The Association of Research Libraries recently announced its 2023 roster of Leadership Fellows, and we’re proud to see that eight Core members made the list! Keep reading to learn more about the fellows, their careers, and the important ways they’ve served Core.
Senior Associate Dean
University of North Texas University Libraries
Sian Brannon, senior associate dean at the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries, has worked in academic and public libraries since the 1990s, and is an adjunct professor for Technical Services and Research Methods courses. In her role for the UNT Libraries, she coordinates Collection Management, oversees library-wide assessment, and manages a $9 million materials budget. Sian served as an inaugural member of the Library Council for Diversity and Inclusion, helping to revise hiring and onboarding procedures with inclusivity and accessibility in mind. Sian is a trained mediator and helps facilitate employee disputes at UNT, and served two years as an Academic Affairs Fellow for the Office for Faculty Success at UNT, where she helped coordinate the Anti-Bias and Cultural Awareness program.
Core Involvement: Sian has served as a member of the LL&M Editorial Board.
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Associate University Librarian for Collections
Columbia University Libraries
Christopher Cronin (he/him/his), associate university librarian for Collections at Columbia University Libraries, provides leadership for collections strategy, overseeing the acquisition and management of scholarly resources and distinctive collections. He has held several leadership positions in research libraries, first at the University of Colorado Boulder, and then as the director of Technical Services at the University of Chicago. He is active in a number of national and international associations, most recently serving as president of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and as inaugural president of Core: Leadership, Infrastructures, Futures, the newest division of the American Library Association (ALA). He has published and presented widely on a variety of topics, including administration, cataloging and technical services, digital collections metadata, and standards development. Chris earned his bachelor of arts (honors) in English at the University of British Columbia, and a master of information studies from the University of Toronto.
Core Involvement: Chris served as Core’s first President and liaised with multiple Core Committees while in this role. He most recently served as a member of the Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Interest Group.
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Associate Dean, Research Engagement
University of Kansas Libraries
Scott Hanrath is associate dean for Research Engagement at the University of Kansas (KU) Libraries. In that role he participates in setting strategic directions and aligning resources as a member of KU Libraries’ leadership team. Areas of responsibility include Digital Initiatives, Collections Strategy & Development, Research & Learning, and Scholarly Communications, as well as collaborative oversight of libraries systems with KU Information Technology. Previous roles include interim co-dean, assistant dean for Digital Initiatives and Discovery Services, director of integrated Technology, and Web Services manager. Before joining KU Libraries, Scott was a senior programmer and systems analyst in KU Information Technology and in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology at Iowa State University, and a research associate at a private science and mathematics education research firm.
Scott earned an MS in information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in English and philosophy from St. Olaf College. He has published and presented on usability and library discovery systems, web analytics and library digital platforms, metadata and institutional repositories, and supporting open access policies. Scott has served on the DSpace Steering and Leadership Groups (chairing a Product Visioning Working Group) and the ArchivesSpace Technical Advisory Council.
Core Involvement: Scott is a current member of Core’s Technology Section. He volunteered with the LITA division, prior to Core’s formation.
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Associate University Librarian for Library IT
University of Michigan Library
Bohyun Kim is associate university librarian for Library Information Technology at the University of Michigan. She has over 20 years of experience in library technology, and her research interests lie in emerging technologies and their application in the library context, including artificial intelligence and machine learning. She is the author of three books—Moving Forward with Digital Disruption (2020), Understanding Gamification (2015), Library Mobile Experience: Practices and User Expectations (2013)—and many articles. Bohyun is a frequent speaker at international and national conferences and the former president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Currently, she serves as an elected officer for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) IT Section, the co-chair of the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) Libraries’ Library Digital Strategies and IT Services Group, and a member of ALA’s UN Sustainable Development Goals Subcommittee and ARL’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Core Involvement: Bohyun previously chaired the Heads of Library Technology Interest Group. She was a member of the Core Transition Steering Committee and also served as LITA President, prior to Core’s formation.
