joe_lucia.jpgJoe Lucia, Board Chair
Dean of Libraries, Temple University - Paley Library
Term FY 2018-2021

Joseph Lucia is Dean of Libraries at Temple University. Prior to that, he served as University Library at Villanova University for eleven years. During his tenure at Villanova, Falvey Library won the 2013 ACRL Excellence Award in the University category. Before assuming his post at Villanova in 2002, Lucia served as Director for Library Technology & Access within Information Resources (a merged library & computing support organization) at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. 

He served as a member of the LYRASIS Board of Trustees from 2009-2012, where he was founding President during 2009-2010 and he has also served on the boards of the Hathi Trust and PALCI (an academic library consortium serving the mid-Atlantic region). While at Lehigh, Lucia taught creative writing in the English Department from 1995 through 2002.

Kate Pugh, Vice-Chair
Faculty, Columbia University
Term FY 2019-2020

Kate is faculty at Columbia University in the Information and Knowledge Strategy Master of Science program, and was the Academic Director for six years, and is president of AlignConsulting, specializing in business planning and knowledge-based transformation. She was general editor and co-author of Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results (Ark Group, 2014) and author of Sharing Hidden Know-How: How Managers Solve Thorny Problems with the Knowledge Jam (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, April 2011). Pugh has 18 years of consulting and seven years of industry experience in the healthcare, energy, information technology, and financial services sectors. She consults and lectures widely, and was a lead benchmarker with the Digital Workplace Group (formerly Intranet Benchmarking Forum).

Pugh holds an M.S./M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management, a B.A. in economics from Williams College, and certificates in dialogue, facilitation, mediation, and project management. She is a LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt. She served on the AIIM Knowledge Management Education Standards Committee, the Mitokine Bioscience Board, and is a member of SIKM Leaders (International and Boston Chapter).

Alexia Hudson-Ward Alexia Hudson-Ward, Vice-Chair
Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries for Oberlin College and Conservatory
Term FY 2019-2022

Alexia Hudson-Ward is the Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries for Oberlin College and Conservatory. Her transition to Oberlin follows a career of distinction as a tenured associate librarian at Penn State University Abington College, entertainment editor for The Philadelphia Tribune (the nation’s oldest continuing African American newspaper), promotions coordinator for WRTI-FM/Temple University Public Radio, and a marketing manager within The Coca-Cola Company’s Foodservice Division.  She is the recipient of several honors including named as one of fifty “Mover and Shakers” by Library Journal in 2008 and the “Outstanding Young Alumni” awardee by the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information in 2013. A former member of the Executive Board of the American Library Association (2012-2015) and the current Vice-Chair/Chair Elect of ACRL’s College Libraries Section, she holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and African American Studies from Temple University and is currently a doctoral candidate in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions program at Simmons University.


Kevin Guthrie, Treasurer
President, ITHAKA
Term FY 2018-2020

Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management.  Kevin was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and Ithaka (2004).  ITHAKA is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA provides four externally facing services:  JSTOR, the research, teaching and learning platform, Artstor, the digital image collections platform, Portico, the digital preservation service, and Ithaka S+R, a strategy and research enterprise. ITHAKA has offices in New York, NY, Princeton, NJ, and Ann Arbor, MI. Previously Kevin co-founded a software development company serving the needs of college and professional football teams, and later served as a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he authored The New-York Historical Society:  Lessons from One Nonprofit's Long Struggle for Survival (Jossey Bass). In 2017 Kevin edited Ever the Leader: Selected Writings (1995 – 2016) William G. Bowen (Princeton University Press).  His diverse background also includes experience as a professional football player, a sports broadcaster and producer, and a consultant for an Oscar-winning motion picture (Rain Man, 1988).

Tyler Walters Tyler Walters, Secretary
Dean, University Libraries, Virginia Tech
Term FY 2019-2022

Tyler Walters, dean of the University Libraries at Virginia Tech, advocates for access to scholarly work.  He has a history of leadership in the area of making knowledge publicly available.

He served as founding director of SHARE, a higher education initiative developing services to gather and freely share research and scholarly activities. He is a member of the Association of American Universities and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities public access working group. He also serves as President of the Board of Directors, DuraSpace, a not-for-profit organization providing leadership and innovation for open technologies that promote durable, persistent access to digital data.


derick_dreher.jpgDerick Dreher, PhD
The John C. Haas Director, The Rosenbach; VP,  Special Collections,The Free Library of Philadelphia
Term FY 2018-2021

Derick Dreher is Vice President of Special Collections for the Free Library of Philadelphia, and simultaneously the John C. Haas Director of The Rosenbach, a museum and rare book library formally affiliated with the FLP. His work centers on the effort to engage and inspire ever broader publics through programs rooted in the vast special collections of the Rosenbach and the Free Library.

