, in University and schools, and through professionals training. Between 2004 and 2008, she coordenated, with Amalia Barrios and Ana Melo, the THEKA Teacher’s Training and School Libraries Developement Gulbenkian Project. Maria José has written and translated numerous articles on libraries, literacy and education: her most recent publications are Portugal : school libraries 2011, in The world of teaching (Municipal Association of School Libraries in Denmark, 2012),  THEKA Formar professores desenvolver bibliotecas escolares, with A. Bárrios e A. Melo Santos (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2011) and A long walk to significant school libraries for all : Government Policies in Portugal, 1986-2010, in Global Perspectives on School Libraries : Projects and Practices  (De Gruyter Saur, IFLA, 2011). Since 2008, she runs a personal blog on literacy, ALFINete – ALFIN is a spanish term for Information Literacy (Alfabetización Informacional); alfinete, in portuguese, means… pin.

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Barbara Schultz-Jones

 Barbara Schultz-Jones will be contributing to EMMILE programme on Feb. 28th morning with a speech about:

“New Competencies for the Teacher Librarian”


This session will discuss the various standards and resulting competencies that school librarians must master to fulfill the role of teacher librarian. The American Association of School Librarians places information literacy at the core of its programs and standards. They state: “Guiding principles for school library programs must focus on building a flexible learning environment with the goal of producing successful learners skilled in multiple literacies”. A set of guidelines to direct and inspire school librarians provide tools for planning and implementing active information literacy programs. The focus on multiple literacies challenges school librarians to stay at the forefront of educational tools and resources while educators of school librarians are challenged to prepare school librarians for this leadership role in the school learning community. These challenges are presented and discussed, alongside the new competencies and various standards.

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Barbara Schultz-Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Library and Information Sciences and Director of the School Library Program in the College of Information (COI),University of NorthTexas. She has published and taught in the areas of Information Literacy, Cataloging and Classification, Library Automation, Learning Environments and Social Network Analysis. She is currently serving on the RDA Conference Forums and Programs Task Force for the Cataloging and Classification Section (CCS) under the American Library Association’s Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) division. Barbara is also an active member of the Research and Statistics Committee for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). As the International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) representative on the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Section on School Libraries and Resource Centers she became Secretary of the Section in August, 2011.

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Carla Basili

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 28, 2012, morning, Carla Basili will be introducing the session with the following speech: 

Information Literacy: Another Missed Opportunity for Libraries?”

Carla Basili is Senior Researcher at the Italian National Research Council and Associate Professor of Methodologies of Scientific Information at Sapienza University in Rome. She has been Associate Professor of Documentation at the Macerata University (1995-2007) and the Lumsa University in Rome (1998-2008), Vice-president of the Italian Association for Advanced Documentation (1998-2004) and Italian delegate in the European Council of Information Associations (ECIA) (1997-2004).

Carla Basili is Co-ordinator and initiator (since 2001) of the European network on Information Literacy (EnIL) and of the European Observatory on Information Literacy Policies and Research (since 2006). Her research interests focus on Scientific Information, Information Literacy and Scientific Information Policies.

Selected authored books: La biblioteca in rete: strategie e servizi nella Società dell’Informazione (1998), La biblioteca virtuale: accesso a risorse informative in rete (1994) (with C. Pettenati). Selected edited books: Information literacy in Europe. A first insight into the state of the art of information literacy in the European Union (2003), Information Literacy at the crossroad of Education and Information Policies in Europe (2008), The Observatory on Information Literacy Policies and Research in Europe (2009) and Sinergie invisibili. Ricerca e Informazione Scientifica nell’Economia della Conoscenza (2010).

Just published: Basili, C. A Framework for Analyzing and Comparing Information Literacy Policies in European Countries, Library Trends, 60(2), In: Information Literacy Beyond the Academy, Part I: Towards Policy Formulation /John Crawford, Issue Editor, pp.395-418

Carla will be also facilitating e coordinating facilitating the EMPATIC Workshop on: “Academic Sector” on Feb. 29, afternoon.

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Randi Lundvall

IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers Section

IFLA School Libraries and Resource Centers Section (IFLA SLRC) concerns itself with the improvement and development of school libraries and resource centers worldwide, especially advocacy for their qualified and adequate staffing. It provides an international forum for exchanging ideas, experiences, research results and advocacy. IFLA SLRC, formed in 1977, is one of 44 sections within IFLA, the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users, established in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1927. It provides opportunities for professional development, networking with colleagues from many different countries and helping to advance the profession in the field of school librarianship through the annual conferences, its website, publications and cooperation with other organisations.

