Symposium Speakers

Norm Medeiros is Associate Librarian for Collection Management & Metadata Services at Haverford College and President of ALCTS. He has published and presented on a variety of topics, and is a former book review editor for Library Resources & Technical Services, the official journal of ALCTS. Norm has been active in NISO, serving on its Business Information Topic Committee, and with the Digital Library Federation, serving on the ERMI2 Steering Committee. Along with Haverford economist Richard Ball, Norm is co-Director of Project TIER, an Alfred P. Sloan-funded initiative that teaches research methods to support computational reproducibility in the social sciences. Norm earned his BA in English/Writing & Communications from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and his MLIS from the University of Rhode Island.

Keith Webster was appointed Dean of University Libraries at Carnegie Mellon in July 2013, and to the additional role of Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives two years later. Previously, Keith was vice president and director of academic relations and strategy for John Wiley and Sons and before that held library dean and director roles at major research universities in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Keith serves on the Board of Directors of NISO and PALCI, and on the Publications Board of the Association of Computing Machinery. He holds both Chartered and Honorary Fellowships of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.

Meredith A. Taylor is the Director of Administrative Operations for the Enrollment and Curriculum Management portfolio in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Texas at Austin. In her current role Meredith manages and oversees the human resources, organizational development and change, financial operations, and strategy development and planning for ECS, a portfolio of 600 staff and $140 million. Meredith has worked in higher education for more than sixteen years in academic administration and research libraries. Meredith has numerous publications, including a recent study for the Association of Research Libraries that explored the utilization of talent management strategies in research libraries. She has also presented at more than twenty-five national and international conferences. Meredith has a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s of science in library science from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in advertising from the University of Florida.

Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis is the Senior Grants Administrator for the Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver. Working with the Dean and Department Chairs, she facilitates and coordinates faculty requests for sponsored research and support for students. An associate professor, she has unique expertise in the areas of database building and maintenance, bibliographic cataloging, Internet searching techniques, information systems, instructional design, copyright, research, and grant writing. She has more than forty years of experience working in libraries as an administrator, development officer and project manager. Hall-Ellis has published numerous technical reports, articles, and five monographs and has conducted major field-based research studies. She earned her B.A. at Rockford College, her MLS at the University of North Texas, and her Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburgh and an MPS at the University of Denver. She is a member of a variety of professional organizations and is an active ALCTS member.

Amira Aaron is currently the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources at the Northeastern University Libraries, where she is responsible for collections, technical services, and information access and discovery. Previously, she was Director for Information Resources at Brandeis University and also worked at Harvard University as the Manager of Digital Access and Content. Amira spent several years providing library services at various subscription agencies, including Faxon and Readmore. Her particular interests deal with library management and discovery systems, electronic resource management and industry standards. Amira was a past president of the New England Technical Service Librarians (NETSL), serves on the Steering Committee of the ExLibris Users Group of North America (ELUNA) and is active in the American Library Association and its divisions. In 2014, Amira received the NETSL Award for Excellence in Technical Services. She has been a frequent speaker on topics related to the open sharing of metadata content in discovery systems, and the management and discovery of electronic resources in libraries.

Jacob Nadal is the Executive Director of ReCAP: The Research Collections and Preservation Consortium, a partnership among Columbia University, The New York Public Library, and Princeton University. ReCAP manages over 12.8 million items in a highly optimized preservation environment and delivers materials to hundreds of thousands of readers each year. Mr. Nadal serves as an advisor to the several national print archives planning groups, the National Digital Stewardship Residency program, the Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education initiative, and to programs engaged in the preservation of Liberian records and cultural heritage materials. Mr. Nadal received his BA from University of Puget Sound and his MLS from Indiana University.

Elyssa Gould serves as the Electronic Acquisitions & Serials Librarian for the University of Michigan Law Library.  She is responsible for the entire electronic resources lifecycle, including acquiring, licensing, cataloging, and troubleshooting electronic resource issues. Elyssa also serves as the Book Review Editor for Library Resources and Technical Services (LRTS). She previously worked as a cataloging & metadata librarian at Northern Michigan University, where she cataloged a variety of library and archival materials. Elyssa’s professional interests are centered on bibliographic description, electronic resources, and the intentional shaping of the future of library technical services. She earned her BA at Georgia College and State University, her MSLS at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MA in English at Northern Michigan University.

Angela Kinney began working at the Library of Congress in 1981 in the library's Retail Sales Office and moved to cataloging two years later. Since 1985 she has served in progressively responsible positions in Library Services, first as a cataloging technician, professional cataloger, first line supervisor, and now as a division chief. Kinney is a graduate of the Library of Congress's Leadership Development Program (1999–2000). Between 1999 and 2004 she was special assistant to the Director for National Services, before obtaining a position as chief of the Social Sciences Cataloging Division (2004–2008). Library Services combined its cataloging and acquisitions divisions, and consequently Kinney became chief of the African, Latin American and Western European Division, where she presently works. Her division specializes in the acquisition and cataloging of print and electronic materials from sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America and Western Europe. Kinney has spearheaded several shelf-ready cataloging projects with approval plan vendors from across the globe, and is an active and enthusiastic member of ALA/ALCTS. She has a BA from Georgetown University, and a MLS from The Catholic University of America.

Jenica P. Rogers is Director of Libraries and College Archives, and Dorf Endowed Director of Applied Learning, at the State University of New York at Potsdam, coming from a library background in cataloging, collection development, and staff training. Jenica is responsible for ensuring that the Libraries and Archives are evolving in ways that are integrated into the academic mission of the College, and her current professional interests include interrogating the ways our information economy is breaking down and reforming now that the internet changed everything, and informing, mentoring, and supporting new library professionals as they hit the real world face first and at full speed. Jenica earned her MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BA from Trinity College in Hartford,  

In 2009, Jenica was selected as a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal, and began her must-read blog addressing library issues, Attempting Elegance, She has delivered keynote speeches at library conferences around the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In 2014 she was chosen to receive the American Library Association’s ALCTS HARRASSOWITZ Award for Leadership in Library Acquisitions.

As an independent consultant, October Ivins, Ivins eContent Solutions, 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 Chapel Hill, where she earned an MLS, and LSU. She completed PhD coursework in LIS (digital libraries and the information industry, and qualitative research methods) at UT Austin. She was an executive at two Boston area publishing services startups before becoming a consultant. Ivins is a past president of both NASIG and SSP and currently chairs the ALA ALCTS President’s Program 2016 Committee. October is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, including ALA, AAUP, Charleston Conference, ER & L, ICOLC, NASIG, NFAIS, SSP, and TLA. She has consulted on ebook projects since 2004 and presently serves as the Project Consultant for the Mellon funded Charlotte Initiative: Permanent Acquisitions of eBooks for Academic Libraries.