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 recently moved to the University of Chicago where she is the Institutional Repository Manager. She has a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University (Montreal) where she studied political science and women's studies, 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. Read more about Will in his ACRL member of the week profile.

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. Read more about Stephanie in her ACRL member of the week profile.

Katie Fortney is the Copyright Policy & Education Officer for California Digital Library (CDL) serving the University of California libraries and their users. She supports the UC community in the understanding and administration of the systemwide faculty open access policy, education about copyright and fair use, questions relating to authors' rights, and whatever else comes in handy in a given week. Prior to joining CDL she worked as a librarian at UC Santa Cruz, where her duties included scholarly communication, instruction, reference, and collections. She has a J.D. from NYU, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a B.S. in English Literature from Iowa State University. Read more about Katie in her ACRL member of the week profile.

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.

Jenny Oleen is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, where she also serves as the Copyright Librarian, and manages the Scholarly Communications Unit and the new institutional repository, Western CEDAR ( She has a BS in Agronomy from Kansas State University, a MS in Environmental Science from University of Arizona, and a MLS from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Anali Maughan Perry is the Associate Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication at Arizona State University Libraries, where, among other things, she leads educational outreach for faculty, staff and students on author rights, copyright and fair use, open access, and scholarly communication. She is a member of ASU’s Data Management and Repository Services Team and helps manage the ASU Digital Repository. Anali also moonlights as the host of The Library Minute video series. She has a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Arizona State University and an Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

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.

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.