Rick has worked with academic libraries since 1983. As a consultant and vendor, he has written approval plans, streamlined workflows, evaluated collections, and designed library-friendly products and services. He holds an MLS from Simmons College.
In 2007, Rick saw a growing need to evaluate monographs collections, using data to inform retention, storage, and withdrawal decisions, for both individual libraries and shared print projects. He and his partners founded Sustainable Collection Services in 2011 to build a decision-support system for managing monographs. Building on a successful data partnership, SCS was acquired by OCLC in 2015. In his current role as Executive Director of SCS/OCLC, Rick speaks and writes frequently on deselection and shared print.