2021 Keynote Speaker

MIRL 2021 will feature a keynote by Kathryn Funk, Program Manager, PubMed Central, National Library of Medicine!

Title: A CAPTivating Future for Repositories: The vital need for curation, access, preservation, and transparency in scientific communications

Abstract: COVID-19 has put the scholarly communications landscape under a microscope and brought a great deal of momentum to the Open Science Movement. In this talk, Kathryn Funk will look at the resulting opportunities for librarians and repositories through the lens of the National Library of Medicine’s digital archive and repository, PubMed Central (PMC). Drawing on lessons learned during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Initiative and the NIH Preprint Pilot, she will highlight the growing need for curation strategies; for access that is open and equitable; for preservation and persistence of research objects; and for creating a truly transparent scholarly communications system.

About the Keynote Speaker:

Kathryn Funk is the program manager for PubMed Central at the US National Library of Medicine. She coordinates PMC policy and involvement in special projects, including support of funder public access policies and the NIH Preprint Pilot. In 2021, Kathryn was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her work on increasing access to COVID-19 literature. Prior to coming to NLM, Katie worked in academic publishing. She received her master’s degree in library and information science from The Catholic University of America.

Kathryn Funk