Kelli Trei, Biosciences Librarian at the University Library and Associate Professor for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to serve as Secretary of the Biodiversity Heritage Library Executive Committee. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is the world’s largest open access digital library for biodiversity literature and archives.
Trei, Interim Head of the Funk ACES Library on campus, is an experienced librarian at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She serves as a liaison to the Schools of Life Sciences: Molecular & Cellular Biology (MCB) and Integrative Biology (IB), as well as to the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. She is also skilled in Research and Development (R&D), Life Sciences, Fermentation Technology, Library Science, and Biofuels. Some recent publications include “International STEM graduate students: reaching a deeper understanding”, “What Are We Missing? A Snapshot of Difficult-to-Find International Online Resources”, and “Biological Sciences Librarianship”.
Trei will be serving as Secretary of the BHL Executive Committee starting this year. Since its launch in 2006, BHL inspires discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge. They improve “research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.” Trei will be working alongside the BHL Executive Committee to progress and assist BHL’s mission in transforming research on a global scale and ensuring that everyone in the world has access to the information needed to study and conserve life on Earth.
Trei stated, “I am deeply committed to the work of the BHL in democratizing scientific information and making it available to scientists and our extensive interdisciplinary users worldwide. I am excited to expand my service to the BHL by supporting the Smithsonian staff, and the partners and affiliates, by comprehensively chronicling the official work of the Executive Committee and Council.”