DigCCurr 2009:
Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects

April 1-3, 2009
Chapel Hill, NC USA
DigCCurr 2009 Digital Curation Practice, Promise and Prospects
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June Abbas is an associate professor at the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma. She has been project manager for seven student-directed digital library projects, served as a content reviewer and metadata schema developer for an institutional repository and as a consultant to various institutional and online digital repository projects. She has also written and presented on digital library development and digital library pedagogy. Her research focuses on digital library education, interdisciplinary data curation issues, scholarly communication processes, and the design of user-centered systems.

Kevin Ashley is Head of Digital Archives at the University of London Computer Centre (ULCC). For the past thirteen years, Kevin's multi-disciplinary group has worked on the preservation of digital resources on behalf of other organisations. In many cases this has included providing descriptions of those resources and managing access to them. Most of these resources are archival, whether born digital or as digital surrogates, and have involved many types of information (databases, text, video and audio) with different access patterns and cataloguing requirements. The group has operated the National Digital Archive of Datasets (NDAD) for the UK National Archives for 12 years, and provides customised digital repository services to a range of organisations. They also conduct research and development in digital preservation and provide training in its practical application.

Kevin represents ULCC on the board of the Digital Preservation Coalition. He is currently chair of JISC's Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group and chair of judges for the DPC's Digital Preservation Award. In the past he has been a member of the Advisory Council for Erpanet and was part of the RLG-NARA task force which developed an audit and certication mechanism for trusted digital repositories (TRAC). He has contributed to training through the Society of Archivists, the DPC and the UK's Digital Curation Centre, and led the delivery in Europe of Cornell's award-winning digital preservation training programme. Prior to his involvement in this area, Kevin worked in medical image processing, network development and operation, systems management and bar-tending. He is co-author of the first web telephone dialer, inducted into the hall of fame of the world's must useless web pages in 1995.

Peter Botticelli is Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) at the University of Arizona. He coordinates the Digital Information Management (DigIn) certificate program at SIRLS, and also teaches courses in the certificate program as well as in the SIRLS master's program. He is directly involved in the School’s current research on virtual laboratory exercises for curation.

Heather Bowden is a Carolina Digital Curation Doctoral Fellow and the DigCCurr II Project Manager. She came to SILS in the Fall of 2008 after receiving her Master's degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver. She is conducting research in media and file format obsolescence and has begun work with Richard Marciano and the DICE group to explore the development of tools to help with the challenges of maintaining viable file formats in digital collections. She is working with the Long Now Foundation to develop their Format Exchange project and is working to further their long term digital preservation strategies. She is also developing the first iteration of the Digital Curation Exchange website, which will serve as a community space for digital curation practitioners and educators.

Marianne Stowell Bracke, Agricultural Sciences Information Specialist at Purdue University, is involved in creating metadata schemas for several data archiving projects and is working to create dialogues within the agricultural disciplines on data curation issues.

Jim Bradley, MIS, serves as Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives for Ball State University, University Libraries. As such, he manages digital artifact and metadata production for online environments and content management systems, including Ball State University's Digital Media Repository. Prior to joining Ball State University in 2004, Jim served as Structured Text Specialist for the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) in Chicago, Illinois.

Kyle Elizabeth Bryner is the Registrar and Collections Manager at the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Ms. Bryner holds a post-graduate certificate in Museum Collections Management and Care from George Washington University, an MA in American History and Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a BA in History with a Minor in Anthropology and Geography and Certificate in Historic Preservation from Shepherd College. Ms. Bryner manages, edits and updates the Museum’s computerized collections management system and is currently digitizing the archives of the museum for an upcoming online database. Ms. Bryner maintains the Museum's collections and storage facilities and supervises all student work in the collections department.

Bernadette Callery is a member of the faculty in the archives specialization at the Library and Information Sciences Program at the University of Pittsburgh, with responsibility for teaching a number of the required and elective courses, including Archives and Records Management, Preservation Management, Museum Archives, Digital Preservation and History of Books, Printing and Publishing. She also works closely with students to identify possible field experience sites, particularly those interested in working with cultural institutions who are in the process of providing access to digitized resources.

Jan Cheetham is a scientist and academic technology consultant at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s central IT unit, the Division of Information Technology, where she collaborates with librarians, researchers, and IT experts to help shape campus cyberinfrastructures for data curation and preservation.

Mark Conrad is an archives specialist in the Research Division of the Electronic Records Archives (ERA) Program of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). He works with leading computer scientists and engineers to ensure that the ERA program takes advantage of the latest relevant technological developments. From 1998 through 2003 Mark was the Director for Technology Initiatives at the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). From 1991 to 1998 he was in NARA's Center for Electronic Records. From September 1995 to June 1996, Mark was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in the Archives Department of University College Dublin.

Richard J. Cox is Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Information Sciences where he is responsible for the archives concentration in the Master's in Library Science degree and the Ph.D. degree, and where he also chairs the Library and Information Science Program. He has been a member of the Society of American Archivists Council from 1986 through 1989. Dr. Cox also served as Editor of the American Archivist from 1991 through 1995 and Editor of the Records & Information Management Report from 2001 through 2007. He has written extensively on archival and records management topics and has published fourteen books in this area, among them American Archival Analysis: The Recent Development of the Archival Profession in the United States (1990) -- winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award given by the Society of American Archivists; Managing Records as Evidence and Information (2001), winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award in 2002; No Innocent Deposits: Forming Archives by Rethinking Appraisal (2004), winner of the Waldo Gifford Leland Award in 2005; and, most recently, Personal Archives and a New Archival Calling: Readings, Reflections and Ruminations (2008). Dr. Cox was elected a Fellow of the Society in 1989.

