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Jane Burke

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company
1350 E Touhy Avenue, Suite 150 W
Des Plaines, IL  60018
Toll-free number: 1 (800) 762-6300
Phone: (847) 296-2200
Fax:  (847) 296-5636

BORN AND LIVED:  Naperville, Illinois  (and I still live there).

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  My first library job was at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville, Illinois.  I was the head of adult services. From there I joined the vendor side. I have had the honor of working at five great library automation organizations.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore.  Plus trashy action thrillers.

PHILOSOPHY:  “You’ll never learn any younger” (as my mother used to say).

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I think that libraries will be completely centered in their community.  The old notion that users need to come to the library will be completely gone, and libraries will have embraced the need for outreach.  I am very optimistic about the incoming generation of librarians who will push this change. And I believe the industry will respond.

Carol Tenopir

Chancellor’s Professor
School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, 1345 Circle Park Drive,
451 Communications Building
Knoxville, TN  37996-0341
Phone:  (865) 974-7911

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in Whittier, California and went to Whittier High School and Whittier College.  After getting my MSLS from Cal State, I worked for an information consulting firm in Southern California until moving to Honolulu in 1979 as (first) the Library Systems Librarian at the University of Hawaii and, after finishing my Phd at the University of Illinois, a professor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Hawaii.  We moved to Knoxville, Tennessee in 1994 where I became a Professor at the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences. Sabbaticals and Fulbright awards have allowed me to live temporarily in Australia and in Finland.

EARLY LIFE:  I come from a family of teachers and both of my parents always assumed I would be a teacher too.  I rebelled by becoming a librarian, but in the long run ended up as a teacher after all.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  My professional career has gone from consultant to librarian to LIS educator, each focused on a variety of issues surrounding e-resources, information technology, and scholarly publishing.  The Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) has been my main professional society throughout, but I have attended and spoken at many LIS professional organizations, including SLA, Charleston Conferences, UKSG, IFLA, and so on.

FAMILY:  Husband Gerald (Jerry) Lundeen is an Emeritus Professor of LIS from the University of Hawaii.  Son Andrew Tenopir Lundeen is an Assistant Professor librarian in special collections at Michigan State University, daughter-in-law Norma Lundeen is the MSU Extension Planning and Reporting Project Manager.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I cheer for the UT Lady Vols basketball team, travel, read, walk, and go to movies.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard;  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens;  Paula by Isabel Allende.

PET PEEVES:  People who are so entrenched in their beliefs that they won’t collaborate with others to find a solution to shared problems.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  I think the biggest achievement of my career is persistence.  I wrote the monthly “Online Databases” column for Library Journal for 28 years. (I’m still not sure how I did that while finishing my doctorate, raising a son, starting a academic career, getting tenured and promoted…)  I have conducted studies of how researchers use information in their work, asking many of the same questions, for over 30 years. And, my research team just finished the third survey in a decade of scientists’ research data attitudes and practices.  I think those who are willing and determined to track issues over time can help provide insights into how the past and present will influence the future.  


HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  If the scholarly communication industry is to survive and thrive, the various stakeholders must see each other as partners rather than adversaries.  Librarians, scholarly societies, commercial publishers, editors, authors, readers, vendors, and others all have a stake in the process of providing and preserving high quality research information.  Fragmentation and fractiousness hinder the progress of improving dissemination and preservation through use of new technologies and better understanding of researcher needs. So, on my gloomy days, I see in five years a further fragmented system that is non-sustainable.  On my positive days I see an integrated system of stakeholders working together to solve technological and societal problems to provide better access and related information services.


Ex Libris (USA), Inc. 

1350 East Touhy Ave., Suite 150 W
Des Plaines, IL  60018
Phone:  (847) 296-2200
Fax:  (847) 296-5636

AFFILIATED COMPANIES:  ProQuest (parent), Innovative.

OFFICERS:  Bar Veinstein (President), Yaniv Alus (VP Finance), Yair Amsterdam (COO), Oren Beit-Arie (Chief Strategy Officer), Sarit Olmay (VP Human Resoures), Jane Burke (VP Strategic Initiatives).


KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Alma, Primo, Summon, Leganto, RapidILL, Esploro, RefWorks, Pivot, Research Professional, campusM.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Higher Education, Special Libraries.


HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company is a leading provider of library automation solutions, offering the only comprehensive product suite for the discovery, management, and distribution of all materials-print, electronic, and digital.  Dedicated to developing the market’s most inventive and creative solutions, Ex Libris leads the way in defining and designing efficient, user-friendly products that serve the needs of academic, research, and national libraries today, enabling them to transition into the future.  Ex Libris has been providing library services since 1986; this is our primary business.

ProQuest, an information solutions provider central to global research, completed its acquisition of Ex Libris Group in December 2015.  The businesses’ complementary assets are now integrated, enabling existing services to be enhanced and sparking the creation of all-new solutions that will help libraries seize opportunities in rapidly changing technology, content, and user environments.

ProQuest formed a new business unit – Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company – which will continue to support the broad selection of products that customers depend on, including Alma, Aleph, bX, Intota, Primo, Rosetta, SFX, SIPX, Summon, 360 Link, Voyager, and the newly launched Leganto reading-list solution and campusM mobile campus solution.  The Ex Libris business unit is comprised of approximately 900 employees worldwide and is led by Bar Veinstein, reporting to ProQuest CEO Matti Shem Tov and supported by a team comprised of both Ex Libris management and ProQuest Workflow Solutions management. As one company, we will help us fulfill our commitment to empowering researchers and transforming research around the world.

