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Julia Blixrud
Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC)


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Julia Blixrud
Assistant Executive Director, Scholarly Communication
Association of Research Libraries

Julia Blixrud assumed responsibility for supporting the Association of Research Library’s long history of leadership in promoting positive change in the scholarly communication system in April 2009. This ARL strategic direction is currently focused on the assessment and implementation of new scholarly communication models, the development of alliances to advance of new systems of scholarly communication, and the advancement of library outreach efforts to inform the educational and research communities on issues relating to scholarly communication.

Julia has been with ARL since December 1996 and during her tenure there has worked with many of its programs including Statistics and Measurement; Research, Teaching, and Learning; Leadership Development and the former Office of Leadership and Management Services; and Visiting Program Officers. She provides staff support to the Association’s Membership Committee. From August 1999 to spring 2009, Julia also was the Assistant Director for Public Programs for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Julia’s 30-year career in the library community has included positions at CAPCON and MINITEX library networks, the Council on Library Resources, and the Library of Congress. Her interests and professional activities have included cooperative programs, serials, technical standards, library assessment, intellectual property, and scholarly communication. She received the 2007 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Julia has a BA in library science and Scandinavian studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an MA in library science from the University of Minnesota.


Maria Bonn
Director, Scholarly Publishing Office
University of Michigan, University Library

Maria Bonn is the Director of the Schoalrly Publsihing Office at the University of Michigan Library. She has a 1990 PhD in American literature from SUNY Buffalo where her work was focused on 20th-century American literature. After several years teaching and writing as an itinerant academic, she acquired a master's of information science from the University of Michigan School of Information. Since 1997, she has worked for the University of Michigan University Library, first as an Interface Specialist for Digital Library Collections, then in Digital Library Program Development and, most intensively as the head of the library's scholarly publishing effort. In this latter role, she is responsible both for the production of electronic books and journals and for broadly developing the role of the library in scholarly communication.


Terri Fishel
Library Director
Macalester College

Terri Fishel has been at Macalester College since 1985, and Library Director since 1997. Prior to becoming Library Director, Terri was Head of Reference at Macalester. Her previous professional experience was as a Business Reference Librarian at the University of St. Thomas from 1979 to 1985. As Library Director, she manages the library, media services, and campus web services. Terri chairs the campus Digital Assets Management working group that oversees the implementation and development of systems to manage digital resources including images, media, and text materials. The Digital Commons@Macalester was introduced in 2004 to function as an institutional repository and help manage digital text materials produced by the college, focusing in particular on student work. The Digital Commons has provided opportunities to produce three open access journals of student peer-reviewed publications in addition to providing access to over 60 student Honor projects. In addition to the Digital Assets group, a separate Scholarly Communications task force composed of faculty, the director of the Center for Scholarship and Teaching, and librarians was formed in the Fall of 2006 and is currently chaired by Terri. The Scholarly Communication Task Force is coordinating outreach and education efforts on campus. In addition to scholarly communication issues, Terri is involved in information fluency efforts, copyright issues, and statistics. Macalester coordinates the Oberlin Group annual collection of statistics for the 80 private liberal arts college library members. Terri was appointed in 2006 to serve on the ACRL Statistics Committee. Terri holds a BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in library science and an MA in American studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Terri is a 2003 Frye Institute Fellow.


Barbara Jones
University Librarian
Wesleyan University

Barbara Jones is the Caleb T. WInchester University Librarian at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Her previous position was Head of the Rare Book and Special Collections Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She and a Wesleyan team attended the first Scholarly Communication Institute at UCLA and have estabished an institutional repository. Besides scholarly communication issues, she has been interested in public policy and intellectual freedom for much of her career. Her book, Libraries, Access, and Intellectual Freedom was published by ALA Editions in 1999. Her new book, Intellectual Freedom in Academic Libraries, will be published in 2008. She serves as Secretary of the IFLA/FAIFE Committee (Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression), and gives international workshops on those issues.


DeEtta Jones
Diversity and Organizational Development Consultant
Association of Research Libraries

DeEtta Jones provides strategic and organizational development consulting and training in the areas of leadership, management, diversity and inclusion. She has more than 15 years of experience designing and facilitating training events and presenting for audiences around the world. DeEtta was with ARL for 10 years, first as the director of diversity initiatives and later served as Director of Organizational Learning Services for ARL's Office of Leadership and Management Services (OMLS). She worked with the OLMS and Diversity programs training faculty and consultants to design and deliver learning events and develop new products and services that supported libraries' ongoing organizational development efforts. DeEtta's current work with the research library community includes organizational development focused on diversity, recruitment and retention issues, and facilitating training events on leadership and management skills. DeEtta earned her BA in psychology from Colorado State University and went on to earn an MA in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University. Prior to working for, DeEtta was Director of the Office of Human Rights for the City of Fort Collins. She also served as Coordinator for Multicultural Training and Leadership Development at Colorado State University.