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Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Space Planning
University of Delaware Library
Shelly McCoy, she/her, is the associate university librarian for Public Services and Space Planning at the University of Delaware (UD) Library, Museums and Press. She started at UD in 1999 as an entry-level librarian and coordinator for microforms and digital mapping. She has since had leadership experience in reference, media, access services, communications, and development while she made her way through the ranks to full librarian. Shelly is known for developing and leading the Student Multimedia Design Center, which was at the time the largest in an academic library focused on multimedia, and starting the American Library Association (ALA) Video Round Table multimedia-l listserv when there was no group to meet the needs of those with this specialty. She is currently co-chair of the ALA Core Dialogue with Directors interest group. Shelly has enthusiastically led several library renovation projects and is currently the point person for a multi-phased project to add hundreds of student seats and renovate Special Collections in Morris Library. Shelly also enjoys her partnership with other operational campus entities, such as the Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety, Student Wellness, Dining, Recreation, Transportation, and Student Life. A native Pennsylvanian, Shelly lives with her family in Lincoln University, Pennsylvania.
Core Involvement: Shelly co-chairs the Middle Managers Interest Group.
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Rose Associate Director for Access and Operations
New York Public Library
Michelle Misner is the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Associate Director for Access and Operations at the The New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, where she oversees teams in Access Services, Periodicals/Microfilms, and Operations in the Rose Main Reading Room. In her role, she optimizes operational effectiveness in the seamless and timely access to research library collections from the point of request, whether from a reference desk or from the catalogs, to delivery at numerous service points. Michelle joined the library in 1998 and has served as a reference librarian, web editorial coordinator, scrum master, digital project manager, web team manager, manager of library services, and acting director. She holds an AB in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and an MSI in library and information science from the University of Michigan.
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Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Strategy
University of Minnesota Libraries
Angie Ohler is the associate university librarian for Collections and Content Strategy at the University of Minnesota Libraries, where she provides vision and leadership for library enterprise systems, copyright and scholarly communications, collection development, technical services, and resource sharing. A library leader with 20 years of professional experience in research libraries, she excels at strategic relationship building, and at empowering teams and individuals to make big changes, practice authentic inclusion, and build transformative library programs and services. Angie has also served as the associate dean for Content and Digital Initiatives at the University of Arkansas Libraries and head of Acquisitions and later director of Collection Services at the University of Maryland Libraries. She is the 2023–2024 president-elect for the American Library Association’s Core Division, representing library professionals engaged in library leadership and management, collections and technical services, and library IT. Angie earned an MLIS from Catholic University and a master’s in anthropology from American University in Washington, DC. A first-generation college graduate, she is a native of Oklahoma and grew up in a working-class family with Indigenous roots. Her research focuses on scholarly communication, collection development, library leadership, IT, and organizational change management.
Core Involvement: Angie is the current Core President-Elect, and as part of this role, liaises with many Core committees and chairs the Appointments Committee.
Kaya van Beynen
University of South Florida Libraries
Kaya van Beynen is a librarian and the associate dean of Library Research & Instruction at the University of South Florida (USF). She received an MSc in library and information science from Simmons College, an MA in geography from McMaster University, and a BA in anthropology from McGill University. She started her career as a social science analyst at the Smithsonian Institution then worked at the Hispanic Health Council, where she received two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Education grants. In 2003, she became a librarian and has since worked for the USF Libraries, primarily at the USF St. Petersburg campus. Kaya has served as chair of the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), as well as the evaluation chair of the St. Petersburg Science Festival, where she participated in a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant on informal public science education. Her multidisciplinary research focuses on sustainability, engagement, and information communities of practice. In 2021, she received the EBSS Distinguished Education & Behavioral Sciences Librarian award from ACRL.
Core Involvement: Kaya is a current member of the LL&M Editorial Board.
The Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership Fellows Program (LFP) is a thirteen-month hybrid experience that provides the next generation of senior and executive leaders with exceptional opportunities for growth in research libraries and archives. Learn more about this ARL program.