About Us

The Great Lakes E-Summit was created for the purpose of providing a learning and sharing environment that welcomes and embraces all players in the electronic resources supply chain by holding an annual regional conference focused on electronic resources and related fields.
The “eSummit” was founded by Deberah England, Electronic Resources Librarian at Wright State University in the spring of 2010.  With the idea of holding an annual boutique conference in the Great Lakes area, Deberah enlisted the help of EBSCO’s “Roving Librarian,” Eve Davis.   Deberah and Eve talked strategy and then called upon colleagues in the Great Lakes region to represent their state on the eSummit’s Steering Committee, which provides direction and planning for the organization.  All answered the call and planning began for the first Great Lakes E-Summit conference, which was held in October 2011 on the campus of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Great Lakes E-Summit Steering Committee and Officers:

Programming, hospitality Jennifer Bazeley
Head, Collection Access & Acquisitions
Miami University, Oxford OH

Communications, programming Nancy Beals
Coordinator for Acquisitions and Electronic Resources
Wayne State University, Detroit MI

Webmaster/IT Frank Bove
Associate Professor of Bibliography; Electronic Resources Librarian
University of Akron, Akron OH

Vice-President; At-Large, programming Susan Davis
Acquisitions Librarian for Continuing Resources
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo NY

President; Conference Coordinator, local arrangements, programming, registration Deberah England
Electronic Resources Librarian
Wright State University, Dayton OH

Programming Kittie Henderson
Director of Academic and Law Divisions
EBSCO Information Services, Birmingham AL

Sponsors Coordinator Denise Novak
Head of Acquisitions
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA


Deberah England 
Deberah England is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Wright State University where she is responsible for acquiring, licensing, and managing e-resources. She has served on executive boards, committees, and tasks forces for several professional library organizations including NISO’s ERM Data Standards and Best Practices Review and has published and presented at national and regional conferences and workshops. Deberah was awarded the "TEDDY Award for Distinguished Service by an ALAO Member in the Fields of Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services" by the Academic Library Association of Ohio and is the founder of the Great Lakes E-Summit. 

Susan Davis
Susan Davis is Acquisitions Librarian for Continuing Resources at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, State University of New York. She began her professional career at Head of Serials at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago (pre 2nd Mayor Daley days), before moving back to her roots in Western New York.  She is a proud NASIG “all-timer” having attended each NASIG conference since 1986.  An active member of NASIG and ALCTS, she has held a variety of offices and committee assignments including NASIG president in 1998.  She is currently the editor of the NASIG Newsletter Profiles column and planned and presented at a preconference on “Navigating Your Way through the E-Journal Rapids” at the 2009 NASIG Conference in Asheville.

Nancy Beals
Nancy Beals is the Coordinator for Acquisitions and Electronic Resources for the Wayne State University Library System. The library system is comprised of six libraries including a law library, a medical library, and an archive. Her main job duties consist of acquisition of all library materials, participating in collection development, troubleshooting electronic access issues, and managing the ERM. She is currently involved in projects that include technical services workflow redesign and the Transfer initiative.

Jennifer Bazeley
Jennifer Bazeley has a BM and MM in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music, and an MLIS from Dominican University in Illinois.  Her love of serials and electronic resources started with a student job in the DePaul University Library in Chicago, IL.  Since completing her MLIS, Jennifer has worked in technical services at the library in the Field Museum in Chicago, the Mason Public Library in Ohio, and the library at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  She began working in the Miami University Library in Oxford, OH in November 2009, and is currently Head of Collection Access and Acquisitions.

Frank Bove
Frank Bove is the Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Akron and a former webmaster for the Academic Library Association of Ohio.

Kittie Henderson
Kittie Henderson, M.L.S., serves as Director of the Academic, Law and Public Divisions. In her position, Henderson works with EBSCO staff and clients in North America to develop and expand services to academic, research, law and public libraries. With Stephen Bosch of University of Arizona, Henderson authors Library Journal's annual Periodicals Price Survey.

Denise Novak
Denise Novak is the Head of Acquisitions for the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon she was head of Acquisitions and Collection Development at the University of Evansville in Evansville, IN. Her previously held positions were at the Fort Worth Public Library, Fort Worth, TX and the Louisville Free Public Library in Louisville, KY.  She is a former president and treasurer of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) and has served on committees and task forces of several professional library organizations including NASIG and ALCTS. She received her BA from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and an MLS from Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. 

Inaugural Members

Eve Davis, EBSCO Information Services
Lori Duggan, Indiana University
Mary Marshall, DeGruyter

What is a "boutique conference?"  

If you are unsure or just curious check out Erin E. Templeton's post on boutique conferences from The Chronicle of Higher Education.  

Great Lakes E-Summit's Fair and Equitable Treatment Policy

The eSummit was created as an opportunity for all players in the electronic resources supply chain and related fields to participate, share and learn in a welcoming and respectful environment.  We therefore support a professional, courteous and equitable atmosphere for all participants.  

Presentations should not attack or endorse specific companies, institutions, products, or persons; nor should comments from the audience.

Adopted 7/21/14 

Contact Us!

Great Lakes E-Summit
P. O. Box 20459
Dayton, OH  45420

Email: greatlakessummit@gmail.com