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MemberRanda El Khatib

Hi! I’m the Assistant Director (Open Knowledge Initiatives) of the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), where I help run the Open Knowledge Program and engage in open scholarship activities across the research, teaching, and service aims of the lab. I’m also the Associate Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) and a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Victoria where I develop geospatial prototypes to apply to the study of early modern English literature. My interests include geospatial humanities, early modern studies, open scholarship, and research prototyping.

MemberLucy Ayre

I am a Librarian with a primary professional interest in Open Scholarship. In my role as Research Services Consultant at the University of Leicester I lead on the Research Metrics portfolio, which means I advocate responsible use of bibliometrics and altmetrics for analysis, horizon scanning and evaluation. I can also provide advice on open access in relation to publication, self-archiving, licenses, metrics and policy compliance. Follow the activities of me and my colleagues within the Research Services Team on Twitter at @DWLresearch

MemberKristen Mapes

I am the Assistant Director of Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University and a librarian and medievalist by training. My day-to-day work involves teaching and advising in the undergraduate and graduate DH programs at MSU, consulting on projects with faculty, librarians, and graduate students, leading workshops and community building activities on campus, organizing the annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium, and advocating for public and open scholarship around campus.

MemberChristopher Daley

Christopher Daley is a lecturer, researcher and writer. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Westminster and previously studied at Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of Southampton. Christopher also works for Brunel University London as Research Publications Officer in the Library’s Scholarly Communication Office. Christopher’s research interests primarily focus on the ways in which the Cold War has been represented in popular culture, with a particular interest in science fictional responses to nuclear technology. Alongside this, and in conjunction with his work in scholarly communication, Christopher has a long-standing interest in open access publishing, open scholarship and digital humanities. Christopher has extensive experience of teaching in higher education as well as a detailed understanding of current and emerging issues in scholarly communication. He has also volunteered time for the educational podcast organisation, Pod Academy, gaining experience in producing, presenting and scripting radio productions.

MemberDemmy Verbeke

As Head of KU Leuven Libraries Artes, I am responsible for collections and services for the Arts and Humanities. As a member of the management team with primary responsibilities for research, I also contribute to the strategic development and operational management of KU Leuven Libraries as a whole. In this context, I particularly focus on scholarly communication, open and digital scholarship. I was trained as a (Neo-)Latinist, focusing on Renaissance humanism in the Low Countries and England, the classical tradition, and the history of the book. Ever since I became a librarian my research and teaching have centered around the role of academic libraries in scholarly communication, open science and digital scholarship within the humanities. I am a strong believer in Fair Open Access and serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.

MemberMicah Vandegrift

Micah Vandegrift’s research focuses on the evolution of policies and technologies that maximize the dissemination and impact of publicly engaged scholarship. Specifically, he is developing a concept of documentation as a form of scholarly communication, and exploring the evolving landscape of evaluating and validating new forms of scholarly output. As NC State University Libraries’ first Open Knowledge Librarian, Micah is dedicated to building programs and processes for the research and learning community to embrace a more open scholarly praxis. He is also the lead Principal Investigator for Visualizing Digital Scholarship in Libraries and Learning Spaces (Immersive Scholar) funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Recently, Micah studied open science policy and infrastructure in The Netherlands and Denmark as a Fulbright-Schuman Research Fellow, and previously worked as the Director of Digital Scholarship at Florida State University.