Greg Cram

Greg Cram ‎Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy, The New York Public Library

Greg Cram is the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Since joining the Library in 2011, Greg has endeavored to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public at large. He is responsible for developing and implementing policy and practices around the use of the Library’s collections, both online and in the Library’s physical spaces. Greg has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the recent release of more than 20,000 high-resolution images of public domain maps. Greg has represented the Library in advocating for better copyright policy, testifying before Congress about the first sale doctrine and before the United States Copyright Office about orphan works. Before joining the Library, Greg served as the copyright clearance consultant to Leadership Team Development, a business support company that organizes thousands of meetings, seminars and conferences. He also worked as a licensing associate at Sanctuary Records, a large independent record label. He is a graduate of Boston University and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He is a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts.

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Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan Dempsey Vice President and Chief Strategist, OCLC Research

Lorcan coordinates strategic planning and oversees Research, Membership and Community Relations at OCLC. He has worked for library and educational organizations in Ireland, the UK and the US. His influence on national policy and library directions is widely recognized. In 2010 he received the National Federation of Advanced Information Services’ (NFAIS) highest award, The Miles Conrad Award. He is an honorary Doctor of the University of the Open University in the UK and has twice received an ALCTS Presidential Citation for his work with OCLC colleagues. Lorcan began his career in public libraries in his native Dublin, Ireland. Before moving to OCLC, he managed the UK higher education national investment in information services for Jisc. He is a member of the Cambridge University Library Visiting Committee.

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Miguel Figueroa

Miguel Figueroa Director, American Library Association Center for the Future of Libraries

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries at the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association, the American Library Association’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, New York University’s Langone Medical Center Ehrman Medical Library, and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program.


Pamela Graham

Pamela Graham Director, Global Studies, Columbia University Libraries

Pamela Graham is Director of Global Studies and Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation & Research at Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. She also worked as the Latin American & Iberian Studies Librarian at Columbia. Her interests include collection development for foreign language and international collections, human rights archives, the collection of born-digital information, and web archiving. She holds a PhD and MA in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Pamela received her early training in librarianship while working at Duke University Libraries as a Caribbean Studies and Ibero-American Studies Bibliographer, contributing to the formation of the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Latin American Studies Research Librarianship. She is a past president of SALALM, the Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials, and is active in library and scholarly professional associations.


Josh Greenberg

Josh Greenberg Director, Digital Information Technology Program, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Joshua M. Greenberg is director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program. Dr. Greenberg received his Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University, and both Masters and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University’s Department of Science & Technology Studies. Dr. Greenberg worked as Associate Director for Research Projects at George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, as well as Research Assistant Professor in the University’s Department of History and Art History. At CHNM, he co-founded the Zotero project, developed and promoted ways of using the Internet to further historical research, and helped build several systems that eventually evolved into the content management platform Omeka. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Greenberg was the New York Public Library’s first Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, where he developed and led a digital strategy centered on building online visitors and deepening engagement through access to collections both on Library websites and third-party platforms and increased exposure to staff expertise via blogs and other social media.

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Damon Jaggars

Damon Jaggars Interim Vice Provost and University Librarian, Columbia University Libraries

Damon E. Jaggars is Interim Vice Provost & University Librarian at Columbia University Libraries. He previously served as Associate University Librarian for Collections & Services at Columbia; Associate Director for User Services, Head Librarian, Undergraduate Library, and Head of Reference Services, Undergraduate Library, at the University of Texas Libraries; and Coordinator of Information Access/Technology at Iona College. He writes and speaks frequently on service quality assessment in libraries and emerging library service models for supporting research, teaching, and learning. He has served on planning and advisory groups for the Association of Research Libraries, the Educational Testing Service, Cengage Learning, 2CUL, the Manhattan Research Libraries Initiative (MARLi), and the Taiga Forum, among others. He currently serves on the editorial board for portal: Libraries and the Academy.

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Barbara Jones

Barbara Jones Director, Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association

Barbara M. Jones is the Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation at the American Library Association in Chicago. Previously she spent 30 years of her career in academic and research libraries, and director at four. She received her MLS at Columbia University, and her PhD in U.S. History at the University of Minnesota. She has written and spoken extensively on censorship, privacy, and intellectual freedom. She currently serves as a Consultant to the IFLA/FAIFE Committee (Free Access to Information and Free Expression). In that role she has developed curriculum and has trained librarians internationally in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.


Heather Joseph

Heather Joseph Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition

Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of SPARC, (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, open communication of research and scholarship. She leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization, and has focused SPARC’s efforts on creating and supporting new models for sharing digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective Open Access policy advocacy, successfully securing legislation and executive actions in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ms. Joseph spearheaded the launch of the student Right to Research Coalition, an international advocacy organization that has grown to represent nearly seven million students worldwide, and provides opportunities for students and early career researchers to actively engage in advocacy for the open sharing of research and scholarship. She is also the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a national coalition of major U.S. education, research and advocacy organizations that advocate for public access to the results of federally funded research.

