Ada Emmett, MLIS, has been at the University of Kansas (KU) since 2002 and was tenured in 2007. In 2008, Emmett played a significant role in planning and executing the approach taken by the university faculty senate to develop a KU open access policy and a significant leadership role on faculty senate committees in drafting, vetting, and then passage of the policy in 2009. Emmett successfully led the KU faculty senate OA Implementation Task force in 2009-2010 which successfully sought approval for revisions to the OA policy and development of an implementation plan. In 2011, with KU colleagues, she helped found COAPI, (Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions) serving as acting chair for two years, and continues to serve on its steering group.
In her current position as the Director of the David Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright at KU, she leads ongoing implementation of the OA policy, outreach, rights issues related to authorship and classroom sharing, and presents regularly to faculty and graduate students.
Steering committee member until December 2017.