Prof. Dr. Bülent Yılmaz
Hacettepe University, Department of Infromation Management, Turkey
Prof. Dr. Bülent Yılmaz graduated from the Department of Librarianship, Faculty of Letters at Hacettepe University. He worked as a specialist at Gazi University Library. He got Master’s and PhD degrees at the Department of Information Management, Hacettepe University where he received the title of Assistant Professor in 1998, Associate Professor in 2000 and Professor in 2005. He conducted international projects and researches as part of National Agency and European Union. He visited various countries for the purpose of scientific events. He has organized Public Libraries Regional Seminars since 2006. He is a member of referee board of some academic journals. He was Vice President of Turkish Librarians’ Association, President of Turkish Librarians’ Association Intellectual Freedom Group, member of Turkish Librarians’ Association Professional Ethics Group, editor of Turkish Librarianship journal and assistant editor of Information World journal. He is still a lecturer and department head at the Department of Information Management, Hacettepe University. He teaches and continues his studies on the topics as communication, professional ethics, Anatolian civilizations, information society, information politics, public libraries, reading culture, digitization and organization of information.
Prof. Dr. Özlem Gökkurt
Ankara University, Department of Infromation Management, Turkey
Professor Özlem Gökkurt received her PhD, BA and MA in library and information science (LIS) from Ankara University in Turkey. She was awarded the Emily Dean Prize for the best graduate thesis in 1989. She also received a visitor’s grant from The British Council in 1993. Dr. Gökkurt earned her second graduate degree in LIS (MLIS) from St. John’s University in 2004. As for her professional experience, she was offered an assistantship for designing web sites at St. John’s University Library. Before joining the faculty of Ankara University, she worked as a librarian in different types of libraries including UNICEF, Central Bank of the Turkish Republic and the Middle East Technical University Libraries. She served as an assistant director of Turkish Librarians’ Association in 1997-1999. Dr.Gökkurt has published a large number of papers and edited several books, engaged in research projects. Currently, she teaches informetrics, information resources and management, classification systems and metadata in Ankara University. Her research interests are in citation analysis, information resources and management, open access and institutional repositories, thesaurus and metadata development.
University Libraries and National Academic e- Publications : “A Huge, Huge Giant Open Library Fantasy”
Prof. Dr. Özlem GÖKKURT
Stunning advances and transitions in information technologies has completely changed the methods and environments of scientific communication. Libraries as the heart of academic and scientific world have been absorbed by such alteration process. Acceleration of enriched collections with commercial databases has provided environment to users that tend their information access and sharing electronic resources rather than print particularly in scientific coterie. Although use value of electronic publications has been increasing, such increase not to be deemed for libraries’ purchasing power of these publications. In particularly, in the last two decade, consortia purchasing has been carried out in the countries in which the inflation rate has increased, that has also been inevitably accepted in our country. University libraries have embarked on a quest of alternative models for raising fund use with sharing limited resources among multiple libraries by reconsidering their strategies and policies for fund management. From the day it’s start the today’s date, it has been observed that open access publishing has been provided significant expansion to scientific communication in our country. Open access publishing is an improver implementation that has been developed as a counteraction to the monopolist approach of commercial database publishers which partially participation is encouraged in producing and marketing electronic information resources. The professions of library and information science have made crucial efforts and initiatives for the adoption of open access publishing in which a large number of Universities have been accumulated independently with their institutional policies, that is in the process of shifting to a national policy today. Although the positive developments in the subject, when it is considered the fullest extent of technical infrastructure, human resources and budget restrictions, we as information professionals have worries for the future struggles whereas that would be at the adequate and competency level. This adaptation struggle, however, is long-lasting in parallel with predicted technological advancements of digital world and self-organized coordination of university libraries. Librarians and the whole partners of scientific information dissemination should be in the position of unite their resources with the consortia implications at the national scale and reveal new strategies in the electronic publishing sector.
Özyeğin University, Library Director, Turkey
He received his B.A. degree in Public Relations Istanbul University Faculty of Communications in 2000. He also studied in Naval High School Faculty of Electrics and Electronics for two years. He received his M. A. degree in Özyeğin University, Graduate School of Business in 2013. He worked at Koç University Library as circulation and reference librarian for eight years till 2008. He joined the Özyeğin University as faculty librarian in 2008. He had worked as User Services Team Leader since 2012. As of August, 2016 he is appointed as Library Deputy Director. As of February, 2017 he is appointed as Library Director. His areas of expertise include electronic resource management and information literacy.