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Anne Kenney

Anne Kenney Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, Cornell University Library

Anne Kenney has served as the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell since 2008. Prior to becoming an administrator, Anne spent 15 years conducting research and demonstration projects involving digitization and digital preservation. Her recommendations for library digitization have been adopted by libraries and archives worldwide and by notable organizations, such as JSTOR. The digital preservation management workshop series that she co-developed is in its 8th year. Anne serves on the Governing Board for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and on the Visiting Committee for MIT Libraries. She has served on the Governing Board of the Association of Research Libraries, is also a fellow and past president of the Society of American Archivists, served on the Social Science Research Council’s Committee on Libraries and Archives of Cuba, and was a commissioner of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Earlier, she served as a member of the Clinton/Gore presidential transition team. An author of three award-winning books and over 50 scholarly articles and reports, Anne is proud that one of her recipes was included in a recent Moosewood Collective cook book. In 2014 she received the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award from the American Library Association.


Carol Mandel

Carol Mandel Dean, Division of Libraries, NYU

Carol A. Mandel is Dean of the NYU Division of Libraries, which also includes Campus Media Services, University Archives, and the NYU Press. Her work has focused on the transformation of infrastructures, services, and partnerships to serve the research library’s core mission in a digital environment. Dean Mandel’s publications and presentations have also explored changing modes of research and teaching, preservation of digital content, new models in scholarly communication, and access to primary resources. Most recently, Dean Mandel has focused on infrastructure and service design to provide seamless services to students and faculty throughout NYU’s global system. Dean Mandel has served as president of the Association of Research Libraries, president of the Digital Library Federation, and chair of the Association of Research Libraries Steering Committee on Scholarly Communication. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of HathiTrust, ARTstor, PLUS Coalition, and ArchivesSpace, and of the Executive Committee of the Northeast Research Libraries Consortium. She is on the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, the Portico Advisory Committee, and the joint ARL-AAU Task Force on Scholarly Communication. Dean Mandel was the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2011 Hugh C. Atkinson Award, which recognizes innovative leadership in the work of academic libraries. Dean Mandel joined NYU as Dean of Libraries in 1999. She holds a BA in Art from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and master’s degrees in Art History and in Library Service from Columbia University.


Deanna Marcum

Deanna Marcum Managing Director, Ithaka S+R

As Ithaka S+R managing director, Deanna Marcum leads the research and consulting services that assist universities and colleges, libraries, publishers, and cultural institutions as they make the transition to the digital environment. She heads a growing staff of program directors and analysts with wide-ranging expertise. Deanna holds a doctor of philosophy in American studies, a master’s degree in library science, and a bachelor’s degree in English. She was awarded a doctorate in humane letters by North Carolina State University in 2010, and received the Melvil Dewey Medal, the highest award conferred by the American Library Association, in June 2011. Deanna was appointed to the Japan-US Friendship Commission, which seeks “to strengthen the US-Japan relationship through educational, cultural, and intellectual exchange,” in 2013.


Maura Marx

Maura Marx Deputy Director, Office of Library Services, IMLS

Maura Marx currently serves as the Acting Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She was Director of the Digital Public Library of America Secretariat at the Berkman Center at Harvard University from the DPLA’s launch in January 2011 through April 2013.Previously, as Executive Director of the Open Knowledge Commons, she worked to catalyze and raise funding for libraries working on collaborative digital library initiatives. She founded the digital library program at the Boston Public Library and was responsible for its dedication to open principles. Her interests are in cultural heritage, collaboration and the promotion of all types of open knowledge. Maura was a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard from 2010 – 2013 and was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal in 2006. She has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Middlebury College and an M.S.L.I.S. from Simmons College.

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Jim Neal

Jim Neal University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University Libraries

Jim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. From 2001-2014, he served as Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of 22 libraries. Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana University and Johns Hopkins University, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame, and the City University of New York. In addition to his service as a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees, Jim serves on the Council and Executive Board of the American Library Association, and recently completed a three-year term as ALA Treasurer. He has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Research Libraries, on the Board and as Chair of the Research Libraries Group (RLG), on the Board and as Chair of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). He is on the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation and the Board of the Digital Preservation Network. He has also participated on numerous international, national, and state professional committees, and is an active member of the International Federation of Library Associates (IFLA). Jim is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, consultant and published author, with focuses in the areas of scholarly communication, intellectual property, digital library programs, and library cooperation. Jim was selected the 1997 Academic Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries and was the 2007 recipient of ALA’s Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award and the 2009 ALA Melvil Dewey Medal Award. And in 2010, he received the honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta.


