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Tyler Walters

President, DuraSpace Board of Directors
Tyler Walters is Dean, University Libraries and Professor, Virginia Tech. He is a 2009-10 Leadership Fellow of the Association of Research Libraries. Walters is a past member of the Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) steering committee and currently serves on the boards of DuraSpace, the Educopia Institute, and the Academic Preservation Trust. He is the Virginia Tech representative on the AAU / AAUP / ARL Open Access Manuscript Publishing Initiative and has co-founded organizations such as the Library Publishing Coalition and the ACRL Diversity Alliance. In 2011, Walters was the lead author of the 2011 ARL report, New roles for new times: Digital curation for preservation. He completed a Ph.D. from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2013. Walters’ dissertation focuses on research program development in major U.S. universities and its impact on libraries. Walters recently finished his term as the founding director of SHARE – the Shared Access Research Ecosystem initiative, a joint undertaking of the Center for Open Science and the Association of Research Libraries. He is currently in engaged in projects such as the AAU / APLU Public Access Working Group.


Amy Brand

Amy Brand is the VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America for Digital Science, a division of Holtzbrinck that invests in and incubates academic start-ups that provide research information software. She joined Digital Science in 2014 as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America to manage the US offices and develop commercial, policy, and research relationships with North American research institutions. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first at the Office for Scholarly Communication where she was the founding Program Manager with responsibility for launching Harvard's open access repository.

Robert Cartolano

Treasurer, DuraSpace Board of Directors

Robert is Associate Vice President for Technology and Preservation for Columbia University Libraries. He oversees preservation, digital conversion, library technology services, digital project management, Fedora-based digital collection services and Blacklight-based discovery services.  He was formerly Director of the Library Information Technology Office at Columbia.

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen is the Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, Dean of the Libraries, and Professor of History at Northeastern University. His work has focused on the impact of digital media and technology on all aspects of knowledge and learning, from the nature of libraries and their evolving resources, to twenty-first century research techniques and software tools, to the changing landscape of communication and publication. He has directed major initiatives that have helped to shape that future. Prior to his tenure at Northeastern, he was the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, which brought together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and made them freely available to the world.


Mike Conlon

Dr. Conlon is an Emeritus Faculty member of the University of Florida.  Dr. Conlon formerly served as Co-director of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and as Director of Biomedical Informatics, UF College of Medicine. His responsibilities included expansion and integration of research and clinical resources, and strategic planning for translational research. Previously, Dr. Conlon served as principal investigator of the NIH-funded VIVO project, leading a team of 180 investigators at seven schools in the development, implementation and advancement of an open source, semantic web application for research discovery. Dr. Conlon has served as Chief Information Officer of the University of Florida Health Science Center where he directed network and video services, desktop support, media and graphics, application development, teaching support, strategic planning and distance learning. His current interests include representation of scholarship, and research data sharing and reuse.

Tom Cramer

Vice President, DuraSpace Board of Directors
Tom Cramer is the Chief Technology Strategist and Associate Director of Digital Library Systems & Services at Stanford University. He oversees the development and delivery of Stanford’s digital library services for digitization, discovery, delivery, preservation and management of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research. He is a founder of the Hydra Project, an active contributor to Blacklight and other successful open source projects that deal with digital asset management and discovery. He serves as the Chair and Co-Director of PASIG, the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group, and is a steering group member for Open Repositories.

Wolfram Horstmann

Dr. Wolfram Horstmann is the Director of the Göttingen State and University Library and University Librarian of the University of Göttingen and teaches as professor in the iSchool at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He is an executive member and Chair of the Steering Group on Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructure for the European Research Library Association LIBER, active in the Research Data Alliance (RDA), leads the German consortium of the European Digital Infrastructure for the Humanities DARIAH and is scientific coordinator for the Open Access initiative OpenAIRE. Prior to his current position he was the Associate Director at the Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford, UK and Chief Information Officer at Bielefeld University. He has worked in Computational Neuroscience and made his PhD on questions in Philosophy of Science before he turned his attention towards digital science, scholarly communication and libraries.

Heather Joseph

Secretary, DuraSpace Board of Directors

Heather Joseph has served as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) since 2005, broadening access to the results of scholarly research through enabling open access publishing, archiving and policies on a local, national and international level. Prior to SPARC, Heather spent 15 years as a publisher in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She served as the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology, which became the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH's pioneering open repository, PubMed Central, and subsequently served on the National Advisory Committee for the project. Heather serves on the Board of Directors of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science. She is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications in general, and on open access in particular.

Kaitlin Thaney

Kaitlin Thaney helps mission-driven organizations think strategically about program design, participatory engagement and sustainability. She's currently the Endowment Director for the Wikimedia Foundation, a permanent fund to sustain Wikipedia and its sister projects in perpetuity. Prior to joining Wikimedia, Thaney served as the Director of Mozilla Leadership Networks at the Mozilla Foundation, overseeing community-based programs in science, learning, advocacy, Internet of Things, and women and web literacy. She founded and directed Mozilla’s first science program – the Mozilla Science Lab – empowering thousands of researchers, developers, and librarians to collaborate through fellowships, open source and project-based learning. Thaney has also helped launch and advise programs, governments and companies through work at Digital Science, the U.K. eLeadership Council, Creative Commons, MIT, Microsoft, and more.

Evviva Weinraub

Evviva Weinraub is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies at Northwestern University where she provides leadership and advocacy for Information Technology, Digital Initiatives, Repository and Digitization Services, Metadata and Resource Discovery, User Experience, and Access Services including oversight of the branch libraries. In addition, she serves as the co-Director of the Avalon Project. She holds leadership positions with IFLA, ALA, the Fedora Project, and is active in leadership of the Samvera project.  Evviva has published and spoken extensively on library management, open source development, user experience, and digital publishing.

Laura C. Wood

Laura C. Wood is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Education at Harvard Library. She previously served as director of Tisch Library at Tufts University from 2011-2017. During this time, she served in leadership roles for the Boston Library Consortium and as co-PI for the initial years of the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), a shared print initiative for scholarly monographs. Her work in theological librarianship was at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library at Harvard Divinity School and Pitts Theology Library at Emory University. She is a former board member and past president of the American Theological Library Association.