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Heather Joseph serves as the Executive Director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an international coalition of academic and research libraries working to expand the global, cost-effective digital communication of research results. As SPARC’s Director since 2005, Ms. Joseph leads the strategic and operational activities of the organization, and has focused SPARC’s efforts on supporting emerging communications models for digital articles, data and educational resources. Under her stewardship, SPARC has become widely recognized as the leading international force for effective open access policy advocacy.
Ms. Joseph is also the convener of the Alliance for Taxpayer Access, a coalition of universities, libraries, patients advocacy groups, consumer groups, and student organizations who work to ensure that results of publicly funded research are openly accessible to the public. The group has been a leading voice on U.S. open access policies, including the landmark public access policy issued by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the recent White House Directive mandating public access to publicly funded research across all U.S..
Prior to joining SPARC, she spent 15 years as a publishing executive in both commercial and not-for-profit publishing organizations. She served as the publishing director at the American Society for Cell Biology, which became the first journal to commit its full content to the NIH’s pioneering open repository, PubMed Central, and subsequently served on the National Advisory Committee for the project. She was also the founder of BioOne, a collaborative publishing organization designed to keep non-profit publishers operating independently.
Ms. Joseph serves on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Public Library of Science (PLoS), DuraSpace, and ImpactStory. She is an active participant in projects and committees at several U.S. federal science agencies, and is a frequent speaker and writer on scholarly communications in general, and on open access in particular.