Joy Kirchner
Project Manager for Scholarly Communications
University of British Columbia Library

Joy Kirchner was seconded in the past year to take on the role of Project Manager for Scholarly Communication at UBC Library. The goal of the project is to explore a range of issues around support for scholarly communications on the UBC campus. This involves identifying recommended and sustainable service models to support scholarly communication activities on the campus and constructing a team made up of key faculty and librarians to conduct formalized discussion and education of these issues with faculty, research and publishing constituencies on the UBC campus. Joy has also been instrumental in working with faculty to host their open access journals through the Library’s open access journal hosting program; she is involved in the implementation and content recruitment of the Library’s institutional repository, and she has been invited by UBC’s College of Health Disciplines to participate in the development of their own open access journal. This past year, Joy delivered twelve faculty and graduate student presentations on scholarly communication topics, organized and facilitated a round table discussion with UBC’s open access authors, organized and hosted a BC Research Libraries sponsored faculty panel discussion event on scholarly communication and open access and partnered with other provincial research libraries to deliver two full day workshops on scholarly communication topics for faculty-liaison librarians.

Previously, Joy was the Sciences Collections Librarian for Science Libraries at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Library where she coordinates collections and licensing for four STM libraries and three hospital libraries. This position was created in part to take the lead on changes in Scholarly Publishing and Open Access issues for the Library. She has also been the Electronic Resources Librarian for UBC and Columbia University, the STM Coordinator of Electronic Journals/ Nursing and Allied Health Librarian and she was an Engineering Librarian. Joy has a BA in English and an MLIS from the University of British Columbia.


Kara Malenfant
Scholarly Communications & Government Relations Specialist
Association of College and Research Libraries

Kara Malenfant began her position at ACRL in fall of 2005 after working for 6 years at DePaul University Libraries in Chicago. She served as a reference librarian and history bibliographer and also developed a university-wide information and referral service. At ACRL, Kara works with librarians in all types of academic libraries to foster new forms of scholarly communication that are more responsive to the needs of the academy. She represents ACRL in working with other library and scholarly organizations to bring about positive change in the system of scholarly communication. She coordinates ACRL's legislative initiative developing strategies to influence legislation affecting academic and research libraries. Kara has been an active member of ACRL and served as chair of ACRL's International Relations Committee from 2003-2005. Prior to her experience as a librarian, Kara worked in Washington for the Armenian Assembly of America as the assistant director of grassroots advocacy and as a development assistant. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the first group posted to the Republic of Armenia. Kara holds a BA in English from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and an MS in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently pursuing a PhD in leadership and change at Antioch University.


John Ober
Director, Policy, Planning and Outreach, Office of Scholarly Communication
California Digital Library

John Ober joined the California Digital Library (organizationally housed at the University of California Office of the President, Oakland, California) in 1998 as Assistant Director, Education and Communications. In his current position, John facilitates planning and policy development for CDL's Office of Scholarly Communications, and helps ensure that the UC community is continuously informed about the associated challenges and opportunities. John also oversees the communication and outreach activities of the CDL at large. From 2002–2003, he served as interim Director of CDL Technologies. Before coming to the CDL, he served as a faculty member and the Development Librarian for Electronic Resources at California State University, Monterey Bay. His other past positions include: Acting Director of Library Systems at UC Berkeley, Network Resources Librarian at UC Berkeley, ALA Library Bookfellow in Benin, West Africa, and Assistant Professor at the UC Berkeley School of Library and Information Systems. John holds a BA in English/philosophy from Bowling Green State University, an MS in sociology from the University of Houston, an MLIS from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in library and information systems management, also from UC Berkeley.


Sarah Shreeves
Coordinator, IDEALS
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Sarah L. Shreeves has been the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), the set of services and collections that comprise the institutional repository at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), since mid-2005. In her position, Sarah is responsible for working with departments, faculty, students, and researchers on a range of scholarly communication issues including author rights, open access, and data curation. Sarah is a co-principal investigator on the IMLS National Leadership Grant “Investigating Data Curation Profiles across Multiple Research Disciplines” led by Purdue University. She has spoken and published extensively on metadata interoperability particularly within the context of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. Her research interests lie in scholarly communication issues related to institutional repositories and metadata interoperability. She has a BA in medieval studies from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in children’s literature from Simmons College, and an MS in library and information science from UIUC.


