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Stephen Abrams is the Senior Manager for Digital Preservation Technology at the California Digital Library (CDL) of the University of California, with responsibility for strategic planning, design, and operation of the CDL's preservation infrastructure. He was the ISO project leader and document editor for the PDF/A standard, ISO 19005-1; the architect and project manager for the JHOVE characterization framework; and the initiator of the Global Digital Format Registry (GDFR) project.


Jonathan Band helps shape the laws governing intellectual property and the Internet through a combination of legislative and appellate advocacy. He has represented clients with respect to the drafting of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA); database protection legislation; the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act; and other federal and state statutes relating to intellectual property and the Internet. He complements this legislative advocacy by filing amicus briefs in significant cases related to these provisions.

Mr. Band's deep substantive knowledge of the application of intellectual property law to information technology permits him to counsel clients on complex copyright issues. Mr. Band is an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and has written extensively on intellectual property and the Internet, including the book Interfaces on Trial and over 60 articles.

Mr. Band received a B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in 1982 from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Yale Law School in 1985. From 1985 to 2005, Mr. Band worked at the Washington, D.C., office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, including thirteen years as a partner. Mr. Band established his own law firm in May, 2005.

Kathleen Bauer is the Director of Usability and Assessment at Yale University Library, where she has started its first Usability and Assessment department. She works closely with the web manager and other staff in the library and the university to ensure that user assessment is done for all new digital projects at the Yale Library. Her work has included usability testing of federated search tools, the Vufind catalog, image databases, ebooks and ejournal search interfaces (for more information see http://www.library.yale.edu/libepub/usability and http://www.library.yale.edu/245). Before becoming the Usability Librarian, Katie was the Nursing Librarian at Yale and a National Library of Medicine Informatics Fellow. Katie has an MLS from the State University of New York at Albany, an MS in Applied Math from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

Ahrash Bissell came to Creative Commons (CC) from Duke University (Durham, NC) where he was a Research Associate in Biology and the Assistant Director of the Academic Resource Center. He received his BS in Biology in 1994 from UC San Diego, followed by a Ph.D. in Biology in 2001 from the University of Oregon (UO), where he pursued research on animal behavior and evolutionary genetics.

While Ahrash had continued an active research and teaching program in biology, the bulk of his time in recent years was focused on educational research and technology, pedagogical and curriculum development, assessment (with a focus on critical-thinking skills and metacognition), and facilitating interdisciplinary research, especially via open dissemination, data sharing, and web-based "communities of expertise." Ahrash has many years of experience teaching in several different institutions of higher education, including challenging settings such as community-college extension programs for prison inmates. He has also been intimately involved in K-12 outreach programs for science education, particularly as a primary advisor for the now-international InnoWorks project.

Ahrash's first exposure to CC came as a result of efforts to remove barriers to interdisciplinary research and data-sharing. Interdisciplinary study was a fundamental part of his dissertation work, but building on such work is extremely challenging due to lack of accessible integrative research databases, despite the fact that such resources have been in discussion among professional societies for many years. Copyright is one of the key areas of confusion and concern, and the Creative Commons model provided an intellectual framework for understanding alternative approaches to database designs. In collaboration with the Alexandria Archive Institute, Ahrash authored publications and gave invited talks at several meetings about database integration and copyright.

Ahrash's work at ccLearn brings similar efforts to bear on the world of education, particularly the promising area of open educational resources (OER). As the education division of Creative Commons, ccLearn has several key priorities: expanding knowledge of practices around OER, improving interoperability - legally, technically, and socially - of OER, giving guidance on design and sustainability models for OER projects, and facilitating networking and collaborative relationships worldwide in order to scale out the impact and presence of the open education movement globally. Ahrash brings his experience in community building, program development, research, and education to the position in the hopes that ccLearn can leverage all of the fantastic work in open education to the benefit of everyone.

Alan Burdette is Director of the Archives of Traditional Music, the oldest and largest university-based ethnographic sound archive in the United States. He has also been the director of the EVIA Digital Archive Project since its inception in 2002. Since becoming director of the Archives of Traditional Music in 2007 he has served as the new principal investigator of the Sound Directions project for digital audio preservation. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and ethnomusicology and his research and teaching has focused on ethnic and regional musics in the United States. Before becoming the director of the Archives of Traditional Music served seven years as the first Executive Director of the Society for Ethnomusicology.

Bonnie Burns is the GIS coordinator for the Harvard Map Collection, part of the Harvard College Library, a position she has held since 1999. She began her career with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, working closely with the National Park Service using GIS to aid in the preservation of cultural and natural resources around the country. Her professional interests include the application of geographic analysis techniques to questions of historic research and landscape preservation.


Steve Carmody is an IT Architect at Brown University. He is a member of the Internet2 Middleware Architecture Committee for Education. He is the Project Manager for Internet2's Shibboleth Initiative. He is a co-editor of the NMI-EDIT Authentication Roadmap. He was the security architect for the Mellon-supported LionShare P2P File Sharing project.

Kris Carpenter Negulescu is the Director of the Web Group at the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive is a high-tech nonprofit, founded in 1996 by Brewster Kahle as an "Internet library" to provide universal and permanent access to digital information for educators, researchers, historians, and the general public. The Internet Archive captures, stores and provides access to born-digital and digitized content.

