SPRING FORUM 2007
Dr. Noha Adly is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Cambridge University, UK in 1995. She was a Research Associate at AT&T Cambridge Research Laboratory (1995-1997) and a Visiting Researcher (1997-2000).
Since 1997, Dr. Adly has been a Consultant for information systems to several firms. She has also served as Consultant for Bibliotheca Alexandrina for the design and installation of its network and its information system as well as the design and implementation of the library information. She is currently the Director of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department and the International School of Information Science (ISIS) research center of Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Dr. Adly is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society as well as several other scientific, social and humanitarian organizations. Her research interests are distributed systems, database systems and digital libraries. Dr. Adly is also author/co-author of more than 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and scientific conferences in the field of computer science and engineering.
Murtha Baca is Head of the Getty Vocabulary Program and the Digital Resource Management Department at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. She holds a PhD in art history and Italian language and literature from UCLA. Her publications include Introduction to Art Image Access and Introduction to Metadata, and she is one of the editors of Cataloging Cultural Objects: a Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images (American Library Association Editions, 2006). Murtha has taught workshops and seminars on metadata, visual resources cataloging, and thesaurus construction at museums, universities, and other organizations in North and South America and in Europe; she teaches a graduate seminar on metadata in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA.
Gaurav Bhatnagar is an Application rogrammer-Analyst at the University of Michigan Library working on the Sakaibrary Project. He has been a part of the development team implementing an interface between commercial metasearch engines and the Sakai collaboration and learning environment. This work enables Sakai users to search and access library licensed digital content within the context of their course or project work sites.
Karim Boughida is a senior information systems architect specializing in digital library and information architecture in the Information Systems Department, Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Boughida holds a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Montreal, Canada and has been in the computer and information industry for more than nineteen years. Before joining the Getty, Boughida was responsible for digital library products at Endeavor Information Systems in Chicago. Prior to his position with Endeavor, Boughida held senior positions in knowledge/records/information management in various sectors (government, financial, etc.) in Canada and an executive position in his native Algeria.
Peter Brantley is the Executive Director for the Digital Library Federation, a not-for-profit international association of libraries and allied institutions. His background includes significant experience with research libraries and digital library development programs. Before joining the DLF, he was Director of Technology at the University of California's California Digital Library; he served previously as the Director of IT Services for the Libraries and Press at New York University. Peter has also worked in academic IT Director positions at UCSF and UC Berkeley. He was the first IT Manager for Rapt, a SF startup providing pricing optimization for online advertising delivery for media businesses. He has also worked as a senior systems analyst in the mass market division of Random House. Peter is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Digital Publishing Forum. He was first introduced to computing through the CDC Plato system.
Laura Campbell is Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives and Chief Information Officer Library of Congress. Ms. Campbell was appointed to the position of associate librarian for Strategic Initiatives in 2000 by the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington. He noted that "Laura has already made many significant contributions to the realization of the Library's digital future. Her demonstrated leadership, technical knowledge and network of expert colleagues in the public and private sectors will bring added strength to our decision-making process."
Creation of the position of associate librarian for Strategic Initiatives responds to a recommendation contained within the 2000 National Academy of Sciences report "LC21: A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress." Responsibilities of the position include overall strategic planning for the Library, oversight of the Information Technology Services directorate, and leadership of the $100 million National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (www.digitalpreservation.gov), which was established to build a nationwide network of partners to preserve important digital content that is at risk of being lost. Ms. Campbell is also director of the National Digital Library Program, a cooperative national effort to digitize and make available online primary source materials of American history and culture. The program's award- winning Web site, American Memory (memory.loc.gov), offers more than 11 million items from the collections of the Library of Congress and those of its partners.
Ms. Campbell is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1973), the University of Maine (M.A. in management, 1979) and Georgetown University (M.S. in accounting, 1983) .
Michelle Dalmau is the Digital Projects and Usability Librarian for the Indiana University Digital Library Program (DLP), where she is responsible for coordinating and managing digital library projects as well as coordinating and leading user studies for the DLP and the greater Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. Her research interests include the integration of complex metadata structures with browse and search functionality of online collections as well as pedagogic use of digital resources, especially image resources.
The many DLP projects Michelle has contributed to include IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana, Film Literature Index, and Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection. She is more recently taking a lead in electronic text projects, working with colleagues on textual analysis, e-text encoding and documentation, and workflow planning. 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.
Joe Dalton is Senior Web Developer for the New York Public Library's (NYPL) Digital Library Program. He currently heads the technical team responsible for the development of digital applications, including the information architecture for the Digital Gallery, which contains over 550,000 images. Prior to joining the Digital Library Program, he worked in the NYPL Research Libraries as a web developer and a reference librarian. He has a B.A. in History from Lake Forest College and received an M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996.
