SMIRC Speaker Biographies

2019 Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Isaac Gilman is Dean of University Libraries at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. He is also Director of the Pacific University Press, a hybrid open-access publishing unit of the University Libraries. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and Kenyon College.

Prior to becoming Dean, Isaac was the scholarly communication librarian at Pacific for five years. During his tenure in that position, he launched Pacific’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge, and started the Libraries’ journal publishing service. A founding editor of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, Isaac has taught an undergraduate course on scholarly journal publishing and authored a book on the legal and ethical dimensions of library scholarly communication programs. His current collaborative research focuses on designing library services for first-generation college students.

Lightning Talks

Keith Gilbertson currently works for the University Libraries of Virginia Tech on institutional repository, mobile app development, and accessibility projects. In addition to his current work, he has worked on DSpace repositories at the Ohio Library and Information Network, as well as at Georgia Tech. He is interested in methodologies for delivering software development projects, and holds scrum master certifications. He is currently searching for new hobbies.

Pamela Andrews is currently the Repository Librarian for Scholarly Works at the University of North Texas. She holds an MS in Library and Information Science from Florida State University and an MA in English, with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of Central Florida. Her most recent work examines measures of assessment and utilization of institutional repositories. She currently serves on the organizing committee for Digital Frontiers, the largest and longest-running digital humanities conference in Texas.

Joyce Shaw has served as the Head of Gunter Library at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) since December 1995. In 2008 she was invited to join the faculty of University Libraries, The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and was promoted to Professor in 2015. She holds an MLIS from Rosary College (now called Dominican University) in River Forest, IL and an MA from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL. She is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Gulf and Caribbean Research, a scholarly journal published via Aquila, the institutional repository at USM. For nearly 20 years, with the assistance of student interns and practicum students, she has been documenting, managing, and preserving materials related to the history of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory. This work has been presented in several venues including the annual conference of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences and the Mississippi Library Association. Shaw has published a history of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and a photographic history of Ocean Springs, MS. It is her commitment to providing access to nearly 50 years of publications generated by GCRL that is the basis of her involvement with Aquila.


Jennifer Pate is the Scholarly Communications and Instruction Librarian at Collier Library at the University of North Alabama. Collier Library added an Institutional Repository to their list of services provided to the faculty and students at the University in 2018. Jennifer is working to build support and awareness, as well as solicit material for the IR. In addition to her ScholComm work, Jennifer is the liaison to English and Foreign Languages. Jennifer is a campus advocate of Open Access, Open Data, and Open Educational resources and is a member of UNA’s OER committee charged with campus-wide adoption and implementation of OER as part of the University’s strategic plan.

Darlene Townsend is the Cataloging Librarian for the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. She oversees the cataloging department, performs original and copy cataloging for all formats of materials, and consults with other librarians about metadata issues for other projects in archives, special collections, and the institutional repository. While serving as interim university librarian, she also became involved with a new campus OER initiative and currently serves on a committee charged with campus-wide adoption and implementation of OER as part of the University’s strategic plan.

James Mitchell is Systems Librarian at the University of North Alabama in Florence, Alabama. In addition to managing the library’s ILS, he is also responsible for managing technical aspects of the library’s makerspace, discovery services, digital preservation, and digital collections. Having previously worked in both academic and public libraries offering technical support, James finds fulfillment in ensuring access, both present and future, to the library’s digital assets. He also serves as a committee member with the Alabama Digital Preservation Network’s Technical Policy Committee.

Full Concurrent Sessions

Zachary Stein, an assistant professor of library science, is the head of Special Collections at Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Stein is responsible for implementing UL Lafayette’s first institutional repository, which launched in late 2018, and the University Libraries’ digital program. Publications include: Stein, Z., Key, C., and Woods, C. (2018). “Digitization on a Budget: Tips and Tricks for Digital Archives and Digitization.” Louisiana Libraries, 81(1), 6-11. He has also presented at state conferences. Mr. Stein is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Louisiana Library Association (LLA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association (LAMA), the Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA), and the Louisiana Historical Association (LHA).

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. He came to UL-Lafayette in 2018 to digitize and provide access to archival collections and assist with the institutional repository. Scott is a member of the Society of American Archivists, Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, and Louisiana Library Association.

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.


Chealsye Bowley is a former Scholarly Communication Librarian that specialized in enthusiastically encouraging her university community to share their research openly and embrace open access archiving. She presently is the Community Manager for Ubiquity Press, an open access service provider of publishing and repository services.

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 is currently serving 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.

Short Concurrent Sessions

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.

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.

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.

Susan G. Elkins is the Digital Resources Librarian and Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) Newton Gresham Library, where she manages the daily operations of the institutional repository. She holds a MLIS from the University of South Carolina, and a BA from Brigham Young University. Susan research interest include market repositories, institutional repositories, Electronic Theses and Dissertations, and library social media.

Ashley B. Crane is a Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University’s (SHSU) Newton Gresham Library, where she serves as liaison to SHSU’s College of Education. She holds a MLIS from University of Washington, a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Tarleton State University, and holds multiple Texas Teacher Certifications. Ashley’s research interests include librarian-faculty communication, effective information literacy instruction, and library employee self-efficacy.

Mary George works as an Institutional Repository/Instruction Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana Library. Mary is responsible for uploading faculty and student publications, dissertations and theses, and helping users to upload their content. Together with Kayla Siddell, the Scholarly Communications Librarian, they have contacted all faculty members, participated in university events and student presentations to raise awareness of XULA Digital Commons.

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.