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Scott Ahlberg

Scott Ahlberg

Research Solutions / Reprints Desk
16350 Ventura Blvd., Suite D
#811, Los Angeles, CA  91436
Phone:  (310) 477-0354

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I expect to see more consolidation in scholarly publishing, but more decentralization in getting content to end users.

Deni Auclair

Deni Auclair

Media Growth Strategies LLC
42 Walpole Street
Dover, MA  02030
Phone:  (508) 785-8384

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Mt. Kisco, NY and, up to and including while in high school, lived in Brewster, NY;  Arlington, VA;  Cincinnati, OH;  Woods Hole, MA;  Naples, Italy;  Troy, NY;  Pittstown, NY;  Cambridge, England.

EARLY LIFE:  My father was a graduate biochemistry professor at University of Cincinnati and RPI, so we moved around as he changed jobs and went on sabbaticals.  He also did genetics research (cloning) at the Rockefeller Institute in NYC and genetics-related marine biology at the Massachusetts Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole.  We finally settled in Pittstown, NY when my family bought a 650-acre Century farm (meaning it had been in the same family for over 100 years).  We started as a beef farm, raising Charolais and Herefords as well as horses, chickens, and geese.  After our farm manager joined us, we went to dairy and had a herd of Holsteins until it was sold when my parents retired.  I spent seven summers working on the hay wagons – long days of throwing hundreds of bales of hay.  I learned a lot about hard work, discipline – and being stronger than the boys on the school bus! – during those years.

I went to Albany Academy for Girls, the sister school to Albany Academy which had several notable attendees, but the most meaningful to me was Herman Melville.  I did my thesis on him my senior year at Bates College, which I attended for three years, spending my junior year at University of Stirling in Scotland.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I started my career working in Portland, ME for a team of industrial psychologists.  I wanted to get into publishing, however, so after a summer taking the Stanford Publishing program, I moved to NYC and started as a Reader for the children’s book division at (what was then) Harper & Row, moving into the adult division after a year.  After six months working as an editorial assistant, I was hired as assistant to Phyllis Grann, publisher at G. P. Putnam’s Sons.  I was promoted to Senior Editor after two years – acquiring bestselling And So It Goes by Linda Ellerbee and working with notable authors like comedian George Burns, actress Elizabeth Taylor (her assistant, to be honest), Robin Cook, Dick Francis, Joe McGinnis, and many more. 

I decided, since I had played sports through high school and participated as much as I could in college (there were very few women’s teams at that time), that I wanted to be in the business of baseball so I interviewed with a bunch of baseball teams – and ended up as a Reporter (i.e., fact checker and sometimes supporting the Writers on stories) for Sports Illustrated.  Not really what I wanted to do, but it was a fun experience for a little over a year.  I returned to Putnam for a couple of years, worked for a sports media coach for a year, then got my MBA at NYU’s Stern School of Business while working again at Sports Illustrated, before joining what is known as a “vulture fund” as a buy-side analyst.  (Vulture funds invest in distressed debt.)  After six years, I got a job at Wiley doing M&A and that started my career in scholarly publishing.  I worked at Wiley for 12 years, then joined JBJS as CFO.  I then started my consultancy, Media Growth Strategies LLC (MGS) before joining Outsell.  I was VP and Senior Analyst there for two and a half years, joined Delta Think as CFO and analyst for a year and a half, then restarted MGS.  I am now very happily consulting and working with the wonderful people in scholarly communications on as many projects as possible!

FAMILY:  I live with my eight cats and two dogs, am a widow of 15 years, and have a brilliant 43-year old stepson who is an attorney in NYC.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I am treasurer for USA Boxing, Metro (USA Boxing is the national governing body for amateur boxing, under the aegis of the USOPC, and Metro is the NYC chapter) and the National Golden Gloves of America.  I am also Vice President of the USA Boxing Foundation.  I have been involved in amateur boxing as an official and administrator (all volunteer) for 36 years – they are like family to me.  I am also treasurer of The Cat Connection, based in Waltham, MA.  Basically, being involved with boxing and cats, I’m a member of the two craziest groups of people you can find.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Too many to list… I listen to audiobooks constantly, and am currently reading Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind

PET PEEVES:  Drivers who don’t signal when they turn, malapropisms, sloppy writing in a professional setting.  Also, people who create drama when it just isn’t necessary.

