Name: Jonathan H. Harwell
Title: Coordinator of Content Management
Organization: Georgia Southern University
Address: PO Box 8074, Zach S. Henderson Library,
Statesboro, GA 30460-8074
Phone: 912-478-5114 (office)
Born and Lived: born in Jackson, Alabama, also lived in Albania, Atlanta, Birmingham, etc.
Early Life: BA in English, Spanish minor, U of Southern Mississippi; MLIS from The University of Alabama; teacher in Albania for 2 years
Professional Career and Activities: Reference/ILL Librarian at Berry College; Reference Librarian for Education at U of Alabama at Birmingham; Chair of GIL OPAC Committee 2010-11; Honorable Mention, 2009, for SirsiDynix/ALA-APA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries & Status for Library Workers
Family: married to Julie C. Harwell
In My Spare Time: hiking, canoeing, sea kayaking, movies, musical biographies, & odd tribute albums
Favorite Books: Cash: The Autobiography by Johnny Cash; and books on Quaker culture
Pet Peeves: not being able to search by journal title in WorldCat Collection Analysis, or to find links between specific names in Ancestry.com
Philosophy: I believe in creative, small-scale experimentation; shared, ethical decision-making; providing the resources needed to sustain the integrity of education; community engagement; and not making people’s lives more difficult just for the hell of it.
Most Memorable Career Achievement: co-developing (with Geoff Timms of Mercer University; he’s the programmer) OARS, an open-source subscription review tool which we plan to release soon
Goal I Hope to Achieve Five Years From Now: publishing a book on Quakers
How/Where Do I See the Industry in Five Years: Individual articles will be purchased, with perpetual access on sustainable pricing models, by libraries in lieu of big-deal packages or even individual subscriptions. Demand-driven acquisition programs will expand to manage these article purchases, after everyone suddenly realizes that a book is just a longer article, that one-time costs are the most sustainable way to budget, and that there’s no reason to have unsustainable annual costs for journal subscriptions. We’ll also finally figure out that e-books can be ILL’ed by simply providing temporary password access, and it won’t kill anybody.
Leah was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Prior to working for the conference, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years. She lives in a small town near Columbia, SC, with her husband and two kids where they raise a menagerie of farm animals.