ATIFA R. RAWAN
University of Arizona Libraries
Work No: (520) 621-4867
University of South Carolina, Master of Library and Information Science (MLS), 1976-77
New York University (NYU), Master of Arts (MA) in Educational Anthropology, 1970-71
University of Hawaii, Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science, 1966-69
University of Vermont, Political Science, Summer 1968.
University of Kabul, Afghanistan, College of Law, 1964-1966
EMPLOYMENT (Library Faculty - University of Arizona Libraries from February 1985 to present)
March 2010 - Librarian Emeritus, University of Arizona Libraries -
Project Responsibilities: Principle Project Director (PI) for Afghanistan projects: Preserving and Creating Access to Unique Afghanistan Literature (http://www. afghandata.org); and the Afghanistan Digital Libraries (http://www.afghandigitallibraries.org/).
Also have responsibilities for US federal, state and international government depository programs and for the Middle Eastern languages collections at the University of Arizona.
November 1993- March 2010 - Library Faculty with Tenure (Full Librarian), University of Arizona Libraries- Major responsibilities included: Subject liaison to the Political Science, Public Administration & Public Policy departments; and subject selector in law; Arizona state and local documents; US Federal, international, and European Union resources related to social sciences subject areas.
Other Significant Library-Wide Assignments:
• Research Support Services Librarian, Content Management Domain Manager, August 2008- March 2010. Responsibilities: Project managers for several library digital projects, and Library liaison with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Arizona State and Local documents, US Federal documents, and European Union documents’ depository programs.
• Social Sciences librarian, October 1993-August 2008. Responsibilities: Subject liaison to the Political Science and Public Administration & Public Policy departments and subject selector in law, Arizona state and local documents, US federal, international, and European Union resources related to social sciences subject areas. Also I am the Library’s liaison for the European Union depository and US federal programs.
• Information Resources Macro Management Team, 2006-2008. Responsibilities: As one of the three knowledgeable member of this team, worked closely with materials budget, procurement, licensing and articulated the philosophical underpinnings of the Libraries’ Information Access Budget allocation of over 8 million dollars. This group developed and applied the criteria for decision-making on various types of purchases and oversaw and coordinated development and revision of library-wide and served as consultants to other teams and groups in the Library and provided support for them in developing effective team level information resource management practices.
• Delivery and Access Cross-Functional Team, Leader, October 2005 –2006. Responsibilities: This team was charged to provide vision and overall strategic direction for the Library to satisfy customers’ information resource needs in an agile, timely, efficient and transparent fashion. As part of the project, coordinated assessment of current legal, publisher, copyright, privacy, and other access and delivery changes, and their implications for the Library; collaborated efforts with external partners; identified and prioritized of digital access to and preservation of content, and other activities related to delivery and access for the Library.
• Virtual Depository Library – Government Printing Office (GPO) Pilot Project Coordinator, September 2002-December, 2003. Responsibilities: Coordinated the UA Library’s pilot project efforts with GPO and developed the first official online depository library in the United States. This project was a partnership task between our library, the State Library, the SIRLS, and the GPO
• Information Resources Council, Chair (January 1999 - 2001). Responsibilities: The Information Resources Council (IRC) supported the needs of the Library’s internal and external customers by providing leadership, vision, and strategic directions for information resources development, creation, management, and preservation of collection.
• The Arizona Electronic Atlas Project, member 2000-September 2005. The Arizona Electronic Atlas developed web access to Arizona spatially referenced data where users of all skill levels could create, manipulate and download maps and data. Received a grant for the amount of $123,671 from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for assessing the needs of our customers and for implementing this project in 2003.
• Associate Librarian, Reference Librarian, Central Reference Department, University of Arizona Library, August 1992-October 1993. Responsibilities: Provided reference, library instructions, and liaison activities for students, faculty, and other library users.
• Government Documents Librarian (Associate Librarian), University of Arizona Library, Dec. 1987-August 1992. Responsibilities: Provided reference and library instruction services and coordinated Arizona and local publications. Was responsible for selection and operation of state and local documents.
• Catalog Librarian (Associate Librarian), Catalog Dept., University of Arizona Library, Feb. 1985 – Dec. 1987. Responsibilities: Cataloged and supervised the cataloging of Middle Eastern and South Asian languages and other library materials.
