Biographical Statements for Conference Speakers


Annis Barbee is the current chair of the North Carolina Library Paraprofessional Association, a roundtable of the North Carolina Library Association. She has worked with the NCSU Libraries for 11 years in a variety of support staff positions, including cataloging assistant, scholarly communication assistant, and event planning coordinator. She holds an MA in English from the North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing a degree in nutrition.

L. Suzanne BeDell is currently Vice President, Publishing at ProQuest Information and Learning’s Publishing Division. Suzanne is responsible for product development and management for many of the ProQuest Information and Learning products including ABI, Research Library, Health and Medical Complete and the Softline Diversity products. Prior to her work at ProQuest Information and Learning, Suzanne was a Vice President of New Media at Medical Economics and then a Senior Vice President of Internet Products at Thomson Healthcare. Her team launched the website, transforming a print based business into a web site that delivered e-solutions to healthcare professionals. She was awarded Healthcare Businesswoman’s Association’s "Rising Star" award while employed at Thomson Healthcare.

Prior to this, Suzanne was the Director of Electronic Product Development for Mosby, Inc., a Times-Mirror Company. She also held the role of Publisher and launched Mosby’s GenRX, one of the first web-based applications produced by a medical publisher.

Julia Blixrud has been with the Association of Research Libraries since December 1996, serving now as Assistant Executive Director, External Relations. Julia also is the Assistant Director for Public Programs for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Serving in that capacity since August 1999, she is implementing a grassroots educational program aimed at scientists and scholars, librarians, and society publishers.

Julia's 25-year career in the library community has included positions at CAPCON and MINITEX library networks, the Council on Library Resources, and the Library of Congress. Her interests and professional activities include technical standards, cooperative programs, intellectual property, and scholarly communication. She has a BA in Library Science and Scandinavian Studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an MA in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.

Tim Bucknall is Assistant Director for Information Technologies at Jackson Library, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is chair of the NC LIVE Web Advisory Committee and one of the inventors of Journal Finder, the first OpenURL link resolver to go into production in the United States.

Adam Chesler joined the American Chemical Society in February 2004. As Assistant Director for Library Relations/Sales Manager, he supervises the North/South American sales force, and works closely with the library community to further develop ACS’s policies and practices with regard to new and archival journal content. Previously, Adam worked for Ingenta, as Vice President of New Business, working with publishers to develop and enhance their web presence through customized stand-alone specialist sites or integrating content into Ingenta's journal collection; and with libraries wishing to streamline their access to electronic content. Prior to this, Adam spent nearly 18 years at Kluwer Academic Publishers, one of the largest academic content providers in the world. As Director of Library Relations, he negotiated licenses with consortia, oversaw sales to academic libraries worldwide, created business and pricing policies for electronic books and reference works, developed business relationships with commercial

Eleanor Cook is the Serials Coordinator at Appalachian State University, where she has worked since 1990. Prior to this she held positions at UNC-Chapel Hill, Georgia Institute of Technology and North Carolina State University. Eleanor is finishing up her term as immediate Past President of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). She serves as Chief Editor of ACQNET-L, an Internet discussion list for acquisitions topics.

Yvette Diven has been a library-focused Bowker employee for 11 years. Her Bowker experience has spanned CD-ROM development, database licensing, and web-based services. As Director of Serials Product Development, Yvette’s primary focus is on bringing new suites of products to library professionals and library patrons to enhance serials search, discovery, and understanding. She enjoys “all things serials” and participates in conferences, regional meetings, and user groups each year to learn more about her customers and the ever-evolving serials marketplace. Prior to her Bowker career, Yvette worked in library automation, database design, and was the assistant editor for a legal history journal. She holds a B.A. summa cum laude in History and Philosophy from Cal Poly Pomona U., and M.A. in History from UC Santa Barbara.

Janet L. Flowers has been the Head of Acquisitions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1982. She actively participates in the Charleston Conference and ALA. She also has written a number of articles, primarily in areas related to the management of acquisitions. She looks forward to the NC Serials Conference each year because of the high quality of the speakers and the relevance and practical focus of the sessions.

Nancy Gibbs is currently Head of Acquisitions at Duke University. Previous to this position she has been at North Carolina State University Libraries as Head and Assistant Head of Acquisitions. She has also held positions in Cataloging and Acquisitions at Auburn University; Head of Personnel and a Reference Librarian at Penn State University; and was Head of Reference at South Union Jr. College, evening campus. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from James Madison University and her library degree from University of Denver. She is active in the profession; serves on regional, state, and national committees and is presently Chair of the Acquisitions Section of the ALA ALCTS division.

David Goldsmith currently is the Head, Acquisitions at North Carolina State University (NCSU). His previous positions include the Assistant Head, Distance Learning and Collection Management at NCSU, and the Head of Resource Development at Florida International University. David has over 6 years of experience involving electronic resources licensing and management. In addition to his other duties, David is currently serving on the NISO working group investigating standards in subscription data.

Shirley Hamlett has worked as a cataloger at NC State University for 20 years. During that time she has cataloged both serials and monographs. She serves on the campus Staff Senate where she chairs the Human Resources Committee. She also serves on the campus Benefits Committee and the Libraries' Staff Learning and Development Committee. She was a participant in ALA's 3rd Congress on Professional Education in 2003.

