Joni Blake, Executive Director, Greater Western Library Alliance

Joni Blake is the Executive Director at the Greater Western Library Alliance. She earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her MA in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri-Columbia.  She has participated in various service, partnering, and synergistic activities including Local Arrangements, SPARC Open Access Conference, the Great Plains Network Conference Planning Committee, and multiple IMLS-Funded projects. 


Jamene Brooks-Kieffer, Data Librarian, University of Kansas Libraries

Jamene Brooks-Kieffer is Data Services Librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries. She holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College, The University of Mississippi, and Florida State University. Her research interests include electronic resources, research data management, and leading organizations from within. 

Judy Ganson, Director of Collections Management Services and Systems, University of Arkansas

Deb Ludwig
, Assistant Dean, University of Kansas Libraries

Deborah Ludwig is the primary investigator for the IMLS grant on Lifecycle Management of Research Data.  She currently serves as Assistant Dean for Innovation and Strategy with the University of Kansas Libraries.  Her research interests include scholarly communication, digital preservation, technology applications in libraries, organizational change, and the future of libraries and librarianship. 

Rick McMullen, Director of the Arkansas High Performance Computer Center,  University of Arkansas

Greg Monaco, Director for Research and Cyberinfrastructure Initiatives, Great Plains Network

Greg Monaco is the Director for Research and Cyberinfrastructure Initiatives with the Great Plains Network. He works with GPN consortium members on collaborative projects that involve the use of advanced networking and computational technologies. Greg is a cognitive psychologist and spent several years as a program director in the computer and information sciences directorate at the National Science                                              Foundation.

Nikki Potter, Project Coordinator, University of Kansas Libraries, Librarian and Archivist, Kansas Geological Survey

Nikki Potter is the Librarian and Archivist for the Kansas Geological Survey at the University of Kansas and the Project Coordinator for the IMLS Grant. She earned her Bachelors of General Studies from the University of Kansas and a Master’s of Science in Information from the University of Michigan where she specialized in Libraries and Information Services and Archives and Records Management. Her interests include digital preservation and integrating library services into archive settings.

Ann Riley, Associate Director, University of Missouri Libraries

Ann Campion Riley is the Associate Director for Access, Collections and Technical Services for the University of Missouri Libraries at the University’s flagship campus in Columbia. She supervises circulation, interlibrary loan, cataloging, metadata services, acquisitions, collection development, preservation and physical processing as well as coordinating the institutional repository, MOspace. She currently served on the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries and has been active in local, state and national library associations.  She is a past-president of the Missouri Library Association and a writer and speaker on assessment and organizational culture in higher education. Her teaching experience includes writing courses, first-year seminars, women in literature and graduate level cataloging courses.  She was formerly Director for Technical and Access Services at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. Previously she was Library Director at Saint Louis Community College, Meramec, in suburban Saint Louis County, Missouri, where she learned network administration, was the first campus webmaster, and served twice as an acting dean and one year as chief campus academic officer.