In January of 2020, Ex Libris completed its acquisition of Innovative, a leading provider of integrated library systems for public, academic, and specialist libraries.  Innovative is now a business unit within Ex Libris. Together we will provide more opportunities for libraries.

Ex Libris creates products based on relevant standards for interoperability rather than leveraging through proprietary techniques for commercial advantage.  We embrace the idea that standards are, at least partially, intended to encourage innovation and fair competition to the benefit of the community of students, researchers, and academicians – the raison d’être for the academic library marketplace.  Over thirty years and more than 7,000 libraries later, we believe that the academic library community agrees with this approach.

That academic community is the lifeblood of Ex Libris, and virtually all of our effort and experience is tied to it.  Over time, Ex Libris has adapted to the changing needs of the research community, and continues to focus its business efforts, organizational structures, and fundamental product philosophies on serving that market.

Our company has decades of experience at implementing library solutions at academic institutions the world over.  From large ARL libraries, to consortia, to museums and government agencies, to academic libraries of every size, we have installed our software, converted the library’s data, trained library staff, and provided project management and support to the institutions that adopt our products.

Ex Libris’ vision of information technology is based on a concept of interoperability.  We maintain full ownership of our technology; all of our products are developed in-house, promoting interoperability and quality assurance.


University of Tennessee,
School of Information Sciences

1345 Circle Park Drive,
451 Communications Bldg.
Knoxville, TN  37996-0341
Phone:  (865) 974-2148

BACKGROUND/HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL:  https://sis.utk.edu/about

Accredited by the American Library Association for nearly half a century, the UT School of Information Sciences has achieved regional, national, and international recognition through its award-winning faculty, students and alumni; innovative teaching and research; commitment to diversity and inclusion; and personalized, online program options.

The School of Information Sciences began in 1928 when the UT College of Liberal Arts launched an undergraduate school library media education program.  The Department of Library Service was established in 1944 as part of the UT College of Education. In 1971, the Department became the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), and one year later, the program was accredited by the American Library Association.  Finally, in 2002, the GSLIS joined the College of Communication and Information as one of four Schools, the School of Information Sciences. Currently, we offer a Master’s of Information Sciences (MSIS), a Bachelor’s of Information Sciences (BSIS), and participate in a college-wide PhD in Communication and Information. 

NUMBER OF FACULTY:  13 full time (to be 17 as of August 2020) and many adjuncts. 

CURRICULUM TRACKS; KEY COURSES:  All master’s students take 3 required courses (Information Concepts and Foundations; Information Organization and Retrieval; Information Technology Foundations) and then are able to specialize in one of our pathways or devise their own individualized pathway.  The current designated pathways are:

Academic Librarianship

Assessment Librarianship

Data Curation and Data Management

Digital Collections

Geographic Information

Information Organization

Public Librarianship

Science Information

User Experience (UX)

Youth Services

UNIQUE PROGRAMS:  Certifcate in Youth Informatics; coursework and lab facilities for User Experience

PRIMARY AREAS OF RESEARCH:  The faculty of the School of Information Sciences is committed to conducting basic and applied research that promotes the generation of new knowledge, services, and technology.  The School also encourages research that strengthens its instructional and public service programs. Areas of research specialization include:

Academic Libraries and Librarianship

Data Curation and Data Management

Evaluation and Assessment of Libraries and Information Services and Systems

Geographic and Scientific Information

Human-Computer Interaction and User Experience

Information Behavior, Information Literacy, and Information Retrieval

Information Communication Technology in Developing Economies

Information Policy and Intellectual Property

Library and Information Science Education

Open Source Software and Communities

Scholarly and Scientific Communication

Social Justice and Information Services

Social Media and Social Informatics

Youth Informatics and Youth Services

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS/RESIDENCIES:  MSIS students at UT are encouraged to take a 3-6 credit practicum to engage in professional experience at a workplace relevant to their interests.  In addition to a wide range of libraries and other information intensive organizations, many students complete practica or internships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12, USGS, and related government organizations.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS:  The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences is one of four Schools in the College of Communication and Information.  We collaborate with our colleagues in CCI (Communication Studies, Journalism & Electronic Media, and Advertising & Public Relations) as well as with researchers in Engineering, Arts & Sciences, Agriculture, and other colleges.  Our students can earn an Interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Computational Sciences in partnership with mathematics, statistics, computer science, and domain sciences. We have grants from the Institute of Museum & Library Services that partner with other iSchools (including the University of Denver and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) in order to better educate information professionals together.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR INFORMATION/LIBRARY SCHOOL WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  The School will become larger and more diverse.  We will educate a broader range of students and prepare them for a greater variety of careers in the ever-expanding information workforce. Faculty expertise will continue to diversify, and our research and service footprints will grow.  We will maintain our close connection to libraries and other cultural institutions, and continue to integrate the values these organizations represent into everything we do.

WHAT EXCITES OR CONCERNS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  As UT SIS Director Diane Kelly wrote in a recent SIS alumni newsletter: “In the upcoming decade, we will continue to face challenges related to information representation, access, and use. In addition, we will face new challenges created by biased data and discriminatory information systems, and ineffective (and nonexistent) privacy policies.  As librarians and information professionals, we are uniquely positioned to address these issues because of our strong orientation to community service, our passion for implementing and maintaining ethical and fair information practices, and our deep technical expertise.”

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW?  About two-thirds of our master’s students are distance education students, earning their MSIS degrees from many different locations while paying in-state Tennessee tuition.  For those who come to campus there are many opportunities for assistantships on-campus or in the nearby science agencies such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory. 


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