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DOAJ announces new team

Today, DOAJ announced on its web site that it has a new team, responsible for taking DOAJ forward from January 2013, under the leadership of Lars Bjørnshauge:

Lars Bjørnshauge – Managing Director
Lars was Director of Libraries at Lund University from 2001 to 2011 and founded the DOAJ in 2003. He became Managing Editor of DOAJ in January 2013. He has vast experience in: change management; the re-engineering of academic libraries; the development of information services for research & higher education. He has been a strong advocat of open access and for providing services to the open access movement (open access to research publications). He is co-founder of OpenDOAR and the Directory of Open Access Books. Since 2011, he is the Director of SPARC Europe.

Rikard Brage – Editor
Rikard has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Cultural Sciences and a specialization in publishing.

Sonja Brage – Editor
Sonja Brage is a former Information Librarian from Lund University Library. She has a B.A. in English, Bulgarian and Russian from Lund University. She is now reviewing journals, primarily in the Slavonic languages and in Italian.

Lotte Jørgensen – Managing Editor
Lotte has during the last 19 years worked as librarian, information consultant, project coordinator and consortia administrator. The positions has been held at The Technical University of Denmark, Swets, Lund University Libraries and The Danish Agency for Culture. Lotte was the DOAJ project coordinator 2004-2008.The common denominator through all positions has been academic journals and scientific publishing.

Dominic (Dom) Mitchell – Community Manager
Dom has worked extensively with the publisher and librarian communities both as a publisher, with the BMJ Publishing Group (UK), and at HighWire Press – Stanford University (USA) where he was an account and project manager. Dom is responsible for collaboration with DOAJ’s publishers.

Salam Baker Shanawa – IT Development Manager
Salam, Director of SemperTool, was in charge of the development and maintenance of DOAJ from 2004-2011. Salam has a vast knowledge of academic libraries and a long experience in creating and integrating digital library products and systems. SemperTool offers a range of reliable and cost-effective software solutions for digital libraries, and serves more than 100 universities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. SemperTool is also developing and maintaining the Directory of Open Access Books.

Appointment of Lars Bjørnshauge as DOAJ managing director

Lars BjørnshaugeInfrastructure Services For Open Access C.I.C. (IS4OA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lars Bjørnshauge as Managing Director of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). During his earlier work as Director of Libraries at Lund University, from 2001 to 2011, Lars led the initial development of the DOAJ and internationally he became known as the face of the directory.

As Managing Director Lars is tasked with implementing and further developing the DOAJ in line with a new business plan that has been devised. Agreements regarding hosting and staffing are underway. The DOAJ will be governed through an Advisory Board, the members of which are currently being recruited from a broad spectrum of the Open Access community. Announcements regarding the Advisory Board will be made in the next few weeks along with further plans for development of the DOAJ as well as plans for developing new certification criteria for journal inclusion in the DOAJ.

IS4OA and the new DOAJ organization look forward to working with its supporters and the community to further develop the DOAJ such that it can continue to play a key role within the emerging infrastructure to support open access.

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