Library Advisory Board

Curtis Brundy (Iowa State)

Curtis Brundy is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections at Iowa State University. He is active in efforts to transform scholarly communications and is especially interested in finding sustainable open models for self-publishing societies and university presses. His work at Iowa State has largely focused on finding ways to shift its traditional subscription collections spend towards supporting open access. He currently chairs the OA2020 US Working Group and is involved with several other groups working to transform scholarly communications.

Lareese Hall (Colby)

Lareese Hall is the Director of Colby College Libraries and has previously worked in libraries at the Rhode Island School of Design, MIT, UNC Charlotte, Denison University, Carnegie Mellon University, and the University of New Mexico. She approaches librarianship as a critical, social, and creative interdisciplinary practice and believes that libraries play a role in fostering curiosity and creating engaged and informed academic communities of lifelong learners, makers, activists, and visionaries. Prior to her career as a librarian, Lareese worked for more than a decade in the nonprofit sector addressing issues related to literacy, community development, science education, landscape and urban design, and public art. She is a visual artist and fiction writer with a BA from Oberlin College, an MFA in Writing from Goddard College, and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research focuses on library space design, small press archives, and bookmaking and publishing in libraries.

April Hathcock (NYU)

April Hathcock is Director of Scholarly Communications & Information Policy at NYU where she educates the campus community on issues of ownership, access, and rights in the research lifecycle. Before entering librarianship, she practiced intellectual property and antitrust law for a global private firm. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in librarianship, cultural creation and exchange, and the ways in which social and legal infrastructures benefit the works of certain groups over others. She was a 2018 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, as well as the author of the article “White Librarianship in Blackface: Diversity Initiatives in LIS” and the blog At the Intersection, which examines issues at the intersection of feminism, libraries, social justice, and the law.

Allen Jones (The New School)

Allen Jones is the director of Digital Library and Technical Services at The New School Libraries & Archives in New York City. He is the former Primo Product Working Group chair for the Ex Libris Usergroup of North America (ELUNA) and he is currently the discovery liaison for Summon, Primo, Content and Aleph within ELUNA’s Steering Committee. Allen is also the convenor for the subject matter experts group within Project ReShare, a FOLIO-based resource sharing network within the PALCI consortium (Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc.). His professional interests include discovery and delivery systems within library technology systems. His personal interests include writing and philosophical approaches to psychology.

Sharla Lair (LYRASIS)

Sharla Lair serves as a strategist for the Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives team at LYRASIS, a non-profit, membership organization serving the library, museum and archives communities. Sharla obtained a Master of Science in Library and Information Studies and a Master of Science in Geography from The Florida State University. Her professional passions fall under the broad umbrella of scholarly communication. In particular, she is interested in developing new strategies for sustainable scholarly publishing by way of connecting multiple stakeholders, revealing common goals, and facilitating collective action.

Emma Molls (University of Minnesota)

Emma Molls (she/her) is the Publishing Librarian at the University of Minnesota. At Minnesota, Emma leads the Publishing Services Team to develop and manage open access publications created by faculty, students, and scholarly societies. Emma is an associate editor and advisory board member for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), editorial board member of Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, and board member at the Library Publishing Coalition. Emma’s 2018 paper, co-authored by Kate McCready, “Developing a Business Plan for a Library Publishing Program” won the 2019 Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Library Publishing.

Caroline Muglia (USC)

Caroline Muglia is the Co-Associate Dean for Collections at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. In this role, she directs the strategy and budget in areas of assessment, resource sharing, and interlibrary loan operations. Prior to joining USC, Caroline worked as a Digital and Manuscript archivist at the Library of Congress and later as a Data Librarian at an educational technology firm located in Washington, DC. She is a project team member on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant focused on sustainable reuse assessment in a digital library environment. Caroline is an assistant professor in the USC Marshall School of Business, Masters of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) program and was a member of the 2018-2019 ARL Leadership Fellows cohort. She holds an MLIS from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she concentrated on digital archives management.

Apryl Price (University of North Florida)

Apryl Price is the Head of Acquisitions and Collection Development at the University of North Florida (UNF), where she oversees acquisitions, electronic resources, and the collections budget for the library. Prior to UNF, she served as Electronic Resources Collection Management Librarian at Florida State University Libraries for 7 years. She earned a BS in Applied Economics from Florida State University, a MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, and an EdS in Instructional Technology from Valdosta State University. Apryl has presented at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and the Charleston Conference. She has published in the Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Serials Librarian, and Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services.

Jeff Spies (Texas Library Coalition for United Action (TLCUA))

Jeff Spies is the lead negotiator for the Texas Library Coalition for United Action.

Weijing Yuan – (University of Toronto)

Weijing Yuan is the Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services at the University of Toronto Libraries, where she oversees licensing and acquisitions activities in the largest academic library system in Canada. She has served on the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) Content Strategy Committee since 2017. Weijing’s current professional and research interests include electronic resource management, open access, and the changing landscape of collections in academic libraries.