My experience with academia is truly international.
Qatar (August 2017—cont.)
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Since August 2017 I am an Associate Professor, UCL Qatar (Library and information studies). I also coordinated the MA in LIS programme (October 2017-September 2018) and in this time I spearheaded the development of four pathways within the MA programme which had been subsequently accredited by CILIP.
Why am I here? Besides that it is a pleasure seeing how our students grow in their thinking and working with many extremely hardworking and dedicated students, I feel privileged to have an opportunity to work in a country with a growing library sector. I helped develop several training programmes for professionals, organised international events, and helped the International GLAM Lab community organise a booksprint which delivered a book called ‘How to open a GLAM lab’. I also shared some of my knowledge on innovation labs in Sub Saharan Africa.
Malta (February 2012—August 2017)
University of Malta
From February 2012 to August 2017 I was an Associate Professor (resident academic) at the Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences.
Head of Department Library, Information, and Archive Sciences (September 2013-April 2015) when I revised the Bachelor programme and extended the portfolio of the departmental programmes to reach Master’s level.
Scotland (October 2007—February 2012)
University of Strathclyde, UK
From May 2008 to January 2012 I was a Research Fellow, Computer and Information Sciences Department, University of Strathclyde, UK. I coordinated a work package for SHAMAN – a project on digital preservation, and added to this several smaller projects funded by JISC, the European Digital Library Foundation and the Scottish funding council.
University of Glasgow, UK
Between October 2007 and May 2008 I was a Visiting Researcher, Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow. I enjoyed contributing to Delos network on digital library and being part of the team which delivered the Delos DLRM – this is my most cited publication until today!
This is where I started my career as a research assistant in the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IMI-BAS) back in 1992. I grew to an Associate Professor (2001-2008) and served as the Founding Head of Department, Humanities Informatics with Digitisation Centre, October 2004—May 2008. The Centre was established with the support of a Marie Curie project I coordinated. This digitisation centre was the first professional one in the country and some institutions learned how to build their digitisation facilities collaborating with us.
Although I was an Associate Professor from a country within the European Union, later I had to do a second procedure to establish I can be an associate professor in Malta. One of my friends says I am a double-decker because of this. But I think a better metaphor for me is an amphibious bus.