Daniel Davis is currently an IR&D Principal Investigator at Harris Corporation. He holds a BS in ME and a MS in CSE from the University of Florida. A former Naval Officer, he worked for 18 years as a software engineer, software architect, and engineering manager at McDonnell Douglas and Boeing on advanced computing projects for diverse programs such as the Space Shuttle, International Space Station, Delta 4, C-17, and F-18. He acted as integrator for the Iridium ground processing system and for three years prior to his current position was Chief Software Architect for AT&T Wireless telecommunication infrastructure financial systems at a startup company - Copper Key Technologies. At Harris, he has performed research on Service Oriented Architectures for Federal systems integration, unstructured information management, and lead the prototype for the NARA Electronic Record Archive. He is a member of the Harris Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence and the Board of Advisors for the Fedora Project, an open source software project at Cornell and UVA. He has publications on various subjects including aircraft manufacturing systems, simulation, battle management, planning systems, and digital repositories.
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).
Charles Henry is President of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), an organization engaged with the transformational changes in librarianship and higher education. He was previously Vice Provost and University Librarian at Rice University and before that director of the libraries at Vassar College. He serves as chair of the advisory council for the new Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany, is a co-author of the ACLS Cyberinfrastructure Commission report, and recently a Fulbright senior scholar to New Zealand.
Sally Hubbard is Digital Projects Manager at the Getty Research Institute, where she works in digital asset management and digital preservation. She previously worked on digital projects at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and recently served as co chair of the preservation domain of the InterPARES 2 project.
Katherine Kott is the director of the Digital Library Federation's DLF Aquifer program, aimed at bringing distributed digital library collections together to support scholarship, teaching and learning. Her professional career has included a wide range of responsibilities in libraries and information 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., managing the installation of integrated library systems around the world. She has promoted the idea of leveraging resources through collaboration throughout her career, including work as a systems librarian at Bates College and in law library technical services at Duke University.
Stacy Kowalczyk is currently the Associate Director for Projects and Services for the Indiana University Libraries Digital Library Program. She has spent the past 20 years working in library automation. After 10 years at NOTIS Systems, she managed the development of the technical infrastructure for Harvard's Library Digital Initiative. She is also a Ph.D. student at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science.
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 websites, 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.
Marty Kurth is Director of Discovery Systems and Services at Cornell University Library. Discovery Systems and Services provides system administration, application development, and support for the Cornell University Library’s mission-critical systems. Marty holds post-graduate degrees in library and information science and English and has led technical services and technology units in academic libraries for the past eighteen years.
Scott Kveton is CEO of JanRain, Inc., creator of fine software products enabled by OpenID: "A native of the Mid-West I moved out to Oregon in 1980 with my family and never looked back. Graduated from Beaverton High School in 1992 and Oregon State University in 1997 (once a Beaver, always a Beaver I suppose). I worked for a couple of dot com’s (amazon.com, rulespace.com, pdaverticals.com) and returned to OSU to start the Open Source Lab."
"The Open Source Lab was a culmination of OSU’s use, development and hosting of open source projects. While at the OSL we engaged in software development projects like Maintain, Ockham, Kuali and many others. We also built a massive hosting infrastructure to support the Mozilla Foundation, the Apache Software Foundation, the Linux Kernel and many, many others. I really enjoyed building the OSL and working with everyone there; it was an amazing team that did something that everyone said we couldn’t do."
"In the Spring of 2006 I met Larry Drebes the founder of JanRain. Fruitful discussions led me down the path of deciding to make the jump and “get off the sidelines” to become a part of the JanRain team."
Wendy Pradt Lougee is University Librarian and McKnight Presidential Professor at the University of Minnesota.
Alison MacKeen is the founding editor of digitalculturebooks, a new imprint of the University of Michigan Press and Library. Her primary subject areas are Media and Communication, and Cultural Studies.
Cecily Marcus is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Libraries. She received her PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota in 2005.
Jerome McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he currently heads the Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries degree program. He formerly worked as the team leader for New York University's digital library development program. He is a member of the METS editorial board as well as the ODRL international advisory board, and has served on the NISO Standards Development Committee as well as the PREMIS working group. His current research focuses on the application of metadata in digital libraries and data curation efforts, as well as digital preservation.
Ethan Miller is an associate professor of computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he is a member of the Storage Systems Research Center (SSRC). He received his ScB from Brown in 1987 and his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1995, where he was a member of the RAID project. He spent six years at the University of Maryland Baltimore County before joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 2000. He has written over 75 papers covering topics such as archival storage, large-scale storage systems, file systems for next-generation storage technologies, secure file systems, distributed systems, and information retrieval. His current research projects, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and industry support for the SSRC, include issues in petabyte-scale storage systems, long-term archival storage systems, and file systems for non-volatile RAM technologies; earlier research on information retrieval was funded by the Department of Defense. Prof. Miller's broader interests include file systems, operating systems, parallel and distributed systems, and computer security. In addition to research and teaching in storage systems and operating systems, Prof. Miller has consulted with industry to help move research results into commercial use. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Magdy Nagi is a Professor in the Computer Science department, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Karlsruhe, in 1974, where he served as Lecturer for two years and as a Consultant to its Computer Center from 1974-1990. During this period he also served as Consultant to many companies in Germany such as Dr. Otker, Bayer, SYDAT AG, and BEC.
