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Dr. Ismail Abdullahi

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Dr. Abdullahi is a retired professor of Global Library and Information Science at the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University.  Dr. Abdullahi received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. He is among the longest and most distinguished serving person in the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA). He has served as ALA Councilor 2003-2018. He has travelled widely throughout the world, giving lectures and conference presentations, leading workshops on Internationalization of LIS education, providing consultancy, and researching. He has been external examiner for LIS Ph.D. degrees in a number of universities in Africa, Asia, and North America. He served as a member of IFLA Section of Education and Training and founder and Convener of LIS Education of Developing Countries 2005-2013. During this time, he has assisted the African librarians to establish the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA): an Association of 52 African countries librarians. Consistent with these involvements, he taught the Global Library Information Systems course  and extended his leadership widely to the students. He has organized eight study abroad programs for students to Denmark and Sweden. In keeping with his dedication to library education nationally and internationally, he is the editor of Global Library and Information Science: A Textbook for Students and Educators widely used as a textbook around the world. Published by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).  Among his accolades and awards are the Harold Lancour Award for Excellence in International and Comparative Study in Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Library Association’s Roadbuilder’s Award for Library Education for exemplifying courage, integrity, perseverance, and positive role model, He is a recipient of 2018 of the American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Committee’s John Ames Humphry/OCLC/Forest Press Award. In May 23rd 2019 he received the first African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) “AfLIA Lifetime Award” its maiden award".