Publishing, Promoting and Preserving Scholarship @ SUNY

April 7, 2011

About the Presenters

Todd Carpenter joined NISO as Managing Director in September 2006. In this role, Todd provides leadership to NISO as well as focuses on improving constituency relationships, standards development, and operational procedures. Previously, Todd was Director of Business Development with BioOne, a not-for-profit online journal aggregator, where he served the goals of both libraries and publishers by enhancing the products, services, and distribution that BioOne provides to participant constituencies.

Leadership in collaborative initiatives and partnerships among libraries and publishers has been a key aspect of Todd's career. Prior to joining NISO, Todd was at the Johns Hopkins University Press, where he directed the marketing of their 60 academic journals and was closely involved in the growth of Project MUSE, JHUP's online aggregation of humanities and social science journals. He has also held marketing and business development positions at the Energy Intelligence Group, a news service covering the oil and natural gas industries, and the Haworth Press, an academic and professional publisher. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and earned a masters degree in marketing from The Johns Hopkins University.


Andrew White, PhD has 20+ years of professional library experience in public and technical services, as well as information systems and library administration. Andrew holds musicology degrees from Stony Brook University and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, plus an MLS from Queen's College . He has contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Computers in Libraries, and The Electronic Library. He has also co-authored a book on e-metrics for Neal Schuman Publishers and is a member of the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries Assessment & Statistics Committee. He's served as the Associate Dean for Technical Services and Systems as Adelphi University Libraries and is currently the Interim Dean of Libraries and the Director of the Health Sciences Library at Stony Brook University.


Jason Phillips is Director for Outreach & Participation Services for ITHAKA.  In this role, he is responsible for leading the outreach efforts for JSTOR and Portico to the global library community.  He has spoken at conferences on issues related to scholarly publishing, extending access to content important to scholarly work, the changing role of the library, and the effects of technology on teaching and learning.  In addition to his role at ITHAKA, Jason also serves as the Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of American University’s Bender Library.


Patricia Renfro is Deputy University Librarian at Columbia and Associate Vice President for Digital Programs and Technology services which include the Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship and Columbia’ s Copyright Advisory Office. Patricia is a member o f the SPARC Steering Committee. She has a BA from the University of York, England, a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship from University College, London and an MA from the University of Kentucky.


Donna Dixon is Co-Director of the State University of New York Press, which supports SUNY’s commitments to teaching, research, and public service.  Founded in 1966, SUNY Press is the publisher of more than 5,000 titles, with internationally recognized lists in the humanities and social sciences, and publishes notable works of general interest through its Excelsior Editions imprint.  Prior to joining SUNY Press in 2010, Donna was Director of Member Programs at Nylink, a multi-type library consortium.  Donna is a graduate of Siena College and received her MLS from the University at Albany.


Moshe Pritsker, PhD is the CEO of the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE.) Dr Pritsker has developed the JoVE idea based on his deep familiarity with current problems of biological research, acquired through more than 10 years of work in this area. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science. Results of his research on stem cells, genomics, bioinformatics and HIV were published in leading scientific journals ( PNAS, JBC, Genome Research and Biochemistry ) and patent applications. Prior to co-founding JoVE, Dr. Pritsker held a position of post-doctoral researcher at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.


Jessica Mezei graduated in May 2009 with her Ed.M in Science Education and is continuing as a doctoral student in the program at Teachers College at Columbia University. She is a certified NYS high school biology teacher but is currently a full time student. Her teaching experiences have included work in upstate New York, Brooklyn and Glasgow, Scotland. She is a Canadian who attended Elmira College, a small liberal arts school in upstate New York, where she double majored in biology and education. Some of her research interests include the learning sciences, creativity, game design, as well as interaction design and teacher support.


David Stout has excelled at building strong relationships and providing innovative and valuable technology-rich solutions and services for academic libraries. After 6 years providing sales leadership for the SFX product line at Ex Libris, Dave joined the executive team at Berkeley Electronic Press (bepress). Dave has successfully translated the value of Digital Commons, established a growing community of customer-experts, and continues to grow the academic institutions customer base at bepress.


Ellen J. Cramer, PhD is a special projects lead ( at Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University.  She serves as the Cornell implementation coordinator and outreach liaison for VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists (  She has twenty years experience as a women's health care provider and ten years experience developing web applications for the National Science Digital Library.  During her PhD dissertation, she developed and evaluated an online learning environment for nurse midwives with a focus on building community while incorporating a user-centered design process.  She has a strong usability focus and is interested in GIS and public health data visualizations .

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