Presenters

Keynote Speakers

John Unsworth, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Virginia

John Unsworth

John M. Unsworth is the university librarian and dean of libraries, and professor of English, at the University of Virginia. Unsworth came to UVA from Brandeis University, where he served as vice provost, university librarian, chief information officer, and professor of English. Before serving at Brandeis, Unsworth was dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There he also held faculty appointments in library and information science, English, and library administration. Unsworth was previously a tenured professor of English at UVA, as well as the first director of UVA’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH). His first faculty appointment, in the late 1980s, was as an assistant professor of English at North Carolina State University.

Unsworth holds a PhD in English from UVA (1988), a Master of Arts in English from Boston University (1982), and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Amherst College in 1981. Widely recognized as a pioneer in the field of digital humanities, he received the 2005 Richard W. Lyman Award from the National Humanities Center, and was nominated by President Obama to the National Humanities Council in 2012. He was also the co-founder of the first peer-reviewed electronic journal in the humanities, Postmodern Culture, and has published extensively on the subject of electronic scholarship.

Amy Brand, Director, The MIT Press

Amy Brand

Amy Brand was named Director of the MIT Press in July 2015. Previously, she served as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America at Digital Science. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef.

Brand serves on the National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information, the Duraspace Board of Directors, was a founding member of the ORCID Board, and regularly advises on key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.

Presenters and Panelists

Allison Belan

Allison C. Belan

Allison C. Belan is the Associate Director for Digital Strategy and Systems at Duke University Press, publisher of scholarly journals and book in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. Allison works to align all aspects of the Press’ book and journal publishing operations to support its digital publishing and digital marketing goals and to build a digital presence that connects the world to Duke’s scholarship. She has overseen lead creation of Duke University Press’s online e-book site serving the institutional market, and spearheaded the planning process for a comprehensive web marketing and ecommerce offering.
Tom Beyer

Tom Beyer

Tom is responsible for providing the vision and strategy for the ongoing development of the PubFactory platform. Tom has 15+ years of experience devoted exclusively to building and refining the PubFactory platform, which includes conceptualizing and delivering platform implementations for the IMF, OUP, Brill, SAGE, Wiley, Cengage Learning, RR Donnelley, the World Bank, Bloomsbury, and Harvard University Press, among others. Tom is especially interested in how books are developing online and in exploring new user interaction paradigms that online delivery can support.
Bob Boissy

Bob Boissy

Bob has worked in different roles relating to publishing and library services for 29 years. Past work experiences include client technical support, data exchange, licensing, and vendor relations. Bob has been involved in many standards groups related to licensing and serials, and has served as President of NASIG. Areas of recent research include ranking mechanisms for referring sources, benchmarking e-resource use in academic settings, and cooperative marketing between information providers and libraries. His current favorite marketing campaign involves affordable textbooks. Bob holds a BA from Middlebury College, an MLS from the University at Albany, and a Certificate of Advanced Study from Syracuse University.
Alison Bradley

Alison Bradley

Alison Bradley is the Collection Development Librarian and Liaison Coordinator at Davidson College, where she is responsible for developing a collaborative program of material selection and review with a team of librarians and the faculty of the College. As the User Experience Research Team Lead, she has worked on investigating questions around the ways that librarians, publishers, and other stakeholders in the academic eBook market address their users’ satisfaction and preferences in producing and acquiring eBooks for scholarly use.
Beth Caruso

Beth Caruso

Since graduating with an English MA in 2010, Beth Caruso has been teaching writing at UNC Charlotte. She has recently given up her administrative position as Associate Director of the UNC Charlotte Writing Resources Center in order to concentrate on library studies. Although she plans to enter into the academic sector of library work after graduating this spring, she hopes develop a collaborative relationship with university archives as a way to diversify student inquiries. As a supplement to her studies, she is working as a research assistant for the User Experience and Platform & Preservation Charlotte Initiative research teams.

David Comeaux

David Comeaux

David Comeaux is the Web Development Librarian at Louisiana State University. As Web Development Librarian, Dave has a leadership role in the planning, design, and management of an evolving library web presence. Dave is a passionate advocate for user-centered design. He has directed numerous web assessment activities including usability testing, focus groups, surveys and analytics assessment.

Dave's contribution to the Charlotte Iniitiative include an active role on the User Experience Reseach Team and maintenance of the Charlotte Initiative and Open Conference websites.

