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Caroline Arms is in the Office of Strategic Initiatives of the Library of Congress. She is responsible for the OAI Data Provider service that make records for LC's digitized historical materials available for harvesting. She has played a technical role in other aspects of managing and providing access to digital content, including integrating twenty-seven collection from other institutions into American Memory and analysing digital formats for sustainability. She is also the program officer for two of the eight initial Digital Preservation Partnerships sponsored by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).


Maria Bonn has a 1990 PhD in American Literature from SUNY Buffalo where her work was focused on twentieth century American literature. After several years teaching and writing as an itinerant academic, she acquired a Masters of Information Science from the University of Michigan School of Information. Since 1997, she has worked for the University of Michigan, first as an Interface Specialist for Digital Library Collections, then in Digital Library Program Development and, most intensively as the head of the Library’s scholarly publishing effort. In this latter role, she is responsible both for the production of electronic books and journals and for broadly developing the role of the Library in scholarly communication.

Janis Brown, Associate Director, Systems & Information Technology, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, has held various positions primarily related to technology and education in her 25 years with the university. She is the author of a book and four book chapters, and has presented nearly 40 papers and posters at professional meetings. Throughout her career she has been involved in information technology from the early days of Gopher as a campus wide information system to digital collection projects

Melitte Buchman serves as Digital Conversion Specialist in the Digital Library Program at NYU's Division of Libraries since 2003. She has been involved with digital imaging since 1999 and has been involved with photography in one form or another since age 10. In her current capacity she is responsible for digital imaging, color management, preservation video conversion. She is also responsible for quality assurance and technical metadata for both video and imaging. She is currently active in NYU's jpeg2000 implementation and development of open source production tools. Prior to coming to NYU she worked at The New York Public Library both in their Digital Library Program and Exhibition Department.


Priscilla Caplan is the Assistant Director for Digital Library Services at the Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA), where she provides services to help the libraries of the public universities of Florida create, manage and preserve digital content. She oversees the operations of the FCLA Digital Archive and development of the DAITSS preservation repository application. She co-chaired the OCLC/RLG Working Group on Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies (PREMIS).

Robin Chandler is the Director of the Built Content Program for the California Digital Library which includes administering the Online Archive of California and the American West Project as well as coordinating frameworks to surface digital collections across the University of California Chandler has experience providing online access to digital content including tobacco industry documents at the UCSF Library and high-energy physics preprints at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Chandler holds masters degrees in Library Science (UC Berkeely) and American History (San Francisco State University).

John Chapman is Metadata Librarian in the Technical Services department of the University of Minnesota Libraries. He works closely with staff from Archives and Special Collections, the Digital Library Development Lab, and subject experts from across campus to create and enhance access to library resources. Previously, he worked at the Minnesota Historical Society as an archivist and as a researcher for web projects and services. He holds a M.L.I.S. from Dominican University and a B.A. in religion from Macalester College.

Aaron Choate (Digital Projects Librarian – University of Texas at Austin Libraries) has an MLIS and a BA in History from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked within the Digital Library Services Division from the early days of its inception, playing a part in developing the Library’s early web presences and to help develop the Library’s digital service offerings. Aaron is currently responsible for managing the Digital Production Services unit and thus, is involved in providing digitization, video production and data archiving services to the University of Texas Libraries, Archives, collections and academic units. Among the initiatives that Aaron is currently working with are UTOPIA, the Texas Digital Library, and the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative.

Karen Coyle is a librarian with nearly 30 years experience in digital libraries. She worked for over 20 years at the University of California in the California Digital Library, and now consults in areas of technology and policy for digital libraries. She is a recognized expert in digital library standards, metadata, and systems design, as well as a frequent author and speaker on social, political and policy issues. She has provided the profession with key thinking in the area of Digital Rights Management and copyright representation for digital materials. Her website is http://www.kcoyle.net.

Morgan Cundiff is a Senior Standards Specialist in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office at the Library of Congress. He is responsible for work on the METS and MIX metadata standards and is also a member of the technical team responsible for building METS-based digital library applications, including "Library of Congress Present: Music, Theater, and Dance" (http://www.loc.gov/lcp/) and the "Veterans History Project" (http://www.loc.gov/folklife/vets/vets-home.html). Before joining NDMSO five years ago he served in the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program where he was Project Leader for eight American Memory Music Division projects. Morgan has represented the Library of Congress on the METS Editorial Board since it was formed in 2001.


Michelle Dalmau is the Interface and Usability Specialist for the Indiana University Digital Library Program. Her research interests include the integration of complex metadata structures into browse and search functionality of online collections as well as pedagogic use of digital image resources. The many projects Michelle has contributed to include Film Literature Index, Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection, and Letopis' Zhurnal'nykh Statei. Her undergraduate background is in English and Art History, and she holds a Master of Library Science and a Master of Information Science from Indiana University.

Tim DiLauro is the Digital Library Architect in the Library Digital Programs and Digital Knowledge Center of the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. Since 1982, he has worked for JHU in a variety of technology positions. He has been with the Sheridan Libraries since 1990. He has also worked as a consultant for several companies with Internet businesses. Since 1995, his project work has focused on designing systems to improve and simplify user access to information, including the development of access gateways and web proxies. His current work deals with the integration of multiple repositories with multiple services to support digital collections, learning, publishing, and preservation.

Jon Dunn is Associate Director for Technology in the Digital Library Program at Indiana University, overseeing the development and management of software systems to support IU's digital library collections. Prior to joining the Digital Library Program, he worked in the Cook Music Library at IU from 1994-1998 as Technical Director for the Variations digital music library project. He is currently serving as Project Director for IU's IMLS-funded Variations3 digital music library and learning system development project and chairs the DLF Aquifer Technology/Architecture Working Group.


Markus Enders Markus Enders is working as the technical head for the Digitization Centre at State and University Library Göttingen co-developing document management systems and capturing tools for the digitization process. Additionaly he has been involved in some preservations projects and is currently working in a common project with Cornell University Libraries (MathARC) to build a federated archive for mathematical journals.


Sharon E. Farb is the director of Digital Collection Management and Licensing for the UCLA Library. Sharon holds a J.D. and Ph.D. and her research and professional interests focus on the intersection of key policy issues affecting libraries, archives and cultural memory institutions including intellectual property, privacy and intellectual freedom. Sharon is a member of DLF sponsored Electronic Resource Management Initiative (ERMI1 and 2), the NISO License Expression Working Group and a member of the California Digital Library's Rights Management Group.

Hannah Frost preserves media collections at Stanford University Libraries and contributes to the planning and development of the Stanford Digital Repository's preservation services. She earned her MLIS from the Preservation and Conservation Studies program at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information in 2001.

Muriel Foulonneau is project coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the CIC-OAI metadata harvesting project, an initiative for developing common best practices for sharing metadata among the CIC group of research universities in the U.S.A. She is part of the American Digital Library Federation and National Science Digital Library best practices expert group on the Open Archives Initiative and shareable metadata. She previously worked as an IT advisor for the French Ministry of culture and was a participant in Minerva project, a collaboration among European ministries of culture on digitization of cultural heritage resources. She also served as an expert for the European Commission for research projects related to digital heritage. She holds a degree from the National School of Library and Information Science in France.


Terri Geitgey is the Digital Projects Librarian at the University of Michigan University Library’s Scholarly Publishing Office, where she serves as project manager for two large, long-term collaborative efforts, LLMC-Digital, and the ACLS History E-Book Project, as well as managing several smaller, one-off projects. She helped develop the library’s Print-on-Demand reprint program, and is responsible for overseeing its day-to-day operation and expansion. Prior to her work at SPO, she served as project librarian for the grant-funded Flora and Fauna of the Great Lakes Region project, in the library’s Digital Library Production Service department. She received a B.A. in English from the Ohio State University, and an M.L.S. from Indiana University.

Erik Grostic is a Senior Systems Analyst at the University of Texas at Austin, and has worked in the Digital Library Services Division of the University of Texas Libraries for approximately seven years. Current and previous projects include UTopia, the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), the Robert Runyon Photography Collection, the Spanish Speaking Peoples of Texas and the Papers of Tom Clark.

Rebecca Guenther is Senior Networking and Standards Specialist in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office of the Library of Congress. She has worked at LC since 1980 in various positions and in her current position since 1989. Her current responsibilities include work on national and international information standards, primarily in the area of metadata. She has been instrumental in the development of MODS and PREMIS, and served as co-chair of the PREMIS Working Group. Other activities include maintaining a number of crosswalks between various metadata schemes, participating in the DLF Digital Registry Working Group, and serving as rotating chair of the ISO 639 Joint Advisory Committee on Language Codes.


Thomas G. Habing is a Research Programmer at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where for the past eight years he has worked on various digital library projects. In addition to his technical support for various ongoing OAI-PMH related projects at UIUC, including being the developer of the UIUC OAI Registry, Tom is a technical lead for the Library’s NDIIPP ECHO DEPository grant project. Before the OAI-era, Tom was a lead developer on the Library’s NSF funded Digital Library Initiative (DLI I) project, and the CNRI funded DLib Test Suite projects. Prior to returning to the Midwestern, U.S. in 1997, Tom was a Senior Computing Methods and Technology Engineer for The Boeing Company in Seattle, Washington, where he had been employed since 1986 doing systems analysis, programming, and graphical user interface design.

Kat Hagedorn is Metadata Harvesting Librarian at the University of Michigan Libraries. She is responsible for the OAIster project, a search gateway for OAI harvested records leading to digital objects, initially Mellon-funded in 2001-2002. Currently, she is working collaboratively on an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) project grant to research second generation OAI work. She is also responsible for Digital Library eXtension Service (DLXS) Bibliographic Class and its corresponding bibliographic collections. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2005. Her previous experience is in information architecture (with the Argus Associates firm) and ontology and taxonomy consulting (with the Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome).

Martin Halbert is Director for Library Systems at Emory University. He is currently a principal investigator on the NSF-funded Ockham Project, on DLF's IMLS-funded work to research, design, and prototype a "second generation" OAI finding system, and on two Mellon-funded metadata harvesting initiative projects. He also serves as executive director of the MetaScholar Initiative, a consortium of thirty institutions working to aggregate metadata for scholarly portal services. Martin serves as the chair of the LOCKSS sub-committee on Institutional Access Integration, and has there studied issues of low-cost library server networks and associated integration issues. He has served as editor of several library publication projects, and currently supervises a university library division of fourteen professional staff.

Margaret Hedstrom is an Associate Professor at the School of Information, University of Michigan where she teaches in the areas of archives, electronic records management, and digital preservation. She is a faculty Associate at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) also at the University of Michigan. She was project director for the CAMiLEON Project, an international research project to investigate the feasibility of emulation as a digital preservation strategy. She is the principle author of It’s About Time, a research agenda for digital preservation sponsored by the Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation. She is a the National Digital Strategy Advisory Board to the Library of Congress, the Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation, U.S. Department of State, and the American Council of Learned Societies, Commission on Cyber-Infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her current research project investigates incentives for data producers to create “archive-ready” data sets.

She has conducted more than 20 professional development workshops in the U.S., Canada, Cuba, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the U.K. She has served as an expert consultant on electronic records management and digital preservation to many government archival programs, the World Bank, the International Council on Archives, and the Swedish Ministry of Culture. Before joining the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1995, she was Chief of State Records Advisory Services and Director of the Center for Electronic Records at the New York State Archives and Records Administration. She earned M.A. degrees in Library Science and History, and a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Hedstrom is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and recipient of a Distinguished Scholarly Achievement Award from the University of Michigan for her work with archives and cultural heritage preservation in South Africa.

Geneva Henry is currently a distinguished fellow with the Digital Library Federation, working with the Abstract Services Framework working group to develop a framework of digital library services. The goal is to provide the community with a roadmap and a common reference vocabulary around which to organize collective attention to library services in a changing networked environment. Geneva is located at Rice University where she is the Executive Director of Rice's Digital Library Initiative. She joined Rice in 2000 and has served as co-PI on a number of grants, including the Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA), the Shoah Foundation Archives grant with the Mellon Foundation, the NSF Advanced Placement Digital Library NSDL grant, and a Hewlett Packard Philanthropy & Education Grant, "180 Terabytes of Unique History: Integrating Survivors of the Shoah Testimonies in the Rice Curriculum." From March 2002 through June 2005 she was also the temporary executive director for the Connexions project (http://cnx.org). In addition to chairing and serving on a number of committees at Rice, Geneva served as the General Chair for the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL) in 2003, and has been a member of the Program Committee for JCDL 2004 - 2006. In 2005 she was the co-chair of the inaugural JCDL doctoral consortium and is a member of the 2006 doctoral consortium committee. She currently serves on a number of advisory boards and committees including the Apple Mac Learning Environment, the LOCKSS Technical Policy steering committee, the DSpace Governance Advisory board, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) Executive Steering Committee and the TDL Technical Steering Committee.

Prior to joining Rice, Geneva was a Senior I/T Architect and Program Manager with IBM, where she was involved in planning, managing, architecting, and developing a number of complex systems for the US Department of Defense, universities, and museums world-wide. Her career has included applied research in artificial intelligence (expert systems and natural language processing), text search, data modeling, complex systems and digital libraries at IBM, TRW and the RAND Corporation. Geneva received a BS in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, a MA in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich, Stanford University Libraries is Metadata Coordinator for the Digital Library Systems and Services department at the Stanford University Libraries / Academic Information Resources. In that capacity, Nancy coordinates metadata services for Stanford Libraries' digital production activities, digital repository development and implementation, and educational technology services. She has been a member of the METS Editorial Board since 2002 and is currently serving as co-chair. Nancy has been active in a number of information and educational technology specification efforts including that of PREMIS (for preservation metadata), and several of IMS Global specifications related to packaging, repository and resource list interoperability. She is currently involved with the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee's RAMLET project, and continues to monitor various groups working on practices related to the use of digital rights expression languages.

Deborah Holmes-Wong, Project Manager, Information Development and Management, University of Southern California has held various positions at the University of Southern California since she began her career there in 1987. She has spent the past five years involved in digital library initiatives as a project manager. She participated in ARL's Scholars Portal Project as one of USC's project managers. Her other projects have includied planning and implementation of USC's colleciton information system for digital resources, openURL resolver and electronic resources management systems.


Dazhi Jiao is a System Analyst and Programmer of the Digital Library Program and Library Electronic Text Resource Service (LETRS) at Indiana University. David has 5 years of experiences in software and web application development. He has actively involved in the design and implementation of several digital library collections at Indiana University as the key developer. David holds a Master's degree in Computer Science from Virginia Tech.


Christopher Kellen is the Head of Research & Development for Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, where he provides technical leadership for the university's digital library efforts. He is currently engaged in the development of software for the creation, processing, preservation, and presentation of the university's digital collections. His interests include system architecture, long term preservation of digital objects, open source software and workflows. Prior to his role with the Libraries, Chris developed simulation software for the semiconductor industry. He has a B.S. in computer science, M.S. in computer engineering, and entirely too many cats.

Shana Kimball has a MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. She joined the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan University Library in 2005 as an Electronic Projects Editor, where she is responsible for managing the electronic publication of several academic journals and monographs. She also shares responsibility for the daily operations of the print services division.

Katherine Kott is the director of the DLF Aquifer Digital Library initiative. Her professional career has included experience in academic library systems, and in technical and public services. Prior to beginning her work with the Digital Library Federation in 2005, Kott was the head of cataloging and metadata services at Stanford University, where she is based. Before coming to Stanford, she led the implementation services department at Innovative Interfaces, Inc., coordinating the installation of systems at a wide range of libraries, including consortia. Katherine has pursued a theme of leveraging resources through collaboration in most of her work.

Ardys Kozbial is the Digital Projects Librarian at the University of California, San Diego. For ten years, she worked in architectural records collections in the Alexander Architectural Archive at The University of Texas at Austin, The Houghton Library at Harvard University, Payette Associates (an architecture firm in Boston), Harvard Real Estate Services at Harvard University and the Environmental Design Archives at the University of California, Berkeley. For four years, she shifted to the broader world of visual resources, serving as the Visual Resources Librarian at Harvard's Graduate School of Design and a Metadata Librarian for the Union Catalog for Art Images (UCAI) project at UCSD. Her current job is leading her into the uncharted waters of digital preservation.

She is a frequent speaker at annual conferences for the Society of American Archivists, the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Ardys is a former co-chair of the SAA Architectural Records Roundtable and the current Vice Chair of the SAA Visual Materials Section.

John Kunze is a preservation technologist for the California Digital Library and has a background in computer science and mathematics. His current work focuses on archiving Web sites, creating long-term durable digital references (ARKs) to information objects, and specifying lightweight (kernel) metadata. Prior work includes major contributions to the standardization of URLs, Dublin Core metadata, and the Z39.50 search and retrieval protocol. In an earlier life he designed, wrote, and ran UC Berkeley's first campus-wide information system, which was an early rival and client of the World Wide Web. Before that he was a BSD Unix hacker whose work survives in today's Linux and Apple systems.


Bill Landis, currently metadata coordinator at the California Digital Library, received his archival training and MLIS from the University of Michigan in 1994. He served as the first production coordinator for JSTOR in 1996-1997, and as manuscripts librarian in Special Collections and Archives at the University of California, Irvine from 1998-2004.

Dyung Le is the Systems Engineering Division Director and has the responsibility for the development of ERA requirements, specifications, Concept of Operations and the Analysis of Alternatives design models as they relate to meeting NARA lifecycle information requirements and for all technical aspects of the ERA program throughout its software development lifecycle, from requirements, architecture, design, integration, testing and deployment. The ERA program will authentically preserve and provide access to any kind of electronic record, free from dependency on any specific hardware or software, enabling NARA to carry out its mission into the future. Mr. Dyung Le has a long career in the design of symmetric multiprocessingf supercomputer, compiler for multi-threaded systems, broadband interactive multimedia and Business Intelligence. He holds a MS and a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and a BS in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Bill LeFurgy is Digital Initiatives Project Manager with the Library of Congress Office of Strategic Initiatives. He manages projects for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). These efforts include overseeing advanced digital preservation projects, guiding research on improved methods for long-term management of digital materials, and working with government agencies, private corporations, professional organizations, and other stakeholders. Prior to joining LC in 2002, Bill served as Deputy Director of Modern Records Programs with the National Archives and Records Administration. He worked for the National Archives over the course of 12 years in areas such as electronic records archiving, records appraisal, and management. He worked extensively with many federal agencies in developing strategies for the long-term management and preservation of permanent records, particularly those in electronic form.

Alisha Little is the Metadata Analyst for the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin. She coordinates metadata creation/capture, selection and dissemination for digital projects in both the Libraries and across campus. Along with programmer Erik Grostic, she heads the development of the Metadata Registry project at UT. She also serves on two state-wide metadata development groups: the Texas Digital Libraries (TDL) Metadata Group and the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative (THDI), which are both in the process of developing standards and best practices for statewide metadata and resource sharing projects. She has a BA in English from the University of Montana and an MS in Information Studies from UT-Austin.

Tamara Lopez is the Programmer Analyst for the Chymistry of Isaac Newton, a digital edition of Isaac Newton’s alchemical writings, where she is responsible for designing and developing web software for manuscript access, retrieval and display. Previously she worked as a developer on non-profit and commercial web sites, most recently as an E-Commerce Specialist for the Irish airline Aer Lingus. She holds a B.S. in Theatre Performance, and is currently pursuing dual Masters degrees in library and information science at Indiana University.

Emily Lynema is an NCSU Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University. She served as lead developer for the recent Endeca implementation at NCSU, which provides faceted keyword searching for the library catalog. She heads the product team that manages integration of this application with other NCSU Libraries tools and services and is conducting related usability testing. In the other half of her job, she helps solve user information puzzles at the reference desk and works with the management of online information literacy tutorials.

Lynema received the Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan in 2005. She gave a presentation at the 2004 OCLC Reference Services Advisory Committee meeting discussing reference services for the next generation. She is also an ALA LITA member.


Lee Mandell is the Design Team Manager for the Archivists' Toolkit project. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Northeastern University in 1987. He has spent 16 years working with museums, libraries and archives focusing on visual and archival collections management systems. He also spent 7 years working in the pre-press industry helping develop image manipulation tools as well as managing digital work flows. He is also a visual artist focusing on photography and sculpture.

Ellen Meltzer recently assumed the position of Information Services Manager at the California Digital Library (CDL). She is responsible for overseeing user services, education and outreach, analysis and specifications, help, and guidance for products used and managed by the CDL. Her group provides analysis and specifications for projects in conjunction with the web development and service design groups and develops these for new and emerging services. Prior to this position, she served as Senior Associate for Education, Usability and Outreach at the CDL. She came to the CDL from the UC Berkeley Library in 2001, where she was Director of the Teaching Library.

David Millman is the Director of Systems Integration in the Columbia University Information Technology organization. He is responsible for University-wide technology planning and operations for identity management, learning management and content management services, as well as several digital library projects at the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC) in the University Libraries. His recent work concerns scalable architectures for distributed services and for access-control systems, including those that span institutional boundaries. His group is part of the Core Integration team of the NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) program.

David has developed and managed Internet-based services since the late 1980's, including public information systems, reference book databases, art museum collections, and electronic scholarly publications. A software developer since 1974, he has taught computer graphics and programming in higher education and in industry. David has been a member of the technical staff at Columbia University since 1980.

>Catherine Mitchell is the Manager of Publishing Services in the Office of Scholarly Communication at the California Digital Library (CDL). As such, she develops digital publishing solutions both for the scholarly monograph and for specific textual encoding efforts such as the Mark Twain Project. Prior to arriving at the CDL in January, Catherine was a visiting assistant professor of English literature at Mills College in Oakland. Before assuming her position at Mills, she was the web director at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

Eva Muller is a librarian at Uppsala University Library (UUL), Sweden and the Director of its Electronic Publishing Centre (EPC). She has been active in planning and developing of library information services at UUL since 1993. As Head of the Information Development Department she was in charge of Uppsala University Library's digital library program.

Since 2000 Eva has run the everyday work of the EPC and supervises its Research and Development group.Her current work and research interest is in the field of electronic publishing and repositories and focuses on the development of an integrated infrastructure supporting long-term preservation and access to digital published materials. Eva graduated from Charles University in Prague with a degree in Information Science and Librarianship.


Michael Nelson is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Old Dominion University in 2002. He worked at NASA Langley Research Center from 1991-2002. Through a NASA fellowship, he spent the 2000-2001 academic year at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a co-editor of the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH) and has developed many digital libraries, including the NASA Technical Report Server. His research interests include repository-object interaction and digital preservation.

David Newman is a Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science at the University of California Irvine. His research areas include text mining, machine learning and probabilistic modeling. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from Princeton University and an M.S. in Computer Science from UC Irvine.

Quyen Nguyen is currently working in the Systems Engineering Division of the ERA Program Management Office at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Before joining the National Archives, he has worked for telecommunications software companies. His experience is in developing software systems for large scale deployment. He has a BS in Computer and Information Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Delaware and a MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.


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John Mark Ockerbloom is a digital library architect and planner for the University of Pennsylvania Library. He received a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon. His areas of interest include digital preservation, digital repositories, distributed knowledge bases, information discovery, and enhancing open access to information. He has been developing and supporting online information registries since the early 1990s, covering areas including open-access texts, file format documentation and services, and copyright information.


Andrew K. Pace is Head of Information Technology at NCSU Libraries, where he has participated in several successful initiatives, including a major ILS migration, E-Book integration, web interface design, a laptop lending program, and has led development of NCSU Libraries' ERM system and faceted browse online catalog. Prior to NCSU, Pace was a product manager for library vendor, Innovative Interfaces. Pace is an at-large member of the LITA Board and active in NISO standards development. Pace is a frequent speaker and writer on several library topics. He is the "Technically Speaking" columnist for American Libraries magazine. Pace was recently named a 2006 Frye Leadership Institute Fellow.

Michael Pelikan has been Librarian to the Penn State School of Information Sciences and Technology (now College of...) since his arrival fresh out of Library School in September 2000. During that time he has been involved in a number of projects in his capacity as Technology Initiatives Librarian as well. These include the Libraries' Visual Information Users Study (VIUS), prototyping of methods and standards for the Libraries' digital monograph projects, and membership on the metadata team for the Libraries' RFP process and implementation of the Day Communique' content management system.

He also has continuing involvement in the Penn State Taxonomic Tags Group, a university-level group working to improve develop improved control and predictability of web search results across the million-page Penn State University web presence. He was a contributing member on the Vocabulary Definitions and Exchange (VDEX) standard, (version 1) of the IMS Global Learning Consortium. He has served as editor of the Digital Library Federation Newsletter since 2003. Prior to receiving his MLIS from the University of Rhode Island, Pelikan enjoyed a sixteen-year career in public radio and television. His fourteen years in Alaska included duties as Press Secretary to Mayor John Devens of Valdez, Alaska during the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster, and culminated in three years with Alaska Pacific University, the last two years as Director of APU's Academic Resource Center.

Felicia Poe joined the University of California, California Digital Library (CDL) in 2001, and assumed leadership of the newly established CDL Assessment Program in 2005. She is responsible for integrating assessment and evaluation activities into all stages of the project and service lifecycle, ranging from early stage focus groups, to mid-stage user interface usability testing, to post-launch service reviews. Other areas of interest include market research, search technologies, and information services design.

Rick Prelinger (http://www.prelinger.com), an archivist, writer and filmmaker, founded Prelinger Archives, whose collection of 51,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films was acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation. He sat on the National Film Preservation Board as representative of the Association of Moving Image Archivists and is Board President of the Internet Archive and the San Francisco Cinematheque, and Acting Director of the Open Content Alliance. His feature-length film "Panorama Ephemera," depicting the conflicted landscapes of 20th-century America, opened in summer 2004. He is co-founder of the Prelinger Library (http://www.prelingerlibrary.org), an appropriation-friendly reference library located in San Francisco.

Merrilee Proffitt has been a Program Officer at RLG since 2001. She serves as a liaison with RLG member community on a variety of programmatic endeavors within RLG's research resources community, and is involved in digital library standards work (such as the Text Encoding Initiative, the Metadata Encoding & Transmission Standard, and Encoded Archival Description). Current projects include working on RLG's programmatic activities around web archiving, and providing leadership and support for workgroups associated with the Open Content Alliance. Prior to her work at RLG, Merrilee managed digital library projects at UC Berkeley.


William Reilly joined the MIT Libraries' Digital Library Research Group (DLRG) two years ago as Technical Analyst and Project Manager of the MIT iCampus project CWSpace, archiving MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) to DSpace. After taking his M.L.I.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, William's career has involved technical management and development in electronic publishing, software development firms, and technology consulting for web development for Fortune 500 companies, prior to this current position in academic digital library research.

David Reynolds is the Metadata Librarian for The Sheridan Libraries of The Johns Hopkins University and serves on the Metadata Working Group for the DLF Aquifer Digital Library initiative. Previously he held various cataloging positions at Johns Hopkins University, Arizona State University, and Trinity University. Current projects include metadata analysis for the Hopkins Institutional Repository and the Mellon-funded Roman de la Rose Digital Medieval Manuscripts projects. As a salute to his Texas roots, David often refers to himself as the Data Wrangler.

Jenn Riley is the Metadata Librarian with the Indiana University Digital Library Program, where she is responsible for planning metadata strategy for digital library projects and participates in the collaborative design of digital library systems. Much of her recent effort has been working towards the cost-effective creation of "shareable" metadata, promoting re-use of descriptive metadata in new and unanticipated environments. She was a major contributor to the emerging metadata guidelines from DLF and NSDL, the Best Practices for OAI Data Provider Implementations and Shareable Metadata and the DLF MODS Implementation Guidelines for Cultural Heritage Materials . Jenn's research interests also include the incorporation of thesaurus structures into search and browse systems, music digital libraries, and FRBR. Jenn is the author of the blog Inquiring Librarian , where her posts frequently center around improving intellectual access to library materials. In addition to an M.L.S from Indiana University, she holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Miami (FL) and an M.A. in Musicology from Indiana University.

Perry Roland is the Production Coordinator for the Digital Library Production Service at the University of Virginia Library. Previously, he was employed in the Library's Research and Development Group, planning and implementing the Library's Fedora repository. Perry is the developer of the Music Encoding Initiative (MEI) DTD.

David Ruddy is Head of Systems Development and Production at Cornell University Library's Center for Innovative Publishing (CIP -- http://cip.cornell.edu). Since 2000, he has been closely involved with the design and development of DPubS, the technical infrastructure that supports Project Euclid, the Library's first electronic publishing initiative. He currently directs the Open Source development and extension of DPubS (http://dpubs.org) and manages the production environment for CIP e-publishing efforts. He has worked with SGML and XML applications and systems for many years, both in the area of humanities text computing and metadata services. He holds an M.A., M.S., and Ph.D., all from the University of Michigan.


Robert Sanderson is currently a lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. He completed his interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Information Science and Medieval French in 2003, and he has been working on the Cheshire Information Retrieval System in conjunction with the University of California, Berkeley since 2000. He is the Senior Editor for the SRW/U protocol specification.

David Seaman is Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation. Prior to that he was the founding director of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library (1992-2002), a humanities digital library of texts and images. David Seaman holds a B.A. in English Studies from the University of East Anglia, Norwich (1984), an M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut (1986), and has an incomplete Ph.D. in Medieval English at the University of Virginia. For the past ten years he has taught etext and internet courses in the annual Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. His published work includes studies of Chaucer, and he speaks and writes frequently on various aspects of humanities computing.

Tracy Seneca is the Web Archiving Coordinator for the Web-at-Risk NDIIPP grant at the California Digital Library. She earned an MLIS at UC Berkeley in 1995, and a Master of Arts in Applied Technology at DePaul University, Chicago in 2004. She has designed systems for tracking copyright clearance for electronic reserves and for delivering online research instruction for libraries. Within the last three years she has been a graduate student, faculty member, bibliographer and web developer, and so brings a rich range of perspectives to design work.

Gary Shawver is a Faculty Technology Specialist at New York University. He has been a member of its Metadata Working Group for five years and is presently a member of the DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group.

Sarah Shreeves is Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her experience with the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting is grounded in both the IMLS DCC project and the Mellon-funded OAI Metadata Harvesting Project (2001-2002) at UIUC where she worked as a graduate assistant and project coordinator. Prior to coming to UIUC, Sarah worked for nine years in the MIT Libraries in Boston. She has a BA in Medieval Studies from Bryn Mawr College, an M.A. in Children's Literature from Simmons College, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from UIUC.

Thornton Staples is currently the Director of Digital Library Research and Development at the University of Virginia Library and is the Project Director for the Fedora Project. Previous positions include: Chief, Office of Information Technology at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; Project Director at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, University of Virginia; and Special Projects Coordinator, Academic Computing at the University of Virginia.


Barbara Taranto is the Director of the Digital Library Program at The New York Public Library. She is responsible for overseeing all activities related to digital collections which includes the Digital Imaging Lab, the development of HADES, the Library's Digital Asset Management System, the establishment of DDR, the Library's Digital Data Repository, the creation of the web content application interface (WAP) and several large scale publicly accessible research resources including NYPL DigitalGallery (430,000 pictorial/graphic items) and the African American Migration Experience electronic monograph (30,000 items). In addition, Ms. Taranto is lead program officer for the Library's National Digital Newspaper Project (NDNP) funded and supported by a partnership with the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is an active member of the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information and the Metropolitan Library Association and is currently working on a book titled The Digital Tithe.

Brian Tingle has worked for the University of California Libraries developing web based applications since 1996. He has been a user of Melvyl, the on-line catalog of the UC Libraries, since 1987, when he would often spend Saturdays or Sundays in the UC Riverside Libraries preparing for high school public speaking competitions, exploring new features of the catalog, and providing rouge computer support to patrons and staff. Since 2001 he has worked at the California Digital Library, where he is involved with technology and resource planning and systems development. His development work has been focused on ingest, access, and discovery systems for digital artifacts described by Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) Documents. He has been a member of the METS Editorial Board since 2002 and is currently serving as co-chair.

Nate Trail has worked at the Library of Congress for 14 years in a variety of database and web programming positions. For the past four years he has been a Digital Project Coordinator in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office. He develops tools to integrate bibliographic, processing, and rights metadata in databases with web presentations of digital objects, primarily on the Veterans History Project and The Library of Congress Presents: Music, Theater and Dance web sites. He designs and prototypes METS profiles for digital objects and creates behaviors for their display online, in addition to participating in standards development for online serials.

Nate earned his Masters in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and a BS in Business Administration at Houghton College in western New York.

Denise Troll Covey, Principal Librarian for Special Projects, is responsible for conducting research to inform library administration and strategic planning. She keeps abreast of technological developments, their social implications, and the laws, policies, practices, and standards relevant to digital libraries. Her current projects are analyzing the Copyright Office's recommendations regarding orphan works, participating in the discussion of possible amendments to section 108 of the copyright law, and conducting a study of scholarly communication practices among Carnegie Mellon faculty. Her previous research, designed to increase the success and lower the cost of acquiring copyright permission to digitize and provide open access to books, was published by the Council on Library Information Resources in 2005. Ms. Covey serves on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Standards Development Committee where she is leading the initiative to develop rights expression and management for scholarly information. She was a Distinguished Fellow in the Digital Library Federation in 2000-2001.

