Pattie Orr, Baylor’s vice president for information technology and dean of university libraries, leads the university-wide information technology organization that provides administrative and academic technology services, technology infrastructure, and library services and support for digital assets. She also chairs the Baylor University Sustainability Committee.
PANEL I: Etextbooks: The Challenges and Opportunities for Academic Libraries
Maria Bonn
has served as an advisor to the University community on issues surrounding scholarly publishing and communication policy and support innovative projects in those areas both in and out of the Library. After receiving her MILS in 1996, Maria joined the University of Michigan Library first as an interface specialist for the Digital Library Production Service, then in Digital Library Program Development, where she began the work that grew into the Scholarly Publishing Office.
Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position she has held since 2006. She provides campus and regional leadership and education in alternative scholarly communication strategies and gives presentations on author rights, new digital publishing models and the role of digital repositories in today’s research and scholarship endeavors as well as providing oversight to the UMass Amherst digital repository ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst.
PANEL II: Institutional Repositories and Data Curation in the Collaborative Environment
Geneva Henry
is the Executive Director of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) at Rice University’s Fondren Library.
Wendi Arant Kaspar is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. Her research is in outreach and innovation and she is Co-Editor of Journal of Academic Librarianship and Library Leadership & Management.
Michele Reilly is the Head of Digital Services at the University of Houston Libraries. Her duties include managing the digital library, institutional repository and digital preservation. She received her MLS from Indiana University.
PANEL III: Exposing the Academic Library Collection: Getting to the Big Data
Edward Smith
is the Executive Director of the Abilene Library Consortium. He has worked various information management positions in corporations, public and academic libraries, and consortia for 20 years.
Esther Crawford manages the Kelley Center for Government Information and Microforms at Rice University’s Fondren Library. She co-chaired the library’s Resource Discovery Working Group in 2008 and 2011.
Eric Frierson is Head of Library Systems at St. Edward’s University. His role in the implementation of EBSCO Discovery Service is to integrate it into the digital user experience. Eric holds a Masters of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and English from The University of Texas at Austin, and is working towards an MBA from St. Ed’s.
Gary Price is the co-editor of (now part of Library Journal) and, sites that are updated daily with new online search tools, library and research news, commentary, and full text reports from governments, think tanks, NGOs, academicians, and others.