Steve Cohn

Steve Cohn

Steve Cohn has been the Director of Duke University Press since 1993. Before that he worked at Duke as the Press’s journals manager and as managing editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy & Law. Over the years he has served on the board of the Association of American University Presses and chaired or served on a number of its committees and task forces. Steve is a member of the Charlotte Initiative's Working Group and Licensing Team.
Krista Coulson

Krista Coulson

Krista directs the strategic development and expansion of the e-book program at the University of Chicago Press. She has served on and chaired the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Digital Publishing Committee for a number of years and is currently part of Crossref’s Books Advisory Group. Before joining Chicago in 2011, Krista was the Electronic Publishing Manager at the University of Wisconsin Press, where she also worked on permissions and contracts. She began working with e-books in 2007, or as she sometimes thinks of it— P.K. (pre-Kindle). Krista has a B. A. in International Studies from Macalester College, and holds an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. She intermittently tweets about digital publishing, the absurdity of life, and her dog at @digipub.
Cheryl Cuillier

Cheryl Cuillier

Cheryl Cuillier is an Associate Librarian in the Research and Learning Department at the University of Arizona Libraries. She is the Libraries’ Open Educational Resources Coordinator and a liaison librarian to business and architecture.
Kate Davis

Kate Davis

Kate Davis has worked at Scholars Portal -a service of the Ontario Council of University Libraries- since 2006 in a variety of client services and project management roles. Currently, she is the Assistant Director of Collections and Digital Preservation where she is responsible for the day-to-day management of Scholars Portal operations, including managing Scholars Portal’s content repositories, supporting project managers, supervising staff, strategic planning and communications. Kate has an MA in Russian Literature and an MLIS Library Information Science at the University of Toronto.
Kelly Denzer

Kelly Denzer

Kelly Denzer is the research assistant for the Course Use Research Team and the Licensing Principles Research Team, and assisted with the literature review of the Environmental Scan. She also works in higher education as an art history instructor working with eTextooks in the online classroom. Kelly has an MLIS from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and an MA in art history from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, MN.
Betz Des Chenes

Betz Des Chenes

In over twenty-five years with Gale Cengage Learning, Betz Des Chenes has developed print and digital products for both the K-12 and academic spaces. Her career includes tenures with the UXL, Greenhaven Press, and Macmillan Reference imprints, as well as development work for the digital archive and database programs.
Steve Fallon

Steve Fallon

Steve Fallon is the Director of Sales and Business Development at DeGruyter, where he has worked for the past six years establishing and growing the De Gruyter brand in the Americas through sales, partnerships and business development. Prior to joining DeGruyter, Steve worked for seven years in sales with Springer, Blackwell Publishing and Elsevier.
Emily Frank

Emily Frank

Emily Frank is a Research and Instruction Librarian at Louisiana State University Libraries. She is the liaison to the College of Engineering and oversees the Libraries’ e-textbooks initiatives.
Teri Gallaway

Teri Gallaway

Teri Oaks Gallaway joined LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network in 2015 after ten years as library faculty at Loyola University New Orleans where she held positions as the Associate Director of Research and Technology for the Honors Program, and the Systems and Web Coordinator. At LOUIS she is the Interim Executive Director as well as the project lead for the Affordable Learning LOUISiana initiative.
Chip German

Chip German

R.F. (Chip) German Jr. is program director of the Academic Preservation Trust, a consortium of 16 university libraries with headquarters at the University of Virginia Library, and senior director for Content Stewardship at the UVA Library. He joined the library after serving as project director for UVA’s new RCM-based financial model. Previously, Chip served as vice president for information resources at Millersville University in Millersville, PA, and at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, with responsibilities including the university libraries at both institutions. Over the preceding 20 years at UVA, Chip was director of policy and strategic planning at the central IT organization; chief of staff to the university president, director of the University News Office and director of University Publications.
Chuck Hamaker

Chuck Hamaker

Charles (Chuck) Hamaker, former AUL (and present Special Projects Librarian) at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and former AUL at Louisiana State University, received the ABC-CLIO/ Vicky Speck Charleston Conference Leadership Award for 2016. Chuck, with co-author Deana Astle (deceased), received the Bowker Ulrich’s serials librarian award for their work on discriminatory pricing in the 1980s. From Charleston Advisor peer reviewer, to conference program planner as well as frequent speaker, Chuck has been a familiar presence to academic librarians and publishers. This free conference is a result of a grant funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a focused dialogue among librarians and publishers to apply long established library principles of permanent access, and support for sustainable scholarship and publication to the emerging ebook ecosystem.
Tony Horava

Tony Horava

Tony Horava is the Associate University Librarian (Collections) at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is responsible for coordinating collection development and strategy across the Library, and he also has responsibility for overseeing the technical services sector. He is cross-appointed to the School of Information Studies where he has taught courses in Collection Management, the Publishing Business, and Information Resources Management. He has been very involved in consortial negotiations at the provincial and national level in Canada. He is one of the directors of the Charleston Conference, his favourite conference! His major interests include: collection management, e-books, the future of reading, and the impact of scholarly communications issues on all of the above. Tony is a member of the Charlotte Iniatitive's Working Group and Licensing Team.
Grant Hurley

