Keynote Speakers

Anthony M. Boccanfuso

Since 2007, Tony Boccanfuso has led UIDP, a membership organization comprised of top innovation firms and research universities from around the world. UIDP's goal is to strengthen partnerships between the academic and corporate sectors while helping its members achieve meaningful impact on an array of university-industry collaboration matters'from contracting to commercialization and workforce development. Boccanfuso believes that academic-corporate engagement improves the lives of ordinary people through the development of transformational products, new medicines, and new approaches that lead to better decision-making.

Boccanfuso has more than 30 years of research and commercialization experience managing administrative, programmatic, and strategy initiatives for academic, government, and private sector firms, including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a doctorate in inorganic chemistry.

Rebecca Bryant

Rebecca Bryant serves as senior program officer at OCLC Research, where she conducts research and develops programming for the OCLC Research Library Partnership related to research information management, research data management, and institutional scholarly communications practices. Her publications include "Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library's Role", "Convenience and Compliance: Case Studies on Persistent Identifiers in European Research Information Management", and "The Realities of Research Data Management." Bryant received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Before joining OCLC in 2016, Bryant served in previous roles at the University of Illinois, including as project manager for researcher information services in the University Library, assistant dean in the Graduate College, and project leader on the system-wide UI-Integrate ERP implementation project. She also served as director of community at ORCID, where she led outreach initiatives to encourage the adoption of ORCID identifiers throughout the scholarly communications community. Her ORCID is orcid.org/0000-0002-2753-3881.

Bruce A. Weinberg

Bruce A. Weinberg received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1996 before joining the faculty at the Ohio State University, where he is professor of economics and public affairs. Weinberg's research, which has been published in journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science, spans three areas: the economics of creativity and innovation, including the production, diffusion, and value of innovations; the determinants of youth outcomes and behavior; and technological change, industrial shifts, and the wage structure.

Weinberg has held visiting positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Princeton University. He is a research fellow at the IZA - Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn, and research associate at the NBER. Weinberg is an associate editor of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review and the New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics. His research has been supported by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Kauffman, Sloan, and Templeton foundations. Weinberg has served on working groups advising the NIH director on the biomedical research workforce and NextGen initiatives. His ORCID is orcid.org/0000-0001-8856-1803.

Session Speakers

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Jeff Agnoli

Office of Research, Research Development Office
The Ohio State University

Agnoli's primary role is to advance the research development capacity for the university through education, outreach, and helping investigators to identify collaborators and build interdisciplinary teams.

Paul Albert

Identity & Access Management Architect/Associate Professor
Weill Cornell Medicine

Albert is interested in identity and access management, scholar information management, and author disambiguation. He leads several initiatives relevant to faculty information management at WCM, including VIVO and ReCiter implementation. He won the Best Demonstration Award at the 2012 Joint Conference of Digital Libraries for his demonstration of VIVO.

Paul Bergen

Educational Technology & Learning Spaces Director
Tufts University

Bergen was founding director of the University of Virginia's Social Sciences Data Center and GIS Lab and of the Instructional Computing Group in Harvard's Faculty and Arts and Sciences. He was also director of iCommons, the academic computing group charged with providing shared software and academic IT services to all of Harvard's schools, and executive director of academic technology services at the University of Chicago.

Ann Beynon

Global Manager, Sales and Customer Success Training
Science Group Clarivate

Beynon is focused on business development, customer relations, and communication in the global scientific publishing and higher education sector. Her specialties include bibliometrics, scientometrics, research evaluation, citation analysis, information analysis, journal impact factor, web of knowledge, and web of science.

Sara Branch

Research Solutions Expert
Ex Libris

Branch has a decade of experience in academic teaching, research, and service. She currently serves as an educational technology solution specialist focused on technology to support higher education teaching and research.

Jonathan Breeze

Symplectic CEO
Digital Science

Breeze has more than 15 years of experience managing delivery of bespoke software solutions to many of the world's leading research institutions. Over the past 10 years, he has specialized in the development of research management software and now heads a team of specialists that serve research organizations in 15 different countries.

