Ivy Anderson

Ivy Anderson is the director of collections at the California Digital Library (CDL), where she oversees a broad range of shared collections activities encompassing electronic content licensing, management of shared print collections, and mass digitization of legacy collections on behalf of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. Ivy’s professional interests and contributions center on issues related to licensing, scholarly communications, and the intersection of electronic and print collection development. Before coming to the CDL in December 2005, Ivy was program manager for e-resource management and licensing at the Harvard University Library, where she developed and managed a shared licensing program on behalf of Harvard’s many libraries. Prior to 1998, Ivy served as head of information systems at the Brandeis University Libraries. Ivy holds a BA in music from New York University and an MLS from Simmons College. Before acquiring her library degree, Ivy pursued doctoral studies in music history and theory at Brandeis University.

Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson is associate dean for scholarly resources and collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library. He earned his BS and MLIS degrees at Brigham Young University, and has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as head acquisitions librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and as director of resource acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog, as well as writing an occasional op-ed column for Against the Grain titled “In My Humble (But Correct) Opinion.” Gary is the author of Buying and Contracting for Resources and Services: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians, published in 2004. In 2005, he was identified by Library Journal as a Mover & Shaker—one of 50 people shaping the future of libraries. He was elected president of the North American Serials Interest Group in 2008 and was named an ARL Research Library Leadership fellow for 2009–10.

Adrian Alexander

Adrian Alexander has served as RM and Ida McFarlin Dean of the Library at the University of Tulsa since February 2007. Prior to that, he was the first executive director of the Greater Western Library Alliance, a non-profit consortium representing 31 academic research libraries. In his nine years at GWLA, he organized and managed a variety of collaborative library projects, including cooperative collection development, electronic database licensing, digital library development, and interlibrary loan. As part of a somewhat “non-traditional” career path in the information industry, he also spent 13 years with a journal subscription agency in a variety of sales, sales management, and marketing management roles.  Adrian holds a master's degree in library science and a certificate of advanced study in academic library administration from the University of North Texas, where he also worked for five years as a reference librarian and in library administration. He has published over two dozen journal articles in the professional literature on a range of topics that include journal pricing trends, intellectual property issues, electronic publishing, and management. Adrian has served on the editorial boards of three peer-reviewed library science journals and was a senior fellow in academic library administration at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in 1999. He currently serves on the board of advisors to the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of North Texas, and the board of directors of ESIG, the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Science Information Group, a consortium of over 50 university libraries in 22 states and US territories. Adrian was a co-founder of BioOne, Inc., a not-for-profit, electronic publishing enterprise, and served on the company’s board of directors as treasurer from its incorporation in January 2000 until he left the Greater Western Library Alliance in early 2007. He is also a professional actor and a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA).

Jill Benn

Jill Benn is the University Librarian at the University of Western Australia (UWA), a member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight research-intensive universities. Jill’s role requires the leadership of 100 staff in six libraries delivering a range of services to over 1,500 academic staff and 25,000 students. Jill has previously held a variety of positions at UWA, including as Associate Director (Research and Learning Support) and Assistant Director for the Faculties of Arts, Business and Law. Jill has led several acclaimed initiatives at UWA including the establishment of the Barry J Marshall (Science) Library, a new 700 seat student collaborative learning facility in the Reid Library, and a shared Library/student IT service model. She is focused on client engagement and partnership as a key strategy for Library service development. Jill is an active member of the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Research Advisory Committee and has been involved in a number of Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Committees, holding a silver pin for service to the profession. Her professional interests include open scholarship, learning space design, social media and leadership development.

Marta Brunner

Marta Brunner is college librarian at Skidmore College. An active supporter of open access in higher education, she has served on the steering group for the Open Humanities Press and the oversight committee for Lever Press. She is also on the executive board for the Connect New York resource sharing consortium. Marta came to Skidmore from UCLA where she served as interim director of teaching and learning services and head of Powell Library, and before that, as subject librarian and head of Collections, Research, and Instructional Services at the Charles E. Young Research Library. She joined UCLA Library in 2006 as a Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow, after working as a library assistant at the University of Chicago. Marta obtained her doctoral degree from the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz. She also holds a masters in English (rhetoric and composition) from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree from Goshen College. Her research interests include academic library leadership, open access publishing and outreach, and social movement history.

Joyce Chao-chen Chen

Dr. Joyce Chao-chen Chen received her PhD from the Department of Library and Information Science at National Taiwan University in 1994. She is a professor of the Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies and has been the dean of academic affairs of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) since 2013. She was also the president of the Library Association of the Republic of China from 2008 to 2009, the president of Interlibrary Cooperation Association from 2010 to 2014, the university librarian of NTNU from 2007 to 2013, a member of the standing committee of Academic and Research Libraries Section of IFLA from 2011 to 2015, and a member of the research team of IASL Research SIG since 2012. Joyce is focused on the development of public libraries and school libraries in Taiwan, as well as academic librarianship. She was the organizer of IASL’s Annual Conference in Taipei in 2007. Her research interests cover areas that include digital libraries, information organization, e-publishing, e-learning, reading studies, and school librarianship. 

