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Current ARL Leadership Fellows

Below is the roster of the 2021–2022 ARL Leadership Fellows program cohort. The Leadership Fellows program is funded in part through generous support from EBSCO Information Services.

Miranda Bennett
Associate Dean for Collections
University of South Carolina

Miranda Henry Bennett serves as associate dean for Collections at the University of South Carolina Libraries, where she oversees departments responsible for collection development and assessment, acquisitions and electronic resources, and cataloging. Educated at Rice University (BA), University of Virginia (MA and PhD), and Indiana University (MLS), she began her career at the University of Houston Libraries, where she worked from 2005 to 2017. She is active in several professional associations, including the American Library Association, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures and HathiTrust, and she has participated in a number of national leadership development programs for librarians and higher education professionals. Her professional interests include collaborative management, shared print initiatives, library consortia and partnerships, and the evolving role of libraries in higher education.

Meg Brown-Sica
Assistant Dean for Research and Engagement
Colorado State University 

Meg Brown-Sica is the assistant dean for Research and Engagement at the Colorado State University Libraries. Her responsibilities include scholarly communication, special collections, copyright, research support, data management, and geospatial services. She has been involved with open publishing and freedom of information in various ways including being a founding member of the Colorado State Open Educational Resources Council and a member of the IFLA Advisory Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression. She has worked in and supervised many areas of public and academic libraries, including reference, instruction, technology, special collections, and collection development.

Elizabeth Brumfield
Distance Services Librarian and Head, Northwest Houston Center Library
Prairie View A&M University

Elizabeth Jean Brumfield is distance services librarian and head of the Northwest Houston Center Library at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU). She has served on the PVAMU institutional review board and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation team.  She received a BA in communications and legal studies and a MLIS and CAS in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh, with computer science coursework from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a graduate of the Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and is certified in Microsoft Digital Accessibility Training. Brumfield has served in leadership positions for several library organizations, including serving on the executive board of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (ALA) and as chair of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services Advisory Committee. She has published and presented on an array of topics including African American history, library technology, library services for the deaf and hard of hearing, and gamification in libraries.

Jillian Cuellar
Director of Special Collections
Tulane University

Jillian Cuellar is the director of Special Collections at Tulane University Libraries. She provides leadership and vision for the division, and oversees staff, collections, and operations. As a member of the library’s senior management group, she collaborates with a team to advance the library’s mission and meet its strategic goals. Jillian is an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA); most recently she served as co-chair of the 2020 Program Committee and completed seven years of service as a member of the Association of Research Libraries/SAA Mosaic Advisory Group. Jillian has focused much of her career as an archivist on finding creative ways to engage users who are new to archives and special collections, as well as exploring strategies for more inclusive approaches to collection building and for increasing diversity in the profession. She previously held positions at the University of California, Los Angeles; New York University; and Columbia University. She holds a MLIS from Pratt Institute and a BA in English from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dracine Hodges
Associate University Librarian for Technical Services
Duke University

Dracine Hodges is a member of Duke University Libraries’ senior leadership team. She provides shared oversight of collections strategy and administrative direction for technical services and the collections life cycle. She has worked in both large and small academic libraries, performing and supervising a wide variety of operations, including collection development, budgeting and assessment, acquisitions and licensing, and discovery and metadata functions, as well as reference and instruction. Prior to joining Duke in 2016, Dracine was a tenured associate professor and head of the Acquisitions Department at The Ohio State University. She received her masters in library and information science from Florida State University and BA in English from Wesleyan College. She regularly represents and manages aspects of Duke’s engagement with the Triangle Research Library Network as a member of the Advisory Council and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation as a member of the Technical Services Group. She is also an elected member of the international FOLIO Project’s Community Council and was recently appointed to HathiTrust’s Program Steering Committee. Dracine has presented at national conferences and published several well cited book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Her current research interests include user-centered models for collections as a service and the pursuit of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility competencies and practices in academic libraries.

