Get to know the speakers


Lea Briggs
Project Management Librarian at LIBROS/University of New Mexico

Lea Briggs is the Project Management Librarian for the University of New Mexico and managed the migration of the 16-member LIBROS academic library consortium to OCLC’s WorldShare Management Services. She received her MLS from Emporia State University and her EdD from the University of South Dakota. Her research interests center around services to distance students and student use of library spaces.


Ted Fons
OCLC Executive Director, Data Services and WorldCat Quality Management

Ted Fons directs the strategy and execution for OCLC's data services portfolio. He has presented and published articles on diverse library system topics and has participated in a number of standards-related activities. Formerly, Ted was a senior product manager and director of customer service at Innovative Interfaces, and has worked in academic libraries doing acquisitions, cataloging and reference work. He received his MLS from Syracuse University and a BA in International Affairs from Marquette University.


George Needham
 OCLC Vice President, Global & Regional Councils, Global and Regional Councils

George Needham is Vice President for Global and Regional Councils at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio. After earning his BA and MLS degrees from the University at Buffalo, New York, George began his professional career at the Charleston (South Carolina) County Library, and has served as director of Fairfield County (Ohio) District Library, as an executive with Ohio Library Association and Public Library Association, and as State Librarian of Michigan. A well-traveled public speaker, George has also written several articles, recorded scores of podcasts, and reviewed hundreds of books, audiobooks and videos for Library Journal, Booklist, The Columbus Dispatch and AudioFile. His sole brush with nonlibrary fame came as a two-time Jeopardy! champion in December 1994.



Andrew K. Pace
OCLC Executive Director, Networked Library Services

Andrew Pace is directing projects to move library management services to the network level. Prior to joining OCLC, Andrew was head of Information Technology at North Carolina State University Libraries, where he spent nine years participating in several digital library projects. Andrew is Past President of the Library Information Technology Association, a division of ALA, and serves on the NISO Information Standards Quarterly editorial board.



Alice Sneary
OCLC Senior Product Marketing Analyst

Alice Sneary is a senior product marketing analyst for discovery services at OCLC. As such, she is responsible to understand the market for WorldCat Discovery Services and make sure it meets library staff members and users’ needs. She has served the cooperative for more than 15 years, helping create professional awareness about OCLC’s activities such as WorldCat.org and the OCLC Developer Network. She has an MA in Literary Criticism from the University of Exeter in Exeter, England.