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David Bender

Manager, Medical Ontology
Radiological Society of North America
820 Jorie Boulevard, Oak Brook, IL  60523
Phone:  (630) 368-3732Fax:  (630) 571-7837

ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7037-6175

BORN AND LIVED:  Avon Lake, Ohio.  

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I keep bouncing back and forth between traditional library work and taxonomy work.

FAMILY:  Married 25 years with a 16 year old daughter.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Reading.  What else would I do?

FAVORITE BOOKS:  There are just too many to pick from.  But my favorite author is Umberto Eco.

PHILOSOPHY:  I once was working on a PhD in Philosophy.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I can’t hazard a guess as to what the tools will look like, but the principles of librarianship will remain the same.


Katherine Chew

Research/Outreach Services Librarian                                   
Health Sciences LibrariesUnivesity of Minnesota
305 Diehl Hall, 505 Essex Street SE
Minneapolis, MN  55455
Phone:  (612) 626-3017

ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-003-0788-3179

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Minnesota.  Have lived in Montana, Colorado, Virginia (worked in Washington DC), Alabama, California, Belgium and Germany.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Katherine Chew, MLS, is an Associate Librarian and the Research/Outreach Services Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries at the University of Minnesota.  She provides research support and consultation to University of Minnesota researchers in the Academic Health Center including support for NIH Public Access Policy Compliance.  As Outreach Librarian, Katherine provides education and training on consumer health and health information literacy issues to health professionals, public librarians, and the general public across the state, including exhibiting at health fairs and other health oriented events on National Library of Medicine resources.  Before becoming the Research/Outreach Services Librarian, Katherine was the Collections Librarian for the Health Sciences Libraries for over ten years. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota in 2001, Katherine has been an Air Force Base Librarian in Montana, Colorado (Air Force Academy) and Germany (Sembach Air Base), before switching career paths into medical librarianship.  As a medical librarian she has worked in community, urban and academic health sciences libraries and has presented at regional and national conferences on collections, scholarly communications and metrics.

FAMILY:  Husband Nolen;  three cats – Prophet, Shadow and Sophie;  one dog – a Havanese named Jordi.

Kellie Kaneshiro

Assistant Director for Library Technology                                                 
Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University School of Medicine
975 West Walnut Street, IB 314
Indianapolis, IN  46202-5121
Phone:  (317) 274-1612

ORCID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6459-5902

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Libraries and the people who work in them – I see them thriving for the benefit of the people and institutions that they serve.  I just renewed my public library card because I was walking down mainstreet with a friend and saw the Public Library’s Digital Media Lab…“equipped for a myriad of digital project needs including graphic design, digital illustration, video production, audio recording, 3D modeling, 3D printing, and creative collaboration.”  The best part was talking to the friendly and knowledgeable library PEOPLE in the Digital Media Lab. Academic health sciences libraries and the people who work in them, our students, staff, faculty, and their patients need us and we have a lot to learn from them as well. Let’s be there well beyond the next five years!


Daniel G. Kipnis, MSI

Life Sciences Librarian, Rowan University                        
Keith and Shirley Campbell Library
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ  08028
Phone:  (856) 256-4474

ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4589-5106

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Washington DC and have lived in Montreal, Ann Arbor, Philadelphia and currently in New Jersey.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Spent 16 years as medical librarian at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia PA and most recently became life sciences librarian at Rowan University in Glassboro New Jersey.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  The Open Access movement continues to gain traction on campuses.  Science disciplines will continue to advocate for the OA movement, impact factors will continue to improve for open access journal titles, and the push for increased scientific transparency to address concerns of reproducibility will continue to push the OA movement forward.  University and library sponsored article processing charge funds are being drained demonstrating an interest in making articles OA. Ultimately, the barriers for accessing scientific literature will continue to diminish.