Prior UA Library Related Experience:
• Head, Maps and Documents Section, Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records. Research Division, Phoenix, Arizona, 1983-1985.
• Head, Catalog Department, Arizona Department of Library, Archives and Public Records. Research Division, Phoenix, Arizona, 1981-1982.
• Catalog Librarian, Tucson Public Library, 1977-1981
• Technical Services Librarian and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Ecology, Allen University, J.S. Flipper Library, Columbia, South Carolina, 1975-1977.
• Library Paraprofessional position. Butler Library, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1973-1975.
• Atifa Rawan and Han Yan (2012), “Inter-institutional collaboration between the University of Arizona Libraries and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University on preservation and digitization of a unique Afghan collection, a refereed paper presented at the 2012 Middle East Library Association (MELA) Conference Program, Denver, Colorado, November 15, 2012.
• Atifa R. Rawan and Liz Bezanson (2011), “Living the Future Conferences: History, Philosophy, Planning, and Themes, “Journal of Library Administration”, Volume 51, issue 7-8 (Oct 2011): 599-617.
• Rawan, Atifa & Han, Yan (2009), “Digital Access and Preserving: A Unique Collection in Humanities”, a refereed paper presented at the 2009 International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities - Taipei, Taiwan, December 6, 2009.
• Yan Han and Atifa Rawan (2007), “Afghanistan Digital Library Initiative: revitalizing and Integrated Library System” Information Technology and Libraries, Vol. 26, no. 4 (December 2007):44-46
• Atifa Rawan and Cheryl Knott Malone (2006), Government Printing Offces’s Transition To a More Electronic to More Electronic Format And Its Impact On the Collection and Reference Services: A Virtual Depository: The Arizona Project - Reference Librarian, volume 45, issue 94 (2006): pp 5-18.
• Atifa R. Rawan, Cheryl Knott Malone, Laura Bender (2004). “Assessing the Virtual Depository: The Arizona Experience,” Journal of Government Information. Vol. 30, Issues 5-6 (2004):710-726.
• Patricia Promis and Atifa Rawan (1999). “Electronic Publications: An Academic Model,” Acquisitions Librarian, no. 21 (1999): 51-69.
• Rawan, Atifa and Jennifer Cox (1995). “Government Publications Integration and Training,” Journal of Government Information, volume 22, no. 3 (1995): 253-266.
• Louise Greenfield, Atifa Rawan, and Camille O’Neill (1993). “The Diversity Research Guide Program: The University of Arizona Library’s Experience,” Acquisitions Librarian, volume 5, no. 9-10 (August 1993): 115-130.
• Robert Mitchell and Atifa Rawan (1992). “Combining a Documents Reference Collection with a General Reference Collection: A Current Look at the Pros and Cons,” Reference Librarian. Submitted and accepted for publication.
• Rawan, Atifa R. and Robert Mitchell (1991). “Building State and Local Publications Collections: The Arizona Experiences,” Government Publications Review, volume 18, no. 1 (January/February 1991): 71-82.
Other Articles and Publications
• Atifa Rawan and other, Senior Subject Advisors, The Best Books for Academic Libraries: Political Science, Law and Education, volume 7 (2003)
• Chris Kollen, Atifa Rawan and others wrote an article “Map Objects, ArcView and Visual basic: Presenting Spatial Data to Non-Technical users” for the 1998 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California. This article was published electronically on the ESRI’s web page.
• Atifa R. Rawan. “State Government Links” Journal of Government Information, volume 24, no. 2 (1997): 135-136. (Review)
• Atifa R. Rawan. “State and Local Government on the Net” Journal of Government Information, volume 24, no. 2 (1997): 136-137. (Review)
SELECTED SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS:
• Atifa Rawan and Han Yan and Atifa Rawan (2012), “Preserving A Unique Afghanistan Collection: A Collaborative Digital Partnership Project”, a refereed paper presented at the American Library Association (ALA) Conference Program, Anaheim, California, June 24, 2012 [Invited Speaker].
• Presenter- Assisting Afghanistan Academic Libraries, presentation at Afghanistan University Linkages with North American Institutions of Higher Education, a conference hosted by Ball State University, Indianapolis, Indiana January 25-26, 2011.
• Panel on the Intellectual Property for Progressive Librarians Workshop and Discussion Forum – “University of Arizona Institutional Repository (UAiR) – Overview” Sponsored by Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG), University of Arizona Chapter, March 25, 2009.
