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Ellen Finnie Staff Profile

Program / Service

Shared Collections

Job Title

Director, Collection Development and Management Program


Responsible for a significant strategic portfolio encompassing systemwide licensing, open access publisher agreements, and shared print initiatives.


A.B., Psychology, Princeton University 

M.S., Library and Information Science, Simmons College 

M.A., English Literature, Northeastern University


Before joining CDL in 2020, Ellen held several roles in the MIT Libraries related to advancing open access in the scholarly communications system.   Her responsibilities included outreach, and program and workflow development in scholarly communications, copyright, open access, licensing, and collection strategy.  Her responsibilities encompassed negotiating licenses and transformative open access agreements with publishers, with the aim of optimizing access and openness to scholarly resources.  Her two most recent titles were Head, Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy, and Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing.  Prior roles involved building digital resources acquisitions and licensing programs for the MIT Libraries.  

Professional Development

Harvard Program on Negotiation and Leadership (Harvard Law School), 2017.
MIT Leader to Leader program class of 2016. 
Copyrightx – Harvard Law School edX course, 2014.
Copyright Management and Leadership Certification, Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College, Level 1, 2009-10; Level II, 2011.
Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011.

Professional Interests

Ellen’s professional interest is in advancing open access to scholarly research. Areas of particular focus have been outreach and program/workflow development in scholarly communications, copyright, open access, licensing, and collection strategy.

Committees / Affiliations

AAAS Librarian Advisory Group, 2017-

PNAS Librarian Advisory Group, June 2014-   

Ad-hoc Working Group on author rights language in library content license Agreements: Dec 2009 – 2010/11

ACRL New England Scholarly Communication SIG – Program Planner 6/2009-6/2010; Co-chair  6/2010-6/2012; Advisory board 6/2012-c2016

Member, Blackwell Publishing Library Advisory Board, 2005 – 2007

Member, License Expression Working Group, joint project of DLF, EDItEUR, NISO, and PLS, 2005 to 2006.



Selected publications:

  • With Karrie Peterson. “MIT Libraries Liaison Program: A Paradigm Shift.” Research Library Issues, no. 294 (2018): 16–30.

With Sue Kriegsman. “Campus Open Access Policy Implementation Models and Implications for IR Services.”  In: Making IRs Work, Purdue University Press, November 2015.

Invited ARL Policy Note: “Canceling Green OA Journals: A Very Expensive Way to Not Save Money (while impeding your community’s access)” September 30, 2013. (

With Sue Kriegsman. “Implementing Open Access Policies Using Institutional Repositories.” Chapter 5 of: The Institutional Repository: Benefits and Challenges.  ALA ALCTS, eversion published January 2013. Print version circa May 2013.

With Willmott, Mathew, and Katharine Dunn: “The Accessibility Quotient: A New Measure of Open Access,” Inaugural issue of “Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication,” v.1, no.1, spring 2012.
“Copyright Initiatives at MIT: Reducing the Burden on Authors.” Eye on Copyright: Member Newsletter of the CIP. Winter 2010.

With Richard Rodgers. “Automated IR Deposit via the SWORD Protocol: An MIT/BioMed Central Experiment.” UKSG Serials, v. 23, no. 3, November, 2010.(one of 6 most downloaded articles in 2010 for Serials)

With MIT Libraries authors:  “Publishing Practices of NIH-Funded Faculty at MIT”, Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Summer 2010.

With Ivy Anderson. “Author-Rights Language in Library Content Licenses.” Research Library Issues: A Bimonthly Report from ARL, CNI, and SPARC no. 263, April 2009, pp. 33-37.

Papers and Presentations

Selected presentations: 

“Tailoring Transformative Agreements to Support OA through Automatic Deposit,” COAPI Community Call, April 7, 2020, via webinar.

“MIT Libraries OA Strategies,” Meeting of ALCTS Collection Development Officers, February 7, 2019, via webinar.

Invited workshop speaker: “License negotiation as a means of scholarly communication transformation,” and “Negotiation methods and theory.”  ACRL New England Scholarly Communications Special Interest Group, Copyright Bootcamp workshop, Worcester, MA, January 10, 2019.

Invited facilitator for a working forum, “Choosing Pathways to OA,” October 16-17, 2018, Berkeley, California, sponsored by University of California Libraries.

“Reducing barriers to open access publishing: Ideas for action.” Invited speaker at Better Science Ideathon, MIT, Cambridge MA, April 23, 2018.

“Voting with our dollars, democratizing access: Using licensing and budgeting as levers for scholarly communications transformation.” OA2020 Workshop at ICOLC conference, April 18, 2018.

“Campus repositories & the future of research libraries as global open platforms,” ARL Board of Directors Meeting, September 2016.

“Text and Data Mining — MIT Libraries’ Services,” NISO Webinar: Text and Data Mining: The Way Forward,” June 30, 2016

“Bringing Therapy Dogs to Academic Libraries: The MIT Libraries Experience.”  October Conference, October 17, 2105, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

“White House Directive: Support for researchers@MIT,” SPARC Webinar on Compliance with White House Directive, October 14, 2015.

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