Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Frank Scholze

“Social responsibility and digital culture”

Before Frank Scholze joined the German National Library (DNB) as the Director General in 2020, he was the director of the library of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Previous stations of his professional career were the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg and Stuttgart University Library. From 2016 to 2022, he was a member of the federal executive committee of the German Library Association (dbv). He is a member of numerous other scientific committees and councils, including the academic council of German National Library of Science and Technology Hannover (TIB) and the ETH Library Lab. He is chair of the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) since december 2021.

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Jacob Sherson

“Opportunities and challenges of using AI for knowledge generation”

Jacob Sherson holds professorships of Management at Aarhus University and Physics at the Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen University. He is the Founder and Director of the Center for Hybrid Intelligence and the game-based citizen science platform ScienceAtHome with more than 300,000 contributors. He explores human and algorithmic problem solving through the lens of machine optimization and cognitive/social science for both natural and social science research and investigates large-scale game-based assessment of both basic cognitive skills and 21st century skills like creativity. In his Games4Good division, he explores games to enhance public participation in pressing social dilemmas such as the CoronaMinister game crowdsourcing solutions for corona containment initiatives and crea.visions launched with the UN organization AI4Good and the Danish Public Climate Summit as well as the municipalities of Venice, Paris, Aarhus and Belgrade to allow AI-enhanced generation of future scenarios.

Jacob is a scientific advisor to public and private institutions on AI and quantum technologies. He has advised dozens of small and large companies as well as public institutions  in their generative AI training and organizational transformation with an emphasis on upskilling employees and empowering the development of novel value generation streams. He was a TedX speaker (+245k views) and won the 2020 Falling Walls in Science and Innovation Management, 2019 Bold Award on Boldest AI + Boldest Scientific Project, 2018 Grundfos Prize and 2017 Ministerial Research Communication Prize.

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Constantia Constantinou

“Towards Inclusive Research Library Environments: Integrating Diversity into Operations and Facilities”

Constantia Constantinou is a distinguished global leader renowned for her pioneering work in integrating large university library systems with broader academic missions. With a career marked by innovation and strategic vision, she has spearheaded digital, multimedia, and technology initiatives within prestigious institutions. As Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania, Constantinou led the executive management of all nineteen libraries, driving impactful strategies to enhance student learning, engagement, fundraising, and community partnerships. Previously, she served as Dean of University Libraries at the State University of New York, Stony Brook University, and Maritime College, where she formulated ambitious plans to redefine libraries as collaborative hubs for scholarly and digital endeavors. Her dedication to advancing open access and digital humanities culminated in the establishment of a Center for Scholarly Communication. Constantinou’s expertise spans various leadership roles, including positions at New York University, Rutgers University Libraries, and Iona College. As a Fulbright Scholar, and as a Fulbright Specialist, she has actively contributed to the global library community through publications, conference presentations, and leadership roles in prominent organizations such as the Association of Research Libraries and the International Federation of Library Associations. Among her many publications, she is the author and co editor of the book “Developing Professional, Intercultural, and Educational Leadership” Miller, M. J., Schlesinger, K., & Constantinou, C. (Eds.). (2017). International librarianship: developing professional, intercultural, and educational leadership / edited by Constantia Constantinou, Michael J. Miller and Kenneth Schlesinger. State University of New York Press.  Beyond her professional achievements, Constantinou is a talented classical guitarist, holding degrees in Music from Queens College, where she also earned her Master of Library Science. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumna award from the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College in 2014.

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53rd LIBER Annual Conference