Advisory Board

Credo benefits from the expertise and knowledge of a wide range of experts. Our advisory board is made up of:

Michèle V. Cloonan
Sheila Corrall
John Cox 
Béla Hatvany
Joseph Janes
Stanley Katz
Robert Kieft
Ray Lester
Erin McKean
Thomas J. Michalak
James R. Mouw
Gary Price
Molly Raphael
Gail A. Schlachter
Herbert Van de Sompel
Linda Stone
Jenny Walker
Anthony Watkinson
Terry Winograd


Michèle V. Cloonan
Michèle V. Cloonan is dean and professor of the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College. Prior to that, she was Chair and associate professor, Department of Information Studies, UCLA. Michèle has held a variety of offices in the American Library Association, served on the board of the American Printing History Association, and has served several terms on the Advisory Committee of the Northeast Document Conservation Center. She has also served on the editorial boards of Libraries & Culture and Library Quarterly. Her honors and awards include the Robert Vosper/IFLA Fellows Programme award, the Bibliographic Society of America Fellowship, and a fellowship to the Virginia Center of Creative Arts. She holds a bachelor's degree from Bennington College, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and both a Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Sheila Corrall
Sheila Corrall is professor and chair of the Library and Information Science program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches courses on academic libraries and research methods. She was formerly head of the Information School at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she was a founding member of the Centre for Information Literacy Research and chaired the University’s Information Literacy Network. Her previous experience includes serving as director of library and information services at three universities and working for ten years at the British Library, where her responsibilities included heading up revenue-earning services in science, technology, patents and business information. In 2002 she became the first President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and led the group that developed the UK definition of information literacy. In 2003 she received the International Information Industries Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to the development of the information profession.

John Cox
In 1998, John Cox started his own consultancy practice, John Cox Associates, which specializes in scholarly and research publishing. His clients include trade associations, academic libraries and commercial and non-profit publishers, ranging from the largest commercial publishers to small learned societies. John has spent forty years in publishing, with The Open University, Butterworths and Scholastic. He joined Blackwell in 1990 as head of the subscription agency and then as Managing Director.  He was Managing Director of Carfax from 1994. He left Carfax when it became part of Taylor & Francis in November 1998 to set up his own consultancy. Earlier in his professional career, John read law at Oxford University and then qualified as a barrister. He has also been active in public life. He was Chairman of the Air transport Users Council, for which he received an OBE in 1993. He is currently Chairman of an advisory committee of the Civil Aviation Authority on consumer protection against tour operator insolvency.

Béla Hatvany
Béla Hatvany has long record of entrepreneurial success in the digital information industry, having founded a number of innovative companies including Computer Library Services Inc. (CLSI) in the early 1970s. Béla recognised the promise of optical disc technology and began developing a way to store and read data on CD-ROM. He co-founded SilverPlatter International, which became the leading supplier of CD-ROM bibliographic databases to libraries and academic institutions worldwide. Hatvany is a respected visionary and a frequent speaker on online information issues.

Joseph Janes
Joseph Janes is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics at the Information School of the University of Washington. A frequent speaker in the US and abroad, he was the Founding Director of the Internet Public Library and the co-author of eight books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship, including Introduction to Reference Work in the Digital Age and writes the "Internet Librarian" column for American Libraries magazine. He holds a master's degree in library and information science and Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the State University of New York at Albany as well as at Syracuse and Washington.

Stanley Katz
Stanley Katz is Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He served as President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) from 1986 to 1997 and is currently President Emeritus of the society. Katz has also served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Society for Legal History and as Vice President (Research Division) of the American Historical Association. He received the annual Fellows Award from Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 and the National Humanities Medal in 2011.

Katz is the Editor in Chief of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History (2009). He also serves as Chair of the American Council of Learned Societies/Social Science Research Council Working Group on Cuba. He writes about higher education policy, and has published a blog for the Chronicle of Higher Education.  His research focuses upon recent developments in American philanthropy, the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Newberry Library and the Center for Jewish History. Katz is a member of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society; a Fellow of the American Society for Legal History, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Society of American Historians; and a Corresponding Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Robert Kieft
Bob Kieft is College Librarian at Occidental College. Prior to his current position Bob held several positions at Haverford College, including: Director of College Information Resources and Librarian of the College as well as Coordinator for Reference Services and Collection Development. He attended graduate school and worked in the libraries of Stanford University, from which he holds a PhD; his MLIS is from the University of California, Berkeley. Active in RUSA/CODES, of which he was Chair in 2000/2001, he has published reviews and bibliographic essays in Choice, ARBA, RSR, and C&RL News. Since 2000 he has served as General Editor of the new edition of ALA's Guide to Reference (http://guidetoreference.com/HomePage.aspx).

