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

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 Professor at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University. She provides leadership for scholarly communication programs, including Digital Commons @ IWU. She is the liaison to the Economics, Educational Studies and Psychology departments at IWU, and serves as the Managing Faculty Co-Editor of the Undergraduate Economic Review. She is a facilitator for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow, a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication and an editorial assistant for College & Research Libraries. 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. In 2014, she was named a Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and was awarded the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section Distinguished Librarian Award. 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 UC open access policies, 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.

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

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 a Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona. Read more about Anali in her ACRL member of the week profile.

Jaron Porciello currently serves as Associate Director for Research Data Engagement and Training in International Programs for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Trained as a librarian, Jaron's research interests center around questions of group-work and international science collaboration where information, research, and technology are central to the work at hand. She is also interested in how changes in science and technology policy impact all people. Jaron brings more than seven years of academic experience with digital strategy and evidence-based science to her role with the Alliance for Science. Past projects include: management of the membership sustainability initiative for; Director of TEEAL, a world agricultural science information resource; and program manager for training services for Research4Life, a United Nations public-private partnership. Jaron holds dual Masters degrees in Library and Information Sciences and English from Indiana University. She is Board President (2015-2017) for Ithaca Montessori School, a non-profit early childhood education school. Jaron enjoys listening to new music, finding the funny in every situation, and reading just about everything. Follow her on Twitter @jaronalena. Read more about Jaron in her ACRL member of the week profile.