Kevin Smith
Scholarly Communications Officer
Duke University

Kevin Smith is the Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, a position he has held since it was created in June 2006. In that role he consults with faculty, staff, administrators and students about copyright, licensing and scholarly publishing issues. He also offers educational programs to various faculty and student groups, works on intellectual property policy for the University, and advises Duke on national legislative issues that effect scholarly communications. Kevin began his academic career with graduate work in theology at Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago. After completing an MLS he served as a reference librarian in both theological schools and at liberal arts colleges. Before moving to Duke he was Library Director at Defiance College in northwest Ohio. His interest in copyright, intellectual freedom and civil rights lead him to attend law school part-time starting in 2001. He received a JD degree in 2005 and was admitted to the bar in Ohio ater that year. Before moving to Duke to work full-time on scholarly communications issues he greatly enjoyed teaching constitutional law to undergraduate students, and he remains an interested and critical observer of the Supreme Court around issues of religious freedom and establishment. Kevin gives frequent presentations on copyright, licensing and authors’ rights for the Duke faculty and to national librarians’ organizations.


Karla Strieb
Associate Director for Collections, Technical Services, and Scholarly Communications
Ohio State University Libraries

Karla Strieb focuses on the acquisition and delivery of content in all forms. She manages the collection development process, including policy development and budget allocation; acquisition and description of content, including special collections materials; preservation services; and collection access and storage, including circulation, e-reserves, and interlibrary services. Karla’s division also has responsibility for scholarly communications initiatives, including the Knowledge Bank, e-publishing, and policy oversight for collections to be digitized. Collaboration with OhioLINK and the CIC are key responsibilities as well.

Before Karla came to Ohio State, she was Assistant Executive Director for Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) at ARL. Under her leadership, the TRL program launched a scenario-planning initiative for research libraries and has been active in areas ranging from special collections to e-science. Karla joined ARL in 2005 when she assumed leadership of ARL's Office of Scholarly Communication. As leader of ARL's scholarly communication program through early 2009, she focused on such key issues as innovative roles for libraries in disseminating knowledge, emerging types of scholarly resources, creative thinking about ownership and copyright management, and the need for libraries to develop collections of new kinds of content such as research data and digital and digitized works.

Prior to joining the ARL staff, Karla was the Collection Management Team Leader for the University of Maryland Libraries. She worked previously at the Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, and at the University of Michigan Libraries.

Karla holds a PhD from the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, an MLS from Syracuse University, an MS from the University of Chicago, and a BS from Wittenberg University. Her writings include the book, Electronic Ecology: A Case Study of Electronic Journals in Context and numerous articles on issues relating to digital communication and library services.


Lee Van Orsdel
Dean of University Libraries
Grand Valley State University

Lee Van Orsdel became Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan in July 2005, following six years as Dean of Libraries at Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to that, she was Director of Libraries at the University of Montevallo in Alabama, during which time she chaired the task force that organized and obtained funding for the Alabama Virtual Library. During the 1980’s she was Director of Account Services for the Southeast Region of EBSCO Subscription Services, and prior to that was Head of Public Services at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. For the past 15 years, Lee has co-authored Library Journal’s annual periodicals price survey and market analysis with Kathleen Born. She was a plenary session speaker on open access at the Nordic Inter-Lending Conference in Norway in 2005. She is a returning member of ACRL’s Scholarly Communications Committee and was a planner and presenter for the 2004 ACRL preconference, “Scholarly Communications 101.” Lee is a member of the 2005 class of Senior Fellows at UCLA. She earned a BA degree in history and French from Samford University, an MA in history from Florida State University, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.


Karen Williams
Associate University Librarian for Academic Programs
University of Minnesota

Karen Williams began her appointment at the University of Minnesota in December 2004. In this position, she provides leadership for six departments and several initiatives that address campus needs in the areas of scholarly communication, information literacy, archives and special collections, reference services, and collection management. Karen previously worked at the University of Arizona Library, serving there since 1983 in a variety of leadership positions, from library instruction to reference to digital library initiatives. In 2001, Karen led the University of Arizona Library in becoming an open access journal publisher, by teaming up with one of its faculty, entomologist Henry Hagedorn, to debut the Journal of Insect Science (JIS), a peer reviewed e-journal available to all users free of charge. It was the first SPARC partner journal to be published by a university library. She was a planner and panel member for the 2004 ACRL preconference “Scholarly Communication 101.” Karen currently serves on the ACRL Board of Directors and the Scholarly Communications Committee. She created the Web-based ACRL Scholarly Communications Toolkit as a resource designed to support advocacy efforts that work toward changing the scholarly communication system and to provide information on scholarly communication issues for librarians, faculty, academic administrators, and other campus stakeholders. Karen has also been a member of the Information Literacy Immersion faculty since 1999. Karen holds a BA in English and secondary education from the University of Michigan-Flint, and an AMLS from the University of Michigan.