Mark Puente

Mark Puente Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries

Mark A. Puente is the Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a position he’s held since March of 2009. Puente directs all aspects of the Association’s diversity recruitment and leadership development programs, and serves as the ARL staff liaison to the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership. Puente is also responsible for the ARL Career Resources and services, designs and directs the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, and leads the planning of the National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC), offered biennially. Mr. Puente is a graduate of the Knowledge River Program at the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona. He earned a Master of Arts in Music (voice) from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX.


Debbie Rabina

Debbie Rabina Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Information Policy and Society concentration, School of Information and Library Science, Pratt Institute

Debbie Rabina is associate professor at Pratt Institute School of information and library Science and coordinator of the Information Policy and Society concentration. Her areas of specialization include reference resources (general, legal, government), information law and policy, and international and comparative librarianship. Dr. Rabina’s research is situated within the framework of Critical Information Studies, and focuses access to information and democracy. Her most recent research project is Visual First Amendment, an interactive data visualization that presents a new and deeper understanding of Supreme Court ruling on the First Amendment.

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Elliott Shore

Elliott Shore Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries

Elliott Shore has served as the executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) since January 2013. In his first two years at ARL, Dr. Shore has helped envision and carry out a thoroughgoing and groundbreaking Strategic Thinking and Design process that resulted in ARL 2015+, new directions for the Association in areas that are intended to bring coherence to the digital world of research libraries and influence the ecosystem of higher education. To learn more about the ARL landscape and how ARL can better serve its members, he conducted a North American listening tour of one-third of ARL member libraries. He also co-conceived and implemented a complete restructuring of the Association’s administrative staff and functions. Dr. Shore has been a leader in the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program since its inception in 2003 and a CLIR Senior Presidential Fellow since 2008. He has served as a co-dean of the Leading Change Institute (formerly the Frye Leadership Institute) since 2012.


Ann Thornton

Ann Thornton Andrew W. Mellon Director, The New York Public Library

Ann Thornton was appointed the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries in 2012. Ms. Thornton is responsible for four world-renowned research libraries and their many activities, including collection development, preservation, reference and research services, fellowships, programs, and exhibitions. Ms. Thornton began working at NYPL in 1996 when she was hired as the Science, Industry, and Business Library’s first public training coordinator, and she subsequently held the positions of Assistant Director of Electronic Resources, Associate Director, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Director of Reference and Research Services, and Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. Ms. Thornton has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MLIS from Florida State University. Early in her career, Thornton served as a systems librarian at the University of Houston Libraries; more recently she was a 2009-10 Research Libraries Leadership Fellow in a program sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries. She is an Association of Research Libraries board member and serves on the New York State Education Department’s Board of Regents Advisory Council on Libraries.


Don Waters

Don Waters Senior Program Officer, Scholarly Communications and Information Technology, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Donald J. Waters is the Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), and as Associate University Librarian at Yale University (1993-1997). Waters graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1973. In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information. In 2005-2008, Waters served on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Christa Williford

Christa Williford Program Officer, Council on Library and Information Resources

Christa Williford is Director of Research and Assessment at the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), responsible for pursuing new research opportunities related to CLIR’s mission and for designing and implementing documentation and assessment strategies. She co-coordinated the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program from 2008-2014, and has been part of the team that has shaped its successor program, Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives. She works on a number of other initiatives related to the future of research and the professions of scholarship, most notably CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, which offers recent PhD graduates the chance to help develop research tools, resources, and services while exploring new career opportunities in academic libraries, research centers, and cultural heritage institutions. She held a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries from 2004 to 2006 at Bryn Mawr College, and a fellowship in Theatre and I.T. Modelling at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2004. Williford holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of Washington Information School and a Ph.D. in Theatre History, Dramatic Literature, and Criticism from Indiana University.

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Jane Winland

Jane Winland Director, Science and Engineering Libraries Columbia University Libraries

Jane Winland is the Director of the Science and Engineering Libraries at Columbia University. She has held a variety of public services positions at Columbia, including the Head of the Watson Library of Business and Economics, Director of the Social Science Libraries, and Acting Head of Access. She has been active in creating opportunities for academic librarians from research institutions to meet and learn from each other. She founded the Columbia Library Symposium, the Academic Business Libraries Directors, and the Borrow Direct Science Libraries Directors Annual Meeting.


Symposium Planning Committee

Jane Winland Director, Science & Engineering Libraries
Elizabeth Call Public Services Librarian, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Chubing Hong Research Support & Data Services Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics
Krystie Klahn Collection Assessment & Analysis Librarian, Science & Engineering Libraries
Meredith Levin Research Collection & Services Librarian, History & Humanities Libraries
Ellie Ransom Research Services Coordinator, Science & Engineering Libraries