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Advancing a Just and Open Media Landscape


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About Friends of the Libraries Week

National Friends of Libraries Week is an annual event to celebrate the contributions friends groups make to libraries. Organized by United for Libraries, a section of the American Library Association for library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations, Friends of Libraries week celebrates the activism, curiosity, and generosity of those who support libraries.

About Open Access Week

International Open Access Week is an annual opportunity for those who create and use scholarly research to advocate for free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research and the right to use and re-use those results. Celebrated by a worldwide community of individuals and organizations in academia, industry, media, medicine, and science, this year's Open Access Week theme is Community over Commercialization.

About the Panel

  • Margaret Heller (she/her) is Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago. She works on scholarly communication and open access, digital projects, web development, and user experience for Loyola University Chicago Libraries. Author of the 2019 book Community Technology Projects: Making Them Work, she is active in the library profession, currently serving as Past-President of Core, a division of the American Library Association.   
  • Gregory J. Matthews (he/his) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and Director of the Center for Data Science and Consulting at Loyola University Chicago.  He received his doctorate in statistics from the University of Connecticut in 2011 and both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2004 and 2005, respectively.  Dr. Matthews’ research interests include missing data, statistical shape analysis, sports analytics, and statistical consulting.  He is an associate editor for the Journal of Data Science and the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports.  
  • Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell (she/her) has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, with a focus on designing & printing everything from business cards to posters, as well as custom commissions, wholesale ephemera and limited edition prints & books. All work in the studio is created with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized in books, magazines and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.  Work can be viewed at
  • Brianna Wright (she/her) is a second-year student in the Master's of Digital Humanities program at Loyola University Chicago. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in English and Gender and Women’s Studies. Currently, she works with the Loyola library as a Digital Systems and Reference Assistant. Brianna has been a contributor to the Lili Elbe and Lakota People’s Law Project Digital Archives since Fall 2022. Her contributions to these archives include creating mapping visualizations, enhancing web page design, and assistance with uploading digital records. Her research interests are data visualization, modernist anthologies, and social network analysis. Brianna plans to work as a user experience researcher after completing the program.