Kris leads a team of twelve people responsible for

  • Cultivating and growing the Internet Archive's web archive which now contains over 110 billion captures (www.archive.org),
  • Delivering access services in support of researchers and the general public,
  • Leading development of the Heritrix open source web crawler and Wayback machine used to replay archived web content
  • Working closely with national libraries, archives, universities, and cultural institutions to provide technical expertise and services in web archiving and search.

Prior to joining the Internet Archive, Kris held product and general management roles primarily for venture-backed Silicon Valley start-ups, leading teams that delivered web search, ecommerce marketplace and transactional services. Kris has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University.

Jason Casden is the Digital Technologies Development Librarian at North Carolina State University, where he provides technical leadership and hands-on programming expertise for digital library projects. He serves as technical lead for the NCSU Libraries' Course Views project. Jason received his Master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ryan Chute is a researcher and software engineer on the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Since joining the team in 2005, Ryan has served as project manager for the aDORe project and is actively involved in other Prototyping Team efforts, such as OAI-ORE and MESUR. Ryan's research focuses on leveraging existing standards and technologies to develop highly scalable, component-based systems.

Dr. Daniel J. Clancy, PhD, is the Engineering Director for Google Book Search. The goal of the Google Book Search project is to digitize the world's books and make them searchable online. Google is working with both publishers and libraries as part of this project. Prior to coming to Google in January 2005, Dr. Clancy was the Director of the Exploration Technologies Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The Directorate supports over 700 people performing both basic and applied research in a diverse range of technology areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions. Technology areas include Intelligent Systems, High-end Computing, Human-Centered Systems, Bio/Nanotechnology, Entry Systems and others. In this role, Dr. Clancy played numerous roles at the agency level including participating in the team that developed the agency's plan to return men to the Moon and eventually Mars. Dr. Clancy received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in artificial intelligence. While in school, Dr. Clancy also worked at Trilogy Corporation, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Xerox Webster Research center. Dr. Clancy received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1985 in computer science and theatre

Tom Cramer is the Associate Director for Digital Library Systems & Services at Stanford University. In this role, he has programmatic responsibility for the Stanford University Libraries' emerging digital services, including digitization, digital preservation, discovery & delivery. He also oversees the Libraries' IT & systems environments, including the ILS, as well as its server, database & storage infrastructure. Prior to joining the Libraries, he was the Director of Technology Infrastructure and Middleware & Intregation Services in Stanford's central IT department.


Stephen Davison is Head of the UCLA Digital Library Program (DLP), responsible for leadership and strategic planning for the program. Before assuming management of DLP in 2004 he was the Music Librarian for Special Collections and Assistant Head of the Music Library, where he initiated a number of UCLA's early digital projects, including digitization of sheet music and sound recordings, and founding of the Sheet Music Consortium, one of the first subject-specific OAI-based service providers.

Lynn DeLacy is Project Manager for the UCLA Digital Library Program, where she coordinates and manages digital projects, including the Digital Archive of Popular American Music (DAPAM), the Los Angeles Times digital photographic archive and the Frontera digital audio collection. Prior to joining UCLA, she worked in documentary filmmaking and archival research. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.S. in L.I.S. from Simmons College.

Alyce Dissette (PADb Project Director) is a theatrical/television/digital media producer based in New York City. She is currently Producer of the Pick Up Performance Co(S.), the works of artists Ain Gordon and David Gordon. Over the years she has worked on projects with many artists including John Kelly, Art Spiegelman, Nona Hendryx, James Turrell, Robert Wilson and Philip Glass. Ms. Dissette was Executive Producer of the PBS national series "Alive From Off Center" (a/k/a "Alive TV") where her programs merging experimental film and the performing arts won numerous awards and citations including a Cable Ace Award for a co-production with MTV. She was director of the digital art works competition, "New Voices, New Visions" sponsored by Paul Allen, the Voyager Co. and WIRED Magazine with the winners presented at the Lincoln Center Video Festival. She currently serves on the Boards of ODC/San Francisco, and the Alliance of Resident Theaters (A.R.T.)/New York.

Liz Dreyer (Executive Director, DPI) received her M.F.A. in Stage Management from the Yale School of Drama. She specialized in producing live events. Before joining the GSRT full time, Dreyer stage managed across the country at theaters such as the Yale Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre in Boston, and Seattle Repertory Theatre, The New York Shakespeare Festival and BAM. Dreyer was Production Manager for GSRT's award winning production of An Epidog with Mabou Mines. Since coming on board with GSRT, she has been actively producing live and remote events using the digital technologies and the internet. These events include: a multi-site rehearsal between actors in New York and St. Petersburg; a collaboration and master class between puppeteers in New York with Bunraku master Yoshida Tammamatsu and composer Ushio Torikai in Tokyo, Japan; managing and editing the Virtual Textbook and classes to Binghamton University; a day-long symposium focusing on Vsevold Meyerhold, a highlight of which was a videoconference and talk from Maria Valentey, Meyerhold's granddaughter and; a week-long residency at the University of Georgia focusing on new acting technique and theory

Kim Duckett is the Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning at North Carolina State University. She takes a lead in the library's efforts to incorporate library resources, services, and instruction into online teaching and learning environments and is the primary distance education librarian. She serves as project manager for the NCSU Libraries' Course Views project (branded "Library Tools"), which dynamically generates student-centric views of library resources that can be integrated into learning management systems. Additional projects include the development of a streaming video reserves service and the creation of reusable online learning materials about the economics of information and scholarly communication. Kim received her master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2001.

