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.

Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth (Beth) Brown is currently the Director of Assessment and Scholarly Communications at Binghamton University Libraries and also serves as subject liaison for Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences and Materials Science. She received a BA and MS in Chemistry, and an MLIS in Librarianship from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current interests include identifying disruptors within the scholarly community and how research materials are marketed to library users and patrons. She has served as a scholarly communications librarian since 2008 at Binghamton and has given presentations on this subject at regional and national society and association meetings. She has also served in various roles in the Physics Astronomy Math (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the Binghamton Local Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. In her spare time Beth enjoys fiber crafts, cooking and baking, trying to read her husband’s many book suggestions, and attending her daughter’s orchestra concerts.

William M. Cross

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 ACRL Insider.

Carla Myers

Carla Myers serves as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries. Her professional presentations and publications focus on fair use, copyright in the classroom, and library copyright issues. She has a B.S. in Psychology form the University of Akron and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

Jenny Oleen

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 on ACRL Insider.

Anali Maughan Perry

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 on ACRL Insider.

Jaron Porciello

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 on ACRL Insider.

Rachael Samberg

Rachael G. Samberg is UC Berkeley Library’s Scholarly Communication Officer, and has developed their scholarly communication program. Rachael is responsible for copyright and other IP and licensing rights education for scholars—helping them better understand and make informed decisions about what they include in their research, and manage their own IP rights as authors. She also advises about scholarly publishing options and research impact, and facilitates participation in open access publishing. Rachael has a B.S. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and an MLIS from the University of Washington. Rachael practiced intellectual property litigation at Fenwick & West LLP for seven years before spending six years at Stanford Law School’s library, where she was Head of Reference & Instructional Services and a Lecturer in Law, teaching introductory and advanced legal research courses.