Virginia Tucker, Taxonomy Lead


1) Tell us a little bit about your background.

I’ve been on the faculty at San Jose State’s information school for the last ten years. Prior to that, I worked in the information industry in Silicon Valley, both as an information architect and manager of client instructional programs. My first position as an information professional was as the Physics Librarian at Stanford University. I have a PhD in information systems, an MLS, and a BA in music composition from Stanford.

2) What excites you to work in a start-up environment?

I’m excited to combine my understanding of vocabulary design with my experience in industry and product development, particularly as this project involves working with recent graduates of the San Jose State MLIS program. Ellie and Vaughn bring exceptional strengths to the project with their knowledge of information science and their energy.


3) What are the challenges you see in the academic publishing industry?

The issues related to open access, new forms of scholarship, and rethinking of pricing models represent just a few of the challenges. It’s an exciting time to be involved in providing cutting-edge services to researchers.


4) How do you see your work at RedLink, making an impact to help academic publishing ecosystem?

I see our contributions to a finely tuned taxonomy for academic disciplines, one that can reflect shifts and growth in the academy, as an important role.

5) Your motto?

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” — e.e. cummings