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Heather Ruland Staines, Ph.D.


Heather Ruland Staines, Ph.D., is a publishing and educational technology professional with wide-ranging experience in the product development and content distribution space. In August 2016, she joined Project COUNTER as a member of their Board of Directors. She recently served as a Director for the ProQuest Global Content Alliance team where she managed content licensing for Discovery (Summon and Primo) and Course Materials (SIPX and Leganto) initiatives. Prior to the ProQuest Acquisition, she was Vice President for Publisher and Content Strategy for SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange). Her previous roles include Global eProduct Manager and Senior Manager eOperations at Springer SBM (now Springer Nature). She began her publishing career as a book acquisitions editor for Praeger Publishers, where she was eventually Editorial Director for Praeger Security International, a multi-format imprint. She is a frequent speaker and participant in industry events, recently serving Co-Chair of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Education Committee and Chair of the ALA ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publications Coordinating Committee. She is part of NISO’s Transfer Standing Committee and the STM Association’s Futurelab and Standards and Technology Executive Committee (STEC). She earned a Ph.D. from Yale University.

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Open Therapeutics freely provides to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) scientists, or another other seriously interested persons, intellectual properties (patents, etc.), grant funding, lab equipment, document development tools, and preprint server in a collaboration platform (Therapoid™).

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