Dreher serves the community through a variety of boards including the national library consortium LYRASIS and the Independence Foundation in Philadelphia.  Dreher received a B.A. at Princeton and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale, all in art history of the Renaissance. His academic work centered on rare books, manuscripts, old master drawings, and prints. Today he publishes and speaks on topics ranging from rare books of numerous periods to museum and library collaborations, mergers and deaccessioning. He is married to an art historian from Germany and has a son in elementary school.

Lee Bagby Ceperich
Director, Library and Special Collections, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
Term FY 2019-2022

Lee Bagby Ceperich has served as Director of the Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts since 2010 and has held positions at VMFA since 2005. Prior to her arrival at VMFA she held positions at The Library of Virginia and the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. She has served as a consultant for institutional special collections, as a reviewer for NEH grant programs and as an adjunct faculty member for Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Ceperich received an MLIS degree from Catholic University, an MA in Museum Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in Art History from James Madison University. Professional affiliations include ARLIS/NA, ALA (CALM, ACRL, RBMS) AAM, VAM, and WALRC.

Heather Joseph Heather Joseph
SPARC, Executive Director
Term FY 2019-2021

Heather Joseph serves as SPARC’s Executive Director, leading the strategic and operational activities of the organization. She has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting new models for the open sharing of digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policies and practices.

Prior to joining SPARC, Heather spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit organizations. She was the publisher of the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s pioneering open access repository, PubMed Central, and subsequently served on the National Advisory Committee for this initiative. She is also the founder BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently.

Gina Millsap
Chief Executive Officer

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Term FY 2018-2021

Gina Millsap is the chief executive officer of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year. She leads an organization of 220 employees serving a community of 179,000. She's worked in libraries for 40 years and received her Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri.

She's been recognized as a 2007 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and is Past President of the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association. She currently serves as chair of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy and on the boards of the Public Library Association of ALA and LYRASIS, an organization that partners with libraries, archives and museums on digital content management.

In the Topeka and Shawnee County community, she is past chair of Heartland Visioning, the strategic planning process for the Topeka and Shawnee County community. She is currently serving on the Greater Topeka and Shawnee County Holistic Economic Development Strategic Planning Steering Committee and the Momentum 2022 Implementation Committee where she serves on the Talent Development Work Group and chairs the Metrics Task Force, the Mayor's Community Broadband Planning Task Force and the board of 712 Innovations LLC, A cowork/makerspace small business incubator.

She presents and writes nationally on a variety of topics, including community leadership and engagement, library trustee education, 21st century librarianship, advocacy, process improvement and is an experienced facilitator for library and community groups.

Kaitlin Thaney
Executive Director, Invest in Open Infrastructure
Term FY 2019-2021

Kaitlin Thaney is the Executive Director of Invest in Open Infrastructure, a non-profit initiative designed to enable durable, scalable, and long lasting open scientific and scholarly infrastructure to emerge, thrive, and deliver its benefits on a global scale.

She previously served as the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, where she led development of a fund to sustain the future of Wikipedia and free knowledge. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney directed the program portfolio for the Mozilla Foundation, following her time building the Mozilla Science Lab, a program to serve the open research community. She was on the founding team for Digital Science, where she helped launch and advise programs to serve researchers worldwide, building on her time at Creative Commons, where she crafted legal, technical, and social infrastructure for sharing data on the web.

Evviva Weinraub Lajoie
Vice Provost for University Libraries, University at Buffalo
Term FY 2019-2021

Evviva Weinraub Lajoie is the Vice Provost for the University at Buffalo Libraries. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in History and her MLIS from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to her role at SUNY Buffalo, she has had increasingly prominent roles at Yale University on the Research4Life programs, Tufts University, Oregon State University, the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), and most recently served as the Associate University Librarian for Collections & Technologies at Northwestern University. She is an active leader in ALA, IFLA, and serves on the Program Steering Committee for Hathi Trust. She has published and spoken extensively on library management, user experience, and open source software development, communities, and collaboration.

Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer
Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services at the New Jersey State Library
Term FY 2019-2022

Kathhleen Moeller-Peiffer is the Deputy State Librarian for Library Support Services at the New Jersey State Library. Before rejoining the New Jersey State Library, Kathleen was the State Librarian of New Mexico since 2015. Ms. Moeller-Peiffer served in a variety of positions at the New Jersey State Library, including Grants Specialist, Director of Library Development, Associate State Librarian for Legislative and Special Projects, and Deputy State Librarian for Lifelong Learning. Prior to joining the New Jersey State Library, Ms. Moeller-Peiffer worked in public libraries as Head of the Information Technology Department, Durham County Library (NC), county librarian, Orange County Library (NC) and assistant county librarian, Lake City Public Library (FL). Ms. Moeller-Peiffer has also held a variety of leadership positions within ALA’s Association of Specialized, Government and Cooperative Library Agencies, including the elected position of President. She has just been elected to ALA Council. Ms. Moeller-Peiffer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She also holds an MSLS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

Wolfram Horstmann
Director of the Göttingen State and University Library and University Librarian of the University of Göttingen (Germany)

Term FY 2019-2020

Wolfram Horstmann is the Director of the Göttingen State and University Library and University Librarian of the University of Göttingen (Germany) and teaches electronic publishing and digital science as professor in the iSchool at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is an executive member and Chair of the Steering Group on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructure for the European Research Library Association LIBER, active in the Research Data Alliance (RDA), leads the German consortium of the European Digital Infrastructure for the Humanities DARIAH and is scientific coordinator for the Open Access initiative OpenAIRE and executive board member of the Confederation of Open Access repositories (COAR). In science policy, he is appointed to in standing committees in the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany and the European Open Science Cloud. Prior to his current position, he was the Associate Director at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK and Chief Information Officer at Bielefeld University, Germany. He has worked in Computational Neuroscience and made his PhD on questions in Philosophy of Science before he turned his attention towards digital science, scholarly communication and libraries.


robert_miller.jpgRobert Miller
Chief Executive Officer, LYRASIS

Robert Miller has led the transformation of LYRASIS as it has become recognized as both a leader in technology, community supported programs, open software, SaaS services, and eLicensing, and also in thought leadership as it pertains to innovation and productionizing solutions at scale. He is passionate about the community, insatiably curious, and is honored to lead a world-class LYRASIS team. Previously, he headed the Global Books Division at the non-profit, Internet Archive, a top 200 internet company. There he concepted the vision, and then hired, built and led the global team that made over 2.5M free eBooks available to over 330M readers around the world. He brings to LYRASIS the experiences and successes from 5 start-up companies (3 in consumer products, 2 in technology) he founded or co-founded, including an Israeli technology company that was commercializing specialized search technology used in the health field. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Lehigh University. Known for taking non-traditional approaches to find solutions, he guest lectures on strategy and innovation to various MBA classes and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He has lived in Afghanistan and Germany where he alleges he could have learned some of the language. Furthermore, he has spent collectively more than a year in China, again alleging he has some language skills. When not at LYRASIS, he may be found open ocean swimming, running his way up a mountain trail, or speeding down on a mountain bike. Robert lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Immediate Past Chair

Elizabeth Gail McClenney

Elizabeth G. McClenney, Immediate Past Chair
Director, Roanoke College - Fintel Library
Term FY 2018-2019

Elizabeth G. McClenney has served as the Director of Fintel Library, Roanoke College since July 2015.  McClenney has oversight for user experience, resources, and budget and operations for the Archives, Instruction & Research Services, Lending & Interlibrary Loan Services, and Systems & Technical Services. 

Prior to her arrival at Roanoke College, McClenney served as Deputy Director of the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library in Atlanta, GA.  She has also held positions at the University of California – Santa Barbara, Virginia State University, Old Dominion University, and Georgia State University. Additionally, McClenney has also served as an adjunct instructor for the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

McClenney received a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the College of William and Mary. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries and several of its sections.

Emeritus Board Members

Rob Cartolano, Associate Vice President, Technology and Preservation, Columbia University Libraries

Dan Cohen,  Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, Dean of the Libraries, Professor of History at Northeastern University

Mike Conlon, Emeritus Faculty, University of Florida

Elizabeth Gail McClenney, Immediate Past Chair; Director, Roanoke College – Fintel Library

Eric Miller, CFO, Atlanta University Center, Robert Woodruff Library

Cory Nimer, University Archivist, Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library

Tom Rosko, Institute Archivist, Head Institute Archives and Special Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries

Rob Spindler, former Secretary; Head of Archives & Special Collections, Arizona State University Libraries

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall, Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Julie Walker, State Librarian of Georgia, Georgia Public Library Services

Laura Wood, Associate University Librarian for Research and Education, Harvard Library