KU Title Selection Committee

 

How it works


    1. Books included in KU STEM and HSS collections are not chosen by KU or by publishers but by the Title Selection Committee
    2. Choosing the right members from applicants all over the world for the committee means that the books in our collections are highly relevant to the users
    3. Taking part is quick and easy: you will be asked to vote on which titles you feel are most relevant via our platform
    4. The members of the Title Selection Committee take part in voting on STEM or HSS books, depending on their interest and expertise

 
 
 
 
 

    Meet the members

    We have gathered all members for the Title Selection Committee of this round and would like to present a few of them underneath.
 
 

Deborah Lenares

Collections Analyst and Strategist – Social Sciences and Management
MIT libraries


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
I’m a Collections Strategist, supporting social science and management collections at MIT Libraries. I’m also a Collections Analyst responsible for supporting the data analysis of the MIT Libraries’ collections. At MIT Libraries our work is focused on transforming scholarly communications toward openness and increased access, and we use the values of diversity, inclusion and social justice as a lens for framing collections decisions.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
MIT has supported KU for a number of years.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
MIT’s mission includes bringing knowledge to bear on the world's great challenges. Helping to create the Knowledge Unlatched collections is one way of fulfilling this mission. I want to influence the KU collections to include titles that will inform solutions to the world’s great challenges.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
I would like the KU collections to include books that address global issues of public health, the environment and social justice, and that include authors from the global south and other marginalized voices.

Rienk Withaar

Head of Education and research support
University of Groningen Library


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
Having a background as a researcher in the field of General Linguistics, I started working for the University of Groningen Library as an information specialist for modern foreign languages, linguistics, and communication studies in Spring 2002. Since then, I have fulfilled several positions within our Library, a.o. head of the libraries for Social Sciences, Law, Economics and Business, Spatial Sciences, and Science and Engineering. Currently, I am the head of the department of Education and Research Support and of the Special Collections department. My job consists of representing the library in the faculty library commmittees of the faculties mentioned above and service innovation for those faculties.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
Our library has supported KU for the last couple of years and a colleague of mine received an email stating that KU was looking for people that could help with the selection of titles. That is how I got involved with KU.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
Being a firm advocate of Open Access, I greatly welcome the work KU does to make scientific publication available without paywall restrictions. There is a great need for Open Access materials, both in research and in education. Therefore, KU can play a key role in opening up science and making its output available to students, staff, and the general public without costs of access.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
Along the line of the plead for Open Access above, the impact I expect (and hope for) is more educational material for our students and staff without having to pay copyright fees.
 

Allan Cho

Liaison Librarian
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
I am a liaison librarian at the University of British Columbia Library. In my role as liaison in digital humanities (DH) at Koerner Library, I’m helping faculty and students learn about the potential of using digital technology to further their findings and research that could not easily be done with just print materials. I am also the liaison to Asian Studies and English Literature and Languages.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
Our institution UBC is one of the supporters of KU. One of my colleagues has been on the KU selection committee in previous years and she recommended that I join the committee, particularly with my background as a humanities librarian.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
I feel libraries have a duty to bring scholarship for a wider audience is important that open access be part of the equation. KU is an integral component and its current model of crowdfunding is an excellent example of how publishers and libraries can work creatively together.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
I hope to bring my expertise as a bibliographer of the humanities to the selection committee, particularly with a point of view from a Canadian institution.
 

Robin N. Sinn

Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication
JHU Libraries | Johns Hopkins University


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
I am a life sciences librarian who has moved gradually into scholarly communication. My new position as Coordinator of the Office of Scholarly Communication focuses on preparing the outreach around a new open access policy here at Hopkins. The rest of my energies are devoted to getting my arms around all the work the JH Libraries do around scholarly communication and help us do it more efficiently and effectively.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
The Associate Director of Collections has been interested since the start of Knowledge Unlatched. She has always shared information about KU with the selectors and myself. Any efforts to make academic books openly available is of interest to both of us.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
The addition of STEM books to your lists was the motivation. My life sciences background allows me to evaluate STEM books. My opinion on humanities and social sciences books would be less useful.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
I want a strong collection of STEM books to join the other collections KU has made available.
 

Gonny Kremers

Radboud University
Nijmegen, The Netherlands


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
I am the librarian in the Library of Science for the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. The Library of Science is part of the University Library of the University. More information on the library and the science disciplines we represent can be found on our special website. Among others I am responsible for the literature budget, subscriptions and purchase of books for the faculty. A lot is changing these days. The digital library is growing and open access publishing is becoming increasingly common. We are very excited to support education and research in the Faculty of Science using new and/or changed ways to find and re-use academic information.mic information.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
I take part in national open access discussing groups in which the initiative was introduced and discussed.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
Knowledge Unlatched is a good initiative and helps making open access publishing more common and acceptable. It is good to explore a broader scope; make it interesting for more disciplines.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
Making a movement from the science disciplines towards open access publishing also through Knowledge Unlatched.
 

Elizabeth Killeen

Life Sciences Librarian
Imperial College London


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
My role is to provide support for the learning, teaching and research activities of the Life Sciences Department at Imperial College London. This includes promoting all aspects of the Library and its services and assisting with collection development as well as leading teaching sessions. I’m available to help staff and students with database searching, referencing and issues surrounding plagiarism.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
I’ve been aware of KU for some time as a key player in the OA world but have become more interested in your work lately as you’ve been moving towards including STEM titles for the first time.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
I’m keen to help the project and also interested to see which books are chosen for selection, it may be an opportunity for me to be introduced to relevant books I haven’t been aware of before.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
It will be useful for my role in collection management to be introduced to new titles and hopefully my background in Life Sciences librarianship will help to ensure the best titles are selected for the next round of unlatching.
 

Anna Liss Jacobsen

Assistant Librarian - Social Sciences Librarian
Miami University Libraries


1.Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself and what your job mostly consists of?
I am the Social Sciences librarian at Miami University. I serve as the liaison to the gerontology, psychology, sociology and speech pathology and audiology departments. I assist these departments by managing their library collection, teaching courses, and more.


2. How did you get to know Knowledge Unlatched and how are you in contact with us?
Miami University Libraries has been participating in KU for some time. My colleague forwarded me an email from KU requesting title selectors in social sciences and STEM. I was interested in supporting the effort.

3. What was your motivation to join the Title Selection Committee of Knowledge Unlatched?
I was interested in assisting the growth of access to valid and reliable scholarly resources.

4. And leading on from the last question, what would you like to see as an impact from your participation in the KU Title Selection Committee?
I hope to lend my subject knowledge and expertise to benefit the growth of access to quality resources in the areas of social sciences and medicine.
 

The selection for this years Title Selection Committee is closed.

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