Gail McMillan, Virginia Tech
Gail McMillan is director of Scholarly Communication at Virginia Tech Libraries. She has masters’ degrees in history and library science from the University of Maryland, College Park. Before joining the faculty at Virginia Tech Libraries where she is a tenured professor, she was at the Smithsonian Institution Archives. She has directed scholarly communications since 1994, leading the development of online services and resources such as eReserves, NewsOnline, Faculty Archives, VT ImageBase, and it’s founding initiative, ejournal publishing. Virginia Tech set the standard for electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) and Gail has played a significant role in this initiative since 1995.
Gail is a founding member, liaison, and serves on the Steering Committees of the MetaArchive Cooperative and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. She has served on the MetaArchive Content Committee since 2004 and participated in a variety of its successful digital preservation grants, including the foundational MetaArchive of Southern Cultural Heritage, Chronicles in Preservation, Lifecycle Management for ETDs, and ETDplus. In 2011, with Matt Schultz and Katherine Skinner, she compiled ARL SPEC Kit 325, Digital Preservation.