The Team

Office of Scholarly Communication Services

Rachael G. Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer. Rachael leads the Office of Scholarly Communication Services. A Duke Law graduate, Rachael practiced intellectual property litigation at Fenwick & West LLP for seven years before spending six years at Stanford Law School’s library, where she was Head of Reference & Instructional Services and a Lecturer in Law. Rachael speaks throughout the country about scholarly communication issues, and is a national presenter for the ACRL Workshop, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement. She is project director for Building Legal Literacies for Text Data Mining, an NEH-funded project to help digital humanities researchers and professionals learn to navigate law and policy issues in text data mining. Her chapter, Law & Literacy in Non-Consumptive Text Mining, was published in Copyright Conversations (ALA, 2019).

Ask me about:  All things scholarly communication and publishing!

  • Copyright, licensing, & intellectual property
  • Authors’ rights
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Open access scholarship and data
  • Affordable and open course content
  • Scholarly impact
  • Scholarly communication initiatives & outreach
  • Open access strategy


Timothy Vollmer

Timothy Vollmer, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian. Tim supports faculty, staff, and students with services, outreach, and instruction related to scholarly communication and publishing, including copyright, fair use, information policy, and open educational resources. Before joining UC Berkeley Library in August 2019, he was Senior Public Policy Manager for Creative Commons. He's also worked as Assistant Director to the Program on Public Access to Information for the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy in Washington, D.C.

Ask me about:

  • copyright & fair use
  • open educational resources
  • Creative Commons licensing
  • classroom workshops
  • eScholarship
  • information policy


Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez

Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources. Jo Anne provides leadership for the Library Collection development strategy. In addition to working with all the subject librarians, several units report up to Jo Anne including Acquisitions, Preservation, Assessment and Scholarly Communications. Before arriving at UCB, Jo Anne was the Associate University Librarian at the University of British Columbia overseeing Collections and Technical Services. Prior to UBC, Jo Anne was the Assistant Head of Research Services at the the University of Texas at Austin.

Ask me about:

  • Scholarly communication initiatives
  • Scholarly resources & open access strategy


Scholarly Communication Expertise Group

The Scholarly Communication Expertise Group is a professional learning community within the Library that aims to educate, support, and advocate for researchers, students, and university library staff regarding current issues in the field of scholarly publishing, as well as developments in the dissemination, modes, and platforms for scholarly communication. Please feel free to reach out to any member of this expertise group for additional scholarly communication support.

  • Judy Deliramich (Human Resources). Judy hires over 600 students for the more than 27 libraries/departments on campus. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Master’s degree in Communication. She has worked in the Bancroft library archiving faculty papers and in the Interlibrary loan department on the Berkeley Campus. She has presented at the Social Science Research and Instructional Council, the 21st Annual Research Competition in Dominguez Hills, and the AEJMC Midwinter Conference in Reno, Nevada. 
  • Debbie Jan (Life Sciences & Health Sciences Division)
  • Liladhar Pendse (Social Sciences Division). Liladhar is the East European, Central Asian, Mongolian, Armenian Studies Librarian at UC Berkeley. Liladhar collaborates with his colleagues in his capacity as a member of the UC Berkeley Library’s Scholarly Communications Expertise Group. He enjoys learning about the issues surrounding access to information in the Global South.
  • Margaret Phillips (Social Sciences Division; BRII Coordinator). Margaret is the librarian for Education, Gender & Women’s Studies and Psychology. Active in scholarly communications issues at UC Berkeley for many years, she coordinates the Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) program and serves as a project leader for the Berkeley implementation of the Berkeley Open Access Policy. Margaret organized the UC Berkeley Faculty Conference on Scholarly Publishing in 2005 and helped facilitate one of the first Open Access Day events at Berkeley in 2008.
  • Stacy Reardon (Arts & Humanities Division). Stacy is the Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian at UC Berkeley as well as a doctoral candidate in Ethnic American literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She serves on the editorial board for ACRL News, reads for the New England Review literary magazine, and has been an editor for H-Net's H-DigiRhet community and worked on the Open Access Group at Middlebury College.
  • Jesse Silva (Social Sciences Division)
  • Kiyoko Shiosaki (Instruction Services Division; Affordable Course Content Pilot Coordinator). Kiyoko is an Instruction and Reference Librarian at UC Berkeley with an MLIS from San Jose State University and a BA in Sociology from San Francisco State University. She is the Coordinator for the Affordable Course Content Pilot Program that supports equity and access for students to required learning materials.
  • Sam Teplitzky (Engineering & Physical Sciences Division). Sam Teplitzky is the Earth & Physical Sciences Librarian at UC Berkeley, and the liaison to the departments of Physics, Astronomy and Earth & Planetary Science. Sam researches and writes about open access, and enjoys working on topics related to “openness” in the physical sciences.