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Cornell University (CU) holds the overall administrative and financial responsibility for arXiv's operation and development, with guidance from its Member Advisory Board (MAB) and its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) (see arXiv Organizational Model). Based on the arXiv's operating principles, MAB represents participating institutions’ interests and advises CU on issues related to repository management and development, standards implementation, interoperability, development priorities, business planning, and outreach and advocacy. Representation on MAB is reserved for libraries, research institutions, laboratories, and foundations that are members of arXiv and that contribute to the financial support of the service. The MAB bylaws detail the goals, composition, operation, and election of the Board.

Member Advisory Board Bylaws



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Composition of MAB
* terms began in January 2013 and they were modified as 4- and 6-year terms to allow sufficient time for the members to contribute to the group as MAB is a new organization.

MAB will have 13 voting members in three categories:

1. Contributing Organizations

Eight voting members from 72 Contributing Organizations, elected through an election process.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, US, Carol Hoover, Digital Information Resources Manager (6-year term ending December 2019)

Carol has been managing digital collections at LANL for over 10 years. She understands core science areas/R&D at LANL, actively seeks to integrate OA content into the Library collections and champions OA with LANL researchers. She has been a member of the SCOAP3 Technical Working Group, helping to develop the specifications for the market tender, and is now a US representative on the SCOAP3 Governing Council. She has served on many publisher Library Advisory Boards and has a strong and deep working knowledge of publishing business models, issues in scholarly publishing and budgeting and business practices across federal government libraries. She received a 2011 LANL Distinguished Performance Award for her work setting up a DOE complex-wide consortia licensing model for subscription-based content.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, Tracy Gabridge, Deputy Director of the MIT Libraries (7-year term ending December 2020)

Tracy Gabridge is currently the Deputy Director of the MIT Libraries focusing on overall strategic planning and organizational health.  Her library career focus has been on developing and evolving library services to match the highly dynamic needs of the MIT community, using a variety of assessment tools including ethnographic methods to inform planning and action. She began her work in libraries in 2000 after a successful career as an electrical engineer and manager at AT&T Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies.

University of Alberta, Canada, Tim Klassen, Head, Science and Technology Library (6-year term ending December 2019)

Tim Klassen is Head, Science & Technology Library at the University of Alberta in Edmonton Alberta. Previous positions include Head of the Science Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at Wesleyan University. He was also a Science Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University and the University of Oregon, and was Systems Librarian at Southern Connecticut State University. Tim has almost 20 years of experience in Physics collection development and has been involved in a number of Physics journal evaluation projects. Current interests include assessment, e-science, and all issues related to OA publishing. He’s a 20 year plus member of ALA, has served on several STS committees, and is currently co-chair of the Assessment Committee.

University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Maria Heijne, Library Director (4-year term ending December 2021)

Maria Heijne is Library Director of the University of Amsterdam. Since 1976, her interests have been on the technological and innovative developments in libraries, and she has focused on the development of Open Access in every way possible. In the early 90s she joined the academic networking community at SURFnet to establish a role for libraries within the networking community and became familiar with the groundbreaking role of arXiv already in that period. From 2001, as Library Director at Delft University of Technology Library, she concentrated on adapting the library to the change in the information environment. This resulted in a Library Learning Center and in 2009 a Centre for Research Data Management (3TU Datacentre). In 2002, as one of the founders of the Dutch DARE project, aimed to establish a Dutch Academic Repository network, she was already confronted with issues like interoperability and implementation of standards. She is currently working on national issues including interfacing the Current Research information System, to provide an optimal environment for Dutch researchers to publish their pre- and postprints (preferably in combination with their data), and membership in the national team to renegotiate with Elsevier. Maria is also a steering group member of the LERU CIO community and member of Universitas 21; she is past President of the cooperative network of Dutch University Libraries and past President of IATUL (International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries).

University of Queensland  Australia, Amberyn Thomas, Associate Director Scholarly Communication and Repository Services (4-year term ending December 2021)

Dr. Amberyn Thomas is Associate Director, Scholarly Communication and Repository Services at The University of Queensland Library, with direct responsibility for the provision of services around the institutional repository, open access, scholarly communication and publishing, research data management (including archiving and sharing), and research impact and evaluation services. Amberyn is an active member of the international scholarly communication sector: she is an ORCID ambassador, a member of the Research Data Services Project Board, has been a Australian Research Management Society Training Fellow (2015, 2016), and was awarded the 2016 Council of Australian University Librarians Achievement Award for Engagement and Influence, Research, and Sharing Knowledge and Data. With a PhD in Physics, and experience in the research and university sector for 30 years, Amberyn has a thorough understanding of the evolution of the arXiv repository and the innovative role it has played, and continues to play, in shaping scholarly communication in the 21st century.

University of Sydney, Australia, Anne Bell, University Librarian (4-year term ending December 2021)

Anne Bell has extensive international experience working at University Librarian and Director level within large, research-intensive institutions in both Australia and the U.K.  Anne has been University Librarian at the University of Sydney since 2012, having previously been the University Librarian at the University of Warwick (UK) and Director of Library Services at King’s College London (UK). Anne has undertaken multiple professional leadership roles in both the UK and Australia including Chair of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries (UK); Vice Chair and then Chair of SCONUL (Society of College, National & University Libraries) and is currently Deputy President of CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians). As Chair of SCONUL Anne initiated a number of developments around the library systems landscape as well as the UK Libraries of the Future project ( which was a joint collaboration between the British Library, the JISC, the Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and SCONUL. Anne has also served on a number of regional vendor advisory boards as well as being a trustee on the Board of Eduserv (a UK not-for-profit technology solutions company that supports education, health, and other public sector organisations) and a Director of Intersect (a body which delivers e-research infrastructure to Australian universities).