Jon Dunn is Associate Director for Technology in the Indiana University Digital Library Program, where he oversees the development and management of systems to support IU's digital library collections. He is currently co-director of the Sakaibrary project, a partnership with the University of Michigan that seeks to integrate access to licensed library resources into the Sakai community source collaboration and learning environment. He also directs IUÕs IMLS-funded Variations3 digital music library and learning system development project and is a participant in several other audio, video, and music digital library and digital preservation projects at IU. He currently serves as chair of the DLF Aquifer project's Technology/Architecture Working Group.

Michael Durbin is a Programmer/Analyst in the Indiana University Digital Library Program where he maintains and develops tools around the Indiana University Digital Library Program's Fedora repository. His recent focus has been the development of search and discovery systems for the various collections within that repository. Before working in this capacity, he was a developer on the Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis Digital Archive (EVIADA) project.


Ingrid Finnane is a Business Analyst at the National Library of Australia, where she has worked on projects to develop a Rights Management system and an Audio Delivery system. Prior to joining the Library, Ingrid worked in information technology at the University of Queensland and the National Museum of Australia. She has a BA in Philosophy and completed graduate studies in Classical Greek.

Roberta Fox is a Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University Library, Office for Information Systems. She supports many aspects of the HUL Library Digital Initiative's web-based applications, and is currently working on re-engineering those applications for "searchability," and on the Web Archive Collection Service (WAX) . In one of her previous private-industry software engineering positions, she helped develop web crawlers and search engine technology.


Michelle Gallinger is a Digital Archivist at the Library of Congress. She oversees several National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) projects, develops work plans, and advances digital preservation program activities. Her previous work has included project management and design with imaging and metadata vendors, forming digital library policies and practices at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's Rockefeller Library, and a variety of e-publishing work.

Andrea Goethals is six months into a newly created position: Digital Preservation and Repository Services Manager in the Office for Information Systems (OIS), Harvard University Library. Andrea is responsible for providing leadership in the development and operation of Harvard's newly established digital preservation program and for the management and oversight of the Digital Repository Service, Harvard's large scale digital preservation repository. She is also involved in an international effort to establish a format registry for digital preservation.

Andrea has been a Digital Library Software Engineer in OIS since January 2005. Before coming to Harvard, Andrea worked as a Digital Preservation Software Engineer/File Format Specialist at the Florida Center for Library Automation. Her background is in preservation and visualization in both the digital and built worlds. She has an MS in Computer Science with a concentration in system visualization, an MA in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in GIS, and a BD in Architecture where she specialized in sustainable construction.

Wendy Marcus Gogel is Digital Projects Program Librarian in the Office for Information Systems, Harvard University Library, where she has worked for 9 years. Wendy initially managed the Library Digital Initiative Internal Challenge Grant Program, and now manages a group of librarians who provide digital library project assistance to the Harvard community and professional support to the development team in the areas of functional requirements, system testing, usability, accessibility and interface design. In addition, Wendy has been managing the web-archiving pilot project and is part of a Harvard University Library team exploring e-mail archiving.

Wendy has an MS from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science where she concentrated in management of visual collections and archives. Prior to working at Harvard, she worked for the National Park Service and for Boston Public Library, first as Apprentice Paper Conservator in the Rare Book Department and then as a Reference Librarian in the department of Prints and Photographs.

Esther Grassian has been a librarian in the UCLA College Library since 1969, and was awarded Distinguished Librarian status by the UCLA Library in 2003. Her current title is Information Literacy Librarian. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer in the Information Studies Department of the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, where she teaches a graduate course she co-designed with Joan Kaplowitz, "Information Literacy Instruction: Theory & Practice." She also taught a 4-unit undergraduate course in the UCLA Information Studies Department in the 1980s, and developed and taught two 1-unit undergraduate information literacy courses in the UCLA English Composition Department and in the UCLA Honors Program in the 2000's. In addition, she has taught many hundreds of sessions to UCLA undergraduate and graduate courses as a guest lecturer, since the mid-1980s.

Her publications include two co-authored books (with Joan Kaplowitz)--Information Literacy Instruction: Theory & Practice, Neal-Schuman, 2001, and Learning to Lead and Manage Information Literacy Instruction, Neal-Schuman, 2005. She has also written articles, book chapters and conference papers, including "Thinking Critically About World Wide Web Resources" , and "Thinking Critically About Web 2.0 and Beyond" . She has been active in, made many presentations to, and chaired a number of local, regional and national library and information literacy organizations since the mid-1970s, including the ACRL Instruction Section, SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians), the Librarians Association of the University of California, Los Angeles, and the statewide University of California Librarians Association. In 2004, she established the LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) group in 2004, an informal group of librarians from all types of libraries in California . In addition to LILi, her current interests include immersive learning in virtual worlds, such as Second Life, where she works with the UCLA Library, UCLA students, faculty and staff, the Alliance Library System, ACRL, and the Digital Library Federation, among others.

