K|N Consultants partners with academic institutions and organizations, academic, national, and public libraries, learned and scholarly societies, scholarly publishers and university presses, government agencies, private foundations, and other mission-driven organizations to foster broad knowledge infrastructure transformation through innovative, collaborative solutions that result in more efficient and nimble systems of knowledge creation and dissemination and in expanded and more sustainable educational opportunities for disadvantaged populations.
Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies and Director of the Digital Publishing Institute, West Virginia University; Treasurer of K|N's Board of Directors
Cheryl E. Ball is Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies and Director of the Digital Publishing Institute at West Virginia University, where she specializes in multimodal composition, digital publishing and editing, and university writing pedagogy. Prior to coming to WVU, Ball was a professor of new media studies at Illinois State University, where in 2010 she received tenure with the first all-digital portfolio. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online peer-reviewed open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. Her research on reading, writing, and assessment practices in digital media has appeared in a range of rhetoric, composition, technical communication, media studies, and pedagogy journals, including Classroom Discourse, Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Convergence, Fibreculture, Hybrid Pedagogy, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, Technical Communication Quarterly, and Writing & Pedagogy. She has authored numerous chapters for edited collections and co-authored and edited several books and textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (Bedford, 2014), The New Work of Composing (Computers & Composition Digital Press/Utah State University Press, 2012), and RAW: Reading and Writing New Media (Hampton Press, 2010). Her recent research in editorial workflows and digital publishing infrastructures can be found in multiple journals and edited collections, including Journal of Electronic Publishing, Writing Program Administration Journal, Rhetoric and Digital Humanities (ed. Ridolfo and Hart-Davidson, University of Chicago Press, 2015), and Microhistories of Rhetoric and Composition Studies (ed. McComisky, Utah State University Press, 2016), as well as on her personal repository, http://ceball.com. During the 2013-14 academic year, she served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, studying research mediation practices and teaching academic literacies to Ph.D. students. She is currently the co-principal investigator (along with Andrew Morrison) on a $1-million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to build an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform, Vega, and serves as the executive director of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Ball has an M.F.A. in poetry from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she completed the school’s first electronic, interactive thesis, and a Ph.D. in rhetoric and technical communication from Michigan Technological University.
Lucy Scribner Library College Librarian, Skidmore College
Marta Brunner is the Lucy Scribner Library College Librarian at Skidmore College. An active supporter of open access in higher education, she has served on steering groups for the Open Humanities Press and Lever Press. Brunner came to Skidmore from UCLA, where she served as interim director of teaching and learning services and head of the Powell Library and, before that, as subject librarian and head of collections, research, and instructional services at the Charles E. Young Research Library. She joined the UCLA Library in 2006 as a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow, after working as a library assistant at the University of Chicago. Brunner obtained her doctoral degree from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She also holds a master’s degree in English (rhetoric and composition) from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s in English from Goshen College.
Associate Professor of English, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Director of Mellon Teaching and Learning Initiative, Ursinus College
Meredith Goldsmith is Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, founding Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Teaching and Learning Initiative, and Associate Professor of English at Ursinus College. A scholar of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American literature, she has published in such journals as modern fiction studies, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, American Literary Realism: 1880-1920, and in several edited collections. She served as co-editor of Middlebrow Moderns: Popular US Women Writers of the 1920s (Northeastern UP, 2003); edits The Edith Wharton Review, a peer-reviewed, Modern Language Association-indexed scholarly journal; and currently serves on the editorial board of Legacy. As President of the Edith Wharton Society, she co-directed Edith Wharton at 150: A Sesquicentennial Conference in Florence, Italy, and recently represented the Society on the Diane Rehm Show Readers’ Roundtable. At Ursinus College, she heads the Library of the Future Working Group and co-founded the Digital Humanities Working Group, among other projects. A former Fulbright Scholar, Goldsmith received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
Director of the Edsel Ford Memorial Library, The Hotchkiss School
Robert Hilliker currently serves as Director of the Edsel Ford Memorial Library at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. His “turn” to libraries began when he realized, midway through his thesis, that the librarians he knew led the most balanced lives of any academics. A brief stint working on the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Modernist Journals Project showed him that he could marry cutting-edge technology with librarianship and the deal was sealed. Robert has previously held positions at Columbia University’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship and in the Rutgers University Libraries. He has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an M.L.I.S. in Digital Libraries from Rutgers University, and a B.A. (Honors) in English from the University of British Columbia. He can be followed on Twitter at @infomnivore.
