Courage, Creativity, Community



Assistant Dean, Scholarly Resources and Curation 37 FTE / 7 Departments


  • Responsible for the performance of the Scholarly Resources Portfolio (37 FTE): Rare Books and Special Collections, General Collections, Off-Site Collections, Scholarly Communication, Acquisitions, Metadata Services, and Digital Initiatives
    • Interim management responsibilities have included Digital Scholarship, Research Initiatives, Learning Initiatives, Finance, and Human Resources
  • Manages materials budget (~$10 million), provides budget assessment, forecasting, review, and reporting
  • Successfully completed building update and renovation projects for Rare Books, the Robbins Library, and the Annex off-site facility


  • Represents the Libraries in the University Strategic Planning Progress
  • Provides campus leadership in licensing and negotiations, including University technologies
  • Developed and funded new Scholarly Communication Department
  • Co-authored University wide Copyright Policy, consulted on Intellectual Property Policy
  • Co-developed and supported passage an enterprise Open Access Policy

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, Anti-Racism (DEIBAR)

Director of Collection Strategies and Scholarly Communication

University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Rochester, NY (2020-2021)


  • Supervised two full time employees (FTE), oversee team of seven, coordinate 14 selectors in support of Collection Strategies, Scholarly Communication, Collection Management, Electronic Access, and Off-Site Storage Management
  • Managed and developed library collection budget (~$10 million)
  • Led enterprise license strategies as Co-Chair of Electronic Resource Management Team
  • Advocated transparent, collaborative, and inclusive data-informed decision making and portfolio management including  Sustainable Scholarship blog and programming


  • Co-created and sponsored scholarly communication programming and services, including pilot Green Open Access/Self-Archiving service, Free Your Paper!
  • Represented UR in collective collections efforts for licensed resources and shared print with institutional partners including NorthEast Research Libraries Consortia (NERL), HathiTrust, and the Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST)
  • Coalesced cross-consortial coalition to pursue open access opportunities collectively


  • Galvanized, amplified, and supported campus affordability and access coalition efforts in collections, including the Access to Course Textbook (ACT) Commitment
  • Collaborated with Seneca library colleagues to expand access to resources and identify grant funds for collection aid

Head of Collection Strategies

University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries, Rochester, NY (2017-2020)


  • Supported system upgrade to Alma, serve as staff Analytics Module expert
  • Structured and managed $8 million collection budget, provide monthly reporting and reconciliation for assessment and compliance purposes
  • Initiated and managed grants for collection development, UR PI on New York State Collective Collection Development Grant


  • Served on Libraries’ Strategic Planning team, co-authored 2018-2025 Strategic Plan
  • Managed two FTE, oversaw team of seven, coordinate 14 selectors in support of Collection Strategies, Collection Management, and Off-Site Storage Management
  • Coordinated selection work by 14 liaison librarians
  • Led operational scholarly communications initiatives, co-founder and co-facilitator of Scholarly Communications Community
  • Revitalized collection documentation and coordinated librarian-led updates to Guiding Principles and licensing best practices
  • Advocated open practices, provided expertise in campus discussions regarding affordability, publishing, and the research life cycle


  • Operationalized organizational commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in collection development, assessment, and management practices
  • Developed and expanded the Career Exploration in Libraries and Mentoring (CEiLaM) program to encourage students of color to pursue library work
    • Initiated project management as the program’s core design
    • Coordinated first 3 successful cohorts

Coordinator of Online Resources and Collections 

University of Houston Libraries, Houston, TX (2015 – 2017)


  • Coordinated with collections departments to assure timely acquisition, management, and discovery of library electronic resources
  • Practiced collection visualization for assessment, integrate data visualization into existing collection workflows and processes
  • Designed and published public and internal-facing collection data dashboards for subject liaisons, faculty members, and students
  • Developed and implemented policies related to library collection development and management
  • Maintained vendor relationships and vendor account information
  • Leveraged institutional memberships and partnerships in collection development strategies
  • Served as Chair Collection Retention Subcommittee


  • Provided leadership and support for scholarly communications and research support activities, including Open Access initiatives, Omeka Implementation, and Authors’ Rights training
  • Applied assessment, analytics, and user experience methodology (UX) to improve collection services


  • Advocated open scholarship practices
  • Coordinated student and faculty “Wikithons” to update Wikipedia to address gender bias

Membership Manager

LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA (2015)

  • Supervised two FTE
  • Served as LYRASIS eResource expert for academic librarians, communicated pricing and licensing information to 1400+ academic libraries
  • Provided member feedback and advocated for members to nearly 50 vendor partners
  • Oversaw member engagement, including online training programs and licensed products and services
  • Analyzed products and services portfolio, assessed consortial usage and return on investment
  • Provided support and information for LYRASIS Open Source partnerships (ArchivesSpace, CollectionSpace)

Membership Coordinator 

LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA (2013-2015)

  • Supervised one FTE
  • Supported eResource management for 1400+ academic libraries and more than 2000 academic librarians
  • Coordinated communications and outreach around membership benefits, mainly licensed products and services
  • Provided demos, workshops, online classes, and in-person training on digital services (ArchivesSpace, Evergreen, CollectionSpace, Islandora, etc.)

Member Services Specialist

LYRASIS, Atlanta, GA (2012-2013)

  • Served as primary eResource support contact for Southern and Western region members
  • Provided support and troubleshooting around issues of FTP transfer, proxy server/IP range updates, billing, and invoicing
  • Created online training videos
  • Developed online education curriculum around topics of member interest including LibGuides best practices, e-Resources management, RDA, and digitization services


Agnes Scott College Library, Decatur, GA (2010-2012)

Individual Gifts Mangaer

Piedmont Park Conservancy, Atlanta, GA (2010-2012)

Membership Manager and System Administrator

Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Atlanta, GA (2008-2010)

Assistant d’anglais

Lycee Edoaurd Belin, Vesoul, France (2007-2008)


  • EdS, Instructional Technology, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA (2016)
  • MLIS, Technology Track, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA (2012)
  • BA, International Relations and Studio Art, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA (2006)
    • Study Abroad, 2004 – Hong Kong


  • 2019 ALCTS Presidential Citation
  • 2019 LITA Board Commendation
  • 2017 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Digital Developers

Presentations and Workshops


  • Culture of Changemaking. Invited workshop series, Clemson University. March 2023
  • PeMento: A Spicy Prototype for Peer Mentoring and Midcareer Professional Development. Carterette Webinar, Georgia Library Association. June 2023.


  • Same Old Problem, Brand New Playbook: Applying Project Management to Resource Negotiation with Maridath Wilson. ACRL Leadership Discussion Group session. February 10, 2023.
  • Won’t Break My Soul: NERL’s Playbook for Defying Scarcity and Manifesting Joy with Maridath Wilson, Jessica Morales, and Sarah Forzetting. Charleston Conference, November 16th, 2022.
  • PeMento: A Spicy Prototype for Professional Development, Core Forum, October 14, 2022
  • [I love it When We’re] Cruisin’ Together: A Member-Driven Model for Consortial Collaboration with Maridath Wilson. Charleston Conference, November 5, 2021
  • Values-Based Strategies: Why NERL Demands a Better Deal and Why We All Deserve One. Muse Meets 2021 Panel. April 30, 2021
  • What Moves Us: Approaching Migration, Managing Change (Keynote), AMIGOS Online Conference, February 11, 2021
  • Capitulating or Capitalizing, Compromising or Combatting: What is Meaningful Discourse between Library and Vendor? with Ashley Krenelka Chase, Cris Ferguson, Rachel Fleming, Erin Luckett, and Kristin Twardowski. Charleston Conference, November 6, 2019.
  • Documentation Worth Making, Values Worth Fighting For: A Vision for Next Generation Collection Policies with Anne Rauh and Kelly Durkin Ruth. Charleston Conference, November 7, 2019.
  • Reframing the Relationship: Perspectives on Library-Vendor Partnerships with Allen Jones, Michael Rodriguez, and Rose Reynolds. Charleston Conference, November 8, 2019.
  • Acquisitions Work: From Competencies to Competence (Continuing Education Webinar) with Rachel Fleming. Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, September 25, 2019.
  • Envisioning Feminist Leadership (Keynote), American Association of University Women, May 9, 2019.
  • Decoding the Scholarly Resources Marketplace with Rachel Fleming. Charleston Conference, November 8, 2018.
  • “They Didn’t Teach This in Library School”: Identifying Core Knowledges for Beginning Acquisitions Librarians (Neapolitan Session) with Rachel Fleming. Charleston Conference, November 7, 2018.
  • Managing Vendor Relationships, with Jason Chabok, Allen Jones, Michael Rodriguez, Christine Stamison, and Kimberly Steinle. Preconference, November 6, 2018.
  • Possibilities for Collective Action (Webinar Panel), CRL eDesiderata Forum, October 18, 2018.
  • Vendor Relationships: Build, Negotiate, Transform, ALCTS/LITA Panel, ALA Midwinter, February 11, 2018.
  • When Change is a “New” Concept: Using Your Library’s Past to Manage Its Future, with Ashley Krenelka-Chase and Rachel Fleming, Charleston Conference, November 8, 2017.
  • Database Stewardship: Better Processes from Trial to Renewal, with Jennifer Freer (Rochester Institute of Technology), RIT/UR Conference, June 15, 2017.
  • ALCTS Panel, UX and eResources, ALA Annual Conference 2017, June 25, 2017.
  • Collection Data Visualization, Workshop, Texas A&M, November 1, 2016.
  • Collection Dashboards for Selectors, with Wenli Gao (UH). Charleston Conference, November 4, 2016.
  • Rolling with the Punches…and Punching Back: The Millennial Librarians’ Approach to Library Budgets and Acquisitions, with Ashley Krenelka Chase, Ellen Frentzen, and Christine Weaver-PIeh (Neapolitan Session). Charleston Conference, November 3, 2016.
  • Data Visualization from Scratch (Preconference). Charleston Conference, November 4, 2016.
  • Crossing the Streams: Trialing and Investigating New Format Resources. Acquisitions Institute, May 16, 2016.
  • COUNTER Point: Making the Most of Imperfect Data. ER&L, April 4, 2016.
  • MC and organizer, LYRASIS eGathering (unconference). May 20, 2015
  • Panelist, Practical Outreach: Best Practices for Engaging Your Community (panel). ALA Annual Conference, June 26, 2014.
  • Library+: Free Technologies to Enhance User Experience. Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy, August 23, 2013.
  • Brave New LibGuide (webinar). November 10, 2012.
  • Library Leaders Panelist, LYRASIS eGathering (webinar panel). November 1, 2012.
  • Brave New LibGuide: An Analytical Approach. Georgia COMO, October 5, 2012.



Cronk, Lindsay. “Resourcefully” (recurring column). The Serials Librarian. 

In Production:

Cronk, Lindsay. “Defining Collection Development as Operational Scholarly Communications in Academic Libraries.” Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture: Law, Economics, and Publishing. ACRL, 2021.

Cronk, Lindsay. “Renewals as Projects: A Framework for Annual Review.” The Serials Librarian. 2023. Volume 83, Issue: 1-2.


Wilson, Maridath, & Cronk, Lindsay. “The NERL Playbook.” Commonplace. 2022.

Cronk, Lindsay. “Resourcefully: Grey Matters” The Serials Librarian. 2021. Volume 79, Issue: 3.

Cronk, Lindsay. “Resourcefully: Let’s End the Serials Crisis.” The Serials Librarian. 2020. Volume 79, Issue: 1-2.

Cronk, Lindsay and Fleming, Rachel. “Beyond Library School: Surfacing Resource Needs for Acquisitions Workers.” Charleston Voices. Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2019.

Cronk, Lindsay and Fleming, Rachel. “‘They Didn’t Teach This in Library School’: Identifying Core Knowledges for Beginning Acquisitions Librarians.” Against the Grain. 2018: Vol.30, issue 6.

