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COUNTER Executive Committee

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Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova

Elena is Director of Analytics for ScienceDirect and Mendeley Social Products at Elsevier. Since she joined Elsevier in 2010, Elena has worked with product and marketing teams across a number of Elsevier’s digital platforms, leveraging data and user-centered analytics to help teams develop deep understanding of how researchers use digital content. Elena is passionate about data and the power of user-centered analytics to contribute to better research outcomes.

 

Elena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mount Holyoke College, USA and an MBA from London Business School in the UK

 
 

Thomas Jouneau

Thomas Jouneau is a librarian at the Université de Lorraine (France). He works with digital collections since 2009 and has been involved with different initiatives dealing with digital usage. He currently animates the Indicators Workgroup at the Couperin consortium and participates in the AFNOR and ISO “Library statistics and performance evaluation” committees. He is also a member of the ezPAARSE (now ezMESURE) project team, a software and portal project allowing libraries to locally gather and produce usage data following the COUNTER Code of Practice, and to display it in dynamic dashboards.

 
 

Oliver Pesch

Chair of the Board of Directors

Oliver Pesch works as a product strategist for EBSCO Information Services where he helps set direction for EBSCO’s SaaS and e-resource products and services. Oliver is a strong supporter of standards and is very involved in the development of standards related to usage. He has been involved with COUNTER since the outset serving on the Executive Committee, the Technical Advisory Group and, most recently, serving as chair of the COUNTER board.

He is co-chair of both the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee and the NISO KBART-Automation Working Group. Oliver speaks regularly about usage and e-resources and is a regular contributor to Serials Librarian through his Spotlight on Standards column.

 
 

David Sommer

Chair of the COUNTER Executive Committee

David has over 20 years’ experience in the global publishing industry, having held senior technology and sales roles at Blackwell Publishing and a board level position at Macmillan. He ran David Sommer Consulting from 2009, working with many leading publishers, societies, vendors and libraries in Europe, the US and the Middle East.  David co-founded Kudos (www.growkudos.com) in 2013 to help authors, publishers and institutions increase the impact of their published works and is Kudos’ Product Director.

David is actively involved in standards development, and was part of the founding team of COUNTER in 2002.  He now serves as Chair of the COUNTER Executive Committee.  David regularly chairs and speaks at industry events and holds an MA in Physics from The University of Oxford and an MBA from University College Dublin.

 
 

Bernd Oberknapp

Bernd Oberknapp is the Head of ReDI, the service department for the Baden-Württemberg federal state library consortium at Freiburg University Library. ReDI provides services to about 80 higher education and research libraries in Baden-Württemberg and other states.

Since 1998, when the consortium was founded, Bernd was involved in or responsible for development, operations and support of services like database and library catalog hosting, link resolving, access management and usage reporting. Bernd was a member of the project team that built the German access management federation for higher education and research (DFN-AAI).

Current projects include the development of a COUNTER-SUSHI based usage reporting platform for the Baden-Württemberg and HeBIS consortia and the German National and Alliance licenses and the development of an Electronic Resource Management system for higher education and research libraries in Germany.

Bernd joined the COUNTER Executive Committee in 2015.

 
 

Daniel Albertsson

Daniel Albertsson is a librarian at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He graduated from the library- and information science masters program at Uppsala University at the start of 2014. Since almost day one of his career Daniel has worked with acquisitions at a library that spends 97 % of its media budget on E-resources. Usage statistics in various shapes and sizes make up a part of every work day. Daniel is a member of a national group, led by the National Library of Sweden, which work for and develop the use of library statistics.

Daniel joined the Counter Executive Committee in 2016.

 
 

Hazel Woodward

Hazel has spent almost her entire career in academic libraries. Up until March 2012 she spent 13 years as Director of Libraries at Cranfield University and prior to that she was Head of Electronic Resources at Loughborough University. Her research interests, and the topic of her PhD thesis, are electronic publishing and scholarly communication. She has published numerous journal articles in the professional literature and is the editor of two books ’The International Serials Industry’ and ‘Digital Information: Order or anarchy’ (the latter co-edited with Lorraine Estelle).

Hazel has been very active professionally, particularly in joint publisher/librarian organisations. She is a former Chair of UKSG and chaired the JISC Collections Electronic Information Resources Working Group (which oversees NESLi2 and other UK consortial negotiations) for over five years. She is currently a member of the COUNTER Executive Committee.

Hazel is now Director of Information Power, a consultancy working with librarians and publishers in the electronic publishing arena. In 2010 Hazel was awarded an MBE for services to higher education.

 
 

Irene Barbers

Irene has a twenty-year record of working experience in academic libraries. She is a Qualified Librarian since 1996 and has a background in Translation Studies. In 2011, she added a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science to her educational profile.

In her current position, she serves as Head of Licence Management at the Central Library of Forschungszentrum Juelich, one of the largest interdisciplinary research centres in Europe, and is in charge of the maintenance and development of Juelich’s proprietary ERM system. She is also responsible for collecting and analysing usage statistics and creating reports on cost-per-use of journals, databases, and e-book collections to inform licencing decisions.

Irene joined the Counter Executive Committee in 2015.

