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Library Advisory Board

The JoVE Library Advisory Board is composed of a diverse group of distinguished librarians from hospitals, government agencies, academic institutions, and corporations. These librarians advise JoVE and help us provide better resources to our subscribers and further our mission to increase reproducibility, productivity, and efficiency of knowledge transfer in the scientific community.

Kelly Arp

Acquisitions and Electronic Resources Librarian, Mayo Clinic

Kelly is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the Mayo Clinic Library in Rochester, MN. Before that, she was at the University of Iowa Health Sciences Library. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and pets. She also enjoy movies, going to see live music, and pub trivia.

Rachel Borchardt

Associate Director, Research and Instructional Services, and Sciences Librarian, American University

Rachel Borchardt is the Associate Science Librarian at American University, and previously worked as the Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior Biology Librarian at Emory University. Her primary research interests concern the intersection of altmetrics and librarianship, and she is the co-author of Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian's Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics and Research Impact. Rachel holds an MLS in Medical Librarianship from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as dual BA degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from Oberlin College. In her spare time, she enjoys running, playing board games, and spending time with her husband Adam and son Milo.

Julia Gelfand

Applied Sciences and Engineering Librarian

Julia Gelfand is the Applied Sciences, Engineering & Public Health Librarian at the University of California, Irvine Libraries. She has published and presented widely on topics ranging from collection development issues and sustainable collections, scholarly communication in the sciences, grey literature in many contexts, multimedia in the sciences, open access, and other subjects. Active in many professional organizations including current service on the ACRL Board of Directors, AAAS Section on Computing, Information & Communication, IFLA Science & Technology Section she is engaged professionally at an international level. She is a graduate of Goucher College and has an MSLS and MA from Case Western Reserve University and has been a Fulbright Fellow and a Thomas J. Watson Fellow.

Donna Gibson

Library Director, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center?

Donna Gibson is the Director of Library Services for the Nathan Cummings Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and has been in this role since August 2009. MSKCC is one of the world's premier cancer centers committed to exceptional patient care, leading-edge research, and superb educational programs. The close collaboration between physicians and scientists is a unique strength, enabling them to provide patients with the best care available today as they work to discover more-effective strategies to prevent, control, and ultimately cure cancer in the future. The Library supports this commitment to patient care and strives to provide access to a dynamic collection and targeted services. Ms. Gibson joined MSKCC in 2004 as the Associate Director, User Services. Prior to her move to the Center, she worked at Bristol-Myers Squibb in various roles in managing research libraries and information centers, and working on enterprise-wide projects. She won several internal awards to include: PRI STAR Award, Outstanding Service and Results Marketing KIR Products, Services and Events; IKM Achievement Award, Event Planner for Annual BMS Knowledge Network Meeting; IKM Achievement Award, Project Manager, KIR Hotline and; President's Recognition, team member for response to the Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment (CCOHTA) report on "Statins." Ms. Gibson is committed to executing knowledge management initiatives to improve business results by educating, innovating, and collaborating with users. She is focused on delivering services that enhance the user's information retrieval experience from start to finish. This includes partnering with users to better understand how published literature, information services, technology, and social networking tools integrate within their work environment. Under her leadership, the library launched a new public-facing website in a responsive web-design, Synapse (connection to MSK authors and their publications), the MSK Library Blog, a Systematic Review Service, and ORCID@MSK. Ms. Gibson contributes to several professional associations (MLA, SLA, AAHSL) and sits on several external library advisory boards. Ms. Gibson received her Master's degree in Library Science from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. She also has her Project Management Certificate from Boston University.

Rebecca Harrington

Electronic Resources Librarian, Florida State University College of Medicine?

Rebecca Harrington has had a variety of roles in medical and academic libraries for the past 13 years in both technical and public services. As Electronic Resources Librarian at the Florida State University College of Medicine, she currently coordinates collection development efforts and the management of the life cycle processes for electronic resources. Additionally, Rebecca is a senior member of the Medical Library Association's Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Elizabeth Ketterman

Director, Laupus Library, East Carolina University?

Beth began her career at ECU in 2001 as liaison librarian to the College of Nursing. She transitioned through positions managing collections and electronic resources and is now the Director at ECU's Laupus Health Sciences Library. She has been a JOVE Librarian Advisory Board member since its inception in 2012.

James King

Branch Chief and Information Architect, National Institute of Health (NIH)?

As the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library's Branch Chief & Information Architect, James has spent the last several years blending his IT background with librarianship to enhance services and meet the changing needs of the largest medical research agency in the world. James leads the Custom Information Services effort, which is focused on building partnerships to meet the information needs of researchers through the application of information tools. Recent efforts have included digitization of a thousand volumes for public access, development of Drupal-based project web sites including one focused on historic pandemic influenza research (, and consulting/development of disease space portfolio analyses.

Previously, James spent 18 years at the Naval Research Laboratory's Research Library and was fortunate to be a part of a forward-thinking digital library team during the birth of the internet and web era. James assisted with and later managed one of the first and largest government digitization and Web-based efforts in federal libraries. Ultimately rising to the rank of Chief Librarian, James continued to reshape the library to address the changing needs of researchers and engineers in the 21st century.

