LibTech Committee

Euan Adie

Euan Adie is the founder of, which tracks the conversations around scholarly articles online. He was previously a senior product manager at Nature Publishing Group where he worked on projects such as Nature's mobile apps, Connotea, and Blogs.


Twitter: @Stew

Theo Andrew

Theo Andrew is the Open Access Implementation Manager in the Digital Library Section at the University of Edinburgh. The Digital Library team looks after the Institutional Repository (DSpace), Current Research Information Systems (PURE) and Open Journal Software (OJS) platforms. As such his main roles are to support the adoption of open access within the university and help co-ordinate the collection of publication data required for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) return. Other duties involve being an Freedom Of Information practitioner and copyright advisor for Edinburgh University Library. Theo has managed a number of JISC projects, including The Depot#jiscPUB and Repository Junction. Professional interests include enhancing scholarly communication using new technologies; promoting the open agenda within academia; research analytics and altmetrics; research information/data management. He holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Edinburgh.


Twitter: @earthowned

Kaveh Bazargan

Kaveh Bazargan is a physicist by training. He founded River Valley Technologies (formerly Focal Image Ltd) in 1988, in order to introduce computer generated illustrations to UK publishers. The company is based in UK with production and R&D offices in India. The "bread and butter" is typesetting for STM publishers, using the only "pure" XML-first system in the industry. In recent years River Valley has been working on cloud-based platforms for publishers, including a peer review system (ReView) and an online collaborative authoring tool.


Twitter: @kaveh1000

Nason Bimbe

Nason Bimbe is a computer scientist and software engineer currently employed as a Library Information Systems Manager at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS). He has over 15 years experience in ICT with specialism in web application development, software engineering, software project management. In his current role, he is responsible for all ICT Management and support for British Library for Development Studies including Library Management System maintenance and system development, BLDS website, document delivery services and Institutional Repository. He has been involved in capacity building projects in Africa on Open Access, digital repositories and FOSS for libraries since 2011 which was part of the bigger Mobilisation Knowledge for Development (MK4D) DfID funded programme. Prior to his current role, he was a Senior Software Developer/Technical Lead at IDS where he worked on various ICT projects and websites. He has also worked as a software developer at Tech-Connect Limited, American Express (Europe) Limited and Zambian Ministry of Finance. Nason is a holder of a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of Brighton and an MSc in Software Development from the Open University in the UK.  

Website: and

Twitter: @nbimbe

Lauren Collister

Lauren B. Collister is Electronic Publications Associate for the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing at the University of Pittsburgh. She assists with setup and day-to-day management of dozens of peer-reviewed scholarly journals published by the University Library System, as well as the promotion of electronic publishing initiatives and Open Access policy at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, she is an active scholar in the fields of sociolinguistics and digital gaming. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociolinguistics from the University of Pittsburgh, where she researched multimodal communication in digital environments. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Linguistics from The Ohio State University.


Twitter: @parnopaeus

K. Matthew Dames

K. Matthew Dames is interim Associate Dean for Research, Collections and Scholarly Communication (RCSC) and director of the Copyright and Information Policy Office at the Syracuse University Library in Syracuse, New York (USA). A member of the Library's executive management team, Dr Dames manages the Library unit that comprises collections, librarians who serve as liaisons to the University’s academic departments, and the University's institutional repository, Surface. He also educates the entire University community on issues related to copyright and licensing. Dr Dames writes extensively on copyright, information policy, licensing, and the global business of the media industries.