Jessica Clemons

Research Solutions Expert
Ex Libris

Clemons has more than a decade of experience working within academic libraries in areas of scholarly communication, research support, and open access. At Ex Libris she works to help academic institutions find solutions to support and advance their research enterprise.

L. Bryan Cooper

Associate Dean for Engagement & Innovation
Florida International University Libraries

Cooper's work includes developing library technologies and partnerships through grant funding; he has brought in more than $3.7 million supporting higher education. Cooper is principal investigator for VIVO@FIU. Other projects include a 360-degree extended reality projection theater and a grant to integrate technology in active learning spaces. He led a cross-institutional team that received the Florida Library Association Intellectual Freedom Award in 2018.

Patrick Crisfulla

Vice President, Research Information Solutions

Crisfulla oversees the product, implementation success, and customer support functions for Pure, including Pure's product management, solution implementation, and customer support teams in Denmark, Singapore, NY, and Amsterdam—as well as local Denmark facilities and global customer contract operations. He previously served as Elsevier's VP for Scopus and Engineering Village.

Dan Coughlin

Head, Libraries Strategic Technologies
University Libraries
Penn State University

Coughlin has worked in information technology for nearly 20 years—half of that in libraries. He has spent many years as a software developer, primarily working on web applications.

Nadav Doron

Vice President, Research Solutions
Ex Libris Group

Doron specializes in building new solutions from strategy through incubation, initiation, and product maturity. He brings balance in product management practice between working with the development and sales team and maintaining the product strategy. Doron is a member of the Ex Libris Research Management Advisory Council, which includes thought leaders from institutions in North America and Europe.

David Driesbach

Assistant Vice President for Research
Florida International University

Driesbach leads a team that fosters and implements collaborative information technology and information management initiatives that support the university's research, innovation, and graduate studies communities. He previously worked in private industry, leveraging technology to enhance business operations with leading technology-enabled companies such as Accenture, IBM, and FedEx Express. He is a co-project manager for the Scholars@FIU discovery system.

Sarbajit Dutta

Senior Architect
Weill Cornell Medicine

Dutta has a decade of experience in delivering multiple projects in a variety of IT roles. His primary responsibilities include estimation, design, development, testing, and maintenance of applications. Dutta has expertise in working with global and distributed project teams and has extensive knowledge in the utilities and healthcare industries.

Tracy Elliott

Dean, Wilson G. Bradshaw Library
Florida Gulf Coast University

Elliott has held librarian positions at Auburn University, Columbus State University, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and other institutions. In addition to her role at FGCU, Elliott is lead consultant and CEO for Bertram Consulting, offering services that enable clients to increase organizational learning and innovation, engage library stakeholders in the strategic planning process, and start or maximize joint library partnerships.

Davina Erasmus

Director of Product Management (Pure)

Erasmus has extensive experience in software product management. Before joining Elsevier, she worked at several large companies in the Netherlands as a consultant and leading large-scale product management initiatives. She describes herself as a "systems thinker" and likes puzzling out how different elements of Pure, institutional processes, and users' minds interact.

Gwen Evans

Vice President of Global Library Relations

Evans previously served as executive director of the state agency and library consortium OhioLINK and as coordinator of library information and emerging technologies at Bowling Green State University. She has experience with all types of academic libraries and institutions, including academic content contract negotiations on the consortium level and statewide affordable textbook initiatives.

Elissa Falcone

Academic Project Manager
The University of Toledo

Falcone is the primary project manager for the Academic Affairs office and the Office of the Provost. Strategic projects she helped manage include the implementation of Interfolio's Faculty Activity Reporting system, implementation of an institution-wide course evaluation system, and supporting reports and relations with the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

Amy Finley

Florida ExpertNet
Florida State University

Finley has been a librarian, information professional, project leader, and administrator at FSU for 25 years. She was one of the original developers of Florida ExpertNet, a statewide expertise portal for public and private universities in Florida and continues to serve as its project director.