James is very active in the Special Libraries Association (SLA), serving as 2010 DC/SLA President, convener of the Information Futurist Caucus, a member of two national conference planning councils, and is currently serving on the SLA Board of Directors. James speaks regularly on future opportunities in libraries, the role of libraries in researcher metrics, and the role of innovation in creating a new future in government libraries. James has a Master in Library & Information Science from Catholic University (2002) and a Bachelors of Computer Graphics from Salem International University. James has served on several industry library advisory boards and has received several recognitions including the CUA Library School Alumni Award (2015), the FEDLINK Federal Librarian of the Year (2015), SLA Fellow (2011), SLA Innovations in Technology Award (2006), and ALA's Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table Achievement (2006) and Distinguished Service (2003) Awards. He regularly carves out free time to go on adventures with his wife Carla and daughter Sarah.

Helen Look

Collections Analyst, Coordinator of Science Collection, University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

Helen Look is the Collection Analyst for the University of Michigan Library. She is engaged in library assessment through her daily work, her research, and her professional service. Helen provides support for the generation and analysis of data for the assessment of the library’s collection development programs and the strategic allocation of library resources. She recently co-authored a white paper on assessment competencies for library professionals. Helen is the Chair of the Resources Committee for the LLAMA Assessment Community of Practice and the Co-Chair of the Assessment Subcommittee of the 2018 LITA Forum. Some of the areas of research interests include: assessment; citation analysis; diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibilities within libraries and the profession; and collection development.

Michael Newman

Head Librarian and Bibliographer, Stanford University

As the Head Librarian and Bibliographer at Falconer Biology Library, Stanford University, Michael Newman is responsible for branch library management, collection development and management, reference in the life sciences, and user education. He has held this position since 1993, and since 2014, he has served as the acting head of the Mathematics and Statistics Library. From 1995 through 2014, he worked with HighWire Press, a leading e-publishing platform, working with the HighWire team to develop ejournal features and gaining extensive experience in usability tests and interviews with users. Previously he worked as an Information Consultant/Librarian at Lane Medical Library, Stanford University.

Jan Orick

Director, Biomedical Library at St. Jude's Research Hospital?

Jan T. Orick received her degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. After working as a solo librarian for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Lafayette Louisiana and then at Methodist Hospitals in Memphis, TN, she began working at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital as the Biomedical Librarian in 1995. She has served in her current position as Director of the Biomedical Library at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital since 1998. She manages a staff of 4 and a library collection of over 6000 electronic journals, 8000 e-books, and multiple databases. She is a member of the Medical Library Association and received the MLA Lois Ann Colaianni Award for Excellence and Achievement in Hospital Librarianship in 2008. Jan is a Distinguished Member of the Association of Health Information Professionals. Jan is an active member of the Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association and has received the Chapter’s award for Hospital Librarian of the Year in 2002. She is currently the serving on the Chapter's Executive Board. In addition to JoVE, Jan has served as a member on the library advisory boards for Oxford University Press, STM, Nature, Springer Publishing, New England Journal of Medicine, and Radiological Society of North America.

Lori Smith

Scientific Intelligence (SciInteL), Sanofi Pasteur

I am the Library Coordinator for Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. I have been with the company for 29+ years. I received my Associates Degree in Business Administration from Churchman Business College in 1986. I manage contracts and access to global electronic books, journals and databases, manages the North American budget to ensure spend is in alignment with the guidelines defined by management. I am the primary contact to assist departments with obtaining Copyright permission and electronic documents for submissions to government agencies. I provide training to new and existing employees for tools and services provided by my department. I have been a member of SLA since 2009. I have completed the Copyright Certification Course in 2012, offered by SLA.

Anneliese Taylor

Assistant Director, Scholarly Communications and Collections, University of San Francisco

Anneliese Taylor is the Assistant Director for Scholarly Communications and Collections at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library. Anneliese leads scholarly communication activities and oversees collection development and technical services at UCSF. She has been with UCSF since 2003. Prior to UCSF, she worked as a librarian at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and at George Mason University in Virginia. She earned her MLIS from the University of Texas-Austin and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College.

JoAnn Van Schaik

Executive Director, Miller School of Medicine - University of Miami?

JoAnn Van Schaik is Executive Director of the Louis Calder Memorial Library at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, and Interim Chair of the Department of Health Informatics. She previously served as a Public Services Librarian at St. Louis University and was Assistant Director for Library Public Services at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) in Lubbock. In 1994 she was promoted to Senior Director of Technical Services for the four-library TTUHSC System and in 2011 was appointed as Calder Library's Director of Library Operations in Miami. She became Interim Executive Director and Interim Chair in February 2014 and Executive Director in June 2016. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Kent State University, Ohio.

Alyssa Valcourt

Science and Math Librarian, James Madison University

Alyssa Valcourt, Science and Math Librarian, is an Assistant Professor at James Madison University. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island. Alyssa currently consults with faculty and students for undergraduate and graduate level research coursework, provides information literacy instruction, and is the liaison between the College of Science of Math and the library.

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