Assistant Executive Director, Scholarly Communication
Julia Blixrud assumed responsibility for supporting ARL's long history of leadership in promoting positive change in the scholarly communication system in April 2009.
This ARL strategic direction is currently focused on the assessment and implementation of new scholarly communication models, the development of alliances to advance of new systems of scholarly communication, and the advancement of library outreach efforts that inform the educational and research communities about issues relating to scholarly communication.
Julia has been with ARL since December 1996 and during her tenure there has worked with many of its programs including Statistics and Measurement; Research, Teaching, and Learning; Leadership Development and the former Office of Leadership and Management Services; and Visiting Program Officers. She provides staff support to the Association’s Membership Committee. From August 1999 to spring 2009, Julia also was the assistant director for public programs for SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
Julia’s 30-year career in the library community has included positions at CAPCON and MINITEX library networks, the Council on Library Resources, and the Library of Congress. Her interests and professional activities have included cooperative programs, serials, technical standards, library assessment, intellectual property, and scholarly communication. She received the 2007 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award. Julia has a BA in library science and Scandinavian studies from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and an MA in library science from the University of Minnesota.