Janet Fransen

Service Lead for RIM Systems
University of Minnesota

Fransen works across divisions and with campus partners to provide library systems that save time for researchers, students, and administrators and highlight the societal and technological impacts of the university's research.

Martha Golubock

Senior Solution Specialist
Digital Science

Golubock focuses on tools that support research discovery. With a background in biology, she has been working in the healthcare and academic markets and helping clients for the last 15 years.

Jonathan Grant

Professor of Public Policy
King's College London

Grant's work focuses on biomedical and health R&D policy, the science of science, and the use of evidence in policy and decision making. He is founding director of Different Angles and senior advisor to Researchfish and has provided analytical support on R&D strategies in Europe, North America, and other regions. Grant's book, The New Power University: The Social Purpose of Higher Education in the 21st Century, comes out in March.

Na-eun Han

Doctoral Student
School of Information
Florida State University

Han is a librarian and researcher whose interests include digital curation, digital preservation, data management, data visualization, and data analysis.

Bruce Herbert

Director, Office of Scholarly Communications
Sterling C. Evans Library
Texas A&M University

Herbert is responsible for strengthening the library's efforts in scholarly communications and open access through engagement and collaboration with faculty, including the development and implementation of Scholars@TAMU.

Clarke Iakovakis

Scholarly Services Librarian
Oklahoma State University

Iakovakis is interested in scholarly publishing, open access, copyright, research information management, and bibliometric analysis. He is also a certified Data Carpentry instructor.

Elana Karshmer

Head of Information & Research Services, Green Library
Florida International University

In 2009 Karshmer was named an American Library Association Emerging Leader. In 2014, she won the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable's Innovation in Instruction award. She has also served as president of the Florida Library Association. Her research interests include information literacy, literary scholarship, strategic planning, multi-modal information literacy instruction and active learning, and incorporating backwards design into instruction assessment.

Kathryn Kelley

Executive Director
Ohio Manufacturing Institute

Kelley collaborates with state and national partners to develop public policy that supports manufacturing innovation, advocate for manufacturing needs within supply chains, and remove barriers between academia and industry. The Institute partners with the Ohio Innovation Exchange expert finder system.

Dong Joon Lee

RIMS Librarian and Assistant Professor
University Libraries
Texas A&M University

Lee works on design and implementation of campus research information management systems to make university expertise more discoverable and share faculty research with broader audiences. He also works on research projects to design metadata models for RIMS and develop services based on the data stored in RIMS.

Iryna Lendel

Center for Economic Development
Cleveland State University

Lendel is an economist whose research portfolio includes projects on industrial analysis, including high-tech industries; technology-based economic development; and technology transfer and ecology of innovation. She also writes on economic impact and the role of universities in regional economies.

Kim Lloyd

Director of Special Projects

Lloyd is responsible for portal development and management for the Solutions Program, which helps small to mid-sized manufacturers overcome challenges to growth by connecting them with industry experts from the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership, universities, economic development organizations, state programs, and the private sector.

Anne Lykke

VBN Team
Aalborg University

Lykke is part of the VBN team and works with support, maintenance, and development of research registration as well as research dissemination and analysis at the university. The team provides information to the university's management, quality assurance of research registration data, bibliometric reports, and course activities supporting researchers. The team also helps users with to research registration in Pure, the system supporting VBN.

Megan Macken

Digital Scholarship Librarian
Oklahoma State University

Macken works with faculty and students to integrate digital research tools and transdisciplinary projects into teaching, learning, and scholarship. She previously worked as a digital archivist and visual resources librarian.

Blair Monroe

Assistant Director
Center for Information Management and Educational Services
Florida State University

Monroe is the lead web developer for Florida ExpertNet. He has more than 20 years of experience as a librarian, programmer, and information management professional.

