Saturday, November 21, 2020

IRRT Webinar: International Work and Projects During COVID-19

International Work and Projects During COVID-19

Date/Time: Monday, November 23, 8:00 am PT/11:00 am ET (North America) | 5:00 pm CET | 8:00 pm Abu Dhabi, UAE

Summary: What’s it like working abroad right now during the pandemic? What about international projects? Join us for an informal webinar discussion on what IRRT members are doing in managing global projects and hear what their experiences are working abroad too. This session is open to all interested in international library work during the pandemic.


Dr. Rebecca L. Miller,  Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany

Dr. Reysa Alenzuela, Central Philippine University, Philippines

Amani Magid. NYU Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Moderator: Ray Pun, Alder Graduate School of Education, USA

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Full Bio:

Dr. Rebecca L. Miller currently works for Boehringer Ingelheim, a top 20 multinational pharmaceutical company based in Germany, where she is responsible for development of digital asset management (DAM) platform to support colleagues worldwide.  She is also the founder and principal consultant of BiblioDev, LLC, a consulting firm with the mission of assisting libraries in developing countries, because better libraries lead to better lives.  She has spent over three years in Germany and nearly five years in Afghanistan, where she was the Library Director at the American University of Afghanistan for two years, and has worked on several consultancies and volunteer projects to educate Afghan librarians and improve the level of professional service.  Prior to moving to Afghanistan, she was an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky, and Program Director at the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University.  Dr. Miller holds a MLS and PhD in Library Science from Emporia State University (Kansas, USA), and a MA in Diplomacy from the Patterson School, University of Kentucky (Kentucky, USA).


Reysa Alenzuela is an Adjunct (Associate) Professor at Central Philippine University teaching Master’s in Library and Information (MLIS and MLIS in Theological Librarianship). She was the Senior/ Law Librarian of the University of the South Pacific (USP) - Emalus Campus (School of Law), Republic of Vanuatu. Prior to joining USP, she was an Expert Manager at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan and was the Director of Thomas Jefferson Information Center

Embassy of the United States in Manila 2007-2013. She is one of the editors of “Internationalization of Library and Information Science Education in Asia Pacific”. She recently completed developing the competency index for Librarians in Vanuatu and concluded a program on multicultural competencies of Ni-Van Librarians funded by American Libraries Association. Currently, she is a volunteer-consultant in academic libraries in Western Visayas region of the Philippines in developing virtual reference services to enhance academic support  of libraries in the new normal. She is also working with the Association of Theological Education in Southeast Asia on capacity-building for learning support of Theological Librarians in Southeast Asia.


Amani Magid - Amani Magid is the Associate Academic Librarian for the Sciences and Engineering at New York University Abu Dhabi. She earned a degree in Integrative Biology and a minor in Arabic from University of California, Berkeley. In her career as a scientist, she has worked as a researcher in pharmaceutical chemistry and managed biology lab classes at a community college. She soon realized her passion was in finding and locating science information and earned her Masters in Library and Information Science at University of Pittsburgh while interning at Bayer Material Science Library. She worked for over 6years as a Medical Librarian before her present position. Amani’s research interests range from patent education and electronic lab notebooks to collection development and social media. 

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