Grant Hurley

Grant Hurley is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal, Ontario Council of University Libraries, where he is responsible for supporting and developing digital preservation policies, systems and services. He graduated from the Dual Master of Archival Studies and Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of British Columbia in 2015. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors and editor of Off the Record for the Archives Association of Ontario and as a researcher with the InterPARES Trust project at the University of British Columbia.
October Ivins

October Ivins

October Ivins is Principal and Consultant with Ivins eContent Solutions and the Charlotte Initiative Project Consultant. As an independent consultant, October assists publishers and other content providers, associations, libraries, and consortia. Projects typically include market research, pricing, and/or marketing strategy. She began her career as an academic librarian at UNC and LSU and then completed PhD coursework in LIS (digital libraries and the information industry, and qualitative research methods) at UT Austin. October was an executive at two Boston area publishing services startups before becoming a consultant. She is a past president of both NASIG and SSP and is an active member of ALCTS.
Eriberto P. Lozada Jr.

Eriberto P. Lozada Jr.

Eriberto P. Lozada Jr. is a Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies, and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. He is a sociocultural anthropologist who has examined contemporary issues in Chinese society ranging from: religion and politics; food, popular culture and globalization; sports and society issues; and the cultural impact of science and technology. He has also been involved with bringing two different journals to open access status.
Joel Kirner
Joel began his career in 1984 as a student manager of an off-campus bookstore serving The University of Georgia. In 1989, he joined Barnes & Noble serving several campus communities in the southeast, including SMU, Tulane, and The University of Mississippi. In 1999, Joel was appointed Regional Manager. He currently resides in Athens, GA and serves campuses in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Chan Li

Chan Li

Chan Li received her MLIS in 2006 from UCLA. She is senior data analyst at the California Digital Library, where she manages all aspects of electronic resource analysis activities. Chan serves on NISO SUSHI (Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative) Standing Committee. Chan has been a key player in the development of CDL’s weighted value algorithm to evaluate UC ejournals across disciplines. In 2014, Chan participated in the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship program at Loyola Marymount University. Following that, Chan has developed a focus group study at UC Santa Cruz to research student behaviors around print and ebook use. In 2016, Chan participated in the user experience research team from the Charlotte Initiative to explore various issues around ebook use in academic libraries.
Theresa Liedtka
Theresa Liedtka has served as Dean of Lupton Library at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga since 2004. Prior to working at UTC she held position at California State University Fullerton, Georgetown University in Washington DC, and Simmons College in Boston, MA. Theresa has a MLS from Simmons College, a MALS from Georgetown University, and a BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Joyce Ogburn

Joyce Ogburn

Joyce L. Ogburn is Digital Strategies and Partnerships Librarian and was formerly Dean of Libraries at Appalachian State University. Previously, she was the Dean of the J. Willard Marriott and University Librarian at the University of Utah, and also served as special assistant to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. Professional contributions include boards and committees for such organizations as the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and the Scholarly Publishing and Resources Coalition (SPARC). In 2011-12, Joyce served as President of the Association of College and Research Libraries. She was honored by the UNC-CH School of Information and Library Science as distinguished alumna in 2013 and joined their Board of Visitors in 2014.
Christopher Paradise

Christopher Paradise

Christopher Paradise is Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Davidson College. As a teacher and ecologist, Chris wants his students to understand the process of doing science, to appreciate the fundamental concepts in biology, and to make connections between all levels of biology. His research projects are in a variety of areas of insect ecology, from the individual to the ecosystem levels. He has also co-authored and regularly uses a digital introductory biology text and has a digital ecology text in development.
Wendy Queen

Wendy Queen

Wendy Queen is the Director of Project MUSE. She serves on the international board of COUNTER, the ALPSP steering committee and the CrossRef Books Interest group. Hopkins Press and Project MUSE was recently awarded a Mellon Grant to pursue the distribution of OA monographs. She holds a MA (University of Baltimore) in Publication Design, Information Arts & Technologies.
Bill Reilly

Bill Reilly

Bill Reilly, Director of Davidson College Stores in Davidson, NC began working in collegiate retail in 1989 while he was a Junior at the University of Rhode Island, where he has a BA in English. Like many get their start in this industry, he stayed on well after graduating and became the manager of the Rhode Island Book Company in 1998. In 2002, he and his family moved to the Philadelphia suburbs as he became manager of the Delaware County Community College Stores until his move to Davidson in 2010. He lives in Mooresville with his daughter Teagan, and is very active in community and professional theater.
Charlie Remy

Charlie Remy

Charlie has worked at the UTC Library since 2011 where he manages e-resources throughout their lifecycle. Prior to UTC, he worked in a similar capacity at Western State Colorado University. He has a BA in Spanish and Gender Studies from Elon University and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. His professional interests include vendor negotiation, publishing industry consolidation, autistic employment in libraries, media literacy, and emerging business models.
Rebecca Seger

