Scholarly Communication Workshop: Presenter Biographies

The people listed below are working to design and present the ACRL workshop Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. The goal of the workshop is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system.

Amy Buckland is Coordinator, Scholarly Communications at McGill University Library, where she is responsible for open access initiatives, publishing support, copyright, digital humanities, and research data services. Buckland was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2008, and a SLA Rising Star in 2010. She has a BA from Concordia University (Montreal) and an MLIS from McGill University. Prior to joining the library world, she worked in publishing for 14 years, and thinks academic libraryland is ripe for a revolution.

William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides advice and instruction to campus stakeholders on copyright, licensing, and scholarly communication issues.  As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science.  Before joining the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.  He serves as an adjunct instructor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science and lectures nationally on free expression, copyright, and scholarly communication.  Will has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Techdirt and publishes regularly in law and library journals on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to First Amendment analysis of the regulation of video games.

Stephanie Davis-Kahl is the Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor at Illinois Wesleyan University.  She leads educational programs for faculty, students and staff on author rights, open access, copyright and undergraduate publishing and manages Digital Commons @ IWU (  As the Managing Faculty Co-Editor of the Undergraduate Economic Review, she works closely with students on all aspects of the publishing process.  She also provides research consultation, collection development and instruction services to four departments at IWU and is involved in faculty governance.  Her research interests include library publishing, undergraduate research, and scholarly communication programs at liberal arts colleges.  She is the co-editor of the ACRL publication, Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication.  She earned her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and her MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ada Emmett is Head of the Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright at the University of Kansas (KU).  She received her MLIS (Masters of Library and Information Science) in 2002 at the University of Washington and her BA at the University of Michigan. She has been at KU ten years and is now library faculty at the Center for Digital Scholarship in Watson Library. Heading the Scholarly Communications Program in that Center she works with faculty and academic departments to provide open and public access to their published scholarship, in fulfillment of the faculty's Open Access policy. She also assists faculty and students to understand their copyrights associated with scholarly and creative works which they author, create and share in the classroom. She has been passionate about issues of scholarly communication and access to knowledge since her graduate school days. On academic leave during the school year (2012-2013), she is serving as visiting associate professor and special assistant to the Dean for scholarly communications at Purdue University. She returns to KU in June 2013.

Molly Keener is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at Wake Forest University, providing consultation and education services on copyright, author rights, Open Access, and funder public access policy compliance.  She manages faculty scholarship collections in the institutional repository; supports library faculty with fulfillment of their Open Access policy; administers the University’s Open Access Fund for publication support; works with the Graduate School’s Electronic Theses & Dissertations program; serves as liaison to two academic departments; and, teaches an undergraduate information literacy course.  In 2011, Keener was named an Emerging Leader by the American Library Association. She has a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and earned her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Joy Kirchner is the Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections and Interim Co-AUL for Research & Learning at the University of Minnesota Libraries. Her role involves oversight over Arts & Humanities Programs, Social Sciences Programs, Access & Information Services, Acquisitions and E-resource Management, Collection Development, Collection Management & Preservation, Copyright, Content Services, and Scholarly Communications. Previously, Joy headed the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office at the University of British Columbia, where she was instrumental in establishing the Provost's Scholarly Communications Steering Committee and associated working groups, managed faculty-produced open access journals, copyright and permissions services, and was responsible for system-wide discussion and education of open access, copyright, author rights, and open scholarship publishing solutions.She holds a BA and an MLIS from the University of British Columbia.

Jaron Porciello is Associate Librarian in Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services at Cornell University where she provides leadership in conceptualizing and implementing new digital scholarship and preservation initiatives with a focus on needs assessment, requirements analysis, and business planning. She coordinates the Library’s scholarly communication outreach program by partnering with subject liaisons to understand service needs, coordinate awareness sessions, and facilitate forming new partnerships with faculty in pursuing digital research and teaching initiatives. She provides oversight of the Cornell Copyright Information Center and for the member-driven sustainability initiative for Prior to her role in Digital Scholarship, Jaron served as the International Programs Librarian where she was director of the TEEAL project and served on the executive committee for Research4Life, a United Nations collective aimed at providing free or reduced-cost access to scholarly information in income-eligible countries. She is passionate about learning from others what excites them about scholarly communication. Jaron holds an M.A. in English and a M.L.S. from Indiana University.

Marisa Ramírez is the Digital Scholarship Services Librarian at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. In this position, she supports the development and implementation of library services to reflect the changing landscape of scholarly publishing. In addition to overseeing outreach, content recruitment, digitization and ingest for the campus repository, Marisa provides instruction and consultation to Cal Poly students, faculty and staff on issues related to copyright and fair use, scholarly communication and open access, publishing and emerging e-scholarship efforts. In collaboration with the Grants Development Office, she is also responsible for supporting data management planning. She is active in the Association of College & Research Libraries, most recently serving as the co-creator and convener of the ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group. She also serves as chair for the Digital Libraries Special Interest Group of the Association for Information, Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, an open-access journal that focuses on the intersection between technology, the economics of publishing and the evolving role of the library. Marisa holds a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from The University of Texas at Austin and an MLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

As Duke University’s first Director for Copyright and Scholarly Communications, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  He is a librarian and an attorney (admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina) and also holds a graduate degree in religion from Yale University.  Kevin serves on Duke’s Intellectual Property Board, Digital Futures Task Force and Open Access Advisory Panel.  He is also currently the chair of the ACRL’s Scholarly Communications Committee and a member of the SPARC Steering Committee.  His highly-regarded web log on scholarly communications ( discusses copyright and publication in academia, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics.