Born and lived: Born in Tucson, AZ and lived all over as an air force brat; formative years spent in Texas.
Early life: The early part of my life involved quite a bit of traveling in Europe and exploring various places. The formative years of my life were spent exploring Texas.
Professional career and activities: I’m fairly active on social media, especially at conferences where I try to present relevant content via Twitter. I’ve developed a strong knowledge of scholarly publishing and electronic resource management and utilize this knowledge daily in my position as the Collections Librarian at Portland State University and as a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s Collection Development Management Committee Steering Committee. I write a quarterly column for The Charleston Advisor and publish regularly.
Family: One wonderful daughter and a fantastic husband.
In my spare time: I like to ride my bicycle and spend time in the numerous parks in Portland with my daughter.
Favorite books: I have favorite authors such as Haruki Murakami, Jeanette Winterson, Alain de Botton, and Roberto Bolano.
Pet peeves: People who cannot center themselves or listen attentively to others.
Philosophy: Have a good time, all the time. (quote from Spinal Tap, the movie).
Most memorable career achievement: Teaching a three-day workshop on electronic resource management in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Goal I hope to achieve five years from now: The development of a new cost model for scholarly publishing that incorporates open access provision to content.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: Librarians are at a place in scholarly publishing where changes are occurring at an ever-increasing pace from new formats developing out of digital humanities to the management of institutional scholarship. Librarians will be the crux of helping to develop, fund, and manage the new forms of scholarship that are emerging and the systems that will be used to facilitate access and discoverability of these resources. It is a very exciting time in our field, and librarians are showing that we can and will help facilitate these new models of scholarship as they develop.