RedLink Network Advisory Council

RedLink Network is a free, community-driven platform that allows publishers and librarians to seamlessly connect with each other and collaborate on a common goal — to make sure readers can access the content their institutions have purchased. RedLink Network is a public benefit company.

Ann Michael

Ann Michael is President of Delta Think, a business and technology consultancy focused on innovation and growth in membership organizations and scholarly publishers. Delta Think has worked with associations as they have clarified their business and mission objectives, gained insight into their members’ needs, defined new strategies, content products, and business models, introduced new tools and technologies, and developed the skills and expertise needed to be successful in an ever changing market landscape. Ann is currently President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a frequent organizer and speaker at industry conferences, and is a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen.

Andrea Lopez

Andrea Lopez is the Sales Director at Annual Reviews where she is responsible for the sales and distribution of Annual Reviews journals. She has over 25 years of experience in academic publishing sales. She joined Annual Reviews in 1999 to manage the then new site license program, and has worked directly with customers and with sales agents worldwide to build the program.

Ann Okerson

Ann Okerson joined CRL in fall 2011 as Senior Advisor on Electronic Strategies and also serves as INASP Associate, handling contractual agreements between developing nations consortia and publishers. Previous service includes Associate University Librarian at Yale, where she organized and led the NERL Consortium (Northeast Research Libraries); also as Scholarly Communications officer at ARL (Association of Research Libraries). She has led in the creation of two North American model licenses for electronic information and for 20 years has moderated the email discussion list liblicense-l. She is one of the active, founding spirits of the International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC).

Carly Ryan

Carly Ryan is the Licensing Programs Manager at SCELC, the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium. Since joining SCELC in 2015, Carly has focused on disseminating license agreement and e-resource information to SCELC’s 300+ libraries, and collaborating with vendor partners on creative strategies and new approaches to library licensing and marketing. She is SCELC’s License Review Committee Liaison and co-produces Vendor Day at their annual SCELCapalooza conference.

Howard Ratner

Howard is the driving force behind CHOR Inc. and its first service, CHORUS. Over the past two decades, he played a key role in developing innovative technology solutions that have transformed scholarly communications.

He co-founded and chaired the not-for-profit ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID system and continues to serve on one of its ambassadors. He was active in the establishment of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the founding and technical development of Crossref and CLOCKSS. He served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing and was the SSP President from 2014-2015. He is an active member of the STM Future Labs. Howard received the NFAIS Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture Award in 2012. He is a frequent speaker on a variety of production and new technology themes.

Brian McCallister

Brian McCallister is a programmery kind of person who loves that folk are willing to pay him to build systems and write code. He works at Groupon, as CTO of Platform. In the past, he has worked variously as a programmer, systems architect, technical writer, engineering manager, and systems administrator on projects ranging from an early cloud provider hosting millions of applications to loom control drivers.

Brian is active in open source, both as a core contributor to many projects, ranging from the Apache Web Server to the STOMP messaging protocol, as well as in larger governance, having served on the Board of Directors for both the Apache Software Foundation and the Node.js Foundation.

Rita Scheman


Rita Scheman is the Director of Publications and Executive Editor at the American Physiological Society, a nonprofit devoted to fostering education, scientific research, and dissemination of information in the physiological sciences. Rita has been an organizer and speaker at conferences and active in leadership within the scholarly publishing community, currently serving as a Director and Councilor of ALPSP and a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of CLOCKSS. Previous roles include Publisher of The Lancet (London); VP, Electronic Strategies, Elsevier (Edinburgh), and VP, Publications at Raven Press, New York, which is her home town.

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