Jack Leong
Associate Dean of Libraries, Research and Open Scholarship
York University

Jack Leong is associate dean of libraries, Research and Open Scholarship, at York University Libraries (YUL). As a member of the YUL’s senior leadership team, he oversees the portfolio of content development, archives and special collections, open access, data service, research data management, and scholar visibility. Jack has established and chaired the YUL Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Committee since March 2021.  He was the founding director of the Richard Charles Lee Canada–Hong Kong Library at the University of Toronto (U of T) from 2007 to 2020, where he provided leadership in building the largest research collection on Hong Kong and Chinese Canadian studies in North America. Jack has extensive experience stewarding major research collections and leading collaborative digital initiatives that heightened the visibility and impact of these research collections through open-access platforms. He is also well-known for his community-building accomplishments and international leadership. In roles spanning secretary for the board of directors of Asian Heritage Month in Ontario, chair of the International Federation of Library Associations Standing Committee on Library Services for Multicultural Populations, and chair of the International and Community Outreach Committee for the U of T Libraries, Jack hosted exhibit activities for transmitting and visualizing research, coordinated many international partnerships, and organized many cultural heritage events to celebrate the cultural heritage of Asian Heritage Month. Jack has degrees in computer science from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (BSc), education from the University of Toronto (BEd), English literature from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (MPhil, PhD), and library and information science from the University of Toronto (MISt).

Elizabeth Lorang
Associate Dean for Research & Learning
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Elizabeth (Liz) Lorang is associate dean for Research & Learning in the University Libraries at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL), where she partners across campus and across the Nebraska system to advance the libraries’ teaching- and research-focused programs. In other roles, Liz has developed, managed, and led a variety of digital projects and has contributed to the integration and teaching of digital and information literacies in the UNL curriculum. She is a co-director of the Aida machine learning and digital libraries research team and of the Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project. Liz holds a master’s degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri and a PhD in English from UNL.

Loryl MacDonald
Associate Chief Librarian for Special Collections and Director, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library
University of Toronto

Loryl MacDonald has been the associate chief librarian for Special Collections and the director of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto (U of T) Libraries since April 1, 2019. In this capacity, she oversees the operations of six units and their significant rare book, archival, and special media holdings. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and working with unit heads to steward the various activities of the departments, including collection development, processing, cataloging, advancement and donor activities, outreach and public relations, teaching and seminars, preservation, exhibitions and publications, digitization projects, and facilities. Prior to this, she was university archivist at the University of Toronto Archives. Loryl has both a master of archival studies and a bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia. She has served as the president of the Association of Canadian Archivists, the Archives Association of Ontario, and the Toronto Area Archivists Group. Loryl also teaches the graduate course Legal Issues and Archives at the U of T Faculty of Information. She was guest co-editor of Archivaria 69: Special Issue on Archives and the Law (Spring 2010).

Nandita Mani
Dean of University Libraries
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Nandita S. Mani, PhD, MLIS, is the dean of university libraries at University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, Mani was the associate university librarian (AUL) for Health Sciences and director of the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at The University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, University Libraries.  As AUL and director, she oversaw one of the nation’s leading health affairs libraries. The HSL is the primary library for the university’s schools of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health, and serves the UNC Medical Center and NC Area Health Education Centers, a statewide program for clinical education and health services. As part of the UNC University Libraries leadership team, Mani contributed to budget planning, policy formulation, strategic initiatives, and fundraising and participates in university-wide programs and committees. Mani represented the library system in national and international venues, including the Association of Research Libraries Learning Network Committee. As director, she provided leadership and general administration of the HSL, which includes budget and strategic planning and policy formulation around collection development programs, facilities, infrastructure, technology innovation, and outreach to the health affairs schools and UNC Medical Center. Mani is currently co-editing the book Academic Libraries and Partners in Data Science Ecosystems, is assistant editor for Consumer Health on the Internet, served a 10-year term as managing editor for Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease, and has published in the areas of information science, health literacy, and instructional design and technology. 

Erin Matas
Director of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
Michigan Technological University

Erin Matas is the director of the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library at Michigan Technological University. She received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MSI from the University of Michigan. Erin spent eight years working in legal librarianship in the San Francisco and Brussels offices of the international law firm Latham & Watkins. She joined Michigan Tech in 2014 as the faculty engagement and research support librarian and has served as the library director since 2020. Erin has research interests in information-seeking behavior and is pursuing an advanced degree in applied cognitive science and human factors.

