Diversity & Inclusion Session

Sponsored Session
Building an Inclusive Culture in Scholarly Publishing

This panel will highlight efforts around the industry to move the scholarly publishing environment in more diverse and inclusive directions. Speakers will share information about ongoing organizational and cross-organizational initiatives, discussing progress and challenges and identifying opportunities to get involved. This panel will be of interest to individuals invested in creating a equitable and inclusive work culture that welcomes and supports people from all backgrounds. 


Rebecca McLeod, Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
Rebecca McLeod is a Strategic Account Manager at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), where she applies her broad experience in scholarly communications to manage key publisher relationships. Prior to CCC, Rebecca was in the client relations group at Aries Systems and Head of the Journals Division at The MIT Press . In this role, she directed the journals’ publishing program and oversaw CogNet, the Press’s online research tool in the brain and cognitive sciences. Rebecca is an active member of SSP and Boston Women in Information. In 2013, she was a recipient of the SSP Distinction Award.


Peter Berkery, Association of University Presses
Peter Berkery has been Executive Director of the Association of University Presses since early 2013. Berkery came to AUPresses from Oxford University Press, where he served for the previous five years as Vice President and Publisher for the US Law Division. Prior to that he worked for Wolters Kluwer for 11 years in a series of positions, publishing works on securities licensing examination training, securities law, taxation, and financial planning. He began his publishing career at a division of Thomson Reuters. Berkery has extensive experience in government affairs and association management. He has been Director of Government Affairs for the National Society of Accountants and Government Relations Counsel for the National Paint and Coatings Association, and has served as Assistant Executive Director and Staff Counsel for a division of the American Trucking Associations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Counsel for Accountancy and Taxation, and as its President.
Jean Shipman, Elsevier
Jean P. Shipman, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA, is the VP, Global Library Relations for Elsevier. Prior to that she was the Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library; Director of the MidContinental Region and National Training Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; Director for Information Transfer, Center of Medical Innovation; and Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine; all at the University of Utah. She has also been employed by the John Hopkins University, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, University of Maryland, University of Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as president of the Medical Library Association for 2006-2007 and on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing from 2013-2016. She was a member and co-chair of the Chicago Collaborative, a group of publishers, librarians and editors, who met to discuss issues regarding scholarly communications. She is the co-editor of two books: Information and Innovation: A Natural Combination for Health Sciences Libraries, and Strategic Collaborations in Health Sciences Libraries (in press). She has also authored many journal articles, book chapters and given numerous professional presentations.
Jody Gray, American Library Association
Jody Gray is the Director of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. She is originally from South Dakota and a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. Jody worked at the University of Minnesota Libraries for 13 years, first as a library resident and then as the Diversity Outreach Librarian, before coming to ALA in 2015. She received her Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.