• Invited to present a paper in international digitization collaboration at the upcoming International Studies Association (ISA), in Ljubljana, Slovenia, regarding July 22-27, 2008. The travel funding is granted by the Carnegie Foundation.
• Atifa Rawan and Yan Han presented at Living the Future Conference: Transforming Libraries through Collaboration, Tucson, Arizona April 30-May2, 2008 – Establishing a Digital library Infrastructure in Afghanistan (http://www.library.arizona.edu/conferences/ltf/2008/presentations.php#es...)
• Increasing equity in education in Afghanistan under conditions and legacy of war, occupation and poverty: reports from recent research and field projects – a panel presentation at 52nd Annual Meeting of the Comparative & International Education Society, Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC, March 17, 2008- (CIES - http://www.tc.edu/its/cies).
. Co-conducted several digital libraries alliance workshops for faculty and staff for Afghanistan academic libraries as part of an Afghan eQuality Alliances: 21st Century Universities for Afghanistan from - Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, November 2005-January 2007.
. Presentation in October on E-Docs at the Federal Depository Council Conference, Washington, D.C., October 24, 2006.
• Presentation at York County Library on academic libraries in Afghanistan, October 2, 2006.
• Atifa Rawan, keynote speaker, Symposium on Area Studies Librarianship, Tucson, AZ, July 14, 2006.
• Yan Han and Atifa Rawan, “Afghanistan Digital Library Initiative: Revitalizing and Integrated Library System” – paper submitted for JCDL 2006- Opening Information Horizons- June 11-15, 2006 — Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
• Creating an Integrated Library System Using Open Source Software for Afghanistan Academic Libraries, a poster session with Yan Han and Jose Garcia, LTF6, April 6, 2006.
• Panel presentation on The Government Information Road: Where Next? With Judy Russell, Managing Director, Information Dissemination (Superintendent of Documents), Government Printing Office, Daniel P. O’Mahony, Department Leader, Library Administrative Services, Brown University Library, Cheryl Knott Malone, Associate Professor, School of Information Resources and Library Science, Atifa Rawan (power point is posted under the conference proceedings at:http://www.library.arizona.edu/conferences/ltf/2006/proceedings.html#gov), LTF6, April 6, 2006 (paper is posted under the conference proceeding).
• “Rethinking Government Information: Providing Access and Managing Documents Collections in the 21st Century” – Panel Presentation, ACRL 12th National Conference, Saturday, April 9, 2005 – Minneapolis, Minnesota
• Invited panel –Beyond Dichotomies: Government vs. Non-Government “The Reconstruction and Reconstitution of Afghanistan’s Higher Education System” – March 22, 2005 – 49th Annual Conference , Comparative and International Education Society, Stanford University
OTHER PRESENTATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
• Atifa Rawan and Micaela Agyare- Co-Presented a program on business and government documents sources for Thunderbird’s Project Artemis to 16 Afghanistan’s women entrepreneur – Thunderbird: The American Graduate School of International Management, January 10, 2005.
• Atifa Rawan and Cheryl Knott Malone, “Virtual Federal Depository Outcomes and Implications” – program presentation at the Arizona Library Association Conference, 12/1/04.
• Louise Greenfield, Christine Kollen, Atifa Rawan, “The Arizona Electronic Atlas” - pre-conference program at the Arizona Library Association, 11/30/04.
• Invited presentation to the American Association of Law Librarians Conference in Boston on virtual depository, 7/13/04
• Atifa Rawan & Cheryl Malone made a presentation in Living the Future 5 Conference about GPO virtual depository, 4/15/04.
• Afghanistan’s political and economic progress in the last two years, presentation for the American Association of University Women, Tucson, March 13, 2004
• Government Printing Office Pilot Project: The Arizona Experience, presentation at the Arizona Library Association Conference, Phoenix, December 10, 2003.
• Virtual Depository : Arizona Project – final report and recommendations – Presentation at the Government Printing Office Depository Council, Washington, D.C., October 18, 2003.
• A Crisis for Libraries? Libraries in Afghanistan and the Implications of the USA Patriot Act, presentation at the Special Library Association’s fall program, Tucson, Arizona, November 15, 2002.
• Virtual Depository Library- GPO Pilot Project presentation at the Arizona Depository Council, Tempe, November 1, 2002.