Heather McMullen
Associate University Librarian
Queen’s University 

Heather McMullen is associate university librarian at Queen’s University in Canada with responsibility for the leadership and direction of information resources across the university, oversight of faculty unit libraries, and shared accountability for the academic mission, strategic directions, and administration of the library, including budget and personnel. Her portfolio includes collection development and strategy (with a current focus on inclusive collections), sustainable scholarly publishing practices, print stewardship projects, shared print across universities, interlibrary loan, and the library’s role in support of the Queen’s University Quality Assurance Processes. She serves on the Office of Indigenous Initiatives’ Community Engagement Working Group, the Keep@Downsview Coordinating Committee for shared print, HathiTrust’s Shared Print Advisory Committee, and the Ontario Council of University Libraries Collections and the Future of Resource Sharing Working Group, and was a member of the inaugural Governance and Membership Working Group of the North American Partnership for Shared Book Collections, and chair of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network’s License Transition Task Group. She came to Queen’s in 2015 from Harvard University, where she held leadership roles at the Harvard Kennedy School Library, and previously with the Harvard College Library, MIT Libraries, and the Bank of Canada. Heather holds a master of library and information science from the University of Western Ontario and an honors bachelor of arts (economics) from the University of Waterloo.

Michael Meth
San José State University

Michael Meth (he/him/his) is the dean of the San José State University (SJSU) University Library. In this role, he oversees all aspects of the operations of the library and serves as an advocate and ambassador for the library. Prior to joining SJSU, Michael was the associate dean, Research and Learning Services, at the Florida State University Libraries. There, Michael had broad responsibilities including oversight of the subject librarians program; circulation and collections access; the teaching, learning, and engagement department; and library data services. Previously, Michael was the director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education Library at the University of Toronto (U of T), and before that the director of the Li Koon Chun Finance Learning Centre, UofT Mississauga Library. Michael is a graduate of the U of T (master of information studies), York University (bachelor of business administration, Schulich School of Business), UCLA’s Senior Fellows program, and Harvard’s Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians.

Ry Moran
Associate University Librarian–Reconciliation
University of Victoria

Ry Moran is Canada’s inaugural associate university librarian–reconciliation at the University of Victoria (UVic). Ry’s role within UVic Libraries focuses on building and sustaining relationships to introduce Indigenous approaches and knowledge into the daily work of the libraries and more broadly across the campus community. In so doing, Ry plays an active role in advancing UVic’s strategic goal of being a globally recognized leader in areas of reconciliation. Ry came to this position from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) hosted by the University of Manitoba. As the founding director, Ry guided the creation of the NCTR from its inception. Along the way, Ry contributed to major national initiatives such as the creation of the National Student Memorial Register, designation of multiple residential schools as national historical sites, development and launch of the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada, and a major educational broadcast that reached over three million Canadians. Prior to the NCTR, Ry served with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). On the TRC’s behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and millions of pages of archival records. Ry’s lifelong passion for the arts and music continues to be an important part of his life as he continues to write and produce original music. Ry is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Victoria and was awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General. Ry is a proud member of the Red River Métis.

Cynthia Pierard
Director of Access Services and Undergraduate Engagement
The University of New Mexico

Cynthia Pierard joined the College of University Libraries & Learning Sciences at The University of New Mexico (UNM) in 2014 and serves as director of Access Services and Undergraduate Engagement. This team helps campus and community users access resources, services, and spaces and engage with information and ideas, holding responsibility for access and reference/information services; resource sharing and delivery services; and stewardship of UNM’s physical library collections, including those to be housed at the library’s new high-density storage facility. The team develops and manages learning and creative spaces, including the Adobe Creative Commons, a digital media creation space being developed in partnership with UNM Information Technologies. The team offers programming and displays within library spaces and works with colleagues in the Indigenous Nations Library Program to further their mission of promoting outreach and Indigenous student success. As special assistant to the dean for disaster response and recovery, Cynthia also leads and coordinates activities of the CULLS Disaster Response and Assistance Team and supports overall preparedness and response activities.  Her previous experience includes public services positions at New Mexico State University and the University of Kansas.

Lauren Pressley
Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services
University of Washington

As the associate dean for Research and Learning Services at the University of Washington Libraries, Lauren Pressley is responsible for strategic visioning, policy and program development, management, and overall excellence in Access Services, Information Technology Services and Digital Strategies, Learning Services, Research Services, Scholarly Communication and Publishing, and Online Learning and Innovation. Her previous experience includes serving as associate dean and director of the UW Tacoma Library, director of Learning Environments for Virginia Tech University Libraries, and head of instruction for Wake Forest University’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library. Lauren is a past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her MLIS is from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.  

