Digital Libraries Colloquium


Dr. Ismail SerageldinOn Friday, November 2, SIS faculty and students are invited to “The International Conference on Universal Digital Library,” a series of events centered on leading-edge research on this topic.  The events will take place at Carnegie Mellon University.  Of particular interest, Ismail Serageldin, the Director of the Library of Alexandria, will discuss “Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age: Reflections on Why Copyright Law Must Change.”  This particular lecture, part of the Digital Libraries Colloquium co-sponsored by SIS as well as partners from Pitt and CMU, will begin at 4:30 pm and will take place in the Posner Center at CMU.  For a complete list of events at the Conference, please click here.

Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria, also chairs the Boards of Directors for each of the BA's affiliated research institutes and museums and is Distinguished Professor at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He serves as Chair and Member of a number of advisory committees for academic, research, scientific and international institutions and civil society efforts which includes the Institut d'Egypte (Egyptian Academy of Science), TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences), the Indian National Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is former Chairman, Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR, 1994-2000), Founder and former Chairman, the Global Water Partnership (GWP, 1996-2000) and the Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest (CGAP), a microfinance program (1995-2000). Serageldin has also served in a number of capacities at the World Bank, including as Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (1992-1998), and for Special Programs (1998-2000). He has published over 50 books and monographs and over 200 papers on a variety of topics including biotechnology, rural development, sustainability, and the value of science to society. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Cairo University and Masters' degree and a PhD from Harvard University and has received 19 honorary doctorates.