Vacant Seat

2. High-Contributing Organizations

Five voting members representing each consortia or national organization member that contributes 5% or more of arXiv’s annual income generated through membership fees. The MAB Bylaws specify up to five voting members from this category and currently there are four eligible groups (representing 61 organizations).

Big Ten Academic Alliance, US , Maureen P. Walsh, Associate Professor, Scholarly Sharing Strategist, The Ohio State University, University Libraries (4- or 6-year  institutional  term -  based on the number of High-Contributing Organizations )

Maureen Walsh is an Associate Professor and Scholarly Sharing Strategist of The Ohio State University Libraries where she has worked with Ohio State's institutional repository for the past twelve years. She has been actively involved in DuraSpace governance and is currently a member of the DSpace Steering Group and the Chair of the DSpace Community Advisory Team. Maureen is a strong and collaborative leader in the well-established repository and publishing activities at Ohio State. She is well connected in the repository community and also is grounded in long-standing and deep partnerships with units on the Ohio State campus. 

Consortium arXiv-DH and HGF: Coordinated by the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY, Germany, Esther Tobschall, German National Library of Science and Technology (4- or 6-year institutional term - based on the number of High-Contributing Organizations )

In her role as physics librarian of TIB Esther Tobschall is concerned with providing physicists with the information resources they need for their research.Thus, Esther is involved in Open Access activities of TIB . During the first years she has coordinated the arXiv-DH project (funded by the German Research Foundation), and is now representing TIB as national arXiv contact point within network arXiv-DH. Prior to entering librarianship she studied chemistry and gained her doctorate at University of Hannover with research in solid state physics.

Jisc, UK , Tracey Clarke (4- or 6-year institutional term -  based on the number of High-Contributing Organizations )

Tracey has worked in UK research libraries since 1990 and has been active both in regional collaborations and on an international scale for a number of years. In 2018 she left the University of Sheffield in order to become a specialist library consultant and continues to focus on scholarly communications, open access developments, library technology, digital preservation and collaborative collections. In her most recent role as Associate Director (Academic and Digital Strategies), Tracey has been responsible at Executive level for research support including open access, open access publishing, research data management, library collections, faculty engagement, systems and digital services, digital preservation, licensing and copyright. She has extensive experience in strategic and operational planning and a strong interest in developing inclusive leadership throughout organizations. Additionally, Tracey has been a key member of the award winning White Rose Libraries Consortium based in the UK, leading the collaborative collections strategy and helping to establish the open access White Rose University Press. Tracey is a member of the IGeLU Steering Committee and she has also been a member of the Digital Preservation Coalition Executive Board.


University of California, US , Alison M. Scott, Associate University Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communication, University of California, Los Angeles  (4- or 6-year institutional term - TBD based on the number of High-Contributing Organizations )

Alison M. Scott is the Associate University Librarian for Collection Management & Scholarly Communication at the University of California, Los Angeles (her prior position was at UC, Riverside). Before coming to California in 2014, she held positions in a variety of academic libraries, including Head of Collection Development for the George Washington University Libraries, Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History at Harvard University, and Head of the Popular Culture Library at Bowling Green State University. She holds master's degrees in religion and library science from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University. Her research interests center on the history of the book in the United States, including women’s reading in the Early Republic, story papers of the Civil War era, and the relationships between prestige and collection development in academic libraries.

Japan NII Consortia, Hideaki Takeda, Professor, National Institute of Informatics (NII), (4- or 6-year institutional term - based on the number of High-Contributing Organizations)

Hideaki Takeda is a full professor in computer science at National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Tokyo, Japan. His research field is Artificial Intelligence, particularly Semantic Web and Social Media Analysis. He is an author of more than 100 papers in computer science. He has also worked for scholarly communication field by contributing design of scholarly communication services offered by NII and by serving as a representative of NII in the variety of domestic and international activities. He is currently the chair of Japan Link Center (DOI RA), the president of Research Data Utilization Forum, Japan, the chair of SPARC Japan, and was a board member of ORCID (2012-2016).

3. Simons Foundation

One voting member from the Simons Foundation.

Yuri Tschinkel, Director of Mathematics and the Physical Sciences, Simons Foundation, US
Professor of Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University

Yuri Tschinkel received his doctorate in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. From 1992-95 he was Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows, and from 1995-96 he was a Leibniz fellow at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Prior to joining the Simons Foundation in 2012, Tschinkel was a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a visiting associate professor at Princeton University, the Gauss chair of mathematics at the University of Göttingen, and professor and chair of the mathematics department at the Courant Institute, New York University. He was also a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and held visiting fellowships at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, University of Tokyo, Max Planck Institute in Bonn, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in Paris, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, and Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences at Kyoto University. He serves on the editorial boards of Experimental Mathematics, the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, the Central European Journal of Mathematics, and the Progress in Mathematics series from Birkhäuser. Yuri Tschinkel studies higher-dimensional algebraic varieties, their hidden symmetries and rational points. He is an author of about 100 publications (most of them available on arXiv) and editor of 15 books.

Ex Officio Members

MAB has five non-voting ex-officio members:

Cornell University (5 non-voting seats)

Oya Y. Rieger, Program Director

Steinn Sigurdsson, Scientific Director

Martin Lessmeister, Lead Programmer


Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) Representative

Dr. Sumati Surya, Professor, Raman Research Institute, India

MAB Representatives to SAB

Carol Hoover, Digital Information Resources Manager, Los Alamos National Laboratory, US

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