Richard Landry

Director of Data Innovation                                     
SAGE Publishing
2600 Virginia Ave NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC  20037
Phone:  (202) 729-1375

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Chicago.  Raised in Michigan.  Moved to the Washington, D.C. area after College

EARLY LIFE:  My father was a Civil Engineer, but today would be considered a Computer Engineer.  He was one of the first to apply computer programming to city planning.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I started Conquest Systems in 1990 to build products.  To keep the lights on, we started doing government contracting and we started doing the things that government contractors do.  We achieved a CMM Level 2, then Level 3 rating, we started branching out to other organizations and we started to do well, even though government contracting was not our original intent.  In 2000 and 2001, we were recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the country in the annual Inc. 500 listing. In 2007, we sold the government consulting practice to return to our roots of product development where we launched Data Planet.

FAMILY:  Wife – Tanya.  Son – Steven.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Golf and Bike.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Good to Great and Children’s Letters to God.

PET PEEVES:  When you are late for a meeting, it tells others in the meeting that you think your time is more valuable then theirs, so I make a point to not be late to meetings…but as much as I focus on that, I am still sometimes late and it drives me crazy!

PHILOSOPHY:  I think if you treat people the way you expect to be treated, it solves a lot of problems and gives you direction when you are not sure of a path forward.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  The first time my company made the Inc. 500, it was very memorable to me.  It was an achievement for me, for my family, and for the 150 software professionals that were at Conquest Systems, Inc.


HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Historically, data products have sat on their own.  I belive that data should be an integral part of learning and should therefore be an integral part of academic products.  When initially looking at SAGE, one of the things that was very attractive was the opportunity to integrate data into SAGE products that were already in the marketplace.  I think that integration of data has to be seamless and transparent. I expect that over the coming years, we will continue to advance in building bridges for data usage by implementing a common framework that allows other internal and external applications to uniformly access and integrate data.


Jie Li

Assistant Director for Collection Management                                           
Univeristy of South Alabama Biomedical Library
5791 USA Drive, North, Mobile, AL  36688-0002
Phone:  (251) 460-6890  • Fax: (251) 460-6958

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Luzhou, China.  Lived in Luzhou, Chengdu, and Leshan in China and Seattle and Mobile in U.S.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I worked in various positions in the library, the hospital librarian, public services librarian and collection management librarian.  I have served several positions at MLA, as the Chair of MLA/International Cooprerations section, a member on the MLA Global Initiative Taskforce and now the MLA allied rep to Taiwan Medical Library Association.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  The traditional reference and technical services librarian roles have been broadened to clinical librarian, instruction librarian, outreach/consumer health librarian, and then further to extended embedded librarians, informationist, systematic review librarian, emerging technologies librarian, continuing medical education librarian, data management librarian, digital librarian, scholarly communication librarian, translational research librarian, and user experience librarian.  With the development of information technology, especially artificial intelligence, virtual reality, big data, 3-D printing and researcher profiling and collaboration tools, I saw further expanding of health science library and librarian roles for more support on research, patience care and authorship when the health care community embraces these new technologies.


Jason Lilly

Academic Specialist and Library Systems Manager                               
Ruth Lilly Medical Library
975 W. Walnut Street IB 306
Indianapolis, IN  46202
Phone:  (317) 274-2272

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I’ve worn a lot of different hats throughout my library career starting off as a library aide shelving books in a public library, worked as a Security Supervisor and Circulation Desk Manager in a large academic library, reference at the medical library, and then transitioned into systems and technology which has always been a passion of mine.

FAMILY:  My wife and I just welcomed a baby girl into the world.  My older daughter absolutely adores her new baby sister. We have three rascally male cats, so I’m not entirely outnumbered.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I run to get out of my own head and for the joy of competition whether that’s against myself or others.  I’ve had several top ten finishes in local races and generally win my age group in 5 and 10Ks.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  I was an English Lit major, so reasonably well-versed in the classics, but my true love is fantasy literature, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, LeGuin, etc.  My current favorite writer is Brandon Sanderson who is not only a great storyteller but actually finishes his books.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  I’m keeping a close eye on Artificial Intelligence and trying to gauge what impact it will have on the library profession.  There’s a real potential there to transform some of the activities we do as librarians every day. Will we be doing systematic reviews in five years or will that be handled by an AI with greater efficiency?  These will be fascinating develpoments to watch.


