Our vision is a sustainable market where scholarly content is freely accessible for each and every reader around the world.
From left to right: Sven, Catherine, Wilson, Maud, Philipp, Nina, Max and Tom
Knowledge Unlatched (KU) offers free access to scholarly content for every reader across the world. Our online platform provides libraries worldwide with a central place to support Open Access models from leading publishing houses and new OA initiatives.
The KU Team
Dr Sven Fund
In 2015, Sven founded fullstopp, a consulting and investment agency specialising in scholarly publishing as well as institutions in the educational space. Sven invests in and/or manages companies such as Sample of Science and Inkitt.com. Sven is a lecturer at Humboldt University and publishes on Open Access as well as the digital transformation of the publishing industry.
Head of Operations & Analytics
Max is passionate about making science and education more accessible to the wider public. Towards this end, he has founded a startup, published on bibliometrics and written his Master thesis on the pricing of scholarly content. He graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam, having studied Economics before at the Harvard University Summer School and Utrecht University.
Head of Sales
Catherine has worked for over 20 years in various Sales roles in Publishing and Library Supply in Germany. After working for international publishers such as Harcourt and Elsevier she headed up the German Sales Team for De Gruyter, based in Berlin. As a trade partner of Knowledge Unlatched when working for the German Library Supply Schweitzer Fachinformationen, she became familiar with the KU concept and passionate about spreading its message.
Wilson de Souza
Wilson studied Marketing and Human Resources in Brazil. He has been in the book market for 17 years. Started in São Paulo, Brazil where his passion for reading became a career, working in the main Brazilian bookstores. Above all, he believes in the transforming power of knowledge. For him to join the KU team in Germany is an incredible opportunity to participate in a major global change that makes knowledge accessible to everyone.
Head of Publisher Relations
Philipp studied Engineering and Industrial Design in the Netherlands and Japan, before getting into scholarly content while working for Kiron, a platform that offers higher education to refugees. His goal is to make knowledge accessible to everyone, everywhere and to help shape the future dissemination of scholarly content
Maud holds a Master’s degree in international management from HEC Paris and the CEMS Alliance. She dedicated her thesis to the mergers & acquisitions in trade publishing and went on to intern with publishers in France and Germany. She was a coordinator for France’s cultural programme as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2017. At KU her goal is to shape the future of scholarly publishing so that knowledge can be sustainably accessible to the many.
Discovery & Customer Support
Nina is currently finishing her Masters degree in Library and Information Science at Humboldt University of Berlin. During her studies she learned about the great importance of Open Access, therefore she aims to support its application within academia. Previously, she worked as a student assistant for the library of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik), where she was involved in a project to license electronic resources.
Director of UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, Marketing
Over the course of her long career in the book business, Mirela has consulted a range of publishers and libraries and partnered with various companies creating new opportunities for authors, educators, researchers, and librarians. She has also contributed articles, features, columns, and reviews to a range of publications (e.g., Library Journal, Publishers Today, American Libraries Magazine) and has served as managing editor of several book series and journals. Mirela is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Science, focusing her research on the benefits of open and frictionless access to digital content via open libraries. She is also the author of a new book in ALA’s “No Shelf Required” series: New Era for E-Books and Digital Content.
Director of North American Sales
Bob has been involved in academic bookselling, journal vending and Open Access publishing for decades. His work has taken him to every US state except Alaska, and numerous other countries. A librarian by education, Bob is very active in the library and publishing communities. He was on the editorial board of a major library journal and was a regular columnist in Against The Grain. He has also been a regular presenter at library conferences.
North American Representative
Elaine has worked with libraries for the past 13 years, first through Informed Strategies, promoting books and journals from many publishers including the American Accounting Association, Begell House, Cornell, and UC Press to name a few before coming on board with KU in it’s Pilot program in 2013, and has worked with KU in every subsequent round since then. She has appreciated how much KU has grown and expanded over the years and has a strong desire to provide excellent customer service to the libraries she works with. Prior to working with libraries she was an Executive Assistant and database manager for several nonprofit organizations.
North American Representative
In addition to promoting Knowledge Unlatched to North American librarians, SUSAN SPILKA provides strategic communications, public relations, and research services for an array of scholarly societies, publishers, and technology services clients. Previously, she led Corporate Communications at Wiley and has played a role in many pioneering initiatives such as CHORUS, Crossref, and Patient Inform. She is also a co-founder of the Workplace Equity Project, which is building a community of diverse voices to advance equity in the scholarly publishing industry.
North American Representative
Alexandra’s professional experience spans the publishing, online education, and public relations industries, having worked in corporate communications, customer service and account management roles. It was during her seven years at Wiley that she was first introduced to the campaign for Open Access. Alexandra is proud to be part of Knowledge Unlatched’s mission advancing OA and is enthusiastic about working with libraries to make scholarly content available to ever wider audiences.