• Atifa Rawan and Chris Kollen prepared a presentation for the 5th Biennial Arizona-New Mexico Joint Depository Library Meeting titled: Arizona Electronic Atlas Project. I made the presentation on August 9, 2002 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
• Keynote speaker at the English as a Second Language (ESL) graduation ceremony on May 10, 2002, University of Arizona, Tucson
• “Scholarly Communications”, co-presented a report and a poster session with Jeanne Pfander at Living the Future Conference in Tucson, April 25, 2002.
• Coordinated a Census 2000 workshop for Health Sciences Library staff, February 8, 2002, Tucson, Arizona
• "Information Access Policy and Budget Allocation", presentation given at the Campus Library Council with Steve Bosch, Spring 2001
• "Consortia and the Changing Roles of Librarians", presentation at the five State Documents Conference , Flagstaff, AZ, Aug. 17, 2000
• Information Resources Council (Atifa Rawan and Eric Comport), a poster session given at the Living the Future 3, April 29, 2000.
• “European Union Documents and Depository Libraries in the US,” presentation given at the Arizona State library Association, November 6, 1998.
• Rawan, Atifa, Laura Bender, Linda Dols and Roberto Garcia. “A Day in the Life.” Video presentation for Plenary Session, Living the future Conference. The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, May 3, 1996.
• “University of Arizona Library Reorganization Model,” a presentation at California College and University Division, April 1994, California.
• Legal Resources, a seminar presented for the Arizona Attorney General attorneys, October 6, 2009, University of Arizona Libraries.
• Presented Middle Eastern Resources, Teachers’ Workshop sponsored by Center for Middle Eastern Studies, August 29, 2009, Tucson, Arizona
• Co-conducted several digital libraries alliance workshops for faculty and staff of five academic libraries as part of an Afghan eQuality Alliances: 21st Century Universities for Afghanistan from November 13-17, 2005 - Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan
• Campus-wide keynote presentation at Arizona State University (ASU) West (part of their Diversity and National Library Week program), April 15, 2005 – “Rebuilding of Afghanistan's Academic Libraries.”
• Afghanistan’s Women Education, a presentation given at the Teachers Association of Arizona Conference, Mesa, Arizona, 10/30/04.
• The Rebuilding of Afghanistan’s Academic Libraries, a program sponsored by the Center for Middle Eastern Studies as part of a public lecture series, 9/2/04
• Afghanistan’s political and economic progress in the last two years, presentation for the American Association of University Women, Tucson, March 13, 2004.
• Women and Education situation in Afghanistan, presentation for the Committee of Foreign Relations Council, Westward Look, Tucson, Arizona, December 18, 2003.
• Kabul University Libraries: Assessment and Implementation: challenges and Issues – presentation at the Arizona Library Association Conference, Phoenix, December 11, 2003.
• Present Situation in Afghanistan: An Analysis two years later – a community presentation, Saviors Lutheran Church, October 5, 2003.
• Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 – a presentation given in Green Valley, Arizona, October 29, 2002.
• Afghanistan libraries: an assessment – presentation given to Afghanistan scholars and educators, Conference on strategic planning of higher education for Afghanistan, University of Indiana, Bloomington, October 6, 2002.
• Challenges and changes in Afghanistan’s higher education after September 11- panel speaker at a public forum sponsored by the UA Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Tucson, September 5, 2002
• Presented an overview of Afghanistan’s history to Journalism and High School students. This presentation was part of the Josh Trujillo’s exhibition program on Afghanistan, October 3, 2002, Tucson, Arizona.
• Invited speaker to the Southern Arizona AIDS foundation about women's status in Afghanistan, September 29, 2002, Tucson, Arizona.
• Presented a power-point presentation about Afghanistan libraries to library staff on May 29, 2002, University of Arizona Library.
• Co-presented five series of lectures on Afghanistan and Islam, January 15-February 5, 2002, Green Valley, Arizona
• Presented a lecture on Islam, Afghanistan and Terrorism, February 3, 2002 – St. Philip-in-the-Episcopal Church, Tucson.
• Presented several series of lectures about Islam and Afghanistan at high schools and elementary schools in Tucson from December 2001-March 2002.