Elizabeth R. Lorbeer                                                                                                  

Chair, The Department of the Medical Library, Associate Professor & Library Director 
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
1000 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI  49008
Phone:  (269) 337-6119

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Buffalo, NY, and have lived in Boston, MA, Chicago, IL, Birmingham, AL and now Kalamazoo, MI.  

EARLY LIFE:  My parents were high school teachers and we travelled a lot over the  summer. Our goal was to visit as many U.S. national parks and historical landmarks as possible.  There are only four states in the U.S. that I have not visited, but they’re on my bucket list. I also have spent time vacationing in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.  

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I have been a practing librarian for 23 years!  I am a board member to both the Medical Library Association and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

FAMILY:  My husband Mike and I have been married for 13 years strong.  We have two children, Sarah and Rosalie, and seven poodles.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  My children and dogs keep me pretty busy, and I am either walking a set of dogs or taking the kids to their play dates.  I do find time to for my hobbies, such as visiting antique markets and yoga. I also find that I’m perpetually cleaning my house and doing laundry.  

FAVORITE BOOKS:  My daughter and I love to read together Bruce on the Move, The Day the Crayons Came Home, and Dragons Love Tacos.  

PET PEEVES:  I try not to have any, as life is too short to worry about things you have no control over.  

PHILOSOPHY:  Love everyone, and practice forgiveness.  It’s easy to say, but hard to do.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  There have been so many memorable achievements it’s hard to select just one moment.  I’m blessed in that each year in libraryland is an adventure for me.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  My goal is simply enjoy what I’m doing, continue to learn and contribute my expertise to the profession.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Both librarians and publishers play an essential role in educating authors to be accountable to protect the integrity of their research by selecting outlets who uphold the highest ethical principles and practices in scholarly publishing.  As all of us in the academic and publishing communities understand, there is always more to discover and disseminate. It is our shared responsibility to promote knowledge through publication and presentation to advance scholarship, science, and the arts.  If anything, I see more collaborative efforts among librarians and publishers in content dissemination then we have seen before.


Beth Campolieto Marhanka                                                                          

Interim Associate University Librarian for User Services & Engagement and Head, Gelardin New Media Center/Maker Hub
Georgetown University Library
3700 N St, NW
Washington, DC  20057
Phone:  (202) 687-7534

BORN AND LIVED:  I was born to American expat parents in Bangkok, Thailand during the Vietnam war.  We moved to Northern Virginia when I was a toddler and that’s where I grew up. Other than a year abroad as an exchange student to Iceland when I was in high school and doing my undergrad degree at the University of New Hampshire, I’ve always lived in the DC area.

EARLY LIFE:  My mom worked at the White House and Peace Corp when I was growing up and I spent a lot of time hanging out in DC.  I remember going to work with my mom when I was about 12 or 13 and heading out on my own to roam around the National Mall.  Coincidentally, there was a rally for the Equal Rights Amendment going on near the Lincoln Memorial and I was just fascinated by the passion of the women protesting.  I also loved watching the Hare Krishnas dance and sing and visiting Fonzie’s jacket at the American History Museum. Those memories surely date me.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Straight out of college I went to work in the library at the Federal Judicial Center where I worked for almost five years.  There were only five of us in that small government library. My second library job was at the Northern VA Community College and we only had about ten staff there.  Working in libraries with so few staff enabled me to get a lot of experience doing all types of library work. While I was working as a library assistant at both of those jobs I earned my MLIS at the University of Maryland where I also learned html.  I designed and built websites at the NVCC and Literacy Council of Northern VA which gave me the experience needed to get the job as a Web Coordinator and Reference Librarian at Georgetown. I did that job for four years and then was asked to be the head of the Gelardin New Media Center where I’ve been ever since.