Websites: The Piracy Paradigm and Copycense

Twitter: @Copycense

Richard Davis Richard Davis manages the Academic & Research Technologies team at the University of London Computer Centre (ULCC), which has a long history of projects and services for the Higher Education and Cultural Heritage sectors (many chronicled on the team's DA Blog). Richard has spent over 15 years on digital archive and library systems: early projects included developing CD-ROM databases of journal abstracts, a pilot intranet for the Forensic Science Service, and several years with National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) for the National Archives. Since then, Richard has managed or contributed to many JISC programmes exploring emerging areas of academic-related computing including social networking, digitisation, semantic web, linked data, open metadata, web archiving, open journals, text-mining, research data management, e-learning and e-books. Recent projects include the AHRC/Mellon-funded Transcribe Bentham project (with UCL) and the EU-funded TranScriptorium project. Richard is a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT), and a former director of the Digital  Preservation Coalition (DPC).
Chris Diaz

Chris Diaz is the Residency Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections at the University of Iowa, where he specializes in collections analysis, electronic resources, and faculty outreach. His interests include open access, copyright, and institutional repositories. His previous positions include Reference and Instructional Services Graduate Assistant at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Web Administrator for the Robert Wood Dance Company. 

Twitter: @chrisdaaz

 Michael Fitzgerald

Michael FitzGerald is the CEO and co-founder of Submittable, a curation platform that is backed by Y-Combinator and the  Knight Foundation and used by 1000's of publishers for accepting and  reviewing content. He's also an author of a novel, Radiant Days (Counterpoint, 2007), and numerous shorter works.


Rupert Gatti

Rupert Gatti is a fellow in Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge. His research interests are in micro-economics including search theory, the economics of online markets and copyright. He is a long-standing advocate of open access publishing and co-founder of Open Book Publishers, publishing open access monographs in the humanities and social sciences.


Barbara Hui

Barbara Hui is a software developer in the Publishing and Access group at the California Digital Library. Prior to joining the CDL in 2012, Hui was a consultant on a variety of software projects, primarily related to academia and the digital humanities; in the late '90s/early aughts she worked as a developer in UC Berkeley's IT department. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA, and she and her Litmap project are featured in the documentary film "Patience (After Sebald)".


Twitter: @barbarahui

Chris Keene

Chris Keene is Technical Development Manager at the University of Sussex Library with over 10 years working with technology and the web in academic libraries. He's interests are Resource Discovery, Open Access and changes in scholarly communication. He oversees the development of the Library's online services, and facilitates the move from physical to online as well as championing open standards and opening up information. His job increasingly involves exploring how library systems can be integrated both across the University and with the web at large. He's been involved in two recent JISC projects: CReDAUL implemented the VuFind Open Source discovery platform to provide a combined search interface across two University Libraries, and the SALDA project plans to convert Mass-Observation Archive records in to Linked Data. Chris is a member of the COPAC steering group and self-certified shambrarian.

Twitter: @chriskeene

Ingrid Mason

Ingrid Mason is a metadata nerd, librarian, tech head, GLAM-er, #lodlam, #LinkedData spruiker and eResearch enthusiast interested in digital cultural heritage, open access, digital libraries and #digitalhumanities. Ingrid works as an eResearch Analyst for Intersect Australia, an eResearch services organisation in the New South Wales, Australia. She is establishing a programme of activities targeting eResearch support for humanities, arts and social science researchers and is a liaison for the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) for NSW universities for community building. At the moment Ingrid is working on a federally funded virtual laboratory project: Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) and providing outreach support for ANDS around research data management. 


Twitter: @1n9r1d

Nora McGregor

Nora McGregor is a qualified Librarian and is currently working as a Digital Curator at the British Library. Her particular area of interest is in how digital technologies are shaping our research processes and environments in the 21st century and how that in turn shapes future library service provision. Specifically on the subject of open access, she would like to see the preservation, sharing and accessibility of datasets created within the course of humanities research become more efficient, universal and open.