Principal, Kreisman Information Consulting
An experienced corporate strategist and business development executive with more than 20 years in both start-up and established media, content, and software companies, Rich Kreisman is the Principal Partner of Kreisman Information Consulting (KIC). He also works as an Affiliate Analyst with Outsell, Inc., the information industry’s leading advisory consulting firm. Prior to KIC, he served as VP-Practice Leader for Science, Technology & Healthcare at Outsell. He has held senior product management and business development roles at multiple divisions of Thomson Corp. (now Thomson Reuters) and at several early-stage companies, including Healthline, Rapid Science, Middlebury Interactive Languages, HighBeam Research, and iSyndicate.
Director of Journals and Open Access, The MIT Press
Nick Lindsay has been the head of MIT Press’ journals division since 2009. He oversees the day-to-day and strategic operations of a group that produces over 30 journals for a variety of clients such as Harvard, New York University, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others. In his role as director Lindsay has pursued new business models and implemented several technological changes for the Press’ list. He is currently spearheading the development of a platform for the Press’ books and journals content at the intersection of art, science, and technology. In 2017, Lindsay’s title was changed to include responsibility for all open access activities at MIT Press across the journals and books divisions and he now sits on the MIT-wide task force on open access. Previous to MIT Press, Lindsay was the Journals Marketing and Circulation Manager for the University of California Press. He has served on several committees with the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Association of American University Presses and is currently a member of the working group for Project MUSE and the RedLink Network Advisory Council.
Dean of the College of Arts and Letters , Michigan State University
Christopher P. Long is dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University. His extensive publications in Ancient Greek and Contemporary Continental Philosophy include three books: The Ethics of Ontology: Rethinking an Aristotelian Legacy (SUNY, 2004), Aristotle on the Nature of Truth (Cambridge, 2010), and an enhanced digital book entitled Socratic and Platonic Political Philosophy: Practicing a Politics of Reading (Cambridge, 2014); the digital platform of the enhanced digital book enables readers to engage directly with the author in an online community. He is also co-founder of the Public Philosophy Journal, a project that has received over $780,000 of funding from the Mellon Foundation to create an innovative online space of digital scholarship and communication, and is the editor of the Journal of General Education. Long completed his bachelor’s degree at Wittenberg University in Ohio and his master’s and doctoral degrees at the New School for Social Research in New York. He blogs at www.cplong.org, is the host of the Digital Dialogue podcast, and can be reached on Twitter at @cplong and @deancplong.
Chief Executive Officer, PLOS (Public Library of Science)
Alison Mudditt joined PLOS as Chief Executive Officer in June 2017, where her primary role is to ensure PLOS’s continuous innovation, bold leadership, and mission-driven differentiation in the field of scientific communication. Prior to PLOS, Mudditt served as Director of the University of California Press for six years where she ushered in new strategies to lead the Press into the digital age, including the innovative journal and monograph open access programs, Collabra and Luminos. Previously, Mudditt was Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, leading publishing programs across books, journals, and digital platforms. Her nearly 30 years in the publishing industry also include leadership positions at Blackwell Publishers in Oxford and at Taylor & Francis in Philadelphia. Mudditt is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers. In the past, Mudditt has also served as Vice Chair of the Scientific Publications Committee and as a member of the Open Science Committee for the American Heart Association; on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers; and as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.
Chief Librarian, CUNY Graduate Center; Chair of K|N's Board of Directors
Polly Thistlethwaite is Professor and (since 2011) Chief Librarian at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). In the pre-Internet 1980s, at the beginning of her career in academic libraries, she joined the activist group ACT UP and channeled activists and people with AIDS (PWAs) into libraries, then the only places where medical information was available. Since then, medical journals have been digitized and made available beyond the dedicated library computer terminals that governed access in the late 1980s. Thirty years later, scholarly work is digitized, but it is still mostly locked behind paywalls away from public view. Scholars who write to be read by the broadest possible publics persist in signing over copyrights to publishers who sell their work at high prices to a small number of academic libraries and their privileged constituents. Thistlethwaite cares passionately about all of this. She was a co-PI of the Graduate Center’s 2013–2015 JustPublics@365 Project that aimed to connect scholars’ work with wider audiences. She is the co-author, with Jessie Daniels, of Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Communication for the Public Good (Policy Press, 2016). Thistlethwaite can be followed on Twitter at @MissReadings.
Director of the Washington Office, American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Secretary of K|N's Board of Directors
Robert B. Townsend oversees the work of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Washington office and the Humanities Indicators. Prior to the Academy, he spent 24 years at the American Historical Association, rising from an editorial assistant to deputy director. He is the author or co-author of over 200 articles on various aspects of history, higher education, and scholarly publishing, as well as History’s Babel: Scholarship, Professionalization, and the Historical Enterprise, 1880–1940 (Chicago, 2013).
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