Ellen R. ​Tise

​Ms. Ellen R. Tise is Senior Director, Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University in South Africa since January 2006. She previously held the positions of University Librarian at the University of the Western Cape and Deputy University Librarian at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is a Past-President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) (2009-2011) and of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) (1998-2002).

She served on other major library and information bodies, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Access to Learning Award Advisory Committee in 2007, OCLC Members Council Delegate 2005-2008 and Director of the Sabinet Online Board since 2003. Ms Tise was appointed to the UNESCO International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World for a four year period from 2011-2015. She served as Chairman of the Board of the National Library of South Africa from 2012-2015.

​Tise also serves as a member of the International Advisory Board of Beacon of Freedom of Expression of the National Library of Norway since 2012, Qatar National Library Board in 2013, OCLC Board of Trustees since November 2014 and the IFLA Cultural Heritage Programme Advisory Committee since August 2015. She is a recipient of several awards for distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions to librarianship, including honorary membership in LIASA and an honorary IFLA fellowship. She has published various articles in professional journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, seminars, symposia, etc.​

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