Resource Sharing Unbound: About our Speakers

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Jim Neal is the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, where he has since 2001, provided leadership for university academic technologies and a system of twenty-two libraries.  Previously, he served as the Dean of University Libraries at Indiana and Johns Hopkins, and held administrative positions in the libraries at Penn State, Notre Dame and CUNY. He is a member of the OCLC Board of Trustees.  He is the Treasurer and on the Executive Board of the American Library Association. He has served as President of the Association of Research Libraries, Chair of the Research Libraries Group Board, Chair of the National Information Standards Organization Board, Chair of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, and is on the Board of the Freedom to Read Foundation. His areas of professional focus are scholarly communication, copyright, and digital library development.

Jamie LaRue has been the director of the Douglas County Libraries, headquartered in Castle Rock, CO, since 1990. He is the author of The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, and wrote a weekly newspaper column for over 25 years. He was the Colorado Librarian of the Year in 1998, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 2003 Business Person of the Year, and in 2007 won the Julie J. Boucher Award for Intellectual Freedom.

Jamie is a frequent keynote speaker for library associations. He has been a featured presenter for regional workshops, facilitator and presenter for staff days, a last-minute panelist, and a moderator and master of ceremonies for everything from debates to awards dinners. Lately, he has also been running hiring processes for non-profit and municipal CEOs. He particularly enjoys facilitating highly focused planning sessions for organizations that want to know what they do right, and what they need to do next.

Anita Cellucci is currently the School Librarian at Westborough High School where she has spent the last 2 years updating the library to a 21st century learning space. She currently is an advisor to the joint public and school Teen Advisory Board and also is the Co-facilitator of the first community read in Westborough. Previous to working in a high school library, she spent 8 years as a middle school librarian, 2 years as an elementary school librarian and 5 years working at the Framingham Public Library.

Esmé  Green  is the director of the Goodnow Library in Sudbury, MA.

 Jay Schafer has been a member of the UMass Amherst community for the past ten years and has been Director of Libraries since 2004. Initially appointed as Coordinator of Collection Development, he later served as Associate Director for Content Acquisition and Access.  Prior to joining UMass, Jay was affiliated with a number of organizations in the Denver, Colorado area including the University of Colorado at Denver and the Denver Public Library.

 Jay was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Association of Research Libraries and the Board of Trustees of LYRASIS.  He is a member of the Five College Librarians Council, the Board of Directors of the Boston Library Consortium and has served as BLC President.  He previously served on the Executive Board of BioOne Online Journal.

Jay earned his degree in librarianship from the University of Denver and a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Evan Simpson is the Head of Research and Instruction at Tisch Library, Tufts University.  Evan has been involved in resource sharing for many years, first at the New York State Library and then at Brandeis University.  He has continued involvement in national and international resource sharing initiatives while at Tufts, serving on the editorial board for the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, and Electronic Reserve and as a member of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative Steering Committee.  As Chair of the Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies Committee, he helped spearhead development of the Rethinking Resource Sharing STAR Checklist, a tool used by libraries worldwide to gauge how they are providing resource sharing services to the research community.

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