The California Digital Library (CDL) has announced that Ellen Finnie has been appointed as CDL’s new Director of Shared Collections, with responsibility for a significant strategic portfolio encompassing system wide licensing, open access publisher agreements, and shared print initiatives. Ellen will begin transitioning to her new role in June, and fully assume her responsibilities on July 1st, following the retirement of Ivy Anderson.
For the past year, Ellen has been the Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager at CDL. In this role, she has been responsible for initiating, developing, and coordinating the implementation and assessment of open access publisher agreements across a broad spectrum of publishing partners in support of UC’s transformative open access initiatives.
Prior to her arrival at CDL, Ellen led open access, licensing, authors’ rights, and scholarly communication transformation efforts at MIT. Her portfolio included open access policy development and implementation, and creating a licensing and collections program focused on leveraging contracts and purchases to enable more open and equitable access to the scholarly publishing ecosystem. Ellen led negotiations under MIT’s open science principles as manifest in the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, and spearheaded groundbreaking open access agreements with the Royal Society of Chemistry and ACM (the latter in collaboration with UC, Carnegie Mellon and Iowa State University).
Ellen transitioned to CDL in March 2020, embracing the opportunity to contribute to CDL’s influential leadership in advancing open access to research for UC and for the world.Click here to read the original press release.