Ray Lester
Most recently Ray Lester has been the editor-in-chief of the first two volumes of The New Walford: Guide to Reference Resources published by CILIP’s publishing house, Facet Publishing.  The first volume on Science, Technology and Medicine was awarded a special commendation at CILIP’s Information Services Group Nielson BookData Reference Award ceremony in 2006 . Ray’s career started with his PhD on the biochemistry of bilirubin and then broadened into a wide variety of librarian and information services posts at University of Bradford, University College London, University of London’s Queen Elizabeth College, London Business School, and finally as Head of Library and Information Services at the Natural History Museum from which he retired in 2002.  He continues to have an active interest in how information is best organized to optimize its utility.

Erin McKean
Erin McKean likes to call herself a Dictionary Evangelist. She was most recently Chief Consulting Editor for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, and was the editor in chief of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2e, and now is CEO of Wordnik, an online corpus-based dictionary for word lovers worldwide.  She is the editor of VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That's Amore (also about words). Previously, she was the editorial manager for the Thorndike-Barnhart Dictionaries at ScottForesman, a Pearson company. She has served on the board of the Dictionary Society of North America and on the editorial board for its journal, Dictionaries, as well as on the editorial board for the journal of the American Dialect Society, American Speech. She also serves on the advisory board of the Wikimedia Foundation.

Thomas J. Michalak
Tom Michalak is the former executive director of Baker Library, Harvard Business School. He joined the school in 1996 with a wide range of general management, collection development and publishing experience. His academic career spans a number of leading research institutions: Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, and Indiana University. Under Tom's leadership, Baker Library - the world's largest library devoted to business and management - delivered business information to the desktops of clients, integrated information resources into the curriculum, and provided collections and information services to students, staff, faculty and research analysts. In 2002, Tom became director of the Open Collections Program, which was established to increase the availability and use of textual and visual historical resources by digitizing and providing access to Harvard library holdings via the Web and the Harvard library catalogs.

James R. Mouw
James R. Mouw is acquisitions librarian and electronic resources officer at the University of Chicago, and has previously held positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina. He is adjunct professor at Dominican University School of Library and Information Science (formerly Rosary College) where he teaches a class on serials, and is active in the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in music from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan and a master's degree in library and information science from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. An active member of ALA and ALCTS, he is past Chair of the acquisitions section of ALCTS, and is a member of numerous ALA and ALCTS committees. Jim is a regular contributor to library journals, serves as editor in chief of Library Collections Acquisitions and Technical Services and was previously a member of the editorial board of Serials Review.

Gary Price
Gary Price is a librarian, information research consultant, and writer based in suburban Washington D.C. Gary is the editor and compiler of ResourceShelf, a daily electronic newsletter featuring news and other resources of interest to the online researcher. Gary is a frequent speaker at professional and trade conferences, a contributor to Searcher magazine, and the co-author with Chris Sherman of The Invisible Web, published by CyberAge Books.

Molly Raphael
Molly Raphael served as the 2011-12 President of the American Library Association. During her 40 years working in public libraries, she directed the US Institute for Museum and Library Services’ National Medal-winning  Multnomah County Library (Portland, Oregon) and the District of Columbia Public Library.
Prior to being appointed DCPL Director, Molly worked to serve diverse populations through the creation of an adult literacy program, expansion of services for at-risk children, implementation of new technologies and enhancement of library services. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and an MLS from Simmons College. Her honors include the Simmons 2006 Alumni Achievement Award and the Arthur Flemming Civil Rights Award for increasing diversity in library employment, collections and programming.

Gail A. Schlachter
Gail A. Schlachter has more than 30 years of experience in the library and information fields, as a library administrator, a library educator and an author of library-oriented reference works. During her career, she has been elected several times to the governing councils of the American Library Association and the California Library Association, has served as the president of the American Library Association's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and was selected first as the reference resource review editor and then as the editor-in-chief of Reference and User Services Quarterly, RUSA's official reference-oriented journal. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of reference librarianship, she has been awarded both the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Citation and the Louis Shores-Oryx Press Award. Currently, Gail works as the administrator of a publishing company producing both print and electronic materials.

Peter Scott
Peter Scott is the Internet projects manager at the University of Saskatchewan Library in Saskatoon, Canada. Peter is best known as the creator of HYTELNET (1991), the first hypertext browser for Internet resources. He has written articles, book reviews, and chapters for Internet-related books and magazines, and was appointed to the 1995 editorial board of Internet Research: Electronic Networking Applications and Policy. He is a sought-after speaker for Internet-related conferences, and currently serves on the Expert Advisory Group for the Online Information conference (London, UK). Peter has also created a number of Web-based indexes, including Libdex - the library Index, Publisher's Catalogues, Weblogs Compendium and allrecordlabels.com. He also publishes Peter Scott's Library Blog, a daily news service sponsored by CredoReference.com.

Herbert Van de Sompel
Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in mathematics and computer science from Ghent University and obtained a Ph.D. at Ghent in 2000. For many years, he was head of library automation at Ghent University. Since leaving the university, Herbert has been visiting professor in computer science at Cornell University, and director of e-strategy and programs at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the research library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, and the SFX linking server.

Linda Stone
In 1986, Linda Stone was persuaded to join Apple Computer to help "change the world." She is passionate about the role technology can play in enhancing our lives. In her 7 years at Apple, she had the opportunity to do pioneering work in multimedia hardware, software and publishing. In 1993, Stone joined Microsoft Research under Nathan Myhrvold. She co-founded and directed the Virtual Worlds Group/Social Computing Group, and with her team, researched online social life and virtual communities. In 2000, CEO Steve Ballmer tapped Stone to take on a VP role, reporting to him, to help improve industry relationships and contribute to a constructive evolution of the corporate culture. Stone retired from Microsoft in 2002, to work on a variety of writing and creative projects. She began her career as an educator and children's librarian.

Jenny Walker
Jenny Walker is an independent consultant in the library and information marketplace. Prior to starting her consultancy practice in 2008 Jenny held a number of senior marketing roles with technology and content providers, including executive vice-president marketing at Credo, vice-president marketing at Ex Libris, and director of technology product management at SilverPlatter. Jenny has a keen interest in the development and deployment of interoperability standards and currently serves on the NISO architecture committee.

Anthony Watkinson
Anthony Watkinson is a Senior Lecturer at University College London in the School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, Director of Industry Liaison in the Centre of Publishing and a Director of CIBER, the research arm of the Centre. He is also active as the publisher of the Blackwell Munksgaard imprint of Wiley-Blackwell where he has global responsibility for the dentistry list. Since 1998 he has been an information consultant working on projects relating to intellectual property, authenticity, electronic monographs, the STM information system, document delivery, electronic course packs and a number of other topics. His clients as a consultant have included and in some cases still include a number of leading publishers and intermediaries, JISC, The Publishers Association, the Publishers Licensing Society, the International STM Association (where he is now director of education and training), the Association of American Publishers, and the Cochrane Collaboration. He has been a scholarly librarian and is now a director of the Charleston Conference and on the editorial board of the Charleston Advisor. At the Charleston conference in November 2006, Anthony became the first recipient of the Vicky Speck Memorial Leadership Award. The award is presented by ABC-CLIO to a librarian or publisher who has played a significant role in making a success of a conference that for 25 years has been bringing together publishers and librarians.

For the previous thirty years he held senior management positions for a number of leading publishers including Academic Press (editorial director), Oxford University Press (head of journals), Chapman and Hall (publishing director) and Thomson Science and Professional (intellectual property director). Research Interests: Scholarly communication.

Terry Winograd
Terry Winograd is professor of computer science at Stanford University, where he directs the Interactivity Laboratory and the teaching and research program in Human-Computer Interaction Design. He is one of the principal investigators in the Stanford Digital Libraries project and the Interactive Workspaces Project. He recently completed a sabbatical at Google, which was founded by two of his former students at Stanford. Terry was a founding member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, of which he is a past national president. He is on the editorial board of several journals, including Human-Computer Interaction, Personal Technologies, and Information Technology & People. In 1999 he received the Rigo Award for lifetime contributions to Computer Documentation from the ACM Special Interest Group on Documentation, and in 2004 was elected to the CHI Academy by the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction.