Our Mission

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.

Board of Directors

K|N’s Board of Directors is comprised of leaders in academic institutions and libraries, learned societies, scholarly publishing, technology, and business. The Board of Directors supports K|N’s strategic activities and monitors the direction and impact of the organization.

  • Cheryl Ball

    Cheryl Ball
    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.

  • Marta Brunner

    Marta Brunner
    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.

  • Meredith Goldsmith

    Meredith Goldsmith
    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.

  • Robert Hilliker

    Robert Hilliker
    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.

  • Robert Kieft

    Robert Kieft
    Chair of K|N's Board of Directors

    Robert H. Kieft was College Librarian at Occidental College from 2008-2015. Prior to his tenure at Occidental, he worked for 20 years at Haverford College, where he was most recently Director of College Information Resources and Librarian of the college. From 1974 to 1988, he worked in the Stanford University Libraries in reference and various collection services roles. He earned his M.L.I.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has published articles and reviews in Choice, Collaborative Librarianship, Collection Management, College and Research Libraries, Reference Services Review, and Reference and User Services Quarterly; he has also contributed chapters to a number of books and has organized or presented at numerous professional conferences. He is generally interested in collaborative approaches to the delivery of library services and developed a particular interest in shared collections strategies during his Haverford years in the TriCollege Consortium and as a board member of the Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries. He has served on the Board of the Western Regional Storage Trust and was an adviser to the Maine Shared Collections Strategy; he edits the “Curating Collective Collections” column for Against the Grain.  He is one of the founders of the Modern Language Association’s Libraries and Research discussion group and is currently a member of a working group on the future of the primary record, a partnership of the Modern Language Association, library groups, and scholarly societies.

  • Rich Kreisman

    Rich Kreisman
    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.

  • Nick Lindsay

    Nick Lindsay
    Journals Director, 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 33 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 he has pursued new business models and implemented several technological changes for the Press’ list. In 2016, the Press’ journals division will launch three open-access journals in the brain sciences and hopes to emulate the success of the Press’ first open-access journal, Computational Linguistics. He is currently spearheading the development of a platform for the Press’ books and journals content at the intersection of art, science, and technology as well as heading up the Press’ development and fundraising efforts. 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.
  • Christopher Long

    Christopher Long
    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.

  • Alison Mudditt

    Alison Mudditt
    Director, University of California Press

    Alison Mudditt became Director of University of California Press in January 2011. Since joining the Press, she has reshaped the Press’s strategy and structure with a focus on the Press’s unique qualities, leveraging these strengths into a clear and distinctive path for the Press. In her role as Director of the Press, she also works closely with all key stakeholders in scholarly communication in the world’s leading public research university system. Previously Mudditt was Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications, Inc., where she led SAGE’s publishing programs across books, journals, and digital projects during a period of tremendous growth, including the acquisition of CQ Press and new publishing partnerships with major scholarly organizations such as the Association for Psychological Science and the American Sociological Association. Mudditt has over 25 years of experience in academic publishing, which began at Blackwell in Oxford. In 1997, Mudditt moved to Taylor & Francis, Inc., in Philadelphia as Publishing Director of the Behavioral Sciences Division. She then joined SAGE in 2001 as Vice President and Editorial Director and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2004. Mudditt is a regular speaker at industry meetings and is currently a member of the Scientific Publications Committee and the Open Science Committee of the American Heart Association. She has also served on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers, on the boards of Women in Publishing and the Society of Young Publishers, and as co-chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.

  • Polly Thistlethwaite

    Polly Thistlethwaite
    Chief Librarian, CUNY Graduate Center

    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.

  • Robert Townsend

    Robert Townsend
    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).

Bylaws and Financial Information

K|N is governed by a Board of Directors that supports K|N’s strategic activities and monitors the direction and impact of the organization. The following documents provide a framework for and summary of K|N’s operational activities.



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