Dr. Helen Kay Raseroka (Council Member)

Dr. Helen Kay Raseroka has worked in the library and information service sector for over two decades, making immense contributions both locally and internationally. Dr. Raseroka has served as a Director of Library and Information Services at the University of Botswana, a position she left in 2010. She served as President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), the first candidate from Africa to do so, between 2003 and 2005. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications. She was a founding member of Botswana Library Association and regionally, the founding chairperson of the Standing Conference of National and University Librarians of East, Central and Southern Africa. (INASP). She has also served as a Board Member of CODE Canada, an international literacy for children that works with partners in the developing world to support a sustainable literate environment and served as a member of the NOMA Award for African Publishing and founded the Botswana Children’s Information trust. She has devoted more than thirty five years to promoting the importance of oral information and learning systems in indigenous communities. In recognition of her contributions, she was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws of the University of Alberta (Canada). Currently, she is serving as a member of a multidisciplinary research team working towards the formulation of the National Indigenous Knowledge Systems Policy.