Stuart Dempster

Stuart Dempster is Head of Information Resources at Imperial College London and a member of the Library Leadership Team. He joined the College in 2015, bringing more than 30 years of library leadership, digital innovation expertise and management experience to the role. Stuart leads a team of 16, with an annual operating budget exceeding £6 million to procure ‘content’ for learning, teaching and research. He oversees the acquisition, subscription and inter-library lending teams. He focuses on strategy, innovation, negotiation, skills development, and improving the user experience. Since joining the College, Stuart has worked on the implementation of a series of Rapid Improvement Exercises, all of which are aimed at improving operational efficiency and effectiveness. Before joining the College, Stuart worked for the BBC, Open Knowledge, and the Wellcome Trust as a freelance consultant. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years working at Jisc, the Wellcome Library, United Business and Media (UBM), and the Press Association where he held a variety of management roles, including Head of Library Services. While at Jisc he was a Project Director, leading the Strategic Content Alliance activities, and managing the ‘Digging into Data’ trans-Atlantic programme. He helped lead the campaign to implement the Hargreaves recommendations, which help to modernize UK Copyright Law and coordinated activities to help counter the more regressive elements of the Digital Copyright Act. He has led the Jisc large-scale digitization programs, working closely with UK and overseas research libraries. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of the Arts.

Barbara McDonald

Barbara McDonald is an Associate Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph, overseeing the Collections and Discovery & Access portfolios. Prior to joining Guelph in August 2015, she worked at Brock University as an Associate University Librarian (Collections/Liaison Services 2010-14) and Interim University Librarian (2014-15). From 2000-10 she held several positions at McMaster University, including Scholarly Communication Librarian and Head of Reference Services. Barbara started her career at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she spent a decade as a Reference/Instruction Librarian and Head of Lending Services. She is active in two of Canada’s key consortia: Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). Barbara earned her MLIS at Dalhousie University and holds a BA (History/Canadian Studies) from Trent University.

Sarah M. Pritchard

Sarah M. Pritchard is the dean of libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University. She administers the Main Library, Deering Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, the Schaffner Library on the Chicago campus, and the Oak Grove Library Center in Waukegan. Sarah also has oversight of the Northwestern University Press and manages shared services with the law, medical, and NU-Qatar libraries. Her prior positions include university librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara; director of libraries at Smith College; associate executive director at the Association of Research Libraries; and several positions in reference and collection development at the Library of Congress, including LC's first subject specialist in women's studies. Pritchard received her BA in French & Italian with high honors from the University of Maryland, and master’s degrees in French and in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Greg Raschke

Greg Raschke is the associate director for collections and scholarly communication at the North Carolina State University Libraries, where he leads programs to build, manage, and preserve the libraries’ extensive collections. His responsibilities include overseeing a $10 million+ collections budget and the development of digital collections. He leads the libraries’ partnerships in developing new and sustainable channels for scholarly communication. Greg also administers the Friends of the Library annual giving and special programs and events. He has published and presented on diverse topics such as the future of research library collections, electronic resources and organizational change, and recruitment practices in academic libraries

Barbara Rockenbach

Barbara Rockenbach is the director of the humanities and history libraries at Columbia University. Barbara was previously the director of undergraduate and library research education at Yale University. Prior to her position at Yale, Barbara worked as the associate director for library relations at JSTOR. She holds an MS in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in art history from Hunter College, and a BA in English from the University of Illinois.

Adolfo Rodriquez

Dr. Jose Adolfo Rodriguez Gallardo serves as director general of libraries at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He is researcher emeritus at the Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas y de la Información (IIBI) (Institute of Library and Information Research) of UNAM. He is also national researcher Level III in the National System of Researchers of the National Council of Science and Technology and a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences. He has been the director of the Escuela Nacional de Biblioteconomía y Archivonomía  (National School for Library and Archival Sciences) and of the Library Directorate at UNAM, and was the founding director of the Centro Universitario de Investigaciones Bibliotecológicas de la UNAM (currently the IIBI),  and is the coordinador del Posgrado en Bibliotecología y Estudios de la Información de la UNAM (Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Library and Information Sciences) at UNAM. With a master’s degree in history from the El Colegio de México, a master’s degree in library science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a doctorate in pedagogy from UNAM, he has published more than a dozen books and 70 articles in national and international journals.

Hildegard Schaeffler

Hildegard Schaeffler has an academic background in humanities and linguistics. She has a PhD in English Linguistics and a further degree in library and information science. Since 1998, she has been employed by the Bavarian State Library in Munich where she is currently head of serials and e-media. Her responsibilities include managing serials and (licensed) e-media business, running the head office of the Bavarian Consortium and negotiating e-resources at the national level within the framework of funding programs of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DfG). Hildegard is a member of several working groups and committees at the regional, national, and international level, including deputy chairwoman of the German, Austrian, and Swiss Consortia Organisation (GASCO). She is a member of the Knowledge Exchange licensing working group and an active participant in ICOLC.

Nicola Wright

Nicola Wright serves as acting director of library services and head of the Resources & Innovation Group for the London School of Economics Library. She has extensive experience in library management gained during a varied career in the higher education and heritage sectors, with roles at the British Library, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and Imperial College London. Nicola provides operational leadership for LSE Library and is responsible for driving service innovation and quality. Her career has focused on leading change in libraries in order to meet the demands of a digital environment. Her interest in this area began when she joined the British Library's Digital Library Programme in 1997 and continues with her leadership of LSE Library’s digital strategy and the development of the LSE Digital Library service. Nicola has contributed to a number of national and international initiatives in support of evolving the role of research libraries, including work with Research Libraries UK, SCONUL, JISC and OCLC. She is a member of various advisory groups and in April 2014 Nicola became deputy chair of the UK Committee for the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme. Nicola joined LSE in 2008 from Imperial College London, where she led the development of the UK Research Reserve project. As head of the library's Academic Services Group, she had strategic and management responsibility for collection development, as well as research and teaching support services. In 2011, Nicola was appointed deputy director of library services and head of the Resources & Innovation Group of the library. She now leads the library as acting director.