Abbie Grotke is a Digital Media Project Coordinator on the Web Capture Team in the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Library of Congress (www.loc.gov/webcapture). She has been involved in digital initiatives at the Library of Congress for over 11 years, initially as an American Memory digital conversion specialist, and then as project coordinator for the digitization of the Manuscript Division's Hannah Arendt Papers. She was then a project coordinator for development of the LC/OCLC digital reference service, QuestionPoint. In 2002 she became the project leader for the Library's MINERVA web archiving project, and in 2005, joined the OSI Web Capture team where she manages various Web archive collection activities, within the Library of Congress and with external partners. She is currently the Communications Officer of the International Internet Preservation Consortium (netpreserve.org). Prior to the Library of Congress, she worked in the publications office of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2004, she was named one of 55 Library Journal "Movers and Shakers."


Tom Habing is a Research Programmer at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where for the past 10 years he has worked on various digital library projects. Tom currently spends half his time as a developer for the DLF Aquifer American Social History Online project. The remainder of his time is spent providing technical support for various ongoing projects at UIUC, including being the developer of the UIUC OAI Registry, providing technical leadership for the Library's NDIIPP ECHO DEPository grant project, and various internal projects. Tom's start in digital libraries was as lead developer on the Library's NSF funded Digital Library Initiative (DLI I) project, and the CNRI funded DLib Test Suite projects.

Georgia K. Harper is the Scholarly Communications Advisor for the University of Texas at Austin Libraries, where she focuses on issues of digital access. She was Senior Attorney and manager of the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System until August 2006, and currently represents the Office of General Counsel as outside counsel for copyright.

She is author of the online publication, The Copyright Crash Course that provides guidance to university faculty, students and staff concerning a wide range of copyright issues and is freely accessible to all universities and colleges.

She has conducted local, state, regional and national workshops and seminars on copyright issues and has been an advisor to the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American Universities, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and the American Council on Education. She was named a fellow of the National Association of College and University Attorneys in June 2001.

Ms. Harper graduated with High Honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education and with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin's Law School with a J.D. degree. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, in Information Studies. Her academic and career goals, research interests, and how those relate to copyright law and the Crash Course, are detailed more fully in Georgia Harper -- The third career, but who's counting, and on her personal blog, Lifelong learning: The third degree.

Susan Harum is the Business Analyst for the Aquifer American Social History Online Project and is responsible for gathering and documenting functional requirements, helping to design and conduct acceptance testing, and coordinating assessment activities. She spent 9 years providing coordination and support activities for the National Science Foundation's Digital Libraries Initiative. Prior to joining the DLF, Susan was responsible for a revenue generating service of the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, where she is based.

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, USC Libraries, University of Southern California has held various positions at the University of Southern California since she began her career there. She has spent the past eight 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 and in DLF's Aquifer Project, as chair of the Services Working Group which is currently assessing DLF Aquifer's American Social History Portal. Her other projects have included planning and implementation of USC's collection information system for digital resources, openURL resolver, electronic resources management system, institutional repository and smaller content specific sites developed for faculty course and research work.


Dr. Leslie Jarmon is a Faculty Development Specialist at The University of Texas at Austin with the Division for Instructional Innovation and Assessment. She has designed and taught graduate level courses since 1998 with the Office of Graduate Studies. Dr. Jarmon is perhaps best known for creating the world's first multimedia digital dissertation to be accepted entirely on CD-ROM in 1996. She is a leader in the university's entry into virtual world environments, specifically Second Life (SL), and she is co-founder of the Educators Coop, a virtual residential community of interdisciplinary educators, researchers, and librarians from around the world (http://www.educatorscoop.org). Her avatar's name is Bluewave Ogee, and she has published research papers and presented at numerous conferences on Second Life, including Best Practices in Education in SL, the American Sociological Association, and the New Media Consortium Symposium on Creativity.

Leslie Johnston is a Digital Media Project Manager in the Repository Development Group at the Library of Congress, where she manages software development projects and develops work plans, policies, and guidelines for programs relevant to the Library's digital holdings and the life cycle management of digital content. Previously, she served as the Head of Digital Access Services at the University of Virginia Library, where she managed digital library program components supporting the collection, management, and delivery of digital content. Ms. Johnston has also worked as Head of Instructional Technology and Library Information Systems at the Harvard Design School, Academic Technology Specialist for Art for the Stanford University Libraries, Systems Project Coordinator at the Historic New Orleans Collection, and as Database Specialist for the Getty Research Institute. She has also been active in the museum automation community, working for various museums, teaching courses on museum systems, editing the journal Spectra, and serving on the board of the Museum Computer Network. programmer and systems analyst, has been working on the technical and organizational issues of digital preservation at Cornell University Library for ten years.


Peter Keane is the technical lead and project manager for the Digital Archive Services (DASe) project (http://daseproject.org) at The University of Texas at Austin. The project is an effort of the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services department, where Peter is a Senior Systems Analyst, in conjunction with the UT Libraries, the College of Fine Arts, and the School of Architecture. Peter holds an MLIS degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in English Literature from Harvard University.

Michele Kimpton, , Executive Director DSpace Foundation. The DSpace Foundation was founded in summer 2007 to lead the collaborative development and strategic direction of the DSpace open source software platform. A few of the current key initiatives being undertaken by the Foundation are complete the re-architecture of the platform so it is web services based and can accommodate more complex objects: improve communication and outreach through coordination, process and centralized infrastructure; Create partnerships that bring value to the community such as the recent Fedora DSpace partnership, NITLE and @Mire. The organization consists of a small team that is currently hosted at M.I.T. campus.