Rebecca Seger

Rebecca Seger is the Senior Director for Institutional Sales at Oxford University Press USA. She has been working with libraries for her entire career, currently leading the OUP team that works with, and sells, to all types of libraries and consortia in North and South America. Rebecca has been with OUP for 16 years, and has focused on product development, business model strategy, and the sales and marketing of ebooks, databases and journals to and for the academic and library community, and has been part of the product teams that have developed such products as University Press Scholarship Online. She is a past chair of the AAP/ALCTS Joint Publisher/Librarian Committee and has spoken often on a wide range of library/publisher-related issues at industry gatherings, including the Charleston Conference, American Library Association, NFAIS, ER&L, and Association of American Publishers/PSP Division seminars.
John Sherer

John Sherer

John Sherer was named the seventh director of the University of North Carolina Press in June of 2012. Since his arrival the Press has published two New York Times bestsellers and has been the recipient of several major foundation grants including a $998,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support new scaled models for high quality monograph publications.

Previously, he was the publisher of Basic Books in New York and was an adjunct professor at NYU’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. He has held marketing positions at Henry Holt, the Brookings Institution and was a manager and buyer at Olsson’s Books and Records in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Elizabeth Siler

Liz Siler

Liz Siler is the Collection Development Librarian at UNC Charlotte Atkins Library and the lead for the Course Use Research Team for the Charlotte Initiative. Prior to her current role, she worked as an Electronic Resources Librarian at both UNC Charlotte and Florida International University. She received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Kentucky and her BS in Broadcast Communications from Elon University.
Katherine Skinner

Katherine Skinner

Dr. Katherine Skinner is Executive Director of the Educopia Institute, a nonprofit organization that builds networks and collaborative communities to help cultural, scientific, and scholarly institutions achieve greater impact. She has helped to found and support the MetaArchive Cooperative (digital preservation network); the Library PublishingCoalition (addressing scholarly communications activities in libraries); and the BitCurator Consortium (a digital forensics community). Skinner received her Ph.D. from Emory University. She has co-edited three books and has authored dozens of reports and articles. She is currently Principal Investigator for four research projects on leadership and education ("Nexus," "Mapping theLandscapes"), digital preservation ("ETD plus"), and scholarly communication ("Developing a Library Publishing Curriculum"). She also provides consultation services on planning and implementing digital scholarship and digital preservation.
Brad Spry

Brad Spry

Brad Spry is a Software Developer/Architect for UNC Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library. An autodidact, Brad has spent his entire lifetime in libraries and has dedicated his career to building highly effective library services and ingenious library technologies.
Rose Stremlau

Rose Stremlau

Rose Stremlau is an Assistant Professor in the History Department at Davidson College. She specializes in the study of the Native South; American Indian women, gender, and sexualities; federal Indian policy; and sexual violence. Her book Sustaining the Cherokee Family: Kinship and the Allotment of an Indigenous Nation, was published by the University of North Carolina Press and won the 2012 Willie Lee Rose Prize from the Southern Association for Women's Historians.
Will Wakeling

Will Wakeling

Will Wakeling was Dean of University Libraries at Northeastern University from 2007 until his retirement in December 2016. Previously he was Associate Dean for Collections and Technical Services, having first come to the University (and the United States) as Collection Development Officer in 1998 after a career in British university libraries. Will has served as President and on the Board of the Boston Library Consortium, as a Board and Committee member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and has taught as an adjunct at Simmons College’s GSLIS. His most recent publication was the chapter, “The Role of the Library/Media Center as an Enabler of Online Learning” in The Online University: Building Viable Learning Experiences for Higher Education, ed. R M Kesner, Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
Niamh Wallace

Niamh Wallace

Niamh Wallace is an Assistant Librarian in the Research and Learning Department at the University of Arizona Libraries (UAL). She is a social sciences liaison librarian and leads UAL’s required course materials program.
Charles Watkinson

Charles Watkinson

Charles Watkinson is Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Library and Director of University of Michigan Press. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2014, Charles was Director of Purdue University Press and Head of Scholarly Publishing Services in Purdue Libraries for five years, and Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens for five years. He has been a board member of the Association of American University Presses and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and was an initiator of the Library Publishing Coalition. Twitter Handle: @charleswatkinso
Michael Zeoli

Michael Zeoli

Michael Zeoli is Vice President for Content Strategy and Publisher Relations at GOBI Library Solutions (formerly YBP Library Services). GOBI is the largest supplier of scholarly books to academic libraries in the North America and in many other parts of the world. Michael has served in various roles at GOBI since 1996. From 2005-2007 Michael worked in Sales and as Director of eContent Development at ebrary. He publishes regularly on trends in books and academic libraries, most recently on No Shelf Required, ‘Academic libraries are shrinking, while content is growing. How did we get here?’. He currently resides in Washington, DC.