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.