Before founding DSpace Foundation, Michele Kimpton has been a Director in numerous start ups including Web Archive Director at Internet Archive, Chief Operations Officer at eframes.com, and founder of Ross Valley Brewing Company. Ms. Kimpton has 15 years prior experience working at a fortune 500 company, Raychem corporation, holding positions in engineering, product management, business development, and sales management.

Molly Kleinman is a Copyright Specialist and Special Projects Librarian at the University of Michigan Library. She provides copyright support for the Library's digital publishing initiatives, coordinates copyright education and outreach for faculty, staff, and students, and redesigned and manages the U-M copyright website.

Before becoming a librarian, Molly was an associate at the Wendy Weil Literary Agency in New York, where she managed permission requests and reprint rights, assisted with contract negotiations, and evaluated manuscript submissions.

She blogs about copyright and scholarly communication at http://mollykleinman.com.

Colin Koteles is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Library Web Services at the College of DuPage. For the past six years, he has managed and developed the Library's web resources including its institutional repository and other related systems. From 2006 to 2008, Colin was an IMLS Fellow in the CAS in Digital Libraries program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois. His research focused on evaluating DLF data provider conformance to metadata application profiles. Prior that that, he received his MSLIS from the University of Illinois in 2002.

Karen Reardon Kupiec is the Director of Library Access Integration Services for the Yale University Library (for more information see: http://www.library.yale.edu/wsg). She coordinates and directs the integration of virtual web-based Library services with traditional in-person access services. She previously was the Head of Web, Workstation & Digital Consulting Services in the Library's IT department and serves as the technology administrative advisor to the 'yufind' implementation project. Karen has a BA from St. Anselm College.


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. He is the chair of the DLF's ILS Discovery Interface Task Force. He has been developing discovery interfaces for digital resources since the early 1990s. Recent projects he has been involved with that use data from the ILS include subject map browsers and social tagging systems. He recently chaired a group that produced architectural recommendations for the next generation of DSpace. His other interests include copyright information, file format documentation and services, digital preservation, and open access.

Elizabeth McAulay is the Librarian for Digital Collection Development in the UCLA Digital Library Program. She coordinates librarians, faculty, staff, and other partners in the creation of digital collections of text, images, audio, and video. Elizabeth also participates in the planning and development of digital library infrastructure within the UCLA Library. She currently leads the effort to migrate a faculty-curated digital project of cuneiform materials to a digital library platform, and participates in a variety of other projects, including the UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, the Bernard Picart 18th century world religions encyclopedias, and more generally, the development of infrastructure and guidelines to support text encoding within the UCLA Digital Library Program.

Spencer McEwen is a Digital Library Software Engineer with the Harvard University Library. Since 2004, Spencer has focused on the development and enhancement of Harvard's Digital Repository Service (DRS). His primary responsibilities include improving the DRS content delivery and persistent naming services, as well as developing tools to facilitate batch ingest and file identification. Spencer is a 2002 summa cum laude graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Tracy Meehleib is Network Specialist at the Library of Congress, Network Development & MARC Standards Office. She has a background in visual materials cataloging, digital reference, metadata mappings and conversions, digital projects, and web archives. She is a member of the DLF Metadata Working Group and holds a BA in anthropology from University of California San Diego and an MLS from University of Maryland.

Phil Michel is the Digital Conversion Coordinator in the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress. Phil has a B.A. in Fine Arts and Journalism from Indiana University, concentrating on photography. He has worked on imaging projects at the Library since 1990 and manages an archive of over 1 million digital images. He works with a variety of organizations developing standards and best practices for digital conversion operations, digital photography metadata, and digital preservation.

William Mischo is Head, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center and Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Bill was a Principal Investigator on a DLI-I grant awarded to Illinois in 1994 and an NSF NSDL (National Science Digital Library) grant and the work on portal design reported at this Forum is supported by a follow-on NSDL grant and a National Leadership Grant from IMLS.

Bill has published numerous articles and conference papers on enhanced access and search technologies and has presented at national and international conferences. He has been a member of the NSDL Policy Committee and, in 2001, received the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, Engineering Libraries Division.

Steve Morris has been Head of Digital Library Initiatives at NCSU Libraries since 2002. Previously, as Head of Data Services, he led development of the GIS data services program at NCSU. Mr. Morris is principal investigator on the North Carolina Geospatial Data Archiving Project, one of the initial collection-building partnerships within the NDIIPP program, and is a partner on the new GeoMAPP project, a new NDIIPP multistate effort focused on preservation of geospatial data.


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.


Jon Orwant is an engineering manager at Google, where he leads the Boston Book Search team. He received his PhD from MIT in 1999, becoming CTO of O'Reilly and then director of research at France Telecom before joining Google. He's the author of several programming books, including the bestselling Programming Perl, and has been a publisher, editor, indexer, and copyeditor. In 2004 he received the White Camel Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to Perl.

Jane Otto is MIC Project Manager for the Library of Congress. She has worked on the initiative since its inception, providing technical expertise and working with developers, participants, and end users to build an effective portal for preservation and access to moving images of all kinds. She was a working cataloger for twenty years, at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has served in several leadership roles for the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and has given numerous presentations on MIC, moving image cataloging, and media asset management.

Evan Owens is Chief Technology Office of Portico (www.portico.org), a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to preserve scholarly literature published in electronic form and to ensure that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students. Prior to joining Portico in 2003, he worked at the University of Chicago Press and was responsible for Chicago's pioneering program in e-journal publishing. He currently serves on the advisory panel for the National Library of Medicine E-Journal DTD and the NISO Standards Architecture Committee.


