As the forum will not include presentations in the traditional sense, but instead will be based around discourse, we are engaging a moderator and facilitators rather than speakers to help guide discussions on given OA publishing strategies.


GÜNTER WAIBEL | Associate Vice Provost & Executive Director, California Digital Library

As Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director of the California Digital Library (CDL), Günter Waibel manages one of the world’s largest digital research libraries. The CDL was founded by the University of California in 1997 to radically reconceive the way scholarly information resources might be published, archived, and accessed in the context of rapidly emerging technologies. Waibel comes to the CDL with extensive experience in the digital library and broader cultural heritage communities and is well-known for his work in promoting cross-domain collaboration. In his previous position as the Director of the Digitization Program Office at the Smithsonian Institution, Waibel oversaw the strategic plan for creating a digital Smithsonian out of the institution’s 19 museums and 9 research centers. He was a finalist for the 2014 Samuel J Heyman Service to America Medal, and his office has won three Smithsonian Secretary’s Awards in the last three years: for digital innovation, for collaborative spirit and for scientific research. In 2014, Waibel led the team which created the first 3D printed portrait of a sitting head-of-state through a sophisticated 3D capture of President Barack Obama. Prior to coming to the Smithsonian, Waibel promoted network-based solutions on behalf of an international collaborative of 140 research libraries as Program Officer for the Research Libraries Group and the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Waibel has an MA in English Literature from Georgetown University and taught in the digital library certificate program for Syracuse University’s iSchool from 2003 to 2008.


CATHERINE ANDERSON | Head of Sales, Knowledge Unlatched

Catherine has worked for over 20 years in various Sales roles in Publishing and Library Supply in Europe. After working for international publishers such as Harcourt and Elsevier she headed up the German Sales Team for De Gruyter, based in Berlin. Then after a few years working for an innovative German Library Supplier she joined Knowledge Unlatched in 2017 as Head of Sales, working with libraries and partners around the world. In this role she has become passionate about spreading the KU message and promoting Open Access to users worldwide. Catherine is based in Berlin, Germany with the small but highly-motivated KU team.

IVY ANDERSON| Director, Collection Development and Management Program, California Digital Library

Ivy oversees a broad range of shared collections activities on behalf of the ten-campus University of California system. Ivy is probably best known for her work in content licensing and scholarly communications. She was co-Principal Investigator on the Pay It Forward project, which examined the viability of a large-scale transition to open access for major North American research institutions, and currently chairs the Governing Council of SCOAP3, a global open access initiative in high energy physics. Before coming to the CDL in December 2005, Ivy was Program Manager for E-Resource Management and Licensing at the Harvard University Library, where she developed and managed a shared licensing program on behalf of Harvard’s many libraries.

ERIC BAKOVIC | Professor & Chair, Linguistics, University of California, San Diego

Eric has been an active proponent of OA in several capacities: as the administrator of the first online research repository in linguistics (the Rutgers Optimality Archive) from 1996 to 2014, as the organizer of an OA symposium in 2013, as a founding associate editor of an OA journal from 2013 to 2015, as a delegate to the Berlin 12 OA conference in 2015, and as a representative, vice-chair, and chair of faculty library and scholarly communication committees both at UC San Diego and UC-systemwide since 2013.

ELLEN FINNIE | Head, Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy, MIT Libraries

Ellen leads the MIT Libraries’ scholarly communications and collections strategy in support of the Libraries’ and MIT’s objectives, including in particular efforts to influence models of scholarly publishing and communication in ways that increase the impact and reach of MIT’s research and scholarship and which promote open, sustainable publishing and access models.  She leads outreach efforts to faculty in support of scholarly publication reform and open access activities at MIT, and acts as the Libraries’ chief resource for copyright issues and for content licensing policy and negotiations.   In that role, she is involved in negotiating licenses to include text/data mining rights and coordinating researcher access to TDM services for licensed scholarly resources.  She has written and spoken widely on digital acquisitions, repositories,  licensing, and open access.

MARY C. FRANCISEditorial Director, The University of Michigan Press

Mary C. Francis is Editorial Director of the University of Michigan Press/Michigan Publishing; in addition to directing the editorial team, she acquires books in music, media studies, as well as projects for Michigan’s digitalculturebooks imprint.  Prior to coming to Michigan, she was Executive Editor at the University of California Press for more than fifteen years, and has worked at Oxford University Press, Mayfield Publishing, and Yale University Press.

JILL GROGG | Licensing Program Strategist, LYRASIS

EILEEN JOY | Co-Director, Punctum Books

Eileen A. Fradenburg Joy is a specialist in Old English literary studies and cultural studies, as well as an academic editor and publisher, with interests in poetry and poetics, intellectual history, ethics, affective history, queer studies, object/thing studies, the ecological, post/humanisms, and scholarly communications. She is the Founding Ingenitor of the BABEL Working Group, Co-Editor of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, and Founding Director of punctum books: spontaneous acts of scholarly combustion.