FAMILY:  Been married to Dale Marhanka, a ceramic artist, for the last 24 years.  We have an 18 year old freshman at UVA and a 15-year old daughter.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I’m usually doing something for my kids or I’m hiking, swimming, doing yoga or reading.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver, and Bel Canto by Ann Patchett.

PET PEEVES:  People that stand on the left side of the elevator and block people from passing them.

PHILOSOPHY:  Attitude is everything.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  I was fortunate to be the project manager for the Dean Peter Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives about eight years ago.  I loved managing this digital scholarship project and working with Dean Krogh. I also created an online tutorial for incoming students at the Northern VA Community College that really spurred my interest in instructional technology.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Get both of my kids through college;  become certified to teach yoga; hike the Camino de Santiago;  raise a million dollars towards the renovation of our library.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  This is a great time to be working in libraries.  In addition to being centers of research and learning outside the classroom and hubs of creativity, innovation, and collaboration in our communities, we’re also restorative spaces people can go to outside of their home and work environments that feed the mind and the spirit.  I’m very proud to be a librarian and honored to have spent my life helping our library evolve to meet the demands of a changing world.


Tony Olson                                                                                         

Cataloging Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University, 303 East Chicago Avenue,
Chicago, IL  60611 • Phone:  (312) 503-8125

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  A signifant number of major research libraries will have successfully made the transition to a linked data system and metadata schema.

Lisa Palmer, MSLS, AHIP

Institutional Repository Librarian
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Lamar Soutter Library
55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester, MA  01655
Phone:  (508) 856-4368

ORICD ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4116-1279

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 the University of Massachusetts 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 sons, and two cats.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  I enjoy reading, alternative music, attending concerts, hiking, travel, and learning to play piano.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  The Open Access movement will continue to decrease the economic and legal barriers between scholarly research and those who want to learn from it and expand upon it.  Open access papers and open data will become increasingly prevalent in the biomedical literature. My hope is that in five years at least 75% of all new research papers will be freely available online immediately.  Library subscriptions to toll access journals will decrease and pay-per-view access to journal articles will increase.


Joelen Pastva                                                                                              

Head, Collection Management and Metadata Services, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University
303 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL  60611
Phone:  (312) 503-6020

ORCID ID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9772-5144

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  In the library metadata field, hopefully we’ll have made improvements to some of the data silos and discovery challenges we’re currently faced with. We’ll need to remain focused on implementing linked data, improving the interoperability of our systems and data standards, and continuously assessing our discovery and delivery services to ensure that they meet the needs of our users.


Nancy Percival                                                                                

Sales Director
Prenax, Inc.
10 Ferry Street, Suite 429
Concord, NH  03301
Phone:  (603) 717-2918  • Fax: (603) 226-9443

BORN AND LIVED:  Boston, MA area.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  My professional career started in an advertising role at International Data Group (IDG), publisher of numerous domestic and overseas IT magazines that included Computerworld, PC World, NetworkWorld and InfoWorld.  Throughout my 20 year career with IDG, I grew into leadership roles within the company that allowed me to gain indepth knowledge of the publishing industry and the marketplace that we served.  I was an active board member of the Boston chapter of SHRM (Society of HR Management), DPMA (now Association of Information Technology Professional, and a founding member of the Boston area Technical Recruiter’s Association.  In addition to IDG, I held an Associate Publisher position at The Chronicle of Higher Education where I ran the Sales, Customer Service, Marketing and Business Intelligence teams. Throughout my career, I have participated in numerous professional associations that further enhanced the industry.

FAMILY:  Husband and two sons.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Enjoy spending time on Cape Cod, golfing and going to movies.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Mysteries and I also enjoy reading business and life-balance related books as well.

PET PEEVES:  When people don’t try hard enough and ultimately give up too easily.

