MLA Distance Education
Scholarly Publishing and Open Access: Straight Talk
MLA's Educational Webcast
Held Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Executive Director, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC),
Heather Joseph joined SPARC as director in July 2005 and is responsible for
SPARC's overall program development. She determines and implements SPARC goals,
leads SPARC's advocacy efforts to support widespread adoption of open access
to scholarly research, identifies and negotiates partnerships with scholarly
publishers, builds coalitions of support, and generally represents the interests
and values of SPARC to the stakeholders in scholarly communication.
Before coming to SPARC, the culmination of Joseph's career in scholarly publishing
was serving as president and chief operating officer for BioOne, a SPARC publisher
partner. Under her leadership, BioOne focused on helping small scholarly societies
in the biological sciences remain independent and competitive in the electronic
arena, while maintaining academy friendly access policies. For her work in successfully
launching and establishing BioOne, Joseph was awarded the 2002 Association of
Learned and Professional Society Publishers' Award for Services to Not-for-Profit
Publishing. She also served as elected president of the Society for Scholarly
Publishing for the 2004-2005 term.
Patricia Thibodeau, AHIP, FMLA
Associate Dean, Library Services and Archives, and Director, Medical Center
Library, Duke University, Durham, NC, and Chair, Medical Library Association,
Scholarly Publishing Task Force
Patricia Thibodeau is associate dean for library services and archives and
director of the Duke University Medical Center Library. For the past three years,
Thibodeau has served as chair of MLA's Scholarly Publishing Task Force. She
is also a member of the National Health Institute's Public Access Working Group
and serves on the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)/MLA
Joint Legislative Task Force. Thibodeau has extensive experience in health sciences
libraries. She entered the field in 1977 when she became director of the Health
Sciences Information Center and Research Administration at Women & Infants
Hospital of Rhode Island, which is a teaching and research facility. In 1983,
she became director of information and media services at the Mountain Area Health
Education Center in Asheville, NC, serving health professionals and facilities
in a sixteen-county region. Since coming to Duke in 1993, she has been involved
in curricular revisions, the implementation of new technologies in the medical
center as well as the library, and the development of archival and digital services.
As MLA past president and a member of the MLA Board, she has been involved in
setting priorities and establishing action plans for many MLA initiatives.
Karen Albert, AHIP
Director, Library Services, Talbot Research Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center,
Karen M. Albert, AHIP, has been director of library services at the Talbot
Research Library, Fox Chase Cancer Center, in Philadelphia for the past twenty
years. She has a biology degree from Tufts University, a masters degree
in library science from Drexel University, and is currently pursuing a graduate
certificate in biomedical informatics at the Oregon Health & Science University.
In 2003, she was invited to attend the NLM Woods Hole Fellowship program in
medical informatics. Her article on open access was published in the July 2006
issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, and she was a speaker
at MLAs 2007 Symposium, "Scholarly Publishing Issues: The Challenges
and Opportunities Facing Libraries in an Open Access Environment.
Carol Jenkins, AHIP, FMLA
Director, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Carol Jenkins is the director of the Health Sciences Library at University
of North CarolinaChapel Hill. She has been an active member of MLA for
over thirty-five years, and she served as MLA's president in 2002. She is both
a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and
an MLA Fellow. She has earned a reputation at her institution and beyond for
making the library an essential partner to the success of the academic health
center. Her support for open access is part of that vision.
Mary L. Ryan, AHIP, FMLA
Director, Medical Science Library, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and
Mary L. Ryan, AHIP, FMLA, has served as the director of the University of Arkansas
for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Library since 1997. Her previous positions include
serials librarian at the Tulane University Health Sciences Library, assistant
director for technical services at the UAMS Library, chief of technical services
at the Food and Drug Administration Library, and executive director of the National
Network of Libraries of Medicine/South Central Region. Ryan currently is president-elect
of MLA. She has served as chair of the Association of Academic Health Sciences
Libraries (AAHSL) Scholarly Communications Committee and a member of the MLA
Scholarly Publishing Task Force and is currently a member of the National Institutes
of Health PubMed Central National Advisory Committee. She has also made numerous
presentations on scholarly communications issues at meetings of librarians,
health professionals, and publishers.
Associate Dean, Academic Information Management, and Director, Bernard Becker
Medical Library, Washington University Medical School, St. Louis, MO
Paul Schoening is the associate dean for academic information management and
director of the Bernard Becker Medical Library at Washington University School
of Medicine in St. Louis, MO. He has been with Washington University since 1991,
when he started as a research associate in medical informatics working on structured
electronic document formats for publishing genetic information. The premise
of this research was that all future journal articles would be available on
the Internet and that they should contain the raw data (sequence data, in our
case) described in their text and tables.
In 1993, he joined the medical library to establish an information technology
division with the mission to provide commodity information technology services
to students, staff and faculty of the medical school. Over the next six years,
this division grew from 3 to 37 staff members and provided email, Web development,
and data communication services to more than 5,000 clients.
In 1999, Schoening was appointed to his current position as associate dean
and director of the Becker Medical Library. Among other things, he has established
an institutional repository, created a new position dedicated to scholarly communication
issues, launched an authors' rights campaign, and given several presentations
on scholarly communication issues to faculty groups.
Prior to joining Washington University, Schoening worked for McDonnell Douglas
(now Boeing), doing research in applying methods of artificial intelligence
to aircraft systems and manufacturing processes.
Schoening holds master's degrees in mathematics from University of Minnesota
and business administration from Washington University and earned his undergraduate
degrees in biology and mathematics from St. Olaf College.
Linda Watson, AHIP, FMLA
Director, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
Watson has been director of the Health Sciences Libraries of the University
of Minnesota since August 2005. From 1990-2005, she directed the Claude Moore
Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia. Her previous library
positions include five years at the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical
Center Library from 1985-1990 and ten years at the National Library of Medicine
Watson has been active in MLA for many years and is an MLA Fellow and a Distinguished
Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She was MLA president
from 2002-2003. She has also been active in the Association of Academic Health
Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) on the Scholarly Communications Committee and is
currently the AAHSL president-elect. She has participated in a number of planning
and advisory committees at the National Library of Medicine, including the PubMed
Central National Advisory Committee, and in 2004 served as a member of the Institute
of Medicine's Committee on the Future of Rural Health Care.
Watson has a master's in library science from Simmons College in Boston, and
her bachelor's in French from the University of Connecticut.
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Duke University Medical Center,
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