Cronk, Lindsay. “Collaboration is the New Leadership: When to Lean In and When to Lean Back.” Millennial Leadership in Libraries. Edited by Ashley Krenelka Chase. New York: Hein, 2018.

Cronk, Lindsay and Getz, Kelli. “Let’s Get in Formation: Standardized Data Review for eResource Management,” Against the Grain. 2016: Volume 28, issue 4.

Cronk, Lindsay and Rodriguez, Michael. “User Experience and eResource Integration: A Conference Report on the 2015 LITA Forum,” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. 2016: Volume 28, issue 2.



  • NERL Program Council Executive Board, 2021-2023
  • NERL Program Council, 2019-Present
  • IMLS Grant Reviewer, 2020 and 2021
  • Representative, HathiTrust, 2018-Present
  • Representative, Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST), 2017-Present
  • Ubiquity Press, 2017-Present
  • Duke University Press 2017-2020
  • Digital Science, 2017-2019


  • University of Rochester Information Technology Management Team, 2023-Present
  • University of Rochester Global Rankings Team, 2021-present
  • University of Rochester Strategic Planning Team, 2021-2022
  • Co-Lead, University of Rochester Access to Course Textbook (ACT) Coalition, 2020-2021
  • University of Rochester Affordability Team, 2018-2021
  • Cougar Ally, University of Houston LGBTQ Resource Center. 2014-2016
  • Personal Access Liaison (PAL), Program for first-year student success, 2014-2016
  • Facilitator, UH Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Discussion Group, 2014


  • Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, ARL, 2023-2024
  • Past-President, Core 2022-2023
  • President, Core, 2021-2022
  • President-Elect, Core 2020-2021
  • Founder, PeMento: Peer Mentoring for MidCareer Library Workers, 2021-Present
  • President-Elect, Core 2020-2021
  • Member, Core Steering Committee, 2019-2020
  • Lead, Core Communications Working Group, 2019-2020
  • Member, ALA Council, 2019-2022
  • Board Member, Library Information Technology Association (LITA), 2017-2020
  • Member, Planning Committee, Acquisitions Institute, 2017-2019
  • Member, Resource Sharing and Collections Management Taskforce, Greater Western Library Alliance, 2016-2017
  • Editor, LITA Blog, American Library Association (ALA), 2016-2017
  • Special Projects Manager, LITA, ALA, 2015-2016
  • Web Coordinating Committee, LITA, ALA, 2016-2018
  • Education Committee, LITA, ALA, 2015-2017
  • Communications and Marketing Committee, LITA, ALA, 2015-2016
  • Webmaster, New Members Roundtable, Texas Library Association (TLA), 2016-2017
  • Secretary/Treasurer, New Members Roundtable, TLA, 2015-2016
  • Conference Planning Committee, Texas Library Association (District 8), 2014-2015
  • Committee Volunteer, American Library Association (LITA, LLAMA), 2014-2015
  • Co-Chair, Atlanta Emerging Librarians, Georgia Library Association, 2012-2013


  • Career Exploration in Libraries and Mentoring Co-Creator and Facilitator (CEiLaM), UR, 2018-2020
  • Member, Library Promotions Committee, 2020-Present
  • Chair, University Electronic Resources Management (ERM) Team, 2020-Present
  • Manager, Talent Management Team (TMT), University of Rochester, 2019-2020
  • Member, Strategic Planning Team (SPT), UR, 2017-2018.
  • Member, Collection Management Committee (CMC), UH, 2015-2017
  • Facilitator, Electronic Resources Management Team (ERMT), UH, 2015-2017
  • Member, Liaison Services Advisory Board (LSAB), UH, 2015-2017
  • Chair, Retention Subcommittee (CMC), UH, 2016-2017
  • Vice-Chair, Bylaws Committee, UH, 2016-2017
  • Member, ER Workflow Taskforce (ERMT), UH, 2016-2017
  • Member, Omeka Implementation Team, UH, 2016-2017


  • American Library Association
  • New York Library Association
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