PHILOSOPHY:  “Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.” – Unknown

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Anytime a client genuinely appreciates when I provide a solution that solves their business problem then recommends our company to their peers.  I get great satisfaction from this.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  As our business evolves with the changes in the industry, my goal is to continue helping Prenax develop solutions that will create more efficiencies and cost-saving opportunities for our clients.  After that, work on my golf game!

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  Some changes I see happening in the industry over the next five years are:

  • With many libraries shrinking in size, we see librarians ordering more online and database content as opposed to print and books.  We expect to see this trend continue.
  • With the increase in online and database spending, the role of a subscription agency becomes even more important.  Working with multiple publishers and different systems will continue to be a challenge. For example, when online access lapses, Prenax has a team of E-Resource members that work closely with our clients and publishers to ensure continuity in client access.  Service for online issues require immediate action and that’s what Prenax offers clients now and will continue to.
  • Subscription management agencies will continue to assist in providing single sign-on and multi-user availability as more third party companies emerge.
  • This industry will continue to evolve with developing more technology for digital content such as, developing more tools for conducting searches needed for researchers, discovery tools and link resolvers as well as implementing e-procurement systems and ILS systems.
  • As budgets decrease and publishers rates increase, clients are looking for subscription management agencies to negotiate better rates and to inform them of what their options are.

Pamela M. Rose, M.L.S.                                                                             

Web Services & Library Promotions Coordinator
Health Sciences Library, University at Buffalo
3435 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14214
Phone:  (716) 829-5722
Fax:  (716) 829-2211

ORCID:  https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1135-8115

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Afton, Wyoming (right in the middle of the Rocky Mountains!).  Lived in Niagara Falls, Grand Island, and Buffalo area most of my life though.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  Have been at HSL for 52 years (began in September 1965).

FAMILY:  Married to Joel, four grandchildren, five cats, and a dog.

IN MY SPARE TIME:  Docent at the Buffalo Zoo where I love teaching kids about bugs;  rescue and foster cats and dogs and serve as Cat and Dog Behavior Counselor for Pets Alive WNY;  one of the founders of and webmaster/contact person for Therapy Animals of WNY (TAWNY); visitations with my therapy dog, Sophie;  avid gardener – our gardens are in the local garden walk and Open Gardens initiative every year, and promote gardening to my fellow UB staff.

FAVORITE BOOKS:  Harry Harrison’s West of Eden, Return to Eden, and Winter in Eden (imagine, if dinosaurs were the dominant intelligent life form!), and the entire Dune series by Frank Herbert and subsequently his son (yes, they aren’t as good, but keep the reader in Herbert’s world).

PET PEEVES:  Using animals as “trophy pets”;  using language arising from hunting or killing animals, e.g., “bird in the hand worth two in the bush” or “ducks lined up in a row”;  using language that denigrates animals, e.g., “slothful” or “bird brain”; depicting happy animals as advertisements for their meat.

PHILOSOPHY:  Try to put myself in the position of the species I’m working with at the moment (dog, cat, skink, python, cockroach, human…)

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Developing the International Donations Program website which provides potential donors of unwanted books with contact information for needy organizations all over the world;  integrating my library and volunteer worlds; establishing a consumer health workshop (as a certified Consumer Health Information Specialist level II) just this year for UB staff with a goal of extending to the community.  

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  To still be working full time!

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  With patrons becoming more self sufficient as discovery tools improve even further, librarians may increasingly become information integration specialists rather than just providers.  We need to find new and innovative niches that fit in to the information seeking behaviors of those we serve.


Geneva Bush Staggs                                                                                    

Director and Senior Librarian
University of South Alabama Biomedical Library
5791 USA Drive North, Mobile, AL  36688-0002
Phone:  (251) 460-6890
Fax:  (251) 460-6958

BORN AND LIVED:  Born in Montgomery, AL.  Lived in Montgomery, Kinston, Bay Minette and Mobile, Alabama.  Attended Judson College in Marion, AL and the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.

PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND ACTIVITIES:  I have served at the University of South Alabama Biomedical Library since 1979, with three years off to start a branch campus library service for the University Library.  During my tenure I have held or supervised all public service or user support positions in our library and have achieved Senior Librarian with tenure status. I am a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals based on professional service and development activities.

MOST MEMORABLE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT:  Received the 2015 Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship for a service I developed using presurgery education to improve outcomes in open heart patients at the University of South Alabama Medical Center.

GOAL I HOPE TO ACHIEVE FIVE YEARS FROM NOW:  Since this does not say “professional” goal, I am going to say that I would like to know how to grow beautiful roses.

HOW/WHERE DO I SEE THE INDUSTRY IN FIVE YEARS:  It is interesting to think that with changes brought on by the exponential explosion of technology, we may well be right back where we were, or maybe it is that we will still have the same mission, however it is worded and whatever tools we will use, we had prior to the advent of the Internet.  We will still be helping our users satisfy their information needs. I hope service will still be our focus.


Prenax, Inc.                                                                

10 Ferry Street, Suite 429
Concord, NH  03301
Phone:  (603) 717-0383
Fax:  (603) 226-9443

OFFICERS:  Jerome Conquet, CEO;  George Rego, Jr., President-U.S.


KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Information Management Subscription Services.

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Prenax provides services to libraries in academe, hospitals, government agencies and to procurement professionals in corporations both of a local and global level.


HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Formerly Basch Subscriptions, Prenax, Inc. purchased Basch in 2007.  Although Basch was a strong brand name with our clients and within the marketplace as a whole, we officially changed our name to Prenax in 2015.

Prenax is a global leader in providing information management subscription services.  As part of the Prenax family, this enables us to offer our clients many additional services as well as numerous partner benefits, and a web-based platform that creates cost reductions and workflow efficiencies in managing all of clients’ knowledge resources.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  Prenax is proud to celebrate its 25th Anniversary this year!  We will be celebrating this milestone during the course of the year.


SAGE Publishing                                                          

Telephone:  1-800-818-7243
Fax:  1-800-583-2665

Main address and affiliated addresses:

SAGE Thousand Oaks (Headquarters)
2455 Teller Road
Thousand Oaks, CA  91320 USA
Phone:  1-800-818-7243
Fax:  1-800-583-2665

SAGE Washington, DC
2600 Virginia Ave NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20037  USA
Phone:  (202) 729-1800

SAGE Asia-Pacific
3 Church Street
#10-04 Samsung Hub
Singapore 049483
Phone:  65 6220 1800
Fax:  65 6438 1008

SAGE Toronto
77 Bloor St W #600
Toronto, ON M5S 2B4  Canada
Phone:  (416) 575-8667

SAGE London
1 Oliver’s Yard, 55 City Road
London, EC1Y1SP  UK
Phone: +44 (0) 207 324 8500
Fax: +44 (0) 207 324 8600

SAGE India
B-1/I-1, Mohan Cooperative Industrial Estate Mathura Road,
Post Bag 7, New Delhi 110 044 INDIA
Phone:  +91-11-4053 9222
Fax:  +91-11-4053 9234

SAGE Melbourne
Level 9, 2 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000  Australia

AFFILIATED COMPANIES:  CQ Press:  www.cqpress.com

Adam Matthew:  http://www.amdigital.co.uk/

Corwin:  www.corwin.com

Learning Matters:  http://www.uk.sagepub.com/learningmatters/

OFFICERS:  Blaise R. Simqu, President & Chief Executive Officer;  Tracey A. Ozmina, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, US;  Chris Hickok, Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer; Stephen Barr, President of SAGE International;  Ziyad Marar, President of Global Publishing; Karen Phillips, Senior Vice President, Global Learning Resources.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS, ETC.:  SAGE Publishing has forged strong partnerships with societies and associations for more than 50 years, publishing on behalf of more than 400 societies in 2018.