Aisha Harvey began her career as a librarian in the Preservation department of Duke University’s Perkins Library. As the Collection Assessment librarian in Preservation, Aisha conducted surveys to assess the amount of physical repair and resources library material required. Recently, Aisha joined both the Reference and the Collection Development departments of Perkins Library. In Collection Development, Aisha performs a variety of tasks related to collections management including training bibliographers in e-resources, web development and management of approval plans.

Prior to working at Duke, Aisha was an intern at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As an intern she facilitated the installation of granted computers and software through instruction and technical support in numerous public libraries throughout North Carolina. Aisha has a BA in English literature from UNC-Greensboro and an M.S.L.S from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Sandy Hurd has extensive experience in the library industry. Sandy joined Innovative in February 2003 after serving for three years as senior manager of library information services at Northern Light Technology. Prior to that, she spent over seven years as assistant vice president and director of library automation at EBSCO Subscription Services. Sandy has also held management positions at the H.W. Wilson Company, Entree Corporation, and the Plymouth Public Library. She holds a M.S. in library and information science.

Donald W. King. Professor King, a statistician, has been engaged in describing scholarly communication for over 40 years. In particular, over the past 25 years he and colleagues have performed 42 readership surveys, over 100 library cost studies, 3 publishing cost studies, and several library consortia studies. He has authored or co authored hundreds of formal publications including two recent books with Carol Tenopir. In recognition of his contribution to the field, he was named Pioneer of Science Information by the Chemical Heritage Foundation; Research Award and Award of Merit, American Society for Information Science and Technology; Fellow, American Statistical Association; among many other awards.

Deb Knox is the Director of Procurement and Contract Services for W.T. Cox Subscriptions, Inc. and has been with the company since 1997. She administers the planning and implementation of strategic goals for new business development and is primarily responsible for the coordination and implementation of contract requirements upon bid award. Prior to this position, Ms. Knox worked extensively in federal contract administration and proposal preparation under federal procurement regulations. Ms. Knox holds a degree in business administration.

Nancy Newsome has worked in her present position as Serials Librarian, Hunter Library, Western Carolina University, since July 1995. Prior to that she was at UNC-Charlotte as Head of Serials Acquisitions for 8 years, and Head of Monographs Searching and Ordering for 5 years. She received her MLS from UNC-Greensboro in 1992.

Carol Nicholson is the Assistant Director for Technical Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kathrine R. Everett Law Library. Carol began her career as a cataloger at Duke University’s Perkins Library in 1974, and has held middle management positions at North Carolina Central University’s Shepard Library, the NCCU Law Library and, since 1982, at the UNC-CH Law Library. In her current position, she manages technical services including acquisitions, cataloging, serials control, and collections maintenance. Managing change has been a central feature in Carol’s career, and she is now in the midst of a campus-wide ILS migration. Carol has been very active in library associations at the local, regional and national level and is immediate past-president of the American Association of Law Libraries.

Mike Phillips is the Senior Account Manager for John Wiley & Sons in the Southeast Region of the United States. Mike's focus is on Wiley's electronic products in the Scientific, Technical, & Medical (STM) market. These products range from the Wiley InterScience journals, to encyclopedic references, to online books. Prior to joining John Wiley 3 1/2 years ago, Mike spent just over twenty years with Encyclopaedia Britannica in various roles from an information technology specialist to the online product trainer, college sales manager, and inside sales director for the Britannica Online.

Lynn R. Shay received a MA, Library Science, University of Missouri-Columbia 1996 and began profession as a bibliographer at the USGS Columbia Environmental Research Center 1996-spring 1997. Moved to North Carolina as Reference Librarian/Bibliographic Instruction at UNCW spring 1997-1999. Then became the Assistant Manager of Reference Services/Web Coordinator 2000-2002. When Randall Library created a new position as Serials Librarian in Jan 2002 she accepted the position, which is now Serials Coordinator.

Merrill F. Smith has 29 years experience working in or with libraries. Merrill is currently employed with EBSCO Information Services as an Account Services Manager working with academic, corporate, medical, and public library customers. She has been with EBSCO for 7 and 1/2 years. Prior to that she worked for Yankee Book Peddler for 5 years as Southeast Sales Representative and spent 17 years working in NC Community College Library/Learning Resources Centers. Merrill is current member of NASIG and ALA and has served on a number of ALA, NCLA, and NCCCLRA committees.

Rocki Strader has worked for The Ohio State University Libraries for ten years. Her experience includes work in public services, acquisitions, and serials for the Music, Education, Human Ecology, and Veterinary Medicine Libraries. She has served as Electronic Resources Manager since April 2002. She holds a M.L.I.S. and a Ph.D. in music theory.

Joyce Tenney earned her MLS from University of Maryland, College Park in 1983. She has worked as Serials Librarian at University of Maryland Baltimore County since 1982. In this job she is responsible for all aspects of serials, print and electronic, except cataloging. Joyce has been a longtime NASIG member (attending all the conferences to date) and was just re-elected as Member-At-Large of the NASIG Executive Board.

Amanda Wilson is a 2nd-year MSLS candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where she currently works in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) library as the serials assistant. Amanda aims to work in technical services upon graduation and, ultimately, contribute to advances in the profession.

Joshua Winant has worked for book vendors of academic libraries for the past 15 years. He was Operations Manager of the U.S. office for the European wholesaler, Starkmann Inc., and has been the Continuations Supervisor at YBP Library Services for the past 6 years.

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