Melodi Moore

Research Development Specialist
University of Texas Medical Branch

Moore works with faculty and staff in promoting their research and developing collaborations through building their expert profiles within the Elsevier Pure platform. Her experience in non-profits, government, marketing, and grants management gives her the tools to assist in making the profiles what is needed to showcase each researcher.

Danuta Nitecki

Dean of Libraries/Professor of Information Science
Drexel University

Nitecki is transforming the library to be responsive to changes in technologies, information seeking behaviors, scholarly communications, and pedagogy. She has taught, published, presented, and consulted on assessment, library spaces, research methods, document delivery, and management of library services. Nitecki serves on the executive board of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium and the Proquest North America Academic Advisory Board.

Kelsey Rosell

SVP, Commercial Director
Digital Science

Rosell has 30 years of experience helping research and academic organizations access and analyze their data in order to provide informed, actionable insights to fuel discovery and collaboration. Rosell's team is responsible for leading research and collaboration platforms such as the Ohio Innovation Exchange, a statewide initiative to foster R&D collaboration.

Karin Scarpinato

Senior Associate Vice President for Research
Florida Atlantic University

Scarpinato oversees strategic planning and operations for the Division of Research. She is founding immediate past president of the Florida Research Development Alliance, which aims to improve statewide collaborations and best practices related to research development. Before joining FAU, Scarpinato was assistant provost for research at the University of Miami, where she was charged with increasing and supporting research campus-wide.

David Scherer

Scholarly Communications and Research Curation Consultant
University Libraries
Carnegie Mellon University

Scherer develops and oversees the sustainable programmatic scholarly communication and research curation solutions, services, and workflows through supporting interoperable infrastructure of the scholarly communication ecosystem at CMU. He also leads the CMU Elements Research Information Management System Initiative.

Besiki Stvilia

School of Information, Florida State University, United States

Stvilia's research falls at the intersection of information and data management, and sociotechnical systems. His recent research includes studies of researcher participation in research information management systems and collaboration and data practices of condensed matter physicists.

Kristian Toland

Product Manager, Pure Portals

Toland is passionate about user-first, data-driven product management. He has expertise in driving user engagement, web accessibility, and search engine optimization. He also has expertise in leveraging natural language processing, text and data mining, neural networks, and machine learning to deliver tangible user benefits.

Julia Trimmer

Former Director, Faculty Systems and Analysis
Duke University

Trimmer headed a group of analysts that maintained two institutional faculty systems: an appointments, promotions and tenure system in the SAP platform, and Scholars@Duke, a research discovery system built on the VIVO platform. She is active in VIVO outreach and engagement and was conference chair for VIVO16.

Matt Upson

Associate Dean for Research & Learning Services
Oklahoma State University Libraries

Upson was previously director of undergraduate instruction and outreach services at OSU's Edmon Low Library. He and collaborators developed a set of instructional modules that introduce freshman researchers to the concepts highlighted by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, providing an initial grounding in the importance and nuance of information use in academic research.

Søren Vidmar

Consultant/Product Manager
Aalborg University, Denmark

Vidmar has worked with Pure for four years at Aalborg University, including Pure operations and integrations, API and web service, validation and quality assurance, and research communication via the VBN research portal.

Griffin Weber

Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics
Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Weber is associate professor of medicine and biomedical informatics in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School. He is also director of the Biomedical Research Informatics Core at BIDMC. Weber invented an open-source social networking website for scientists called Profiles RNS.

Terrie Wheeler

Library Directory
Weill Cornell Medicine

Wheeler oversees the academic medical center library supporting the Weill Cornell Medical College and three of the New York Presbyterian affiliated hospitals. She works with information thought leaders across the university to develop innovative library and information products and services that can add value to the research, clinical care, and teaching missions of the college. She has also served as a librarian in population health sciences and in healthcare policy and research.

Lauren Wolk

Senior Project Manager, Services

Wolk leads strategic client implementations and works cross-functionally with product and marketing teams on product solutions and messaging. She brings over 10 years to the role, with previous positions at Epic and Accenture.

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