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Ann Okerson

Ann Okerson joined CRL in fall 2011 as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies and also serves as INASP Associate, handling contractual agreements between developing nations consortia and publishers.  Previous service includes Associate University Librarian at Yale, where she organized and led the NERL Consortium (Northeast Research Libraries); also as Scholarly Communications officer at ARL (Association of Research Libraries).  She has led in the creation of two North American model licenses for electronic information and for 20 years has moderated the email discussion list liblicense-l.  She is one of the active, founding spirits of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).  She has also been active in IFLA for over a decade.

Melanie Schlosser

Melanie is the Scholarly Communications Program Leader for the Educopia Institute and serves as the Community Facilitator for the Library Publishing Coalition. Before coming to Educopia in 2017, Melanie spent almost ten years as a faculty member at the Ohio State University Libraries, working with digital publishing, the institutional repository, and a variety of other scholarly communications-related areas. Her research covers a range of topics – from metadata to copyright to digital humanities – but it all focuses broadly on making scholarship more accessible. Since 2015, she has served as Co-Editor-in-Chief (with Mark Newton, Columbia University) of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication Melanie has an M.L.S. and a B.A. in English from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Suzanne Cady Stapleton

Suzanne Cady Stapleton is an Agricultural Sciences and Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Florida. She serves as the liaison librarian in plant sciences and leads the library’s journal publishing service team.  She earned the M. S. from Cornell University and conducted agricultural research in the U. S., Mexico, and Central America. Her current research interests are scholarly communication literacy and publishing practices of agricultural scholars. She is a member of ALA, ACRL, and USAIN’s Executive Council.  Suzanne serves as the institutional representative to AgNIC and the Library Publishing Coalition.

Christina Lenz

Christina Lenz is a Managing Editor of books at Stockholm University Press, which is part of Stockholm University Library’s publishing services. Christina started an editor of books in 1995, at a commercial press at the former Stockholm Institute of Education, and came to Stockholm University Library in 2013 to start up a fully open access university press, Stockholm University Press.

Tom Grady

Tom Grady is the Publishing Assistant at White Rose University Press. He supports the Press Manager in all aspects of the administration, commissioning, planning and production. His varied role means he is involved in many aspects of the Press’ operation: from liaising with peer reviewers and drafting marketing materials, to creating cover designs and arranging Editorial Board meetings. Tom has worked in libraries across the public and HE sectors for 10 years and did his postgraduate study in publishing in New Zealand.

Ally Laird

Ally Laird has been working with the Penn State University Libraries since June 2017, overseeing the Libraries Open Publishing Program there. Before coming to Penn State, Ally worked for SpringerNature (previously Springer Science+Business Media) as an Associate Editor for their Current Reports group, and oversaw the publication of 5 journals. Ally has a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Lebanon Valley College.

Michelle Wilson

Michelle Wilson holds an MA in Art History from Boston University and an MLIS from Rutgers University. A former museum professional and associate editor for art reference at Oxford University Press, she is now the Digital Publishing Librarian at Columbia University.

Kevin Stranack
Head, Digital Publishing, Simon Fraser University Library & Managing Director, Public Knowledge Project

Helge Høivik

Helge Høivik is a professor at the OsloMet University Library. He is also visiting professor (“professor 2”) at Capital Normal University in Beiing and Hainan Normal University I Haikou, China. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Penn State University and has lectured on e-learning and digital libraries in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Trude Eikebrokk

Trude Eikebrokk is a head librarian and team leader for Digital Services at the OsloMet University Library. She has been working with publishing academic Open Access journals since 2011. Other interests include: institutional repositories, Open Science, bibliometrics, AI and digital publishing in general.

Alex Kouker

Subject Librarian at Dublin City University and member of the DCU Press executive committee. He previously worked at DBS Library in various roles.

Jack Hyland

Manager of IReL, a library consortium coordinating e-resource licenses for Irish HE institutions. For the last ten years he has been working in academic libraries in Maynooth University, Dublin City University and Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a member of the editorial board of DBS Business Review, an open access journal.

Rachael Lammey

Based in Oxford, Rachael worked for a scholarly publisher  before joining Crossref in 2012. She worked in Product Management at Crossref before moving over to the Member & Community Outreach team in 2016. She is more than happy to talk about most things Crossref, but identifiers, metadata, preprints and funders are a good place to start!

Helen Fallon

Helen Fallon is Deputy University Librarian at Maynooth University. She has worked at Dublin City University, the University of Sierra Leone and King Fahd Health Sciences Library, Saudi Arabia.  She has published extensively and presented academic writing workshops in Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Malaysia and the U.S. and is a member of the editorial board of New Review of Academic Librarianship (NRAL). She established and runs the blog Academic Writing Librarian, to promote academic writing.  Other work-related interests include staff development, quality in academic libraries and strategic planning.

Gerard Connolly

Library Assistant in the Technical University (TU), Tallaght Campus. Gerard has a background in French Literature and Philosophy, and has worked in Libraries since 2014. He qualified as a librarian in 2012.

Niamh Walker-Headon

Systems Librarian at the Technical University (TU), Tallaght Campus. Niamh has a background in Modern Irish and Anthropology, she has worked in libraries since 1997, she qualified as a librarian in 2002.

Jane Buggle

Jane Buggle is Deputy Librarian at the Dublin Business School.  She is the Manager of the DBS Library Press, Managing Editor of the DBS Business Review and was formerly a Senior Editor on Studies in Arts and Humanities Journal.

Isabella Meinecke

Isabella Meinecke is head of the Electronic Publishing department and the library-based Hamburg University Press at the Hamburg State and University Library. She is the library’s open access representative, being involved in corresponding networks and activities since many years. In the cross-institutional program “Hamburg Open Science” she participates in the project on “modern publishing”. From 2014 till 2017 Isabella Meinecke was president of AEUP.

