It's day two of Scientopia's gratitude-fest; today is all about people we're grateful for.
I'm grateful for Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC.
See, it's well-known that I am not a politic person. Despite being a good presenter, despite knowing my stuff and communicating it well, I am not a good show horse for a cause or an idea; I say the blunt (though often correct) thing at the wrong time and make everybody unhappy. I have a certain enfant terrible reputation in open-access circles, and I straight-up earned it.
Heather Joseph never, ever, ever makes that mistake. She tells the straight story, don't get me wrong, but she's got the chops to tell it without leaving any holes in her professional armor for skeevy publishers or lazy libraries to evade her message. She never falters or admits defeat. (I do. Regularly.) She is smart, prepared, opportunistic, persistent, and unwavering.
She's the best friend open access has in libraryland. If she didn't exist, we'd have to invent her—and we'd never get it right.
So thank you, Heather Joseph. I'm grateful you fight the good fight.