Monday, July 18, 2022 News

Scarlet Galvan Selected as New Visiting Program Officer for Negotiations

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SPARC welcomes Scarlet Galvan as a Visiting Program Officer for Negotiations, a part-time appointment that will last through June 2023.

Scarlet is also a valued member of the SPARC Steering Committee and serves as the Collection Strategist Librarian for Grand Valley State University Libraries in Allendale, Michigan. Her research interests include sociopolitical dimensions of library technology and infrastructure.

“Grand Valley State University Libraries have greatly benefitted from Scarlet’s expertise and acumen regarding vendor negotiations and her strategic development of resources aimed at creating a more equitable journal negotiations landscape,” said Kristin Meyer, Associate Dean of Collections, Digital Strategy, and Strategic Organizational Development at Grand Valley. “On behalf of the university, we are thrilled that Scarlet’s leadership in this role will continue to expand the impact of this work throughout the SPARC community and the library profession.”

As a VPO working with SPARC’s Negotiation Community of Practice, Scarlet will help in efforts to meaningfully address information asymmetries between libraries and vendors, support libraries in negotiating better deals, and assist in development of a more equitable negotiations landscape. Scarlet will be playing a lead role in organizing the strategic direction for the community’s work and identifing key topics for programming.

“Scarlet brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to centering libraries’ core values in the collection development and negotiations processes to the table. We’re very fortunate to have her helping to lead this effort,” said Heather Joseph, SPARC’s Executive Director.

Prior to her current job, Scarlet was an Electronics Resources Manager at Brown University. She has also held library positions as a systems librarian at the State University of New York, Geneseo, and in resource sharing for The Ohio State University.

“I am grateful to find space in an organization that attracts fearless advocates and builds thoughtfully toward success,” Scarlet said. “I’m honored to continue Caitlin Carter’s foundational work in the Negotiations Community of Practice and to facilitate more equitable relationships between libraries and their stakeholders.”  

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