Promita Chatterji

Product Manager for Digital Commons university-led open access journals publishing platform. She works closely with the academic and library communities to support their goals for visibility and impact of research. Promita has led several strategic initiatives, including on open educational resources and the impact of open access.  Promita holds a PhD from UC Berkeley and has taught extensively in the humanities.

Aajay Murphy

Aajay is the Repository and Publishing Manager at Kennesaw State University. He holds a Masters in American Studies with an extensive research history on topics of oppression and power dynamics, whether cultural, political, economic, or social.

Ursula Arning

Dr. Ursula Arning, born in Argentina, has studied Librarianship and Latin America Literature in Germany. She is Head of Open Access Publishing, Digital Preservation and Research Data Management of ZB MED – Information Centre for Life Sciences. She is also the open access representative of the library and she is working in open access networks and there activities for many years.

Christopher Hollister

Interim Head of Scholarly Communication at the University at Buffalo. In that role, he advances initiatives related to scholarly publishing, open access, and open education. A longtime advocate and activist for transforming the current system of scholarly communication into an open one, Hollister is co-founder and co-editor of the open access journal, Communications in Information Literacy. His current research interests include scholarly publishing in the library field, social justice in professional practice, and critical information literacy.

Lars Egeland

Lars Egeland is director of the University Library at Oslo Metropolitan University. He is also Vice President of the Norwegian Library Association and the Board for Libraries in Higher Education, and member of the board of IATUL, the global association for University Libraries. He is a former Member of Parliament. He was the chief librarian at Vestfold University College from 1995 to 2003, head of department in the Norwegian Archive, Library and Museum Authority from 2003 to 2007.

Marie O’Neill

Marie O'Neill is Head of Enhancement at CCT College. Her interests include library publishing and supporting and showcasing the professional development and research output of faculty; key aspects of her role at CCT. Marie also presents and publishes regularly on these topics. Marie is a founding member of the CCT Centre for Teaching and Learning and the College’s Excellence in Teaching Seminar Series. She recently coordinated a pilot of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning’s Professional Development Framework for All Those Who Teach in Higher Education and was a keynote speaker on the Pilot at the Forum’s National Pilots Day at the Mansion House, Dublin. Previously, Marie has held posts in the libraries of King's Inns, Dublin's Technological University, University College Dublin, the Welsh Office and Dublin Business School. She has postgraduate qualifications in library and information management from the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin and Northumbria University. Marie initiated the setting up of the MSc in Information and Library Management at Dublin Business School. She is a founding member of the DBS Library Press and of the peer reviewed journal DBS Business Review, of which she is an Editorial Board member. Marie is a member of the Council of the Library Association of Ireland; of the Academic and Special Libraries section of the Library Association of Ireland and of the Library Committee of the Higher Education Colleges Association.

Niamh Brennan

Niamh Brennan is Programme Manager Research Informatics in Trinity College Library Dublin where she works on research reporting, evaluation and impact. She is responsible for the development of Trinity's Research Support System and its institutional repository, TARA (Trinity's Access to Research Archive). Niamh is a member of several national and international groups working on open access to research outputs and enabling their improved reporting, retrieval and evaluation. These include Ireland's National Open Science Forum (which represents all Irish funding councils and research agencies and institutions), DART-Europe (Digital Access to Research Theses Europe), OpenAIRE2020 (Horizon2020) and OpenAIRE Advance (Horizon2020). She is a member of the management councils of two key Irish journals in economics and social sciences and has partnered in a number of research projects in digital humanities, international development and social sciences. Niamh coordinated a national sectoral project in Ireland, funded by the HEA and managed by the IUA, which developed research reporting standards and research evaluation methodologies with a particular focus on developing new ways of demonstrating research impact. She has acted as a consultant on bibliometrics for HEA/Forfas (2011) and HEA (2106-2017). She was a member of the European Commission Expert Group on Skills for Open Science, reporting to the European Open Science Policy Platform (expert group report published: September 2017).

Elisabeth Stadler

Elisabeth Stadler studied German Philology and Musicology at the University of Graz.  She has been Head of the Graz University Publishing House since May 2018.

Graham Stone

Graham Stone manages a cross team research unit to ensure the highest quality of service provision to libraries in the UK higher education sector with regards to Jisc Collections activities and open access services. This includes designing and conducting a range of planned and ad-hoc quantitative and qualitative research; implementing policies, processes and systems to enable the effective evaluation, monitoring and communication of research activity to enable informed decision making for Jisc and its members; assisting in the monitoring of the transition to open access as part of funder policy and cOAlition S guidelines; related metadata issues; new forms of open access publishing, such as library-led presses and academic led publishing; and other research projects, which support Jisc’s objectives in these areas.

Previously he worked in the university sector for 23 years, most recently at the University of Huddersfield where he managed the library resources budget, open access services and the University of Huddersfield Press. He is a Chartered Librarian (MCLIP) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Graham was awarded his professional doctorate in 2017 for research on New University Press publishing. He is also co-author of TERMS (Techniques in E-Resources Management) alongside Jill Emery (Portland State University) and Peter McCracken (Cornell University) and a member of the Knowledge Exchange OA monographs working group and the UUK OA monographs working group.

Jim O'Donnell

James J. O’Donnell has been University Librarian and Professor of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies at Arizona State University since 2015. Before that, as academic and administrator at the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University, he has worked on innovative digital publications since 1990, when he co-founded Bryn Mawr Classical Review, the oldest open access scholarly journal in the humanities.