About Us

The Chicago Collaborative is a working group established in 2008 to promote open communication and education among the primary stakeholders in the scholarly scientific communication area. Its membership includes representatives from a number of publishing and editing organizations and representatives from the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL)  which provides administrative support for the Collaborative.

The Chicago Collaborative Framework outlines the broad strategies, goals, and expected outcomes of the new working group. Frequently Asked Questions describe the differences between the new working group and existing organizations and provide a list of initial participating organizations. Executive summary meeting notes provide an overview of discussions of the Chicago Collaborative.

Our co-conveners are:

Janice Jaguszewski, MSLIS, has been Associate University Librarian and Director for the Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota since 2011. She is currently engaged in advancing learning, research and clinical care in the Academic Health Center through expanded services in evidence-based practice, compliance with NIH public access requirements, research impact measures, and research data management and curation. In addition, she is exploring how library spaces may be repurposed to meet the contemporary needs of students and faculty. A significant current project is developing support throughout the state for a Minnesota Electronic Health Library, which would provide equal access to quality health information for all 5 million Minnesota citizens. This proposal was part of the University's 2015 biennial legislative request. Although it was not funded, the intention is to expand support and bring it to the legislature again in 2017.

Janice is a member of the Association of Academic Health Science Libraries and the Medical Library Association. She has published and presented on future roles for academic librarians, professional development for librarians, and various topics related to the transition from print to electronic resources. She also consults with academic libraries on how to position for the future, evaluating staffing needs, organizational structures, processes and resources; writing customized reports; and offering workshops.

 Jennifer L. Pesanelli, CAE

Jennifer L. Pesanelli, CAE, who is currently Deputy Executive Director for Operations and Director of Publications for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Jennifer directs the publication operations for The FASEB Journal. In addition, she works with several other organizations, FASEB member and client societies, on their publishing programs and supports them in efforts ranging from vendor selection and contract negotiation to editorial policy and publication business model changes. In her role for Operations, she oversees FASEB’s Association Management Services business lines which provide services to more than 40 scientific organizations ranging from contract executive directors to membership and accounting services. Jennifer is on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and formerly served on the SSP Education Committee for five years. She is also a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE).