Jim Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. He has served as a library and technology administrator at several U.S. research universities. He has been an active member of the national and international library community. He has presented at over 500 conferences and has published widely in the library literature. He has focused his professional work in the areas of digital libraries, intellectual freedom, intellectual property, library collaboration, diversity and social justice, and library innovation. He has received numerous awards for his professional leadership and accomplishments, including Honorary Membership in the American Library Association.