Kristina Rose
Associate Dean for Collection and Content Strategy
New York University

As the associate dean for Collection and Content Strategy at New York University (NYU) Libraries, Kristina Rose provides strategic leadership for collection development, access services, and resource sharing across NYU’s three campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai. Her mission is to create holistic strategies that embrace collaboration as a foundational approach to building and providing access to diverse collections. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, she’s led an expansion of the libraries’ digital-first collection strategy and delivery services to meet student and faculty needs. Prior to her current position, Kristina served as the head of Access, Delivery, and Resource Sharing at NYU Libraries. Kristina’s research has focused on enabling evidence-based approaches to service delivery, the usability of resource-sharing systems, and defining the role of access services in academic libraries. She currently serves in leadership roles in the Partnership for Academic Library Collaboration & Innovation, Project ReShare, and Center for Research Libraries. She holds a BA in humanities from the University of Colorado, an MLIS from Long Island University, and an MA in business and workplace education from New York University. Before joining NYU in 2004, Kristina worked as course reserves supervisor at Columbia University Libraries, following a previous career in media marketing and communications.

Jill Sexton
Associate Director for Digital & Organizational Strategy
NC State University

Jill Sexton is associate director for Digital & Organizational Strategy at NC State University Libraries. In this role she provides vision and leadership for the Libraries’ Data & Visualization Services, Organizational Strategy, Digital Library Initiatives, and Information Technology departments. As a member of the libraries’ leadership team, she participates in the development of a shared strategy for the libraries that supports the mission of the university and the evolving needs of the NC State community. She is the libraries’ chief liaison to NC State’s Office of Information Technology, is active in the university’s collaborative IT governance structure, and builds relationships with campus research and technology partners to develop collaborative services supporting data-intensive research. She has previously held positions at NC State and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the areas of information technology, digital research and scholarship, digital preservation, core library applications and infrastructure, and digital publishing.

Sarah Shreeves
Vice Dean
The University of Arizona

Sarah Shreeves has been the vice dean at The University of Arizona Libraries since 2018. She serves on the senior leadership team and oversees the day-to-day operations of the library system while working closely with other library administrators and department heads. Reporting up to Sarah are the departments of Access and Information Services, Research Engagement, Special Collections, and Technology Strategy & Services. Sarah came to Arizona from the University of Miami Libraries where she served as the associate dean for Digital Strategies and Faculty Affairs. Prior to that, Sarah was the coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), a set of services and collections supporting scholarly communication (including the institutional repository) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Libraries. She was also the co-coordinator for the Scholarly Commons, a space for expert, interdisciplinary research support services. Sarah is the past-chair of the Open Repositories Steering Committee. She served as the co-program chair for Open Repositories 2013 held in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island and for Open Repositories 2016 held in Dublin, Ireland. She was a longtime member of the Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee and served on the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee. Sarah was one of the original presenters for the ACRL Scholarly Communications 101 Road Show (2009–2012) and served on the DMPTool steering committee and on the DSpace Community Advisory Team.

Sophia Sotilleo
Dean, Thurgood Marshall Library
Bowie State University

Sophia Sotilleo is the Dean of the Library, Thurgood Marshall Library at Bowie State University. Previously, she was the interim library director for the Langston Hughes Memorial Library at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She is a seasoned academic librarian with experience and strengths in collaborative grant writing, library programs, project management, and assessment. Her current area of research and interest is access, advocacy, and leadership in the field of librarianship. She is a reviewer and grants project director for the National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance grants; National Park Service State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division; and the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts grants. Grants awarded have been used to establish community archive projects and develop strategic plans for the digitization and preservation of special collections at Lincoln University. Along with having a passion for introducing and teaching about the library to everyone she meets, she is passionate about programs that empower, educate, and encourage everyone to explore different ways to enhance and reach their desired goals. She especially enjoys programs that allow her to work with students, such as the Vira I. Heinz program for Women in Global Leadership through the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as coordinator for Lincoln University participants, as well as the Princeton University Curatorial Program and the Yale University Student and Mentor Institute in Technical Art History with the Alliance of HBCU Museums and Galleries.

Lisa Spiro
Assistant University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Organizational Development
Rice University

Lisa Spiro serves as the assistant university librarian for digital scholarship and organizational development at Rice University’s Fondren Library, where she oversees the GIS/Data Center, the Digital Media Commons, the Kelley Center for Government Information, and support for digital scholarship and library publishing. She is a member of Fondren’s Executive Committee, coordinates the Fondren Fellows Program and the Research Data Services group (a collaboration between the library and research computing), and leads Fondren’s Green Team. She has published or presented on how libraries can address climate change; the values, skills and collaborative practices important to digital humanities; the impact of digital resources on scholarship in American literature; the prospects for an all-digital library; and evaluating archival management systems. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Virginia and a BA in English and history from Rice.