SERVICE TO THE LIBRARY (latest years only):
2009 Research Support Services Electronic Reserve Project, Member
2005/06 Promotion and Continuing Status Committee, Co-Chair
2003-2006 “Living the Future V and VI” Conference Program Committee
2005 Library-wide committee on career progression, Member
2004 Undergraduate Services Team Selection Committee, member
2001 Library Faculty Assembly, SOAR Grant Sub-Committee, Member
2000-01 Library-wide Career Progression/Merit Committee, Member
2001 Information Common (IC) Reference Collection Team
2000/2001 Library Faculty Assembly (LFA) Sub-Committee on Access Policy
2000 LFA Task Force on Selection Committee to study options for forming selection teams
1999-2000 "Living the Future 3" - Planning Group
1998-1999 Promotion and Continuing Status Committee, Member
1998-02 “Living the Future I,II, III, IV, Conference Program Committee
2000-01 Library Faculty Assembly (LFA), Bylaws and Standing Rules Committee, Member
1997-99 Promotion and Continuing Status Committee, Member
1995-97 Promotion and Continuing Status Committee, Co-Chair
1995-96 LFA by-laws Committee, Member
1992-93 Library Reorganization Undergraduate Services Implementation Team – Chair
SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY:
• University Promotion and Continuing Status Advisory Committee, Chair - 2002-2003
• University Promotion and Continuing Status Advisory Committee, Member - 1999-2001
• Served as committee member (one of three faculties) on masters’ oral comprehensive exam for graduate students – School of Library Information, spring 1993 and spring 1996.
• Core Curriculum Committee, Library Liaison (fall 1994) – Attended sessions and represented the Library during this initial planning phase.
SERVICE TO LIBRARY PROFESSION AND ORGANIZATIONS (recent years):
• American library Association, College and Research Division, Law & Political Science/Vendor & Publishers Committee, member, 2009-2010
• American Library Association, College and Research Division, Law & Political Science Committee, Instruction Committee, 2008-2010.
• OCLC Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), Editorial Advisory Committee Members, May 2001-present
• Arizona Depository Council, Electronic Sub-Group, member, 2001-2009.
• Arizona State Library, Government Information Locator Committee, 2000-2001
• American library Association, College and Research Division, law & Political Science/Vendor & Publishers Committee, member, 2001-2003
• American library Association, College and Research Division, Law & Political Science/Vendor & Publishers Committee, Chair, 1998-2001
• American Library Association, College and Research Division, Law & Political Science Committee, Publication Committee member, 1994 – 1998.
• American Library Association, Government Documents Roundtable, State and Local Documents, Electronic Group, Chair, 1994 – present. Also maintaining the Task Force web page.
• American Library Association, Poster Session Review Board, 1990 – 2009.
• Arizona State Documents Task Force, 1998-1999
• American Library Association, College and Research Division, Law & Political Science Committee, Publication Committee member, 1994 – 1998.
• American Library Association, Government Documents Roundtable, State and Local Documents, Electronic Group, Chair, 1994 – 2010. Also maintaining the Task Force web page.
• American Library Association/Government Documents Roundtable. Program Committee member. 1993/94.
• American Library Association/Government Documents Roundtable. Statistical Measurement Committee – Member. 1993/94.
• American Library Association/Government Documents Roundtable, ALA Annual Conference (New Orleans, June 27, 1993) Program “Documenting Diversity” – Co-Chair. 1993.
• American Library Association/Government Documents Roundtable. State and Local Documents Task Force. Coordinator (a nationally elected position). 1992-93.
• American Library Association/Government Documents Roundtable. Steering Committee Member. 1992/93.
• American Library Association/Government Documents Roundtable. State and Local Documents Task Force. Coordinator Elect/Coordinator (a nationally elected position). 1991-92.
Memberships in Professional Societies:
• American Library Association,1977-
• Association of Research Libraries, 1985-
• The American Institute of Afghanistan Studies (AIAS) Board of Trustee, 2006-
• University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Centered Committee to Restore the Kabul University Library, 2005-
• Center for Middle Studies at the University of Arizona Board member, 2008-
• Middle Eastern Library Association, 2008-
• Arizona Depository Library Council, 1985-
• Arizona State Library Association, 1978-
Training: Has made 10 trips to Afghanistan since April 2002 and have been involved with rebuilding of Afghanistan Academic libraries and digitization activities. From 2002-2010, Atifa Rawan and Yan Han conducted seven workshops in Afghanistan regarding digital libraries, library integrated system, and Library resources for faculty and staff from various Afghanistan provinces.
