SMIRC Speaker Biographies

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2020 Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Holly Mercer is Senior Associate Dean at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She provides leadership for library collections, assessment, technical services, and all aspects of library technology, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship. From 2012 to 2018 she also served as director of Newfound Press, the Libraries’ open access digital imprint. In 2019, Mercer served as a faculty fellow in the Office of Research & Engagement, assisting with research integrity and compliance for the UT Knoxville campus. She holds degrees from the University of South Carolina and Duke University.

Mercer’s research interests are varied, but center on how to better align the system of scholarly communication for the benefit of authors and readers. She helped implement KU ScholarWorks, the University of Kansas repository in 2004, and has been engaged in promoting and improving repository services ever since. Mercer currently serves on the Open Repositories Steering Committee, the Islandora Board of Directors, and the HathiTrust Board of Governors.


Dr. Sam Bruton is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of USM’s Office of Research Integrity. His recent scholarship focuses on applied ethics, especially research ethics, and he frequently teaches courses in the Philosophy of Law, Critical Thinking, and Ethical Theory. When not philosophizing, he can frequently be heard playing jazz piano. In Spring 2020, his quartet celebrating the music of Dave Brubeck will be performing at Duling Hall in Jackson, the Natchez Music Festival, and Hattiesburg’s Festival South.

Michelle Emanuel is currently the Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives at the University of Mississippi, where she has worked since 2002. Among those initiatives is eGrove, UM’s institutional repository, which launched in Fall 2018. She is also a subject liaison for the Department of Modern Languages, and teaches an online course, Cinema Survey, for the Department of Theater and Film. She holds several degrees from the University of Alabama, including a B.A. in American Studies, a Ph.D. in French, and a MLIS.

Dr. Matthew Griffis holds advanced degrees in LIS from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. He maintains research specializations in both the library and archival science fields, including libraries as places of community, the history of library development, research methods, and the history of print. Several agencies have supported Griffis’s work, among them the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) who funded his three-year historical study of segregated Carnegie libraries with an LB21 research grant in 2016. An author of many refereed articles, Griffis published his first book in 2016 and will publish his second in 2020-21. He has delivered numerous presentations at conferences across North America and has also been invited to speak at special events related to his research interests.

Shandon Quinn is Vice President of Product Management for Digital Commons. In this role, he leads a team exploring new ways to increase the value of Digital Commons through deep understanding of customer needs and goals. In his 12 years with Elsevier, he has a track record of developing and launching innovative and valuable information solutions for researchers, scientists, and academic and corporate institutions. He has also led various strategic initiatives for Elsevier related to library relations, editor relations, open access, copyright, and print-to-digital business model evolutions.

Kayla Siddell is the Scholarly Communications and Instruction Librarian in University Library at Xavier University of Louisiana where she manages the institutional repository, the Data Visualization Lab, and consults with faculty, staff and students on their research and use of library resources and services.

Posters and Lightning Talks

Patricia Hartman is the Biological Sciences, Forestry & Wildlife, and Mathematics Librarian at Auburn University. She also serves as the campus ORCiD Ambassador, conducts researcher and institutional bibliometric analysis, and promotes adoption and use of AUrora, Auburn’s institutional repository.

G.W. Swicord is the Theses and Dissertations Manager at the University of Florida’s George A. Smathers Libraries. His duties include managing a long-term project to scan all of the university’s bound theses and dissertations as well as metadata creation and content loading for undergraduate works, projects in lieu of theses, and recurring events that generate content such as posters, digital artworks, and conference materials. He also manages ingestion of new ETDs and works with a variety of contacts outside the Libraries to help ensure clear understanding of IR standards and practices. G.W. earned a B.A. from New College of Florida and an M.A. from the University of Texas, Austin.

Joshua Vaughan has worked as a Digitization Assistant for the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries since 2014. He has worked on numerous projects ranging from the H.A. & Margret Rey Digital Collection and collaborating with the Mississippi Digital Library to preserve the state's unique history. Doctors say he may never recover. Current projects include digitizing USM's student run newspaper and USM Athletics' sports history.

Concurrent Sessions

Mary Ann Jones joined the library faculty at Mississippi State University Libraries in 2005 and was a member of the Libraries’ Collection Management Services department in several roles until being appointed as the Scholarly Communication Coordinator in July 2019. The path to her new position began with an interest in institutional repositories and open access which led to her appointment in 2014 as the Chair of the libraries’ Institutional Repository Committee. She led the committee that planned, organized, and developed the implementation of the MSU institutional repository. In her new role as Scholarly Communication Coordinator, she oversees the Libraries’ initiatives regarding all aspects of scholarly communication, including open access, open data, open educational resources, copyright, journal metrics, author’s rights, ORCiD, and Scholars Junction, the MSU IR. Mary Ann works with scholars to determine campus needs regarding scholarly communication issues and provides outreach to all areas of campus. Recently, Mary Ann has been appointed to lead two scholarly communication steering committees on campus, one on open data and one on open educational resources. Since April 2014, Mary Ann has represented the University Libraries as their elected Faculty Senate representative and currently serves as Vice President of the Robert Holland Faculty Senate at Mississippi State University. Mary Ann received her MLIS from Florida State University in 2005 and her BA in Organizational Communication from University of Central Florida in 2001. Mary Ann’s research interests include open access to publicly funded research, open access adoption in academia, and compliance with funder mandates.