PHILOSOPHY:  Be happy.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Working on the Blackwell acquisition while at Wiley.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Being ready to semi-retire.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Pretty much where it is today, while recovering from this coronavirus pandemic.  With COVID-19, it seems as if life has been put on hold.  Combine that with an industry that moves relatively slowly, and five years is a drop in the bucket when it comes to time.

Marshall Breeding

Marshall Breeding

Independent Consultant
Library Technology Guides
2512 Essex Place
Nashville, TN  37212
Phone:  (615) 479-0392

SHORT PROFESSIONAL BIO:  https://librarytechnology.org/marshallbreeding/

FULL C.V.:  https://librarytechnology.org/marshallbreeding/cv/

Barbara Casalini

Barbara Casalini

Casalini Libri
Via Benedetto da Maiano 3
50014  Fiesole  Italy
Phone:  +39 055 50181
Fax:  +39 055 5018 469

BORN AND LIVED:  In Fiesole all my life. 

EARLY LIFE:  Only happy memories except for some Sunday morning German and French dictation exercises my father painstakingly bestowed on me. 

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Casalini Libri, for as long as I can remember.

FAMILY:  One husband, two daughters, three grandchildren.  In all, we are also family to three rowdy dogs and two hefty cats that wander freely around the Torrossa grounds.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I like to cook and bake for friends and family, watch old movies, read good novels and mysteries, avoid physical exercise if at all possible.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Asterix (in French) to cheer me up. 

PET PEEVES:  People who complain when they have every reason not to, people who don’t show respect for others or for the environment.

PHILOSOPHY:  Look on the bright side. 


GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To take a back seat (but of course being a back seat driver!) while the new generation goes full steam ahead.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Definitely more digital and more accessible, owing not only to recent events and the needs that have come to light, but also on the emerging work and developments in linked data and the conversion of library data to interconnect with and harness the potential of the structure of the semantic web.  I like to think that there will be ever more communication and collaboration among all sectors of the community.

Lettie Conrad

Lettie Y. Conrad

Publishing & Product Consultant
LYC Consulting
Ventura County, California

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Lettie brings nearly 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing to her diverse portfolio of product research and development talents and passions.  She is dedicated to helping information organizations cultivate a user-centered, standards-compliant approach to digital publishing and academic programs.  Her work history demonstrates a commitment to the dissemination of high-quality scholarly and professional publications that advance science and knowledge for the greater good, and transform the researcher experience. 

Lettie excels in driving optimum content discovery and access of academic content platforms, leveraging her R&D experience in web analytics, user experience, information architecture, SEO, institutional discovery, metadata standards, and semantics.  In her 10 years with SAGE Publishing, Lettie played a key role in establishing product management expertise and user-centered product lifecycles and market research routines.  She was instrumental in launching user-centered web and mobile products, driving research and analysis that enabled evidence-based product management to maintain outstanding quality of SAGE platforms. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Currently, Lettie is a North American Editor for Learned Publishing and is a “chef” with the SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen blog.  Lettie has a master’s degree in Mass Communication from California State University, Northridge, and is currently an Information Science PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.  Lettie enjoys organic gardening and drinking wine with her her husband in their Southern California home, ruled by Frida & Bonita, their two calico-tabby cats.

PHILOSOPHY:  We’re in this together!

Darrell W. Gunter

Darrell W. Gunter

President and CEO
Gunter Media Group, Inc.
298 Mathers Road, Ambler, PA  19002
Phone:  (973) 454-3475

BORN AND LIVED:  Born Atlantic City, NJ.  Lived in Los Angeles, CA, Chicago, Il and South Orange, NJ.

EARLY LIFE:  Growing up in Atlantic City, NJ with access to the boardwalk and beach was awesome.  I worked in my family’s grocery store and had a paper route for the Philadelphia Bulletin.  I played youth football with the Atlantic City Dolphins which led me to become a lifelong Miami Dolphin fan!  In highschool I lettered in football and track and broke the school’s high jump record with a leap of 6’6”!  Attending Seton Hall University was a phenomenal experience and I served many organizational posts.  I also ran and won campus elections and won election to serve on the national board of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.  Oh, yes, I was the captain of the SHU Fencing team.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  During my high school years in addtion to the family grocery store, I worked for McDonalds and Mr. Best Car Wash.  During my college years I worked at Jules Men’s shop which set the stage for a career in sales.  Post college, I started my professional career at Xerox which led me to Dow Jones Financial Services and Elsevier.  My entrepreneurial leanings opened me up to Collexis a semantic technology company.  After Collexis was acquired by Elsevier, I joined AIP and sometime later formed Gunter Media Group, Inc., a management consulting firm.  The grocery store experience certainly set the foundation for me to want to be in sales and a desire to help people.

FAMILY:  Wife Deb, daughter Bailee.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I love spending  my time with my family and our 6 pets (3 dogs and 3 cats), light exercising, reading and watching thought provoking films.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  The Bible, Art of War, any novel by Tom Clancey.

PET PEEVES:  Dishonest people.

PHILOSOPHY:  A man’s word is his bond.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Having my mom see me receive the Seton Hall University Many Are One Libraries Alumni Service Award at their annual gala in 2008.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To be part of a new development that will improve scholarly research.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  The scholarly publishing industry, in my humble opinion, will have a complete new business model that will move subscriptions to open access and be supported by advertising and data analytics.  Data Analytics is the new oil!  This predicted shift would truly open scholarly research to the global research community.  Considering faster computiing power and Internet speed, we can expect to see the research community achieve new developments in record time.

Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee

Electronic Resources Librarian
Utah State University
USU Merrill-Cazier Library
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT  84322-3000

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born in UT and lived there most of my life except for 6 years in California.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I started working in libraries as a student worker for Interlibrary Loan at Utah State University.  I went on to be an Interlibrary Loan staff member at California Polytechnic State University for 6 years.  I am now back at Utah State University as the Electronic Resources Librarian. 

FAMILY:  Spouse and 2 wonderful daughters. 

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I read, watch Netflix, and play video games. 

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Harry Potter series for fiction and Educated for nonfiction. 

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Winning a work Halloween costume contest as Conan the Librarian.


HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  The coronavirus has stressed the importance of electronic resources and the need to move more and more online.  While I think library buildings and print materials are here to stay, I do see more and more services going entirely online to make space for studying or community events.

Abigail Wickes

Abigail Wickes

Electronic Resource Management Librarian
Duke University
Duke University Libraries
Durham, NC  27708-0187
Phone:  (919) 660-6939

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I studied English and Film Theory at the University of Rochester before getting my MLS from UNC-Chapel Hill.  I started my early career in scholarly publishing, doing marketing analysis and content discovery management at Oxford University Press, then transitioned back to the library side of things as the ERM Librarian at Duke.

FAMILY:  I have an awesome husband, a fabulous preschool-aged daughter, and a scrappy elderly mini-dacshund.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Lately anything by Connie Willis, Grady Hendrix, Rainbow Rowell.

PET PEEVES:  Pedantry.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  This is the hardest question on the profile template, and also difficult to answer mid-pandemic (filling this out in April 2020.) 

I think there may be an industry shift towards full text syndication or aggregation by subject, like JSTOR, PubMed, or LexisNexis/WestLaw, in a wider range of subject areas.  These will be similar to A&I services in that they will be discipline specific, but they’ll have full text rather than just citations and abstracts so discovery can also be delivery.  We know from reports from Renew Publishing that researchers already find A&I services extremely valuable.  If these were larger scale, researchers would still benefit from that richer, discipline specific metadata subject experts can layer on, but with access and delivery incorporated (somehow!) as well.


Casalini Libri

Corporate Headquarters:  Via Benedetto da Maiano 3
Operational Offices & Logistics:  Via Faentina 169/15
50014 Fiesole (Florence), Italy
Phone:  055 50181  •  Fax:  055 5018201  •  www.casalini.it

OFFICERS:  CEO Michele Casalini, President Barbara Casalini.

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Sourcing, cataloguing and supplying print and electronic publications in all formats and subject areas.  We specialise in titles from Italy, Spain, the Vatican City, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Greece and Portugal, with a particular focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences.



HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Established by Mario Casalini in 1958, Casalini Libri is recognized as one of the leading suppliers of publications and bibliographic data from across Southern Europe to libraries and institutions worldwide.

We provide an efficient and personalised service for libraries, combining the supply of information and publications with a range of solutions that facilitate selection, acquisition and processing workflows.  The Torrossa digital library aims to offer institutions a resource that gives access to scholarly eBooks and ejournals.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  As a major bibliographic agency for data regarding European publications, we are driven by the determination to anticipate the changing needs of the market and are currently working on the development of solutions for the effective use of Linked Data and BIBFRAME within libraries.  We are a partner in the Share-VDE collaborative initiative.

Following the renewal of the Torrossa digital bookstore in 2019, our investments in technological innovation continue with, most recently, a new look company website and enhanced management interface for publishers.  The project is ongoing and further, exciting developments will be announced later in the year.

Lean Library

Hofplein 20
3032 AC Rotterdam

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Library Access, Library Assist, Library Alternatives.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Academic, Non-Academic, Corporate, Public Libraries.


HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Johan Tilstra is a former Program Manager at Utrecht University whose passion lies within the library world and the need for libraries to remain current, useful and dependable.

As Lean Library’s Founder and CEO, Johan Tilstra, came up with the idea for a browser extension when Utrecht University had the “Thinking the Unthinkable: A Library without a Catalogue” initiative.  The groundwork for the idea of not offering a catalogue was the conviction that libraries should shift their focus from discovery to delivery.

This conviction is based on an evident change in users’ behavior with regards to where and how they are starting their research, as pinpointed in many talks, articles and blog posts.  Therefore, it’s vital for libraries to revolutionize the library environment to adjust and capitalize on this behavioral shift of their users.

Working closely with students and researchers, Johan recognized this shift and worked tirelessly, creating a prototype and developing it into a full-fledged extension that puts libraries directly in their end users’ preferred workflow.

Armed with his vision, he set out to start Lean Library, which once dependent on early adopters, is now a powerful force of change in the library landscape.

Lean Library, via browser extension, simplifies access to library services while increasing library visibility with branding and custom messaging.

Media Growth Strategies LLC

42 Walpole Street
Dover, MA  02030
Phone:  (508) 785-8384

OFFICERS:  Deni Auclair, CEO/President


KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Consulting services to the scholarly information industry.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Scholarly publishers.


HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  I decided I wanted to try working for myself – and I really like myself as a boss!  I have been happily running MGS for three years and while being a consultant can be challenging at times – looking for projects and not knowing what’s coming next – I absolutely love it.  The diversity of clients and projects, talking to the really smart people in our industry, and learning every day – that’s what makes the challenge of bringing in new projects worthwhile.  Market research/business intelligence and financial analysis are my favorite things to do, but I have enjoyed every project I’ve worked on, with no exceptions.  As long as I’m learning, I’m happy.

Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI)

CONTACT:  Susie Winter

More information and full list of members can be found on our website, coming soon at www.Snsi.info.

HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  SNSI is an initiative bringing together publishers and institutions to solve cyber challenges threatening the integrity of the scientific record, scholarly systems and the safety of personal data.  Its members include large and small publishers, learned societies and university presses and others involved in scholarly communications.

Third Iron, LLC

PO Box 270400
St Paul, MN  55127
Phone:  (855) 649-7607

OFFICERS:  Kendall Bartsch, John Seguin, Karl Becker

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  LibKey Discovery, LibKey Link, LibKey Nomad, libkey.io, BrowZine.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Academic, hospital, corporate and government libraries.


HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Third Iron technologies keep the library at the center of the research process, whether the point of discovery is library services or on the open web.  Our services simplify and expedite getting to full text, freeing up countless hours of researcher time, reducing help desk and ILL burden, and meeting the expectations of students, faculty and researchers.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  Third Iron is private, self-funded company whose products are designed to meet the needs of libraries and the users who rely on them.


Duke University Libraries

411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC  27708
Phone:  (919) 660-5870

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  https://library.duke.edu/about

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  https://library.duke.edu/about/directory/browse/all



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