March 16, 2018

Academic Newswire Adds Four New Columnists Plus a New Column on Leadership

Beginning today Library Journal’s Academic Newswire will be expanding its Peer to Peer Review column with new contributions from a rotating group of four academic librarians. In addition, starting next week, Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University, will write on leadership in the academic library in a new monthly column called Leading From the Library. Bell also writes From the Bell Tower for the newswire.

In Leading From the Library, Bell will share insights into the leadership challenges of academic librarianship, and ideas for how those who want to lead on their campus can grasp the opportunities for doing so – or simply explore ways to improve their own leadership abilities. Bell is the vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries, and he will assume the ACRL presidency in July.

The new contributors will appear in rotation as part of the Peer to Peer Review column that Barbara Fister, a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, currently writes on her own.  Fister will become a part of the rotation.

The new contributors are:

Rick Anderson

Rick Anderson

Anderson is Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen blog. His book, Buying and Contracting for Resources and Services: A How-to-Do-It Manual for Librarians was published in 2004 by Neal-Schuman. In 2005, Anderson was named an LJ Mover & Shaker. ­ In 2008, he was elected president of the North American Serials Interest Group, and he was named an ARL Research Library Leadership Fellow for 2009-10. He is a popular speaker on subjects related to the future of scholarly communication and information services in higher education.



Wayne Bivens-Tatum

Wayne Bivens-Tatum

Wayne Bivens-Tatum is the Philosophy and Religion Librarian at the Princeton University Library, where he provides general and specialized reference and instruction, develops and manages the philosophy and religion collections, and acts as liaison to the departments of Philosophy and Religion. He has graduate degrees in English and Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois.  Bivens-Tatum has also given numerous workshops on search technologies to New Jersey librarians and writes frequently about issues in reference, instruction, collection development, technology, and higher education on his blog, Academic Librarian. His new book Libraries and the Enlightenment is available from the Library Juice Press.


Dorothea Salo

Dorothea Salo

Salo is a Faculty Associate in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, as well as co-lead for UW-Madison’s Research Data Services. She has written and presented internationally on data curation, institutional repositories, social media, scholarly publishing, copyright, and user-centered design.  Salo was a 2009 LJ Mover & Shaker. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from UW-Madison.



Kevin L. Smith

Kevin Smith

As Duke University’s first Director of Scholarly Communications, Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright,intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing.  He is a librarian and an attorney (admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina) and also holds a graduate degree in religion from Yale University.  Smith serves on Duke’s Intellectual Property Board, Digital Futures Task Force and Open Access Advisory Panel.  He is also currently the vice chair of the ACRL’s Scholarly Communications Committee.  His highly-regarded blog on scholarly communications discusses copyright and publication in academia, and he is a frequent speaker on those topics.



Michael Kelley About Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley ( is the former Editor-in-Chief, Library Journal.

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  1. Karen Weaver says:

    nice more columns but still 3: 1 / men : women here …..Karen Weaver