Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer 2010:
Prof. Shalini R. Urs
The University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA, Mortenson Centre for International Library Programs has invited Prof. Shalini R. Urs of International School of Information Management, University of Mysore to be the Mortenson Distinguished Lecturer 2010 during October 2010. The program consists of lecture programmes, Round Table discussions and meetings. The annual lecture series, by a renowned speaker on a topic related to international understanding and a library began in 1990 and is one of the highlights of the international events held on the campus. University of Illinois is the flagship universities in the state of Illinois and also one of the renowned universities in the US.
Professor Shalini R Urs has received many a distinguished awards including the Virginia Tech USA based Networked Digital Library of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) - Adobe leadership Award in 2004, Emerald Research Award in 2008 amongst a host of others. Recognizing her accomplishments and her work in the areas of digital libraries, Prof. Urs has been bestowed with this rare honour- first for an Indian Library Professional. Past Mortenson Distinguished Lecturers are from across the world of intellectuals and library and information professionals including James H. Billington, the thirteenth Librarian of Congress Alex Byrne, president of International Federation of Library Professionals (IFLA 2005-7) , Talat S. Halman well known author and minister for culture in Turkey , and others.
Prof. Urs' lecture "Shifting terrains, Crossing Boundaries: Digital Libraries are personal and social again! —Is scheduled at 4.00 PM on October 20th followed by a reception. The Round Table discussion is scheduled on October 19th at 1.00 PM. The other programme of activities include WILL Focus 580 – public radio interview; Interactive discussion meetings with ischool at Illinois students and faculty; and dinner with the Mortenson family and the campus faculty.
For more details you may visit - http://www.library.illinois.edu/mortenson/index.html Professor Urs is one of the leading experts in the field of digital libraries and has put India on the map of global digital library world through her many academic endeavors and currently she is the chair of the Asian Digital Library Steering Committee and Vice Chair of the Consortium of iSchools of Asia-Pacific (CiSAP). Shalini Urs has pioneered the iSchool movement in India by establishing the first I-School in India with seed funding from the Ford Foundation and Informatics India Limited .