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Short Biographies of Speakers:
Dr., Prof. Yakov Shrayberg is Director General of the Russian
National Public Library for Science and Technology (http://www.gpntb.ru/),
President of ILIAC (http://www.iliac.org/)
and Head of Department of Information Technologies and Electronic Libraries
at Moscow University
of Culture and Arts. Dr. Shrayberg has managed several projects of Russian Federal
Target Programs on information technologies and electronic libraries.
ILIAC, under Dr. Shrayberg's leadership, has been responsible for the 15 annual
international Crimea Conferences, the most greatly attended conference of Russian-speaking
and other librarians and exhibitors in the world. As with last year's
Fifteenth International Jubilee, Crimea Conference, the Crimea Conference for 2009 will be held in Sudak, Ukraine,
on the shore of the Black Sea.
Dr. Daniel J. Clancy, PhD, is the Engineering Director for Google Book
Search. The goal of the Google Book Search project is to digitize the
world's books and make them searchable online. Google is working with
both publishers and libraries as part of this project. Prior to coming to Google
in January 2005, Dr. Clancy was the Director of the Exploration Technologies
Directorate at NASA Ames Research center. The Directorate supports over 700
people performing both basic and applied research in a diverse range of technology
areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions.
Technology areas include Intelligent Systems, High-end Computing, Human-centered
Systems, Bio/Nanotechnology, Entry Systems and others. In this role, Dr.
Clancy played numerous roles at the agency level including participating in
the team that developed the agency's plan to return men to the Moon and eventually
Dr. Clancy received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in artificial
intelligence. While in school, Dr. Clancy also worked at Trilogy Corporation,
the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Xerox Webster Research center. Dr. Clancy
received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1985 in computer science
Heather Joseph joined SPARC as director in July 2005. Heather is responsible
for SPARC’s overall program development. She determines and implements SPARC
goals; leads SPARC’s advocacy efforts to support widespread adoption of open
access to scholarly research; identifies and negotiates partnerships with scholarly
publishers; builds coalitions of support; and generally represents the interests
and values of SPARC to the stakeholders in scholarly communication.
Before coming to SPARC, the culmination of Heather’s career in scholarly publishing
was serving as President and Chief Operating Officer for BioOne, a SPARC publisher
partner. Under her leadership, BioOne focused on helping small scholarly societies
in the biological sciences remain independent and competitive in the electronic
arena, while maintaining academy friendly access policies. For her work in successfully
launching and establishing BioOne, Heather was awarded the 2002 Association
of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ Award for Services to Not-for-Profit
Publishing. She also served as elected president of the Society for Scholarly
Publishing for the 2004–2005 term.
Maura Marx began her career in Europe in development for the arts with
organizations including the Guggenheim Museum (Salzburg) and Warner Brothers.
She then worked as an executive in the U.S. technology sector before coming
to the library world. Her accomplishments have included strategic planning,
fundraising, technology planning and public relations for organizations at varying
stages of growth. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Digital
Commonwealth, the Massachusetts statewide digital library, and holds degrees
from the University of Notre Dame, Middlebury College and Simmons College.
"Ms. Marx’s background in working both inside and outside the library
system will help her communicate with a broad public audience the shape of the
new public library services in this digital age." said Brewster Kahle,
Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive. "Her dynamic style,
deep-seated commitment to open principles, and demonstrated success at implementing
partnerships and initiatives in the digital space …" all will contribute
to her success and leadership role on the national and global stage. "We
are delighted that Maura will take on this leadership role.. [of] supporting
a universal digital library that is truly open, non-profit, and non-exclusive"
said Doron Weber, Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "Maura
will …play a leadership role on the national and global stage."
The International Library, Information, and Analytical center (ILIAC)
is a non-profit US and Russia-based corporation established with the
goal to contribute to the development of educational, scientific, cultural and
business cooperation between Russia and CIS countries, and the USA and other
developed countries. As part of its educational program, ILIAC promotes the
regular exchange of teachers, students, and professionals. In attendance will
be two-dozen or more English-speaking Russian and CIS librarians who are current
The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, formerly the Russian
Institute, has maintained its position as a leading center for the advancement
of knowledge in the field of Russian and Eurasian studies through the research
conducted by its faculty, students, fellows and visiting scholars and the training
of scholars and professionals. The Harriman Institute, through its programs,
conferences, lectures, and publications—including Open Access and Libraries—seeks
to create a forum for intellectual exchange and the further enhancement of our
The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*DTM Librarian, the ‘how I run my library
good’SM letter is a quarterly serial publication for libraries
of a practical nature. Begun in 1973 by Marvin H. Scilken, it has been published
by Maurice J. Freedman since 2000. In addition to the magazine, U*L offers library
consulting services, and conference planning. Mr. Freedman is also a Past President
of the American Library Association.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Jenna Freedman, Barnard College
Library; Richard Johnson, Consultant; Heather Joseph, SPARC; Maura Marx, Open
Knowledge Commons; James Neal, Columbia University Libraries; and Ksenia Volkova,
Chief Specialist, ILIAC, all of whom provided valuable suggestions and input
for the organization of this program and its speakers.
We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Columbia University Libraries,
Harriman Institute, ILIAC, and the School of International and Public Affairs
for support of the conference and facilities arrangements.
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