EAST Executive Committee

Primary governance of the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust (EAST) is provided by the Executive Committee (EC). The EC includes nine members who represent the diverse perspectives of EAST based on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. All of the EC members are elected by the membership to serve 3-year terms.

To support the work of EAST, the Executive Committee has appointed a number of Working Groups to oversee the initial collection analysis, retention modeling, and validation work as well as more recent work on facilitating inter-library loan across the membership and registration of EAST commitments in national databases such as the Print Archive Preservation Registry (PAPR) and the OCLC WorldCat database.

For more information on the role of the Executive Committee and Working Groups, please see the EAST General Governance document.


EAST Operations Committee

The EAST Operations Committee (OC) reports to the Executive Committee and is responsible for recommending policies and workflows around the operational use of EAST retention commitments within the member libraries. The OC works closely with the EAST Project Team to address operational issues that arise from the membership. Any policy or procedural recommendations from the OC require approval by the Executive Committee prior to implementation. 

In addition to this standing committee, each EAST member has appointed an Operational Contact to implement the policies and procedures developed by the Operations Committee.


EAST Working Groups

Occasionally, the EAST Executive Committee or Project Team will recommend the creation of working groups to address specific questions of interest to the EAST membership. As an outcome of the 2020 Program Assessment, the Executive Committee approved the creation of the Special Collections, Access, and Collection Analysis Working Groups. These working groups began their work in the Summer and Fall of 2021 and will provide recommendations and guidance in these areas as they intersect with shared print. Please see below for the working groups' composition and charges.

Special Collections Working Group

Charge: The Special Collections Working Group is tasked with making recommendations to the EAST Executive Committee regarding expanding the scope of the EAST collection to include print monographs and journals held in special collections locations, including potentially how to handle the transfer of retained circulating items to non-circulating status. These recommendations will be focused on the following: developing criteria for special collections material in-scope for EAST retention, lending and access policies, and producing additional operating policies and procedures required specifically for the management of retained special collections titles.  For the full charge, click here.


Lois Black, Lehigh University

Arthur Carlson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Hannah Davis, Florida State University

Chloe Gerson, Brandeis University

Autumn Haag, University of Rochester

Marianne Hansen, Bryn Mawr College Library

Haven Ha​wley, University of Florida

Thomas Lannon, Lafayette College

Rebecca Parmer, University of Connecticut

Anne Peal, Williams College

Carolyn Sautter, Gettysburg College

Elizabeth Slomba, University of New Hampshire

Jennifer Walton, MBLWHOI


Access Working Group

Charge: One of the major themes from the 2020 program assessment completed by EAST was a focus on improving/expanding access to EAST retained content, both as returnable print materials via inter-library loan and via digitization of the content.  A new Working Group (WG) on Access is being formed to make recommendations to the EAST Operations and/or Executive Committees. The primary focus on the WG will be on the operational issues associated with maximizing access to the EAST collective collection. For the full chage, click here.


Ron Figueroa, Syracuse University            

Gabe Stowe, Colby College

Stephan Berger, Adelphi University        

John Myers, Union College

Rachel Manning, Middlebury College        

Rachel Pisciotta, NYU

Mark Canney, Lehigh University

Erika McNeil, University of Connecticut


From the EAST Executive Committee:

Andrew White, Wesleyan University

Matthew Sheehy, Brandeis University

Jennifer Bowen, University of Rochester (emeritus)

Collection Analysis Working Group

Charge: One of the major themes from the 2020 program assessment completed by EAST was a willingness from the vast majority of respondents to make future commitments to retain monographs. Broad collection analysis was seen as the best approach, although there was also interest in focusing exclusively on subject areas important to the institution or only to newly acquired or freshly catalogued materials. In addition, we hope to understand how this collection analysis might impact the outreach EAST should undertake to fulfil its strategic mission and expand access to diverse and inclusive collective collection. To address these points and others, a newly formed Working Group on Collection Analysis is being established. To read the full charge, click here.



Lynda Aldana, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Nick Farrelli, Adelphi University

Melissa Gonzalez, University of West Florida

Karen Kohn, Temple University

Teresa Negrucci, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Michael Rodriguez, University of Connecticut


From the EAST Executive Committee:

Peggy Seiden, formerly of Swarthmore College 

Boaz Nadav Manes, Lehigh University

Anthony Fonseca, Elms College

Fern Brody, University of Pittsburgh

Page last updated on May 10, 2022