Sara Tompson has been a physical sciences and/or engineering librarian for 19 years, and currently serves as Team Leader in the Science & Engineering Library at the University of Southern California. She is proud to have been involved digital libraries from the first days of Web browsers at the University of Illinois. In addition to numerous articles, she coauthored with Elizabeth Eastwood “Digital Library Services: An Overview of the Hybrid Approach.” in the 8th edition (2000) of the ASLIB (UK) _Handbook of Information Management_ in 2000.


Herbert Van de Sompel graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science at Ghent University, and in 2000, obtained a Ph.D. there. For many years, he was Head of Library Automation at Ghent University. After having left Ghent in 2000, he has been Visiting Professor in Computer Science at Cornell University, and Director of e-Strategy and Programmes at the British Library. Currently, he is the team leader of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. The Team does research regarding various aspects of scholarly communication in the digital age, including information infrastructure, interoperability, digital preservation and indicators for the assessment of the quality of units of scholarly communication. Herbert has played a major role in creating the Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting, the OpenURL Framework for Context-Sensitive Services, the SFX linking server, and the "info" URI.

Jason Varghese is a programmer/anaylst for the digital library program at New York University where he is currently working on the Archivists' Toolkit project. Pror to joining NYU, Jason was the senior developer and lead programmer for the Health Education Assets Library, which is a component of the National Sciences Digital Library. Jason has his B.S. degree in computer engineering from the University of Oklahoma and is completing his MBA from the University of Central Oklahoma.


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Jewel Ward is the Program Manager for the University of Southern California Digital Archive. Her duties include Operational/Technical Management and some R&D. She holds both an A.B. with a double major in International Studies and History and an M.S.I.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her master's work focused on Information Systems; for her master's paper topic, she analyzed which Dublin Core Metadata Elements were and were not used by registered OAI-PMH-compliant Data Providers. Prior to USC, she worked in the Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory as a Graduate Research Assistant. Jewel has a background in networking and internet technology due to employment as a NetOps Senior Analyst, a Business Analyst, Techwriter and Webmistress at a now-defunct dot com and two now-defunct data communications companies. An analyst by nature, her subject areas of interest include database applications, information search and retrieval, online information services, project and people management, and, of course, digital libraries.

Perry Willett is the Head of the Digital Library Production Service (DLPS) at the University of Michigan. DLPS is responsible for digital content creation at the University of Michigan libraries, and software development for DLXS, the digital library system. In addition to his work in digital libraries, he has served as a bibliographer and reference librarian at Indiana University, SUNY-Binghamton and Columbia University. He has graduate degrees in Comparative Literature and Library Science from Rutgers University.

Robert Wolfe received his MLIS from Simmons College, where he focused is study on digital libraries. While at Simmons he worked for Digital Learning Interactive, developing metadata systems (LOM and IMS_CP) for the Interactive Learning Resource Network (iLRN), a repository of learning objects. He currently runs the Metadata Services Unit in the MIT Libraries, providing metadata consulting and production support for digital publishing projects at MIT.

Bradley D. Westbrook is the Metadata Librarian and Digital Archivist at the University of California, San Diego, and Project Manager and Lead Analyst for the Archivists' Toolkit project. Prior positions include Manuscripts Librarian and University Archivist at UCSD, Exhibits Curator at Columbia University, and Rare Books Librarian at Kent State University. He received his MLS from UCLA and an MA in English from SUNY-Albany. He has been active in RBMS and SAA and is currently a member of the SAA Technical Subcommittee for Descriptive Standards. He has given numerous presentations on archives and special collections. Publications include "Prospecting Virtual Collections," Journal of Archival Organization, (Vol. 1, no.1) 2002:73-80 ; and "The Archivists’ Toolkit: Another Step Toward Streamlined Archival Processing," Journal of Archival Organization (forthcoming issue).


Mohamed Yakout joined the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (BA) since June 2001 and is currently Head of the Database Administration Unit of BA's ICT Department and team leader of the Library Information System Administrators (LISadmins). He is currently Technical Project Leader of the Digital Assets Repository (DAR) of BA. He was also Technical Project Leader of the President Nasser Collection digitization project and was responsible for the administration and maintenance of the Virtua system of VTLS, which is the database system for the Library bibliographic collections. Moreover, he was responsible for designing and supervising the implementation of all applications to be integrated with the Virtua ILS. Examples include the external bibliographic records conversion system, the membership system, and the Library pre-paid card system.

Yakout received his B.Sc. in Computer Sciences & Automatic Control from Alexandria University with highest honors and distinction in 2001, and is expected to complete his Masters Degree by the summer of 2006. His fields of interest include data mining, digital libraries and information retrieval.

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