Operations Committee

 The EAST Operations Committee (OC) is an elected body responsible for development, implementation, and operationalization of policies and procedures for EAST.  Any policy or procedural recommendations from the OC require the approval by the Executive Committee prior to implementation. The OC works closely with the EAST Project Team and may recommend the appointment of ad hoc Working Groups  to address specific policy or procedural issues.  

The OC is a standing committee and includes 6 – 9 members with representation from both Retention Partner institutions as well as across the diversity of the EAST membership based on type of institution, size of library collection, etc.  One seat is held for a member of the ILL Working group. As EAST grows the committee composition requirements change to reflect our broader geography and diversity of institutions.

The standing Operations Committee has two year terms, which expire at the end of the calendar year.  Current members are:

Name Institution Term Representing

R.C. Miessler

Gettysburg College



Baccalaureate Institutions
Richard Bleiler University of Connecticut 2021-2022 Doctoral Institutions
John Myers Union College 2021-2022 Baccalaureate Institutions
Liz Bodian Brandeis University 2021-2022 Doctoral Institutions
Tabby Pursley University of Florida 2021-2022 Doctoral Institutions
Missy Laytham Loyola Notre Dame University 2021-2022 Serials & Journals Retention Partners / Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Rachel Manning Middlebury College 2020-2021 ILL Working Group
Alexa Torchynowycz Davidson College 2022-2024 Baccalaureate Institutions
Steve Smith University of Massachusetts - Boston 2022-2024 Doctoral Institutions

Prior to the standing Operations Committee, the Executive Committee approved appointment of an interim Operations Committee, which met between October 2016 and June 2017. Its membership was:

  • Steve Bischof, University of Massachusetts – Amherst and Five Colleges
  • Berry Chamness, Bryn Mawr College
  • Charles Getchell, Saint Anselm College
  • Debbie Gomes, Elms College
  • Steve Smith, Boston University
  • Matthew Revitt and Sara Amato, EAST, also participated ex officio

Previous OC members include:

  • Ray Schmidt, Wellesley College
  • Jennifer Fairall, Siena College
  • Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier, St. Anselm College
  • Rachel Bohstedt, Hamilton College
  • Eric Love, Florida State University

Contact the EAST Operations Committee at eastoc@blc.org.

Page last updated: January 18th, 2022