DANNY KINGSLEY | Deputy Director, Scholarly Communication and Research Services, Cambridge University Library

Dr Danny Kingsley is the Deputy Director, Scholarly Communication and Research Services at Cambridge University Library. Her role has responsibility for managing funder mandates for open access and research data management. This includes working closely with colleagues within the University, the UK and internationally to ensure good policy development and implementation. Danny sits on several committees and editorial boards and regularly publishes blogs and research papers and is invited to speak at conferences. Before moving to the UK she established the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group. This followed on from working for four years as the Manager of Scholarly Communication at the Australian National University, a natural extension of her 2008 PhD into the range of ways different disciplines engage with open access. She has worked as a science communicator for 15 years, including two years with ABC Science Online as a journalist for News in Science. Danny regularly edits and writes for the Unlocking Research blog and tweets enthusiastically. Her ORCID profile lists some publications and many of her presentations are available.

DAVID W. LEWIS | Dean Emeritus, IUPUI University Library

David W. Lewis is the Dean Emeritus of the IUPUI University Library. Mr. Lewis has a BA from Carleton College (1973), an MLS from Columbia University (1975), and tow certificates of advanced study in librarianship one from the University of Chicago (1983) and the second from Columbia University (1991).  He began his library career as a reference librarian and became a library administrator.  He worked at SUNY Farmingdale (1975-76), Hamilton College (1976-78), Franklin and Marshall College (1978-83), Columbia University (1983-88) and the University of Connecticut (1988-93).  He came to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1993 as the Head of Public Services and became the Dean of the University Library in 2000, a position he held until he retired in 2018. He has published near 50 articles and book chapters.  His 1988 article “Inventing the Electronic University” was selected one of seven “landmark” articles to be republished in the 75th anniversary issue of College & Research Libraries.  His book Reimagining the Academic Library was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2016.  In 2018 he was named the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.  He is a masters swimmer who enjoys traveling to parts of the world where red wine is made.

KAMRAN NAIM | Director of Partnerships and Initiatives, Annual Reviews

Kamran Naim is Director of Partnerships and Initiatives for the non-profit publisher Annual Reviews and is also a Doctoral Researcher and Educator at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. His interests span the breadth of scholarly publishing – from issues relating to business model innovation, usability of research information, as well as information literacy. He has worked extensively in the developing world – working to implement technical solutions to support capacity building through broader access and visibility of research. At Annual Reviews he works to advance the organization’s mission to synthesize and integrate knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society through a broad range of initiatives.

KRISTEN RATAN | Executive Director and Co-Founder, Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

RICHARD A. SCHNEIDER | Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF

Richard A. Schneider is an Associate Professor at UCSF. He has been at UCSF since 1998, when he started as Postdoc after receiving his PhD in Zoology from Duke University.  Rich is a developmental biologist and his lab studies how the skeleton gets patterned. A goal of his work is to devise novel therapies for regenerating skeletal tissues affected by birth defects, disease, and trauma. Rich’s work has also helped elucidate the role of development in evolution. For the past 15 years, Rich has been vigorously engaged in issues related to scholarly communication and open access. He has spent multiple terms serving as Chair on both the UCSF (COLASC) and the UC System-wide Committee on Library and Scholarly Communication (UCOLASC) of the Academic Senate, and he led the effort to develop and pass an Open Access Policy for UCSF Faculty in 2012. In addition, he helped create a UC System-wide Open Access Policy in 2013 and a Presidential Open Access Policy in 2015. Most recently, Rich spearheaded the effort by UCOLASC to devise and endorse 18 Principles to make scholarly communication more open, fair, transparent, and sustainable when applied by UC during license negotiations with journal publishers.

RUSTY SPEIDEL | Marketing Manager, Center for Open Science

Rusty is a senior-level marketing and product management executive who builds world-class digital marketing solutions. He handles all marketing and communications activities, technology, content, and metrics. This includes marketing strategy, product alignment, events and budgets, digital marketing efforts, press relations, case studies, web and print design standards, and any third-party marketing vendor relationships. His primary goals are to ensure that researchers and those that support them understand the mission of open science, adopt COS principles and tools, and have a path towards greater openness and reproducibility in all their research endeavors.

DAVID SWEENEY | Executive Chair, Research England

WILHELM WIDMARK | Library Director, Stockholm University

Wilhelm Widmark is the Library Director of Stockholm University and director of Stockholm University Press scince 2012. He has a Master of Arts in literature and a Master of Arts in library and information science from Uppsala University.  Wilhelm is active in the Open Science movement in Sweden and Europe. He is the Vice Chairman of the Swedish Bibsam consortia and the Vice Chairman of The National Library’s council on Open Access to Scientific Publication. He has been a member of LIBER Executive Board between 2011 – 2018 and Chair of the Innovative Scholarly Communications Steering Committee. Liber is the European Research Library Organization.  He is a Member of European Universities Association (EUA) Expert Group on Open Science and also a member of Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) Open Science group.