Twitter: @ndalyrose

Sarah Molloy

Sarah Molloy is the Research Support Librarian at Queen Mary, University of London, managing the DSpace institutional repository, Queen Mary Research Online, with responsibilities for overseeing its technical development, advocacy and uptake, and working IT colleagues to draft and implement preservation policies. She also manages the publications database, Symplectic Elements; providing support to researchers in its use, as well as co-ordinating metadata quality assurance, in preparation for REF2014. A qualified librarian, Sarah has a particular interest in the use of technology and online services to widen access to research, as well as exploring ways to train and enable researchers to take up and embed new methods in scholarly communication. She has been part of 2 funded open access related projects to-date; the JISC-funded RePosit project, investigating uptake and embedding of open access through simplified deposit to repositories, and the Sherpa-LEAP (London EPrints Access Project), funded by the University of London Vice-Chancellor's Development Fund to establish institutional repositories within University of London Colleges.  Sarah has recently completed a stint as Chair of the Sherpa-LEAP Steering Committee.


Twitter: @moragm23

Andrew Mwesigwa

Andrew Mwesigwa is a librarian and academic working in the digitisation section of Makerere University Library. Andrew runs marketing library services, trains student librarians and acts as Head of the Digitisation Section, managing electronic materials at the university's institutional repository. He is Assistant Coordinator of Library Projects funded by SIDA and CCNY. Andrew was formerly Information Processing Assistant and Librarian on the MakLIBIS Project at the Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (MUIENR) and has also worked as a consultant at the Cultural Resource Centre in the Diocese of Jinja. He is a member of the Information Science Federation for Eastern Africa (ISFEA) where he participated in the establishment of the Kampala Chapter and contributes to workshops and meetings. 


Twitter: @AndrewMwesigwa

Bethany Nowviskie

Bethany Nowviskie is President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, Director of the Scholars' Lab and Praxis Program at the University of Virginia Library, and Associate Director of the Scholarly Communication Institute. Nowviskie also chairs the Committee on Information Technology at the MLA, is the founding editor of #Alt-Academy, and serves on the boards of ADHO and centerNet. As a post-doc, she created the infrastructure for NINES, an open-access scholarly collective, which later inspired Project Blacklight. Her own scholarship and experimental work explores the relation of procedural method to humanities interpretation.


Twitter: @nowviskie

Ernesto Priego

Ernesto Priego is Lecturer in Library Science at the Centre for Information Science, City University London. Ernesto's main interests revolve around the history of the book and print technologies, electronic publishing, digital journalism, social media, digital libraries, digitization, comic books, memory and narrative, technology and the body, electronic art and media.  He has written about graphic narrative for the Nieman Storyboard of Harvard University and digital engagement for University of Venus amongst other online and print publications. He is a co-founder and coordinating editor of The Comics Grid, an online journal of comics scholarship.


Twitter: @ernestopriego

Oya Rieger

Oya Y. Rieger is the associate university librarian for digital scholarship and preservation services at Cornell University Library. She oversees the Library’s digitization, repository development, digital preservation, electronic publishing, and e-scholarship initiatives with a focus on needs assessment, requirements analysis, business modeling, and information policy development. She has leadership in various open access initiatives that have explored and promoted new models of scholarly communication. She is the program director for arXiv, which is internationally acknowledged as a pioneering open-access distribution service for physics, mathematics, computer science, and related disciplines. Also included in her program area is Project Euclid, which is jointly managed by Cornell University Library and Duke University Press to provide affordable access to high-impact, peer-reviewed mathematics and statistics scholarly materials. Rieger has a B.S. in Economics (METU), an M.S. in Public Administration (University of Oklahoma), and an M.S. in Information Systems (Columbia University).  She received her Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Cornell University.


John Russell

John Russell is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Oregon, where (among many duties) he manages the Libraries' open access journal publishing initiative and works on digital scholarship projects. Since 2007, John has collaborated on the Mana'o Project, an open access repository for Anthropology, and lately has been working with the journal Cultural Anthropology on its open access initiatives.


Twitter: @uohistlib

Dorothea Salo

Dorothea Salo is a Faculty Associate in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where she teaches on library technology, digital curation, database design, organization of information, and ebooks and scholarly communication. She also serves on UW-Madison's Research Data Services team. In 2009 Library Journal named her a Mover and Shaker for her open-access advocacy. She has written and presented internationally on data curation, institutional repositories, social media, scholarly publishing, copyright, and user-centered design. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from UW-Madison.