Joseph Pawletko is a Software Systems Architect in New York University's Digital Library Technology Services group. Since June 2005, he has worked as the programmer/analyst for the Hemispheric Digital Video Library, the chief architect of NYU's Digital Preservation Repository, and NYU's project manager on the NDIIPP: Preserving Digital Public Television grant.

Sandy Payette , Executive Director, Fedora Commons. As Executive Director of Fedora Commons, Sandy bridges research and innovation with practical applications and open source software deployment. Her original research at Cornell University Information Science led to the founding of the Fedora Project which, in 2007, she successfully directed into the Fedora Commons non-profit organization. Sandy continually collaborates with scholars, scientists, and practitioners nationally and internationally to further the mission of Fedora Commons and to continue her research in scholarly communication, digital libraries, digital preservation, and information modeling. Sandra also spent ten years in industry leading information technology projects at Corning Incorporated, a Fortune 500 company. Her leadership led to early adoption of computing and information technologies by executives and senior management, helping to forge new processes and techniques for strategic business analysis.

Jerry Persons is an Information Architect for the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources. His work includes architecture for and investigation of technologies in support of the Libraries' collection, digitization and information delivery programs, as well as its efforts toward broad integration of access to knowledge resources throughout the academy.

SULAIR enterprises include publication initiatives (High Wire Press and Stanford University Press) plus development and deployment of infrastructure for teaching, learning and research (LOCKSS, Stanford Digital Repository, Sakai, …).

Previously, Jerry was Manager of Enterprise Library Systems at Stanford (1982-2001), where he was responsible for the implementation and management of library computing systems. He has a MLS from the University of Michigan and a music performance degree from Wichita State University.


William Reilly is Technical Projects Manager in the MIT Libraries' Technology Research and Development group, where he serves as project manager and contributing analyst on sponsored research projects. These have included the MIT iCampus project CWSpace, archiving MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) to DSpace, and the current IMLS grant FAÇADE project, archiving 3D CAD 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 his current position in academic digital library research.

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. Jenn recently co-authored a book entitled "Metadata for Digital Resources: Implementation, Systems Design and Interoperability," released in early 2008 as part of the Chandos Information Professional Series. She has been a major contributor to several widely circulated metadata guidelines, including some arising from Digital Library Federation initiatives. Jenn's research interests also include the incorporation of thesaurus structures into search and browse systems, music digital libraries, and FRBR. She is principal investigator on a new three-year project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services entitled "Variations as a Testbed for the FRBR Conceptual Model," which will create and provide access to FRBRized data for scores and recordings held at Indiana University. 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.

Jonathan Rochkind is Digital Services Software Engineer at the Johns Hopkins Libraries. He works on improving public facing digital services for patrons. He has an MLIS from the University of Washington Information School. In his spare time, he plays the accordion.

Sally Rumsey is leading the development and implementation of the Oxford University Research Archive (ORA), a Fedora-based sustainable repository for research output at the University of Oxford. She is Principal Investigator for the JISC-funded 'Building the Research Information Infrastructure' project at Oxford, a collaboration between ORA and the Medical Sciences Division, which will enable efficient sharing of research information across the University and potentially beyond, using a solution based on semantic web technologies. As manager of the repository, she is involved in a number of other JISC-funded projects including PRESERV2, DISK-UK DataShare and BID (Bridging the Interoperability Divide). Sally previously worked at the London School of Economics where she was eServices Librarian. She is a member of the JISC eBooks Working Group. Her book, "How to find information: a guide for researchers" (2nd ed.) is published by the Open University Press.

Virginia Rutledge is Special Counsel to Creative Commons, the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that promotes the creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. Through its free copyright licenses, Creative Commons offers authors, artists, scientists and educators the choice of a flexible range of protections and freedoms that build upon the "all rights reserved" concept of traditional copyright to enable a voluntary "some rights reserved" approach. Virginia joined Creative Commons as Vice President and General Counsel from Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, where her practice included intellectual property, antitrust, art and entertainment law. She has represented major global clients in many sectors of the media and content industries, and has extensive pro bono and nonprofit experience. As VP and GC, Virginia saw Creative Commons through its fifth year anniversary development drive and led its successful defense in litigation. In July 2008, she became Special Counsel, leading special legal projects from New York City, where she lives and also maintains a private IP and art consulting practice. Before becoming a lawyer, Rutledge trained as an art historian and was an exhibition associate at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She holds a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and an M. Phil. in Art History from the City University of New York's Graduate School and University Center. Rutledge speaks frequently on art, digital media and intellectual property law at conferences around the world, and has written on art and law for publications such as Art in America, Artforum and Bookforum. She serves as the current Chair of the Art Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association and is a member of the Committee on Intellectual Property of the College Art Association.