VITAL INFORMATION:  SAGE has been a privately owned company since its founding in 1965.  Our founder and executive chairman, Sara Miller McCune, has put in place an estate plan that guarantees our independence indefinitely.  After Sara’s lifetime, SAGE will become owned by a charitable trust which allows us to uphold our mission of supporting the dissemination of usable knowledge and educating a global community for the long-term.

KEY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:  Journals, books, digital resources, and courses for researchers, instructors, students, and librarians

CORE MARKETS/CLIENTELE:  Academic, educational, and professional markets.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:  More than 1,500



HISTORY AND BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF YOUR COMPANY/PUBLISHING PROGRAM:  Guided by an unwavering dedication to academia and an entrepreneurial spirit, the passionate and determined Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 just a few months shy of her 24th birthday.  With the help of her mentor and future husband George McCune, Sara founded a publishing house that would allow scholars to disseminate quality research in their own voices, often breaking ground in new or emerging areas of study.  The company’s name – SAGE – is derived from their names (SAra and GEorge).

More than 50 years later, SAGE remains an independent company that shares with librarians the belief that flourishing educational programs and engaged scholarship create healthy minds and healthy societies.  Our publishing program ranges across the social sciences, humanities, medicine, and engineering and includes journals, books, and digital products such as case studies, data, video, and courses for academic and professional markets.  We value working closely with librarians to achieve shared goals, including partnering on white papers and research projects to ensure that together we meet the changing needs of students, researchers, and instructors.

ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE OF INTEREST TO OUR READERS?  In response to big changes in the instruction and practice of social science research methodology, SAGE is investing in new ways to support the researcher community.  For example, we recently acquired Data Planet, a dynamic repository of officially sourced statistical data, and launched SAGE Ocean, an initiative to help social scientists navigate vast data sets and work with new technologies.  Also, we recently redesigned and relaunched SAGE Research Methods (SRM), our comprehensive digital methods resource accessed through the campus library, and launched a collection of videos that illustrate how research is done as a part of SRM.

From our first methods journals in 1972 to the QASS and QRM series published since the 1970s (aka the “Little Green Books” and “Little Blue Books”), to the launch of SRM in 2011, and our expanding support of data-intensive social science research;  we’ve been honored to serve social scientists at the forefront of research methods publishing for more than four decades. And we are dedicated to supporting librarians as they support researchers, students, and instructors through this journey.


Georgetown University Library                                                  

3700 N St, NW
Washington, DC  20057
Phone:  (202) 687-7607

BACKGROUND/HISTORY:  https://www.library.georgetown.edu/about/history

NUMBER OF STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Professional: 53, Support Staff: 59, Student Assistants: 17

OVERALL LIBRARY BUDGET:  Materials: $7,142,935;  Salaries + Wages: $6,988,068;  Operating: $2,187,925.

TYPES OF MATERIALS YOU BUY:  Books, journals, databases, DVDs, video streaming services, eBooks, data sets, other.

WHAT TECHNOLOGIES DOES YOUR LIBRARY USE TO SERVE MOBILE USERS?  We make an effort to use responsive design on all of our websites so that they can be used on mobile devices.



DOES YOUR LIBRARY HAVE A COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT OR SIMILAR DEPARTMENT?  Yes, we have a Collections, Research and Instruction department.

IF SO, WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET AND WHAT TYPES OF MATERIALS ARE YOU PURCHASING?  $7,142,935.  Purchasing both Print and Electronic.


WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR LIBRARY WILL BE LIKE IN FIVE YEARS?  I think that we’ll be getting ready for a major library renovation in five years that will truly make the library at Georgetown University the intellectual hub of campus.

WHAT EXCITES OR FRIGHTENS YOU ABOUT THE NEXT FIVE YEARS?  Our new Dean of Libraries at Georgetown, Harriette Hemmasi, is starting in August 2018 and I’m tremendously excited about what she’s going to be able to help us accomplish.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU THINK OUR READERS SHOULD KNOW?  Libraries have become places that aren’t just about the stuff we have, like books or computers, but about what we empower people to do.  It’s a place where anyone’s ideas can come to life.


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