New EAB members drawn from academic, private and public sectors

Five new members of the Dean’s External Advisory Board will begin three-year terms at the board’s next meeting, May 13-14, 2015. This distinguished group of nationally recognized information-related experts from business and education provides counsel and advice to the school on a wide range of topics, including research initiatives and curriculum development.

Nancy E. Gwinn has been the director of the Smithsonian Libraries since 1997. She is a recognized leader in international librarianship, the preservation of library collections, the application of library technologies and building collaborations and partnerships.
During her tenure, the Libraries initiated and became the lead partner in establishing the international digital Biodiversity Heritage Library and administering the program’s secretariat. She is the current chair of the BHL Members Council, serves as secretary of the Global BHL Coordinating Council and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Encyclopedia of Life.

Gwinn joined the Smithsonian in 1984 as the Libraries’ assistant director for collections management. Her career includes positions at the Library of Congress, the Council on Library Resources and the Research Libraries Group. She has been honored as a Distinguished Alumna of the School of Information, from which she graduated in 1969.

Tom Hyry is the Florence Fearrington Librarian of Houghton Library, Harvard University, where he provides leadership and direction for all of the library’s collections, services, and programs.  Houghton Library is Harvard’s distinguished repository for rare books and manuscripts, including those of the Harvard Theatre Collection, the Woodberry Poetry Room and the collections of Samuel Johnson, Emily Dickinson, Theodore Roosevelt, T.S. Eliot, Henry James, James Joyce and others.

Prior to joining the Houghton Library, Hyry had been director of special collections at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Library. He oversaw the UCLA Library’s long-range and annual planning, fundraising, collection development and coordination of special collections services and programs with other library and campus groups.

Hyry hold a BA in history from Carleton College and is a 1996 graduate of the School of Information. He notes that he is one of the last to have received an MILS degree from the school.

Kelvin Lam is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan, where he focuses on trading residential mortgage whole loans. In this role, he evaluates and prices assets for acquisition, warehouse financing, and investment banking advisory.

Before joining J.P. Morgan, Lam was a Vice President at Credit Suisse, where he structured asset-backed securities, and provided data analytics to various mortgage trading desks. Prior to his career in finance, he was a consultant at Sapient Corporation, providing software development consulting to a wide range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

Victoria Reich is Executive Director of the LOCKSS Program, Stanford University Library. The LOCKSS Program empowers local and national communities to ensure perpetual access to a wide range of materials, including for-fee and open access books and journals. Reich has extensive library experience, having held positions at Stanford University Libraries, the U.S. National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress and the University of Michigan. She was also instrumental in founding the CLOCKSS Archive ( and HighWire Press.

She received her AMLS degree in 1976 from the University of Michigan. 

Marianne Silver is the co-founder and Chief People Officer of Coyote Logistics. She has developed world-class recruiting and human resources programs for some of the fastest-growing companies in the transportation industry. After curating and cultivating the culture and growing workforce in the 1990s that led American Backhaulers to be the second largest North American freight brokerage, she teamed up with her husband, Jeff Silver, to start Coyote in 2006. 

Silver has contributed to Coyote being recognized as one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces by the Chicago Tribune each year since 2011. In 2013 Coyote was named one of America’s Top Workplaces, and Silver was named one of “11 Women Who Started Amazing Companies” by Forbes. She serves on the board of the Allendale Shelter Club and is a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Professional Advisory Council.

These five join the current board, which consists of Ayca Aksu, product manager, Scripps Network; danah boyd, senior researcher, Microsoft Research; John Seely Brown, visiting scholar, University of Southern California; Roger Ehrenberg, founder and managing partner, IA Ventures; John D. Evans, chairman and CEO, Evans Telecommunications Co.; Stuart Feldman, vice president, engineering, Google; Matthew Forsythe, head of search and navigation,; Stewart Katz, vice president, user experience, Warner Music Group; David Kochalko, information, software, Internet executive; Sara Naab Schaff, co-founder, Sandstone Diagnostics, Inc.; and Jamie Voris, chief technology officer, The Walt Disney Studios.

Posted on April 17, 2015