Assistant University Librarian for Digital Library Development & Systems/IT Senior Director

University of Pennsylvania libraries

I lead the DLDS unit that provides reliable, sustainable support to a complex organization. Our primary areas of activity include systems administration/data center management, ILS and data processing, repository services built on Samvera and Fedora, a Blacklight-based catalog and other discovery tools, researcher profiling services (VIVO and Symplectic Elements), and numerous other software tools. As the architect of this technology program, I manage a wide range of relationships, with Library clientele foremost, followed by leaders in IT and academic support at Penn, Penn's institutional partners, and the library vendor community.

Adjunct Faculty

College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University

I instruct, and do some course development, for Info 657, "Digital Library Technology," a graduate-level class that covers topics like XML, XSLT, MODS/METS, Fedora, Drupal, digital library UX.

Applications & Systems Manager

The Seattle PUblic LIbrary

I managed a professional team responsible for the library's catalog, ILS, intranet, mobile apps, and various internal software tools. I also served on a committee that monitored the library's compliance with the goals of a taxpayer-approved levy and was a mentor for a capstone project at the University of Washington.

Web Services Librarian

NYU Health Sciences Library

I rearchitected all the library's websites and launched our first mobile site. Supervising a small team, I introduced new technologies to the library including Drupal, Google Analytics, Selenium, and LibraryH3lp. At the level of the NYU Langone Medical Center, I was a key member of selection committee and Core Implementation Team for a learning management system, licensed for 17,000 users.

I've been lucky to work at just about every kind of library you can think of, but as my career has progressed I've increasingly focused on technology.

MS Computer Science

New York University

I studied natural language processing, artificial intelligence, data mining, and search engines. My paper on extracting biographical and geospatial data from Wikipedia won the Master's Thesis prize from the Courant Institute.

MS Library & Information Science

Drexel University

I studied library services and the management of digital information, and joined Beta Phi Mu.

BA German Studies

Yale University

I focused on art history and print culture in Northern Europe during the Renaissance and worked at Yale's libraries, including the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies.