Director, UCL Library Services
University College of London
Paul Ayris was appointed Director of Library Services at the University College of London in 1997, and is also the UCL Copyright Officer. A member of the LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) and SPARC Europe Boards, Ayris chairs LIBER's Access Division, the OAI Organizing Committee for the Cern Workshops on Scholarly Communication, and chaired the 2006 European Repositories meeting in Glasgow. He also chairs the UK's SHERPA Management Group and the JISC's NHS-HE Content Procurement Group. In addition, Ayris is a member of the JISC's Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group, the JISC's Journals Working Group, the SCONUL/CILIP Health Strategy Group, the CURL/SCONUL Joint Scholarly Communications Group, and Ex Libris's E-Books Working Group. Ayris has a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History and publishes on English Reformation Studies.
Vice President of Research, Professor of Computer Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Francine Berman is Vice President of Research and Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). She is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Senior Member of the IEEE. In 2009, Dr. Berman was the inaugural recipient of the ACM/IEEE-CS Ken Kennedy Award for “influential leadership in the design, development, and deployment of national-scale cyberinfrastructure.”
Prior to joining RPI, Dr. Berman was Professor in the UCSD Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and first holder of the High Performance Computing Endowed Chair in the Jacobs School of Engineering. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Berman served as Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) where she led a staff of 250+ interdisciplinary scientists, engineers, and technologists. Dr. Berman is one of the two founding Principal Investigators of the National Science Foundation's TeraGrid project, and also directed the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI), a consortium of 41 research groups, institutions, and university partners with the goal of building national infrastructure to support research and education in science and engineering.
Berman has served on a broad spectrum of national and international leadership groups and committees including the National Science Foundation's Engineering Advisory Committee, the National Institutes of Health's NIGMS Advisory Committee, the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology Board of Trustees, and others. For her accomplishments, leadership, and vision, Dr. Berman was recognized by the Library of Congress as a “Digital Preservation Pioneer”, as one of the top women in technology by BusinessWeek and Newsweek, and as one of the top technologists by IEEE Spectrum.
Assoc Dean/Dir of the Hodson Digital Research & Curation Center
Johns Hopkins University
G. Sayeed Choudhury serves as principal investigator for projects funded through the National Science Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Mellon Foundation. He is the Principal Investigator for the Data Conservancy through NSF's DataNet program. Choudhury has oversight for the digital library activities and services provided by the Sheridan Libraries at Johns Hopkins University. He has published numerous articles in the International Journal of Digital Curation, D-Lib, the Journal of Digital Information and First Monday. He has served on committees for the Digital Curation Conference, Open Repositories, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, and Web-Wise, and has presented at various conferences including Educause, CNI, DLF, ALA, and ACRL.
STEAM Education Evangelist (Science,Technology,Engineering, Arts and Math)
Elizabeth Cohen founded Cohen Acoustical Inc. in 1982. Her clients have included The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, CBS, Digital Theater Systems, Dolby Labs, Fraunhofer Institute, Grateful Dead Productions, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Walt Disney Company, Sony, Universal Studios and numerous other arts and entertainment organizations. As part of the CineGrid interdisciplinary community, Cohen's current work is focused on the research, development and demonstration of networked collaborative tools to enable the production, use and exchange of very high-quality digital media over photonic networks. A past president and fellow of the Audio Engineering Society, Cohen is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), and serves on the AMPAS Digital Motion Picture Archive Committee. She has also served on the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Committee on Archiving and Preservation. In 1993 and 1994, Cohen was a Science and Engineering fellow to the White House Economic Council, where she was responsible for Arts and Information Infrastructure Initiatives. Cohen received her M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Acoustics from Stanford University.
University Librarian and Dean of Libraries
University of Michigan
Paul N. Courant is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan. From 2002-2005 he served as Provost and Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs, the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the University. He has also served as the Associate Provost for Academic and Budgetary Affairs, Chair of the Department of Economics and Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies (which is now the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy). Courant, a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in 1979 and 1980, has authored seven books and more than 70 papers covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy, including tax policy, state and local economic development, gender differences in pay, housing, radon and public health, relationships between economic growth and environmental policy, and university budgeting system. More recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries. Courant holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968), MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973), and a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University (1974).
Director of Scholarly Communication
Lee Dirks is the Director of Scholarly Communication in Microsoft External Research (reporting into Microsoft's Research division), where he manages a variety of research programs related to open access to research data, interoperability of archives and repositories, and the preservation of digital information. Dirks holds an M.L.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a post-masters degree in Preservation Administration from Columbia University. In addition to past positions at Columbia University and with OCLC, Inc. (Preservation Resources), Dirks held a variety of roles at Microsoft since joining the company in 1996, namely as the corporate archivist, then corporate librarian, and as a senior manager in the corporate market research organization. Dirks also teaches as adjunct faculty at the iSchool at the University of Washington, and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Washington Libraries and the iSchool's Master of Science in Information Science program. Dirks was presented with the 2006 Microsoft Marketing Excellence Award for his work on a marketing and engineering partnership around a breakthrough market opportunity analysis process, which is now a standard operating procedure across Microsoft.
Director of Programs
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Amy Friedlander has worked in several roles at the intersection of public policy, information technology, education and outreach. As Director of Programs at CLIR, she and the organization are focused on promoting research, professional development, and leadership in academic libraries and higher education in support of the advanced research enterprise. Prior to joining CLIR, Friedlander was a senior program manager at Shinkuro, Inc., where she oversaw a major standards deployment project for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Between 2001 and 2004, Friedlander participated in organizing the Library of Congress's initiative in long-term preservation of digital content, the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP). Friedlander is the founding editor of D-Lib Magazine, one of the first web-based magazines devoted to reporting research in digital libraries, and founded iMP: The magazine of IT impacts for SAIC. She has edited, written, or co-authored major reports for the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, ICANN, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Friedlander holds an AB from Vassar College, MA and Ph.D. from Emory University, and MSLIS from the Catholic University of America.
Taco Bell Endowed Professor
The Paul Merage School of Business
University of California, Irvine
Vijay Gurbaxani is Professor of Business and Computer Science at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. His research, teaching and consulting interests are at the nexus of business strategy and information technology (IT). Gurbaxani has focused on analyzing how emerging information technologies enable business model innovation, developing and evaluating business strategies for the sourcing of information services, and valuing IT investment. He has lectured worldwide and provided research expertise to a wide range of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, technology service providers, and leading consulting firms. Gurbaxani is also Director of the Center for Research on IT and Organizations (CRITO), a National Science Foundation-sponsored think tank that partners with innovative organizations to conduct and disseminate research that is both academically rigorous and relevant to business. Gurbaxani has been a visiting scholar at the business schools at Stanford University and MIT. He served as Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006 to 2008 and Associate Dean of MBA programs from 1995 to 1999 and from 2004 to 2006. He is author of the book, Managing Information Systems Costs, and has published numerous articles in leading journals including Information Systems Research, Management Science, MIS Quarterly, and Sloan Management Review. Gurbaxani received a Master's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Business Administration from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Rochester, NY.
University of Virginia
Professor Jones is the University Professor and the Lawrence R. Quarles Professor of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. She served as the Director of Defense Research and Engineering for the U.S. Department of Defense from 1993 to 1997, overseeing the department's science and technology program. While Professor Jones served as a member of the National Science Board, she chaired the Board's creation of the report on Long-Lived Digital Data Collections. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Defense Science Board, and the MIT Corporation Executive Committee. She is a fellow of several professional societies. In recent years she was awarded honorary doctorate degrees by Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University and University of Southern California. In 2007, she was given the Founder's Award by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Consultant to Library of Congress
Ann Kerr is an independent consultant with extensive knowledge and experience in advanced computing, communications, and database technologies for large-scale scientific data management, exchange and interoperability. Kerr is currently working with the Library of Congress' National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP), where she is developing a technical forecast for digital preservation and recommendations for effective content transfer and interoperability. As a member of the Executive Board for IEEE Mass Storage and Systems Technology Committee, Kerr serves as Vice Chair for International Symposia, and in that capacity organized and chaired the First International Symposium on Global Data Interoperability held in Sardinia, Italy. Kerr was formerly at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, where she was PI on research projects with DARPA, NOAA and ONR. She also created and served as Director for the Software Resource Institute, an incubator for entrepreneurs and their emerging companies supported by the San Diego Software Industry Council. Prior to relocating to San Diego, Kerr was Deputy Director for Nuclear Monitoring Technologies Office at DARPA, where she was responsible for developing technologies to support U.S. capabilities to detect and identify nuclear explosions in all environments. She also served as US Delegate to UN Group of Scientific Experts negotiating international data exchange protocols.
Brian Lavoie is a research scientist in the Office of Research at OCLC (formerly Online Computer Library Center, Inc.) Since joining OCLC in 1996, Lavoie has worked in a variety of areas including bibliographic control, analysis of library collections, models and frameworks for library service provision, digital preservation, and analysis of the structure and content of the Web. Brian has conducted extensive work in the area of digital preservation, where he has written and presented on a variety of topics such as preservation repository architectures, metadata, and the economics and costs of digital preservation. He is a co-founder of the award-winning PREMIS preservation metadata working group, and currently serves on the PREMIS Editorial Committee. Brian holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics, where his research focused on comparative advantage, market structure, and R&D investment in high-technology industries.
Coalition for Networked Information
Clifford Lynch has been the Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since July 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and Educause, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization. Lynch serves on the National Digital Preservation Strategy Advisory Board of the Library of Congress, the board of the New Media Consortium, and the Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access. He was a member of the National Research Council committees that published The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure and Broadband: Bringing Home the Bits. Lynch holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information.
Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law and Professor of Economics
University of California, Berkeley
Daniel Rubinfeld served from June 1997 through December 1998 as Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust in the U.S. Department of Justice. Rubinfeld is the author of a variety of articles relating to antitrust and competition policy, law and economics, public economics, and two textbooks, Microeconomics, and Econometric Models and Economic Forecasts. He has consulted for private parties for a range of public agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, and the State of California Attorney General's Office. In the past he has been a fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Rubinfeld teaches courses in law and economics, antitrust, and law and statistics, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a research fellow at NBER. He is the past President of the American Law and Economics Association.
Director of the Digital Curation Centre
University of Edinburgh
Chris Rusbridge is Director of the Digital Curation Centre, funded by Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the e-Science Core Programme to provide support services, development and research in digital curation and preservation, now in its second three-year funding period. Prior to his current appointment, Rusbridge spent five years as Director of Information Services at Glasgow University. There his responsibilities included the library and archives, together with IT, Management Information and Audio-visual services. For the previous five years, Rusbridge was Programme Director of the JISC Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), a major digital library R&D Programme.
Manager of Research
Roger Schonfeld leads the research group at Ithaka, where he studies how new technologies are affecting academia and how the changes they bring can best be managed. His recent work has focused on the transition to an electronic-only journals environment, faculty attitudes and preferences in the emerging environment, and the history and future of preservation and book survivability. Schonfeld is the author of JSTOR: A History (Princeton University Press, 2003), which examines business models for the shift to an online environment for scholarly texts by focusing on how JSTOR developed into a self-sustaining not-for-profit organization. Other major publications include The Nonsubscription Side of Periodicals (Council on Library and Information Resources, 2004), a study of how electronic journals are changing library management operations for serials, and the most comprehensive examination of the system-wide print book collection, Books without Boundaries: A Brief Tour of the System-wide Print Book Collection (Journal of Electronic Publishing, 2006, co-authored with Brian Lavoie). Schonfeld was previously a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Historian and Consulting Analyst
Library of Congress
Abby Smith Rumsey is an historian and consulting analyst with special interest in the creation, preservation, and use of the cultural record in a variety of media; the impact of digital information technologies on cultural heritage institutions; and the evolving role of information as a public good. Rumsey works with the Library of Congress's National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in development of its national strategy to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of long-term value. She serves as Senior Advisor to the Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia, and was an advisor to the ACLS Commission on the Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She was director of programs at the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington DC from 1997-2005. Prior to that, she worked at the Library of Congress managing programs relating to preservation of and access to cultural heritage collections. Rumsey holds a BA from Radcliffe College and MA and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University, and has taught at Harvard and Johns Hopkins Universities.
Director, Institution Archives
Anne Van Camp was appointed the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives in March 2007. She has held a number of important positions within the archival profession including serving as manager of the Research Libraries Group (RLG) Member Programs from 1996-2007, where she was responsible for planning, designing and implementing collaborative projects and programs to enhance access to and preservation of research resources of the RLG member institutions across the United States and around the world. Before joining RLG, Van Camp was the Director of the Archives of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University for eight years. She is active in archival professional activities both nationally and internationally, and has been involved in numerous projects developing standards and best practices for archives, special collections and other cultural heritage institutions. Van Camp has also served on a number of advisory boards including the U.S. Department of State Historical Advisory Board. Van Camp earned her bachelor's (1973) and master's degrees (1977) from the University of Cincinnati.