UA Libraries Digital Projects: 1) Instrumental in 2009 in working with Professor Wilkinson, School of Anthropology, making his Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections and with Professor John Garcia, Professor of School of Government and Public Policy, his e-book, Latino Politics, for making their publications widely accessible online via the University of Arizona Institutional Repository (UAiR). 2) Native American Water Rights in Arizona Project that were selected and digitized and made available also online via the cooperative Western Waters Digital Library Project.
Grant awards, Consultant, Project Coordinator and Project Investigator:
• Project Investigator and Director- Preserving and Creating Access to Unique Afghanistan Literature from the Jihad Period, 1989-2006. 2007-2011. Grant Award $338,431 from National Endowments for Humanities (NEH). The University of Arizona Libraries (UAL) and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University (ACKU) for collaborating on a digitization project "Preserving and Creating Access to Unique Afghan Records". ACKU's collection is the most extensive in the region covering a time of war and social upheaval in the country, with most of the documents in the principal languages of Pashto and Dari. The collection contains information related to history, social, economic, and cultural heritage of Afghanistan. For more information about this project go to http://www.afghandata.org/.
• Project Investigator and Coordinator - Since 2006, the University of Arizona librarians (UAL), with funding support from the Afghan e-Quality Alliances (total funding of $401,565) from 12/2006-12/2010) and the University of Arizona (cost sharing of approx.$200,000 have been providing training support and built the Afghanistan Digital Libraries that supports the needs of all higher education institutions in Afghanistan. In addition, I negotiated free access to scholarly materials from various vendors, valued over $350,000 per year. The goal of the Digital Libraries Alliance is to develop the capacity of Afghan librarians to work with an open source, open code digital libraries’ platform and to catalog open content and open educational materials that all Afghanistan universities will share. The outcomes of the Washington State University (WSU) subcontract with the University of Arizona Libraries since 2006 have been two-fold: 1) building Afghanistan Digital Libraries; and 2) providing library staff and IT trainings related to Digital Libraries. I am working closely with another college, Yan Han System Librarian at the University of Arizona, on this project. The Afghanistan Digital Libraries is a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Afghan eQuality Alliance (A collaborative workspace and blog aimed at building a network of knowledge regarding the rebuilding of Afghanistan) in collaboration with the University of Arizona Library. (http://www.afghandigitallibraries.org/)
• Faculty of Agriculture, Kabul University Digital Library Project Coordinator. Established the first digital library in Afghanistan. This project was funded by the International Arid Lands Consortium and USAID ($85,000). I collaborated with the University of Arizona Arid Lands Information Center staff on the planning of this project. In June 2004, I initiated the first agriculture electronic library in collaborations with other colleagues from the University of Arizona Books with Wings in Afghanistan for the College of Agriculture. In May 2005 I went again and provided training to faculty, staff, and students. See description of project under Brief Component Introduction - (http://ag.arizona.edu/OALS/susdev/Reports_by_Subject.html#Library).
• As part of my six-month sabbatical, I spent four weeks (October –November 2003) in Afghanistan as a consultant and provided library training to Kabul University Library staff, Kabul Institute of Medicine Library, and the University of Education Library. Travel funding for this trip was provided by a private Canadian Physician.
• Library Consultant - Hired as a consultant by the Asia Foundation in April 2002 to assess libraries and collections in Kabul, Afghanistan. I spent two weeks in Afghanistan in April 2002 and provided an assessment report to the Asia Foundation about Kabul University library, the Institute of Diplomacy library, the Institute of Technology, and Kabul Public library collections, staff, services, and facilities.
• Consultant, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Centered Committee to Restore the Kabul University Library since 2005 for their “Books With Wings” project (http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/kabul/)
HONORS AND AWARDS:
• Recipient of the U.S.S. Arizona Bell (Outstanding University Achievements 2008 and 2009 award) and received a certificate of honor award from the University of Arizona on my work with digitization of Afghanistan’s unique literature, April 27, 2009. See UA News (2 stories) 11/2007 & 5/22/08 (http://uanews.org/node/19718 – University online news scanned by national and international wire services
• Recipient of the American Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futus Catalyst for Change award for 2004/2005.
• Recipient of the European Union program to attend a week long workshop in Brussels, Belgium, June 1997.
• Recipient of East-West Center Scholarship, University of Hawaii, 1966-1969.