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Against the Grain Vo. 33#4

Tim Butzen-Cahill

Tim Butzen-Cahill

General Manager
Doody Enterprises, Inc.
1100 Lake Street, Suite LL25
Oak Park, IL  60301
Phone:  (888) 342-1939
Fax:  (312) 546-8010

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in Park Ridge, IL, where I currently live and have also lived in Chicago and Minneapolis, MN.

EARLY LIFE:  I’d like to think that I’m still in this part of my life!  I earned my BA at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and my MLIS at Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I began my post-collegiate career working with biomedical and clinical researchers to optimize their research spaces and to maximize the uptime of academic health facilities.  When I transitioned to earning my MLIS, I began working for Doody Enterprises and have stayed there ever since, working my way from Customer Service Specialist to General Manager. 

FAMILY:  My husband and I are blessed with a large family spread out across the Midwest but we get particularly jazzed about our nieces, nephews, and grandparents.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  If I’m not reading a book, I’m likely watching or gabbing about RuPaul’s Drag Race, taking long walks around my neighborhood, visiting with family, volunteering at my local public library, or failing at trivia at a local hot spot.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

PET PEEVES:  Bad drivers.  I learned how to drive in Chicago but most people did not.

PHILOSOPHY:  “When you want something, the whole universe conspires in order for you to achieve it.” — The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho


GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  I’m kind of approaching the end of a five-year period right now so it’s hard to picture what the next five will bring.  One thing I know for sure is I hope to be owning a home by then. 

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I expect to see the achievement of critical goals toward equity, diversity, and inclusion in health sciences librarianship and publishing.  I also expect to see a more comprehensive approach to developing Open Access content among health sciences publishers.  What I hope for is a revitalization of and greater market share taken up by small, association/society, and university presses.

Colleen Campbell

Colleen Campbell

I lead external engagement in the open access transition at the Max Planck Digital Library where I coordinate the Open Access 2020 and ESAC Initiatives.
Max Planck Digital Library
Amalienstr. 33, 80799 München, Germany
Phone:  +49 160 9725 1536
https://www.mpdl.mpg.de/en/; https://oa2020.org/; https://esac-initiative.org/

BORN AND LIVED:  Grew up in Indianapolis and, after completing a BA with a double major in Theatre and Italian at Indiana University, I moved to Florence, Italy to complete a Masters degree with Middlebury College and have been living in Italy ever since.

EARLY LIFE:  Singing and dancing on a community theatre stage or curled up on the couch with a classic.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Best characterized as mission driven. Starting at Casalini Libri, then as Director of Participation and Strategic Partnerships in Europe for JSTOR and Portico and now at the Max Planck Digital Library, my work has always been about bringing people together to accomplish something meaningful. This extends to my work as a member of the Board of Trustees of UKSG, the LIBER Open Access Working Group and a number of other community initiatives and industry boards.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I practice with my band, take tap dance lessons, go running in the countryside around my small town, cook meals and listen to music with my daughters, go into Florence for a film, a caffè, an exhibit or an apertivito with friends.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Recent favorites: Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other and Jumpha Lahiri’s Whereabouts.  Alltime favorites: Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy and Patti Smith’s Just Kids.

PHILOSOPHY:  Use your voice.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  So far, directing the 14th Berlin Open Access Conference which resulted in decisive alignment among global takeholders in scholarly communication, but there is a lot more to do!

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  When talking about the open access transition, librarians that are just beginning to approach transformative agreements often ask how long the transition will take.  But shifting today’s scholarly journals to open access business models and — more broadly — creating a fully open information environment requires a restructuring of the processes, workflows and financial streams of both libraries (and their institutions) and publishers.  Where I see the industry in five years is not really relevant;  the more interesting question is what steps can I take right now toward an open, sustainable, equitable, inclusive and diverse scholarly communication ecosystem.