 
 

Jack Ochs

Jack Ochs is Vice President, Strategic Planning & Analysis for the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society. He is a member of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM, http://www.stm-assoc.org) Executive Board and Copyright Committee. He also chairs STM’s Public Affairs Committee and serves on the Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources (COUNTER) Executive Committee. Prior to joining the ACS, he served in sales, editorial, strategic planning, and management positions with Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Prentice-Hall.

 
 

Jill Emery

Jill is the Collection Development Librarian at Portland State University Library and has 20 years of academic library experience. She has held leadership positions in ALA ALCTS, ER&L, and NASIG. In 2015, she was appointed as the ALA-NISO representative to vote on NISO/ISO standards on behalf of the American Library Association. She also serves on the Project COUNTER Executive Committee. Jill serves as a member of The Charleston Advisor editorial board and is the columnist of “Heard on the Net,” and is on the editorial boards for Insights: the UKSG journal and the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science. In 2016, she will become a co-editor of the open access journal: Collaborative Librarianship. Jill is the 2015 recipient of the Kenneth W. and Elsie W. Butler Award for Library Faculty Service at Portland State University.

Working with Graham Stone, Information Resource Manager, University of Huddersfield, Jill has co-created two blog/wikis: TERMS: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management and OAWAL: Open Access Workflows for Academic Librarians. For this work, both Jill and Graham received the 2015 Ingram Coutts Award for Innovation in Electronic Resource Management.

 
 

John Chodacki

John Chodacki is Director of University of California Curation Center (UC3) at California Digital Library (CDL) where he focuses on digital curation projects including research data management, digital preservation, data metrics, and digital archiving.

Prior to his time at CDL, John led product development teams at numerous publishing and technology firms, such as Public Library of Science (PLOS), VIZ Media, Zinio, Creative Edge, Safari Books Online, and O’Reilly Media.

In addition to his position at COUNTER, he serves on the board of Crossref and Datacite.

 
 

Kornelia Junge

As Senior Research Manager at Wiley, Kornelia is responsible for Wiley’s customer-facing and internal usage reporting.

She joined the publishing industry in 1990 and has held various positions in marketing and market research at Wiley and Springer. She has been involved with usage statistics since 2001. With a background in psychology and social sciences, focusing on statistics and methodology, her main interest is on developing meaningful metrics and ensuring data quality in the measurement of online behaviour.

 
 

Marie Kennedy

Marie is a librarian at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California USA), where she coordinates serials and electronic resources. She has written and presented widely on the development and use of electronic resource management systems.

Marie previously held the position of Co-chair of the SUSHI Standing Committee, with Oliver Pesch (through 2015). Marie writes the Organization Monkey blog about organization and librarianship (http://orgmonkey.net) and tweets at @orgmonkey.

 
 

Paul Needham

Paul is the Research and Innovation Manager at Kings Norton Library, Cranfield University. Paul is responsible for Application Development within JUSP. Recent projects he has worked on for JISC include ETAS (Enhanced Transfer Alerting Service), SUSHI Starters, PIRUS2, IRUS and RAPTOR-JUse. Paul is a member of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee and the Chair of the Technical Advisory Boards of COUNTER and the KnowledgeBase+ Project.

 
 

Sarah Bull

Sarah is Assistant Director for Collection Management & Development in Library Services at the University of Birmingham. She has overall responsibility for the strategic development and operational management of electronic and physical library collections.

She also leads the Digital Assets team – responsible for managing and making discoverable the institution’s research output including managing Gold APC budgets, theses digitisation and the institutional repository. Sarah is a member of a number of industry groups including the JISC Electronic Information Resources Working Group, the National Monographs Strategy advisory group, the RLUK Associate Director Network, and the UKSG Research Committee, as well as several publisher and library technology advisory boards. She is also a past co-chair of the NISO/UKSG KBART (Knowledge Bases And Related Tools) project group.

Her particular interests are the discovery landscape and content usage, the challenges of transition to an electronic library for a research-intensive university, and getting best value from library resource budgets.Sarah used to work as a serials and e-resources librarian and prior to that for a library software vendor as a Business Analyst.

 
 

Simon Bevan

Simon has a first degree from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Information Studies and has worked in academic libraries for over 25 years. He is currently the University Librarian at Cranfield University, an exclusively postgraduate institution 60 miles north of London.

He has previously been involved in a number of relevant projects including e-measures, the JISC funded NESLi2 usage analysis project and the PIRUS and PIRUS2 projects. Cranfield was one of the original test sites for the COUNTER project.

 
 

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

Prior to joining Semantico Tasha worked for a variety of publishers, from small societies to large commercial units, with a focus on optimising the operational aspects of scholarly publishing. She has extensive experience of the full publishing life cycle for both journals and books, from submission and peer review through to production and downstream data feeds. This has covered working with client publishers, offshore suppliers, and end users. She is also a member of the COUNTER Technical Advisory Group.

On the technology front, Tasha was involved with a number of new hosting platform builds and migrations, as well as workflow builds, and has now brought that experience to bear in her role at Semantico.

 
 

Elena Zapryanova-Hadjinikolova

Thomas Jouneau

Oliver Pesch

David Sommer

Chair

Bernd Oberknapp

Daniel Albertsson

Hazel Woodward

Irene Barbers

Jack Ochs

Jill Emery

John Chodacki

Kornelia Junge

Marie Kennedy

Paul Needham

Sarah Bull

Simon Bevan

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

 
 
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