Randi Lundvall (1956) is a School Librarian and teacher of English in Lokeberg Primary School in Baerum, Norway. Situated about 20 km south of the capital Oslo, this municipality has had a strong tradition of  regarding school librarians as part of the educational staff in all schools since the 1970’s. This is not common practice in Norway. Lokeberg Primary School has about 560 students aged 6 -13 and 40 teachers. Until 2011 Randi Lundvall was Chair of the Norwegian Library Association Section for School Libraries.

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Christos H. Skiadas

According to EMMILE Programme, on Feb. 29, 2012, afternoon, Christos H. Skiadas, with Anthi Katsirikou and Aris Meletiou, will be facilitating the EMPATIC Workshop on:

“Adult Education/Lifelong Learning”.

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Christos H. Skiadas, PhD, (, Founder and Director of the Data Analysis and Forecasting Laboratory (PhD, National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He was vice-Rector of the Technical University of Crete and Chairman of the Production Engineering and Management Department and has participated in many committees and served as a consultant in various firms while he directed several scientific and applied projects. His main scientific and research interests are innovation and innovation diffusion, life table data modeling, including applications in finance and insurance, energy consumption forecasting and modeling. He conducted also research in Deterministic, Stochastic and Chaotic Modeling. He conducted post-doctoral research in the National Technical University of Athens and the University of Exeter. He was a visiting fellow in Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Brussels. He has published more than 80 papers, 3 monographs, 7 books and many reports and has organized several national and international conferences.


– Chairman of the Department of Production Engineering and Management of the Technical University of Crete (1995-1997).

– Vice-Rector (1997-1999) Technical University of Crete

– Founder of the Data Analysis and Forecasting Laboratory (1992).

– Supervised 7 PhD Theses, over 15 Masters and Graduate Theses.

– Supervisor on PhD Theses on Technological Forecasting, Data Analysis, Stochastic and Chaotic Modelling, Life table data modeling.

– Organizer of the 6th International Conference on Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis (Technical University of Crete, Chania, Greece, 3-6 May, 1993).

– Organizer of the 11th National Congress of Statistics, Mediterranean AgronomicInstituteofChania, Chania,Crete,Greece, 1998.

– Member of the organizing committee of the 17th International Workshop on Statistical Modelling: Statistical Modelling in Society, 8-12 July 2002, Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Chania,Crete,Greece.

– Scientific Program Committee of ASMDA, XI International Symposium on Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis,Brest,France, May 2005

– Organizer of an Invited Session of Lectures at ASMDA 2005, XI International Symposium on Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis, Brest, France, May 2005

– Organizer and chair of the 12th ASMDA 2007 International Conference on Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis, May 29 – June 1, 2007, Chania, Crete, Greece.

– Secretary and Member of the Board of the ASMDA International Society (2005- ).

– Organizer and chair of the 12th ASMDA 2007 International Conference on Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis, May 29 – June 1, 2007, Chania, Crete, Greece.

– Organizer and chair of the Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference,June 3-6, 2008, Chania CreteGreece.

– Co-organizer of the Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries International Conference (QQML2009),May 26-29, 2009, Chania CreteGreece.

– Organizer and chair of the 2nd Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference,June 1-5, 2009, Chania CreteGreece.

– Organizer and chair of the 3rd Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference,June 1-4, 2010, Chania CreteGreece.

– Organizer and chair of the Stochastic Modeling Techniques and Data Analysis International Conference,June 8-11, 2010, Chania CreteGreece.

– Guest Editor in Special Issues of Scientific Journals

1. Special Issue of Applied Stochastic Models and Data Analysis, vol. 11, No 1, Wiley 1995, devoted to 6th ASMDA 1993.

2. Special Issue of Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability (MCAP), Springer devoted to 12th ASMDA 2007. (C. H. Skiadas, Guest Editor, Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability: Volume 12, Issue 2, 2010 < >.

3. Special Issue of Communications in Statistics,Taylor& Francis, devoted to 12th ASMDA2007. Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods, Volume 39, Issue 3, January 2010,


– Selected Projects

EMPATIC (UK,Italy,Poland,Greece,Turkey)

INNOREGIO (Greece,Spain,UK)

6 TEMPUS Projects (France,UK,Sweden,Finland,Romania,Greece)

LEONARDO (Greece, Italy, Ireland)

ERASMUS (Greece, France, Germany, Sweden, Finland)


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