Piotr is a software architect with over 15 years of experience in managing software development projects, leading software teams and building software for clients representing a range of domains. He became interested in Open Access and joined Knowledge Unlatched, so now Piotr is the person behind the Knowledge Unlatched software platforms. Piotr graduaded from Poznań University of Technology, where he majored in Computer Science and then in Software Engineering. He also used to be a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
KU Boards and Committees
KU Advisory Board
Dr Ralf Schimmer
Head of Scientific Information Provision and Deputy Director at the Max Planck Digital Library
Digital Publishing Strategist and co-chair of the Outsell Executive Program
Director for Strategic Initiatives at MIT Press
Chief Executive Officer at PLOS
Library Steering Committee
Dr Paul Ayris
Director of UCL Library Services, University College London, President of LIBER and Chair of the Board of SPARC Europe
Chairman, Publishers Licensing Society
Professor Paul Courant
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Economics; Professor of Information; University of Michigan
Honorary Research Associate, Centre for Educational Technology; Senior Research Associate, IP Law and Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Former Director, Temple University Press
Dr Michael Jubb
Consultant, Research Information Network
Head, Reference and Instruction, Paul Laurence Dunbar Library Wright State University
Professor Stuart M. Shieber
Welch Professor of Computer Science and Director, Office for Scholarly Communication, Harvard University
Dean of University Libraries and Museums, Johns Hopkins University and Director of Sheridan Libraries
Former Managing Director, AQnowledge
Dr Hazel Woodward
Director of Information Power and formerly University Librarian, Cranfield University
Deputy University Librarian of The John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, UK
Associate Director for Collections, MIT Libraries, USA
University Librarian, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Kurt De Belder
University Librarian, Director Leiden University Libraries & Leiden University Press, The Netherlands
Dean of Libraries, Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries, USA
Chefbibliothekarin Bestandsentwicklung, Zentralbibliothek Zürich, Switzerland
Director of Collections, McGill University, Canada
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, Harvard University, USA
University Librarian, University of Virginia Library, USA
Library Director, Stockholm University, Sweden
The CLOCKSS project, under the auspices of Stanford University, is a peer-to-peer network that develops and supports an open source system allowing libraries to collect, preserve and provide their readers with access to material published on the Web. Its main goal is the digital preservation.
EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book, e-book and serials sectors.
Jisc Collections is the negotiation and licensing service of Jisc that supports the procurement of digital content for higher education and research institutions in the UK.
Knowledge Base+ (KB+) is a service from Jisc Collections that aims to help UK libraries manage their e-resources more efficiently by providing accurate publication, subscription, licence and management information.
Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer-reviewed open-access books in linguistics. All publications are free for both authors and readers.
LYRASIS partners with member libraries, archives and museums and other cultural heritage organizations to create, access and manage information with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power.
The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) is a central scientific service unit within the Max Planck Society (MPG) dedicated to the strategic planning, development and operation of the digital infrastructures necessary for providing the institutes with scientific information and for supporting web-based scholarly communication.
The OAPEN Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands. OAPEN is dedicated to open access, peer-reviewed books and it operates two platforms, the OAPEN Library, a central repository for hosting and disseminating OA books, and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a discovery service for OA books.
The Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association aims to represent the interests of Open Access (OA) journal and book publishers globally, across all subjects and disciplines. This mission will be carried out through exchanging information, setting standards, advancing models, advocacy, education, and the promotion of innovation.
OCLC is a global library cooperative that provides shared technology services, original research and community programs for its membership and the library community at large.
PaperHive introduces seamless discussion of research papers directly in the browser, embedded in the regular workflow. This enables researchers to attach questions, corrections, formulas, figures, further literature, code, or data directly to the original text where everyone can benefit from it.
Portico is among the largest community-supported digital archives in the world. Working with libraries and publishers, Portico preserve e-journals, e-books, and other electronic scholarly content to ensure researchers and students will have access to it in the future.
ProQuest is committed to empowering researchers and librarians around the world. ProQuest is a key partner for content holders of all types, preserving and enabling access to their rich and varied information.
The Queensland University of Technology is a founding library of Knowledge Unlatched.
STM is the leading global trade association for academic and professional publishers. It has over 150 members in 21 countries who each year collectively publish nearly 66% of all journal articles and tens of thousands of monographs and reference works. STM members include learned societies, university presses, both subscription and open access publishers, new starts and established players.
The vision of UKSG is: A world in which all parties involved in scholarly communications understand each other’s goals and challenges, and therefore can work together to improve the flow of knowledge and the information experience of scholars and researchers.
The University of Melbourne is a founding library of Knowledge Unlatched.
The University of Western Australia is a founding library of Knowledge Unlatched.