Debbi Dinkins

Debbi Dinkins

Associate Dean of the Library
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Boulevard
Unit 8418
DeLand, FL  32723
Phone:  (386) 822-7179

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  I have lived in Alabama and Florida.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  My first career was as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace industry.  After receiving my M.L.S. from the University of Alabama in 1993, I took a job as a cataloger at Stetson University.  I have been here ever since.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  After completing the annual report for my department recently, I was surprised, although I should not have been, to see that 94% or the library’s resources budget was spent on electronic formats.  I see that trend continuing in the next five years.  Librarians and library staff need to be comfortable with technology.  In the next five years, technology will influence everything that libraries do for users.

David Gibbs

David Gibbs

Interim Associate Dean
Sacramento State University Library
2000 State University Drive
Sacramento, CA  95819

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born and raised in Ohio and have since lived in (in order) Auburn, Alabama;  Durham, North Carolina;  Boston;  Paris;  New York;  San Francisco;  Los Angeles;  Washington, DC;  and now sunny Sacramento.

EARLY LIFE:  Midwestern nerd/band geek transplanted to the South

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  My first profession was as a serial grad student.  Since that wasn’t very well-paid, I moved on to book publishing, then web publishing, finally landing in academic librarianship.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Reading, streaming media, piano, clarinet, travel, cooking, languages.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  I don’t have favorite books, but I have favorite writers:  Edmund White, Alan Hollinghurst, David Sedaris, and Alice Munro.  I’ll read anything they write.

PET PEEVES:  Loud talkers, close followers.

PHILOSOPHY:  Something between carpe diem and moderation in all things.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Hopefully libraries will be spending less on journals and more on monographs.  Publishers will sell books to libraries as print+E bundles, thanks to an influential article published in Against the Grain.

Ramune K. Kubilius

Ramune K. Kubilius

Collection Development / Special Projects Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
320 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL  60611
Phone:  (312) 503-1912

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Montreal Canada, have lived in the Chicagoland (Illinois) area since grade school.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES / MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT (COMBO):  As a longtime academic health sciences librarian, it’s been very satisfying to be professionally involved not only in health science and special library associations’ activities, but also the Charleston Conferences.  Through the years, each one has been, as billed, “a collegial gathering of individuals from different areas who discuss the same issues in a non-threatening, friendly, and highly informal environment.”  Involvement in providing content for Against the Grain has been gratifying, too.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I try to keep active and meaningfully occupied.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Those with an engaging plot and flow that makes me want to keep reading (as opposed to skipping to the end).

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Hopefully — continuing and collaborative dialog and roles for all who care about the idealistic (as well as practical) aspects of the scholarly communication and publishing ecosystem!

Keri Prelitz

Keri Prelitz

Collection Development and Management Librarian
California State University, Fullerton
800 N State College Boulevard
Fullerton, CA  92831

BORN AND LIVED:  California – Born in Orange County;  Lived in San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, and back to Orange County again.

FAMILY:  Twin 5-year-old boys and two dogs keep me rather busy.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I’m at the dog park or perfecting my coloring skills with my kids, and when it’s not too hot to turn on the oven I’m experimenting with my sourdough starter.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  I’ve enjoyed anything by Haruki Murakami, and Roald Dahl will always hold a place in my heart.  Currently I’m rereading all the DogMan series with my kids for the 100th time.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I hope we will see greater diversity in the profession and our collections and a continued focus on OA and OER.


Doody Enterprises, Inc.

1100 Lake Street, Suite LL25
Oak Park, IL  60301
Phone:  (888) 342-1939
Fax:  (312) 546-8010 (email is preferred) 


OFFICERS:  Daniel J. Doody (President, CEO, Owner)


KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Collection development tools for health sciences librarians.  Our product line is comprised of Doody’s Review Service, Doody’s Core Titles, Doody’s Collection Development Monthly, and most recently, Doody’s Special Topics Lists.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Doody Enterprises serves the collection development needs of health sciences libraries worldwide at academic medical centers, hospitals, community colleges, four-year universities, and in industry. 


HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Since 1993, Doody Enterprises has been the most trusted source of timely, expert reviews of newly published books, print and electronic, in the health sciences.  We specialize in timely, targeted information update services for health sciences librarians that combine customized weekly literature update emails with content-rich websites.  To provide these unique information services, Doody Enterprises has forged successful relationships with more than 100 book publishers in the health sciences and established a network of more than 9,000 academic health sciences professionals as expert reviewers.  Over 5,700 librarians around the world rely on the timely bibliographic and evaluative information in our comprehensive database of health sciences books to help guide their collection development decisions.  Further, dozens of publishers and book intermediaries have purchased licenses to our content.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  Doody Enterprises is a small business owned by Dan Doody, who has been the company president and CEO since establishing it in 1993.  The company’s success is directly due to the goodwill of literally thousands of people:  healthcare professionals who serve as expert reviewers; health sciences librarians who subscribe to Doody’s services, volunteer to select Doody’s Core Titles and write articles for our newsletters;  staff from publishers and intermediaries who actively participate in the enterprise;  and most importantly, the staff that carries out Doody’s mission with conviction and enthusiasm.  The entire Doody’s team is incredibly grateful to members of these communities who have supported and partnered with us since 1993.


Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
320 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL  60611
Phone:  (312) 503-8126

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  The Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center fosters the creation and sharing of knowledge among the faculty, staff, and students of the Feinberg School of Medicine and its affiliates.  In September 2013, the Galter Health Sciences Library joined the NU Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (NUCATS), allowing both entities to provide more integrated support to students, clinicians, and researchers.  NUCATS launched in 2007, while the history of Galter Health Sciences Library extends further back (as outlined in our website).

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW?  In April 2021, Northwestern University’s Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center was named the National Evaluation Center for the Network of the National Library of Medicine (NNLM), a five-year award.  The NNLM Evaluation Center is a collaborative effort, with leadership from numerous groups represented on its advisory council, in addition to prominent national leaders in program evaluation, libraries, health disparities and health equity, data science, rural and medically underserved areas, and social change.

More information: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/NNLM_Cooperative_Agreement_Announcement_Statement.html


Max Planck Digital Library

Amalienstr. 33
D-80799 München

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) in Munich is a central unit of the Max Planck Society that supports scientists from all Max Planck Institutes with a broad portfolio of services in the fields of information provision, publication support and research data management.

In the era of digital information, big data, the World Wide Web and web-based collaboration, MPDL makes a substantial contribution to the Max Planck Society’s competitiveness in the international science community.

The MPDL and its predecessors have featured as one of Europe’s largest purchasers of scientific information for more than 10 years now.  The MPDL arranges for access to a wide range of scientific journals, eBooks, specialist databases and extensive open access publication services.  Together with the libraries at the Max Planck Institutes, it takes care of an excellent supply of scientific information and opportunities for publication.

Teams from the MPDL have been playing an active role in preparing and supplying research data and research results from the 80 Max Planck Institutes since 2007.  The MPDL has been working for many years with both Max Planck Society born data collections and commercial resources, developing cyberinfrastructures and specialist applications for research data.  It regularly combines data flows from more than a hundred different sources and performs ongoing analyses of usage statistics and constantly growing, complex data pools with entry volumes in the order of 1011 or more.

The MPDL conceives itself as one of the four central IT service units of the Max Planck Society (MPDL, MPCDF, IKT und GWDG), together with which it provides the overall portfolio of IT services for the Society.  At the same time, MPDL forms together with the institute’s libraries the librarian system of the Max Planck Society, in which the MPDL — pursuant to the subsidiary principle – takes on only those tasks which achieve true additional value creation.

Sacramento State University Library

California State University
2000 State University Drive
Sacramento, CA  95819

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  Founded in 1947, Sac State is part of the California State University (CSU) system, the largest public university system in the country.  We serve around 30,000 students, many of whom are first-generation and/or BIPOC.  We are a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HIS) and an Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI).






DO YOU HAVE A DISCOVERY SYSTEM?  We just switched from Primo to Primo VE.


IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  PRINT OR ELECTRONIC OR BOTH?  $1.7M: print books, ebooks, physical media, streaming media, serials, databases.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  We are taking on a larger role in scholarly communications and faculty research management.  This fall we are launching the Esploro-based Sac State Scholars, a combination IR/faculty profile system.

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  The unpredictable, feast-or-famine nature of California state budgets.


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