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African Library Summit 2013

Dr Helena Asamoah-Hassan

Biography

Dr Helena R. Asamoah-Hassan is the University Librarian of the Kwame University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. She has been in the library profession for 36 years (28 years at the top management level) and is a Fellow of the Ghana Library Association.

She was President of the Ghana Library Association from 2003 to 2006; a member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 2007-11; and a member of the eIFLnet Advisory Board 2007-11. Currently she is a member of the UNESCO’s International Advisory Committee on the Memory of the World Programme and Chairperson of the Management Committee, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Ghana (CARLIGH), from 2004 to date. She has also been the Ghana Country Coordinator for INASP Programme for the Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) and also for eIFL.net from 2004 to date. She has been the 1st Emerald Regional Advisor for Africa since 2011. In May 2012 she received the 2011 BioMed Open Access Advocate of the Year award and also the IFLA Medal for her significant contribution to IFLA and international librarianship through her work in building bridges across Africa and between African countries and the rest of the world. In February 2013 she was elected by members of the IFLA Africa Section as the 1st President of the newly formed African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA).

She has 23 publications to her credit consisting of 3 books, a chapter each in 2 books, refereed conference proceedings and journal articles. She also has 72 conference papers and 20 major reports. She is a consultant to several international organisations on library and information issues and has served and still serves on several other committees at institutional, national and international levels.