It is with much sadness that I have to report the death of Karen Hunter on 31 May 2018, a leading member of the STM community for many years and a valued and respected colleague when I worked at Elsevier and latterly at STM.
Karen was an inspiration to so many in the publishing, library and information worlds. She took a bachelor’s degree in history, working initially as a librarian at Cornell University and the book wholesaler Baker & Taylor, acquiring graduate degrees in history, library science and business administration from Cornell, Syracuse and Columbia.
For 34 years she worked at Elsevier as a strategist and in library relations, where she was a leading light in the development of ScienceDirect and Elsevier’s Library Connect Program. She was intimately involved in scores of high profile industry projects including TULIP (the University Licensing Program) and PEAK (Pricing Electronic Access to Knowledge), as well as library archiving projects such as Portico and JSTOR, and the development of the linking service CrossRef. Many of these projects involved not only Elsevier but publishing houses such as Wiley, Springer Nature, and Thieme, but also dozens of major research universities and institutions, including prominently the University of Michigan, Cornell, MIT, the British Library and KNAW (Amsterdam). Karen retired in 2010 but continued to consult with Elsevier until 2014.
Karen received recognition from the technical services unit within the American Library Association, with the award of the 2006 CSA/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award and in 2014 she was honoured again when the annual Digital Library Symposium held at ALA was renamed as the Hunter Forum.
Karen’s husband Pat Bowen pre-deceased her in January 2018. An insightful and kind colleague, she will be much missed by all of us at STM and the innumerable friends and partners with whom she worked during her career.
You may also want to read the longer remembrance posted by Elsevier at https://www.elsevier.com/connect/honoring-karen-hunter-a-pioneer-of-digital-publishing-and-library-services.
And I encourage others to send us their reminiscences which we will publish here.
Michael A Mabe, CEO STM