Matt Senate

Matt Senate is the web administrator for PLOS and is passionate about Open Access and Access to Knowledge in general. As a supporter and participant of the Open Science and Free Culture movements, Matt recognizes the importance of an alliance between all disciplines (humanities and social sciences included) to fulfill a moral imperative to share knowledge and information as far and wide as possible. He hopes to share his experience in web technology with the OLH initiative and collaborate with other participants to keep the project's sustainability in mind.


Melanie Schlosser

Melanie Schlosser is the Digital Publishing Librarian and an Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University Libraries. Melanie wears a lot of hats in her work, including scholarly publishing, open access advocacy, metadata and archiving support, and a variety of other roles in digital collections and scholarly communications. She's more an enthusiastic supporter than an actual participant in the world of digital humanities, but has organized a couple of THATCamps and served as co-PI on an NEH Office of Digital Humanities grant to develop a lifecycle model for electronic text projects at OSU. Melanie is inspired by people and projects that push the boundaries of scholarly publishing.

Twitter: m_b_schlosser

Nick Sheppard

Nick Sheppard is Repository Developer at Leeds Metropolitan University and Technical Officer for the UK Council of Research Repositories (UKCoRR). He is interested in sustainable models of Open Access to research and potential synergies with open education and Open Educational Resources (OER), particularly underlying technology, software and interoperability of systems. He has been involved with a number of Jisc repository and infrastructure projects including  SWORDv2, UK RepositoryNet+, Pathways to Open Resource Sharing through Convergence in Healthcare Education (PORSCHE) at MEDEV (Newcastle University) and Jorum, the national OER repository based at Mimas (University of Manchester), where he sits on the Steering Group.


Twitter: @mrnick

Ben Showers

Ben Showers is a programme manager with the Digital Infrastructure team at Jisc. Ben is part of the Information and Library Infrastructure programme and manages a number of areas of work, including library systems, user experience, mobile infrastructure and shared services. Ben is also currently managing a project to develop a shared library analytics service for UK academic libraries. Prior to this Ben worked with the eContent team at Jisc, working on a number of digitisation and digital scholarly resource programmes exploring innovative new models of content creation and curation including crowdsourcing and user generated content. Ben holds an MA in Philosophy as well as an MA in Library and Information Science from University College, London.


Twitter: @benshowers

Neil Stewart

Neil Stewart is Digital Library Manager at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Prior to this he held posts at LSE and City University London, where he managed and developed institutional repository services. He is a qualified librarian and is interested in open access, research data management, digital archives, scholarly communications, and libraries-as-publishers.


Twitter: @neilstewart

Graham Stone

Graham Stone is Information Resources Manager at the University of Huddersfield, responsibilities include the library information resources budget and management of the Acquisitions and Journals and E-Resources Teams. He also manages the University Repository and University of Huddersfield Press initiative. Graham has managed a number of JISC funded projects including the Library Impact Data Project and the Huddersfield Open Access Publishing project. He is UKSG Publications Officer and member of the Insights journal editorial board, the Electronic Information Resources Working Group (EIRWG), the PALS metadata and interoperability working group, the OAPEN-UK Steering Group and chair of the JISC Collections Journal Archives Advisory Board. He is currently undertaking a Doctor of Enterprise at the University of Huddersfield, which is looking at the viability of the University Press as an Open Access publisher.


Twitter: @Graham_Stone

Laurie Taylor

Laurie N. Taylor is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida and Technical Director for the international collaborative Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC). Her work focuses on data/digital curation, digital scholarship, and developing socio-technical supports (people, policies, technologies, communities) for scholarly cyberinfrastructure. This includes work to develop, sustain, and integrate digital scholarship and data curation across communities, and by fostering an environment of radical collaboration made possible in the digital age or the age of Big Data. She works heavily with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC), and the Open Source SobekCM software and tools.


Twitter: @laurien