On the national level he was a Consultant to many projects under the umbrella of either the University of Alexandria or the Faculty of Engineering for designing and/or implementing automation projects for governmental authorities or public sector companies, such as the Ministry of Interior, the Health Insurance Organization (HIO), the Social Insurance Organization (SIO), and the Customs Authorities.
Since 1995, Dr. Nagi has served as Consultant to Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Among his activities are the design and installation of Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s network and its information system as well as the design and implementation of the library information system, namely a trilingual information system that offers full library automation. He is currently serving as the Head of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Sector and the Director of the International School for Information Science (ISIS) at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Dr. Nagi is a member of the ACM and the IEEE Computer Society as well as several other scientific organizations. His main research interests are in operating systems and database systems. He is author/co author of more than 80 papers.
Michael L. Nelson joined the Computer Science Department 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. His research interests include repository-object interaction and digital preservation. More information about him can be found at http://www.cs.odu.edu/~mln/.
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.
Paul Rascoe is the Government Documents, Maps and Electronic Information Services Librarian, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Jenn Riley is the Metadata Librarian with the Digital Library Program at Indiana University-Bloomington, 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 Best Practices for OAI Data Provider Implementations and Shareable Metadata and Digital Library Federation / Aquifer Implementation Guidelines for Shareable MODS Records . 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, and a contributor to the collaborative Blog and Wiki TechEssence , a technology resource for library administrators. 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.
Melanie Schlosser is pursuing an MLS with a specialization in digital libraries at Indiana University's School of Library and Information Science, and is a fellow in the Digital Libraries Education Project. She currently works full-time for IU's Digital Library Program as the Digital Library Resident, concentrating on e-text projects, metadata, and representation of information. She is also pursuing an interest in copyright and the rights of users, especially as they impact the digital information environment.
Tito Sierra is the Assistant Head of Digital Library Development at North Carolina State University Libraries, where he provides leadership for the development of innovative applications that advance library services and collections. He has led several projects including Quick Search, a single search box interface to the NCSU Libraries, and CatalogWS, a Web API to the NCSU Libraries catalog. He also served on the implementation team for NCSU's Endeca catalog interface. Previously, he worked as a Senior Program Manager and Web Development Manager at Amazon.com. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University and a Master of Science in Information Management from Syracuse University.
Rachel S. Smith is the Director of Special Projects & Publications for the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of colleges, universities, museums and technology companies dedicated to using new technologies to inspire, energize, stimulate, and support learning and creative expression. A specialist in project coordination, user interface design, and visual facilitation, Rachel directs the NMC's involvement in the opensource Pachyderm project (www.pachyderm.org) as well as all NMC internal and external publications. She serves as an interorganizational liason, bringing together various groups to develop new projects. Formerly of the California State University Center for Distributed Learning, where she was involved with the development of online educational materials including MERLOT (www.merlot.org), Biology Labs On-Line, and Light Bridge, Rachel authors instructional materials, guides, and monographs on the creative and technical aspects of teaching with technology.
Andreas Stanescu is Software Architect for OCLC's Digital Archive and the Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR), in cooperation with Harvard University Libraries. He is developing and prototyping processes to create preservation plans for documents ingested by the Digital Archive, including a method to identify and measure changes in the supporting IT environment. As technical lead architect, Mr. Stanescu focuses on the system architecture for the OCLC Digital Archive, enterprise integration solutions and distributed registries infrastructure. Prior to joining OCLC, Andreas developed a software system that secured access to system services and implemented strong cryptographic solutions to protect data integrity.
Julie Sweetkind-Singer is the Head Librarian at the Branner Earth Sciences Library and Map Collections at Stanford University. Her subject specializations are maps and GIS. She is currently Stanford's project lead on an NDIIPP grant from the Library of Congress focusing on long term preservation of geospatial data. She has work at Stanford since May 2000. She received her M.L.I.S from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Rhonda Trueman is reference librarian at Johnson & Wales University Charlotte. The potential for education in virtual worlds drew her to Second Life and through her work with the Second Life Library she has helped to bring library resources and programs into this environment. Currently serving as the Assistant Director /Director of Operations for the Second Life Library, she heads the collections effort there and works with various groups on projects and events. Rhonda recently presented a program on academic libraries in Second Life at the Association for College and Research Libraries 13th Annual National Conference.
Jennifer Vinopal is NYU's Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives: she is a project manager in NYU's Digital Library Program, and she is co-head of the Digital Studio, NYU's gateway to digital services supporting scholarship and teaching. Vinopal is also currently the chair of the DLF Aquifer Project's Services Working Group.
Perry Willett is the Head of the Digital Library Production Service 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.