Institutional Repository Librarian
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA 01655
Phone: (508) 856-4368 • <email@example.com>
Born and lived: I grew up in Rhode Island and have lived in Massachusetts most of my adult life.
Professional career and activities: I spent the earlier part of my career as a corporate librarian and cataloger for Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation, and Hewlett-Packard. I started my position at UMass Medical School in 2003 as a cataloger and have been the Institutional Repository Librarian since 2009.
Family: I share my life with my husband Brad, two teenage boys, and two cats.
In my spare time: Reading, alternative music, running, hiking, travel, learning to play piano.
How/where do I see the industry in five years: I think open access will be the norm, with at least half of all research articles freely available online immediately. Open research data will become a reality to some extent rather than just a hope. Academic libraries will need to continue to innovate and prioritize services in an increasingly complex environment with tight budgets. Health sciences librarians will work more closely with faculty and researchers as research partners and collaborators.
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.