ASIS&T Career Profile
Name:  Suliman Hawamdeh
Job Title:  Professor and Program Coordinator, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Oklahoma
 
Brief Career Biography: 
Prior to joining University of Oklahoma in June 2003, Dr. Hawamdeh founded and directed the first Master of Science in Knowledge Management in Asia at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He was the founding president of the Information and Knowledge Management Society (iKMS) from 1998-2003. iKMS is a non profit organization aimed at serving information and knowledge Management professionals (www.ikms.org).

He is the founding Chair of the International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM). Next years conference is scheduled to take place in Columbus, Ohio (www.ickm2008.org). He is also the founding chair of the Knowledge and Project Management Symposium (www.kpmsymposium.org).

Dr. Hawamdeh is the founding editor in chief of the first refereed journal in knowledge management. The Journal of Information & Knowledge Management (JIKM) is the official publication of the Information and Knowledge Management Society (iKMS) and published quarterly by World Scientific (www.worldscinet.com/jikm/jikm.shtml). He is also the editor of a book series on Innovation and Knowledge Management published by World Scientific (www.worldscibooks.com/series/sikm_series.shtml).

Dr. Hawamdeh is the author and editor of several books on knowledge management that include Information and Knowledge Society, published by McGraw-Hill; Knowledge Management: Cultivating the Knowledge Professionals, published by Chandos Publishing, Oxford; Knowledge Management: Nurturing Culture, Innovation and Technology, Published by World Scientific; People, Knowledge, and Technology, What Have We Learnt So Far?, Published by World Scientific.

He guest edited a number of special journal issues including the special issue of the Journal of the Association of Information Science (JASIST) on Knowledge Management in Asia; the special issue of the Journal of the Electronic Commerce Research on E-Commerce in Asia; the special issue of the Information Research Journal on Knowledge Management and the Emperor New Clothes; the special issue of the Singapore Journal of Library and Information Management (SJLIM) on knowledge management.

Dr. Hawamdeh was the Managing Director of ITC Information Technology Consultant Ltd in the period from 1993-1997. Through this period the company developed and implemented several software products such as the Document Abstraction and Control System (DACS); Drawing Management System for the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA); Petronas Technical Standards; and C2 Library Automation Software.

He delivered several keynote presentations at various conferences and events around the world including an invited talk at the United Nations World Summit on Information Association, which took place in Tunis from 16-18th November 2005. The invited talk focused on the role of ICT and NII in e-Government and economic development (www.itu.int/wsis).
 
Benefits of ASIS&T: 
As any other professional association, ASIS&T provides tremendous benefit for professional and career development. The diversity that exists in ASIS&T does not exist in any other professional society I have been. You will find people from different disciplines, different backgrounds and different interest. This is clearly reflected in the various interest groups organized and nurtured by ASIS&T. It is an excellent platform for networking and knowledge sharing. I have a special relationship with ASIS&T as assist help to organize and support the International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM). The second ICKM conference was hosted by ASIS&T in Charlotte, North Carolina. The fifth ICKM is again hosted by ASIS&T just two day prior to ASIST Annual Meeting on Columbus, Ohio. ASIS&T provides an excellent opportunity for information and knowledge professionals to get engages with the most currents and challenging issues facing the information and knowledge profession.
 
Advice for New Information Professionals: 
See yourself as an information and knowledge professional who is able to see the forest beyond the trees. See yourself as an agent of change and get involved with the most current and challenging issues in the information and knowledge profession. ASIS&T is the right place to network and get connected.