Ken Herold has woven together three career strands in librarianship, systems management, and information science research; this is his fifth year in campus leadership as a dean. He worked privately and in government as a professional law librarian in California and in New York. He was also a court-certified paralegal for complex criminal case litigation in State and Federal courts. He served in healthcare as an information services manager and then as a library information systems director in academia. He have been a senior academic library manager since 2002. Most recently he is a select and peer-review editor, author, and doctoral advisor on the history and foundations of information science and newer philosophies of information and librarianship. His latest research examines intuition, particularly in its collective form, and our understandings from cognitive sciences on abilities to share memory and logic, together as a kind of cultural system, a form of community, and potential theoretical basis for citizen science and its correlates. This connects the idea of extended cognition with holistic epistemology in examining how groups and individuals learn together. His concentration exemplar is in the emerging field of astroinformatics.

Jessica Clemons is a Research Solutions Expert with Ex Libris which helps libraries advance the research mission of their universities. Serving in various leadership roles in academic librarianship for a decade, she has focused on scholarly communication, digital collections, research data management, and digital humanities. She worked closely with librarians, faculty, and administrators to ensure that libraries are able to support the research enterprise. Jessica was a member of the 2018-19 ARL leadership fellowship program.

Ann Connolly is Director of Product at bepress | Elsevier and focuses largely on helping customers increase and measure the impact of their repository content.

Elizabeth La Beaud is the Digital Lab Manager for the University of Southern Mississippi and the Assistant Director of the Mississippi Digital Library. She holds a MLIS, a certificate in Archives and Special Collections, the Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists, and is a Library of Congress trained Digital Preservation Topical Trainer. She served on the National Digital Stewardship Alliance’s (NDSA) Levels of Preservation Revision Subgroup and the Levels of Preservation Implementation Subgroup. Elizabeth specializes in digital preservation, project planning and implementation, and copyright as it pertains to digital collections.

Stephen Perkins has over 20 years in data management and consulting, and has implemented everything from small to large scale projects with discoverygarden using the Open Source Islandora Digital Asset Management Framework. Projects have ranged from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to a robust consortial project with the University of Connecticut.

Heather Greer Klein has over 20 years in data management and consulting, and has implemented everything from small to large scale projects with discoverygarden using the Open Source Islandora Digital Asset Management Framework. Projects have ranged from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum to a robust consortial project with the University of Connecticut.

Bryan J. Brown is a repository developer at Florida State University's Technology and Digital Scholarship Division where he works on DigiNole, FSU's Digital Library and IR platform built on top of Islandora. Bryan is also an Islandora Committer and active member of the community through participation on the Islandora Technical Advisory Group and Coordinating Committee, as well as co-chair of the Islandora IR and DevOps Interest Groups. His research interests include open source software development, user experience design, digital preservation and linked data/semantic web technologies.

Kayla Reed is the Metadata & Digital Services Librarian at the LSU Law Library in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She serves as cataloger and manager of the law center’s institutional repository, which is hosted by Bepress. Since starting her position in July 2016, she has enjoyed learning about ways to contribute to the growth of the repository. In addition to adding new collections, she is interested in the relationship of metadata and findability.

Jade Kastel is a reference and instruction librarian at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami. She will graduate with an MLIS from the University of South Florida in Spring of 2020. Jade has a Master of Music degree from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and a Bachelor of Music degree from Concordia College. In 2019, she participated in the Institute of Jazz Studies Archives Fellowship at Rutgers University.

Erin Jerome is the Open Access & Institutional Repository Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she manages ScholarWorks@UMassAmherst and serves as the subject librarian for Music & Dance. She is the co-chair of the ACRL New England Chapter Scholarly Communication Interest Group and is a co-founder of the IR Managers Forum and the Northeast Institutional Repository Day (NIRD). Erin earned her Ph.D. in Musicology from Brandeis University.

Scott Jordan is the Digitization Archivist and an instructor of library science at the Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He holds a Master of Science in Information Studies degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Public History degree from Texas State University-San Marcos. Scott, originally from Texas, has worked in museums, archives, libraries, and heritage tourism and has experience in collection acquisition and processing, cataloging and metadata, exhibit design and material culture, digital reformatting and preservation, and reference services and outreach. As a faculty member at UL Lafayette since 2018, Scott leads digitization projects, develops procedures and acquires equipment for digitizing analog archival materials in various formats, processes collections, provides reference, promotes digital collections at the Louisiana Digital Library, and co-manages the institutional repository. He is a member of the Society of Southwest Archivists, Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, and Louisiana Library Association.

Jennie Vance has been the Institutional Repository Specialist at The University of Southern Mississippi since August 2016. She assists with managing Aquila and offers technical support to journal editors who publish through the repository. She also provides assistance to faculty with checking copyright for their previously published articles and helps promote the IR on campus, which includes managing Aquila’s social media presence, and she manages metadata cleanup and enhancement projects as needed.