Mary C. Schlembach, MLS, CAS has been an Assistant Engineering Librarian for Digital Services and Assistant Professor of Library Administration at the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1994. She earned her Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Library Automation from the University of Pittsburgh. Ms. Schlembach is the editor of the American Society for Engineering Education's Engineering Libraries Division publication Union List of Technical Reports, Standards, and Patents in Engineering Libraries. She has also served as guest editor for Haworth Press Science and Technology Libraries. Ms. Schlembach was promoted to Associate Professor of Library Administration in 2002 and also serves as the Physics and Astronomy Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupies the Pierotti Chair in Italian Literature and is professor of French & Italian, and Comparative Literature. His research interests extend from antiquity to the present, encompassing the material history of literature, the history of design and architecture, and the cultural history of engineering. He is the author or editor of eighteen books and over one hundred and fifty essays, most anchored in the field of Italian cultural history.  His research has been supported by fellowships or grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation (1992), the National Humanities Center (1991), the Simon Guggenheim Foundation (1991), the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC (1996), the Getty Research Institute (2005), the National Endowment for the Humanities (1986-1988, 2006), and the Canadian Center for Architecture (2007). In addition to curating a major mixed reality exhibition entitled SPEED limits, a collaborative project with the Canadian Center for Architecture, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Bornholms Kunstmuseum in Denmark, he is currently at work on two long-term book projects: one, entitled Quickening (on the cultural history of speed); the other, entitled Songs of Matter (on the culture of modern materials such as steel, aluminum, tempered glass, and plastic). Schnapp founded SHL in 2000 as a platform devoted to testing out future scenarios for the arts and humanities in a post-print world. The ambition was to create a hybrid institution, a kind of Media Lab à la MIT wedded to a Humanities & Arts research center, devoted to thinking outside of the box, to experimenting with public forms of scholarship and culture, to exploring the interstices between research and art practice, to developing models and tools for collaboration and teamwork, and to providing the opportunity for students at all levels to learn through making and doing. Current research interests lie in the domain of mixed reality approaches to scholarship and cultural programming and in a broad range of challenges placed under the general banner of "animating the archive.

Tracy Seneca is the Web Archiving Services Manager at the California Digital Library, and has been managing the NDIIPP Web-at-Risk grant at CDL since 2005. She has an extensive background in designing and developing web applications for libraries, including a copyright tracking application for electronic reserves, tools for creating web-based research instruction and tools for managing library subject guides. She came to application development for libraries by way of bibliographic instruction but also has experience in collection development and public service. She has presented frequently on issues raised in web archiving at the Digital Library Federation Forum, the International Internet Preservation Consortium General Assembly, the American Library Association Annual Conference and other events. She received a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995 and a Master of Arts in Applied Technology from DePaul University in 2004.

Sarah Shreeves is the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), the institutional repository at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She has been active in the Open Archives Initiative (OAI) and Shareable Metadata Best Practices Working Group, a joint initiative between the Digital Library Federation (DLF) and the National Science Digital Library to establish best practices for OAI data provider implementations and metadata interoperability. She also led the DLF Aquifer Metadata Working Group to establish a set of guidelines for shareable MODS records. Sarah's last position was as the Project Coordinator for the National Leadership Grant funded IMLS Digital Collections and Content Project (DCC) based at the UIUC. 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.

David E. Siegel joined the Harvard University Library, Office for Information Systems, in 2000 as a geospatial data and informat,ion software engineer. In 2006, he began sharing his time with the Center for Geographic Analysis where he consults on several projects and institutional initiatives. His professional interests include developing Web mapping solutions for discovering and delivering geospatial data.

Tito Sierra is the Associate Head for Digital Library Development at North Carolina State University, where he leads a team that develops new digital library services and applications. Prior to NCSU, he worked as Senior Program Manager and Web Development Manager at Amazon.com. Tito received a Master of Science degree in Information Management from the Syracuse University School of Information Studies.

Michelle Springer is a Project Manager of Digital Initiatives within the Web Services Division of the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress. Her responsibilities cover institutional Web policies, guidelines, and procedures, and she recently became a member of the Federal Web Managers Council (an interagency group of senior Web managers from the federal government). Recently Michelle has been focusing on new institutional policies needed to address the use of a host of Web 2.0 technologies at the Library. She is the project manager for the Library's Flickr pilot project and provides guidance and consultation on policies related to the Library of Congress blog. Prior to this position, she was a Project Management Coordinator in the Congressional Research Service, where she began her Library career as an Information Research Specialist, concentrating on arts and education issues. She has a Master in Library Science from UCLA.

Lisa Sweeney is the Head of GIS Services in the MIT Libraries, and was previously the GIS/Data Center Director at Rice University. She has enjoyed supporting GIS in academia, through the library system, for the past 8 years. She regularly assists the MIT community in working with an assortment of geospatial data from different sources, in diverse formats, utilizing a variety of software systems. She is also in charge of collecting materials to support user projects and overseeing development of tools, databases, and user interfaces to improve access for users. As a generalist who enjoys learning new things, Lisa finds one of her strengths is her ability to understand many things well enough to be able to 'translate' them to larger audiences. Lisa has a B.A. in Biology and Health Science from Rice University and is working towards a Masters in Management at Harvard University. Lisa is a member of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGEO), the Western Association of Map Librarians (WAML), and the Boston Area GIS Instructors Group.


Janet Taylor joined Harvard University Library's Office for Information Systems in 1997 as a systems librarian. In 2007, she took on the newly created position of usability and interface librarian, which serves to evaluate the usability of existing systems, design effective interfaces, and ensure accessibility for all users. Her professional interests include the assessment of usability combined with accessibility as the underpinning of good user interface design.

Roy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer with OCLC Research. He is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), and "XML in Libraries" (2002). In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.

Gordon Theil is Head of the UCLA Music and Arts Libraries. He is a founding member of the team that created the Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican-American Sound Recordings and the Digital Archive of Popular American Music. He has strong interest in the rights management issues surrounding sound recordings. He is a past chair of the Music Library Association Legislation Committee and drafted the Association's "Statement on the Digital Transmission of Electronic Reserves."

Brian Tingle is the Technical Lead for Digital Special Collections at the California Digital Library and a member of the METS Editorial Board.


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. 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 info URI. He currently focuses his attention on the Open Archives Initiative Object Re-Use & Exchange effort (ORE) and on the MESUR project that researches usage-based indicators of scholarly impact. See also his personal homepage at http://lib-www.lanl.gov/~herbertv/.

Michael Vandermillen is a Digital Library Software Engineer at Harvard University Library, Office for Information Systems. His primary responsibility is developing XML-based public access catalogs such as Harvard's Virtual Collections system and OASIS (Online Archival Search Information System). Previously, he worked as a software developer in private industry, and received an M.L.S. from Simmons College in 1995.

Katrin Verclas is a world-recognized expert in mobile communications for social impact.

She is the co-founder and editor of MobileActive.org, a global network of practitioners using mobile phones for social impact. She is also a principal at Calder Strategies, focusing on mobile strategy, impact evaluation, effectiveness and ROI assessment, and interactive capacity building.

Katrin has written widely on mobile phones in citizen participation and civil society organizations, mobile phones in health and for development. She is a co-author of Wireless Technology for Social Change, a report on trends in mobile use by NGOs with the UN Foundation and Vodafone Group Foundation.

Katrin's background is in IT management, IT in social change organizations, and in philanthropy. She has led several nonprofit organizations, including as the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States. Previously she served as a program officer at the Proteus Fund, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation, and in government transparency.

She is the editor of a forthcoming book on IT Leadership in organizations published by Wiley & Sons., and author of a chapter in Mobilizing 2.0, a book focused on engaging young people and the use of technology. She is a frequent speaker on ICTs in civil society at national and international conferences and has published numerous articles and publications on technology for social change in leading popular and industry publications.

Katrin serves on the boards of Mobile Voter and NTEN. communication technologies.

Diane Vizine-Goetz is a Senior Research Scientist with OCLC Research. She is lead researcher on the Terminology Services research project and is a member of the OCLC team conducting research involving the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model. She joined OCLC in 1983 and has conducted research on the development of classifier-assistance tools and the application and use of the Library of Congress Subject Headings in online systems.


Gretchen Wagner is the General Counsel of ARTstor, a nonprofit organization that assembles and makes available at almost 1,100 institutions a digital library of images for educational use. In assembling and distributing the library, ARTstor relies significantly on fair use.

As General Counsel, Gretchen developed the intellectual property policy for ARTstor, and oversees all legal aspects of obtaining and sharing images in the library, which now number close to 1 million, with another 800,000 in production. Gretchen has spoken regularly on copyright and fair use issues, including at the American Library Association, the Coalition for Networked Information, the College Art Association, the Visual Resources Association, the Museum Copyright Group, the New York City Bar Association Art Law Committee, the New York State Bar Association Committee on Fine Arts, and Electronic Arts Intermix. An article she published in the November/December 2007 issue of EDUCAUSE Review, entitled "Sharing Visual Arts Images for Educational Use: Finding a New Angle of Repose" is being republished in the Journal for Electronic Publishing.

Before joining ARTstor, Gretchen was the Assistant General Counsel of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She was previously at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. Gretchen obtained her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was an editor of the Columbia Law Review and a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar.

Sheila Webber is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield. She is Director of the Centre for Information Literacy Research and Coordinator of the new MA Information Literacy which will have its first intake in 2009/10. Her key area of teaching and research is information literacy, and she was Principal Investigator in a 3-year funded investigation into UK academics' conceptions of information literacy and teaching information literacy. She is a frequently invited speaker, this year delivering conference keynotes in France and Spain, contributing the European perspective to the UNESCO-sponsored Training the Trainer programme in Quebec, and giving invited talks in Sweden and Ireland, as well as delivering research papers in Finland, Australia, Sweden and the UK. Her Second Life activities include ownership of Sheffield University's island Infolit iSchool; teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and organising a discussion series, as well as participating as an invited member of the Educator's Coop. Before joining Sheffield University, Sheila taught in the Department of Information Science at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and prior to that was Head of the Business Information Service at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and of the Higher Educcation Academy. She has served on numerous professional bodies nationally and internationally..

Noah Wittman is a new media architect and program leader with more than fifteen years of experience developing technologies, online platforms and social networks that foster learning and dialogue across borders and communities. As Co-Founder and Program Manager of Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI), Noah Wittman brings together faculty, students and staff at the University of California, Berkeley, to use the Internet and new digital technologies to share knowledge and creativity with others around the world. Noah leads numerous open education and research projects, including virtual humanities collaboratory, a Public Understanding of Research program, and a US Department of Education project to develop new models for creating and using open digital collections. These projects have received both national and international recognition, including the 2007 Open Archaeology Prize by the American Schools of Oriental Research, the 2008 Virtual Learning Prize by the New Media Consortium, and selection as a Demonstrator Project for Project Bamboo, an international effort to develop shared technology services for arts and humanities scholars. Before coming to Berkeley, Noah directed the Educator Network and Interactive Media Department at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and human perception, located in San Francisco, California. Under his tenure, the Exploratorium Website received Webby Awards for "Best Science Website" and "Best Education Website."

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