Jonathan Crabtree is Assistant Director for Archives and Information Technology at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at UNC Chapel Hill. As assistant director, Crabtree completely revamped the institute’s technology infrastructure and has positioned the institute to assume a leading national role in information archiving. Crabtree’s twenty-two years of experience in information technology and networking as well as his engineering background bring a different perspective to his current role. Crabtree joined the institute fifteen years ago and is responsible for designing and maintaining the technology infrastructure that supports the institute’s wide array of services. Before moving to the social science side of campus he was an information systems technologist for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. His grounding in medical information technology adds to his education and training in electrical engineering, computer science, economics, information & library science, geographic information systems, hydrology and geomorphology. In addition to his work at the institute he is working part time on an advance degree in the School of Information & Library Science here at UNC.

Melissa Cragin is the Project Coordinator for the Data Curation Education Program at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC. She is also co-PI and UIUC Project Coordinator for a research project titled "Investigating Data Curation Profiles Across Research Domains," in collaboration with the Purdue University Libraries. Melissa is a doctoral candidate at UIUC conducting research on shared scientific data collections and implications for library-based data curation.

Adrian Cunningham has worked at the National Archives of Australia (NAA) since 1998, where he is currently Director, Strategic Relations and Personal Records. In this capacity he has oversight of: the Archives'Personal Records Service; and the NAA's collaborations with government, industry, professional and international partners - most particularly on matters associated with digital recordkeeping and other modern recordkeeping initiatives. Adrian was Secretary of the International Council on Archives (ICA) Committee on Descriptive Standards (2002-2004), and is Treasurer of the Pacific Regional Branch of the ICA and Convenor of the Australian Society of Archivists Descriptive Standards Committee. Before joining the staff of the National Archives of Australia he worked for many years as a private records archivist/librarian at the National Library of Australia, the Pacific Manuscripts Bureau and the State Library of New South Wales. Adrian was President of the Australian Society of Archivists, 1998-2000 and was inducted as a Fellow of that Society in 2007.

Joy Davidson is Associate Director, User Services for the Digital Curation Centre (DCC). As well as being PI for the JISC-funded Digital Curation 101, Joy is also involved in a number of international working groups currently investigating collaborative possibilities for progression digital curation curriculum and professional development opportunities. Joy was also a member of the team that founded the joint WePreserve initiative which aims to reduce duplication of effort and to promote collaborative approaches in the provision of digital curation and preservation training efforts across UK and European projects.

Laura Drake Davis, a Senior State Records Archivist at The Library of Virginia, currently works with both electronic and print collections. Her interest is in the management of electronic records, particularly in strategies and techniques for processing and providing access to large quantities of electronic records and with special consideration for addressing the concerns associated with restricted and privacy-protected archival records.

Leslie M. Delserone, the Agriculture Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries, is a former plant pathologist and graduate of the IMLS-funded “Program for University Librarians in the Sciences” from the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science.

George Diez, Librarian, National Library of Education, is currently involved in managing digital resources and planning digitization efforts. He is particularly interested in open access issues, the building of institutional repositories, and the processes through which Federal libraries develop digital collections.

Wendy Duff is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are user studies, archival description, and electronic records. Her current research interests focus on the development of generic user-based evaluation tools, the information seeking behaviour of archival users, archival reference and digital humanities/digital library teams. She holds a Premier Research Excellence Award, and is a co-investigator on a research project funded by Mellon Foundation.

Maria Esteva earned her Ph.D. in Information Science from The University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus is digital archives and digital preservation. She now works for the Texas Advanced Computing Center as a Research Associate/Data Archivist in the Visualization and Data Analysis group. Her role involves developing scientific data collections, implementing digital archiving and preservation strategies for scientific data-sets, and the use of data mining and information visualization as tools for archival analysis and processing.

Edward A. Fox holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Cornell, and a B.S. from M.I.T. Since 1983 he has been at Virginia Tech, where he serves as Professor. He directs VT’s Digital Library Research Laboratory and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. He was chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries, and is on the steering committees for JCDL and ICADL. He has been (co) PI on over 100 research and development projects. In addition to his courses at Virginia Tech (including on digital libraries), Dr. Fox has taught over 70 tutorials in more than 25 countries. He has given more than 60 keynote/banquet/international invited/distinguished speaker presentations, 140 refereed conference/workshop papers, and 300 additional papers/presentations. He has co-authored/edited more than 13 books, 83 journal/magazine articles, 37 book chapters, and many reports. Fox was Co-Editor-in-Chief for ACM JERIC, and is on the boards of TOIS, IJDL, IP&M, J. UCS, Multimedia Tools & Applications, etc.

Marc Fresko is Director and founder of Inforesight, a specialist Information Management (IM) consultancy in the UK. He has provided consultancy and advice since 1979. Since 1992, he has specialised solely in IM, with particular interests in electronic records management and digital preservation. He is recognised as a thought leader, being the only non-US recipient of an AIIM “Distinguished Service Award” and being identified on three occasions as one of the top IM influencers in the UK. He was the lead author and project leader of the MoReq2 European standard for electronic records management.

Marc holds a degree from Oxford University. He includes many government departments among his clients, as well as other government bodies, local government councils, supra-national bodies, parliaments, financial institutions and other commercial companies. He has an international outlook, being a frequent contributor to conferences and other events internationally, and having assisted clients in over a dozen countries.

Bruce Fulton, Digital Projects Librarian at SIRLS, serves as the project manager and principal technology liaison for the IMLS-funded research project entitled: “Improving Student Learning of Advanced Digital Technologies in an Online Laboratory: A Research Approach.” Fulton teaches courses both for DigIn and the SIRLS master's program, and has developed all the hands-on laboratory and virtualization components used in the DigIn program to date.

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David Giaretta has had extensive experience in planning, developing and running scientific archives and providing and managing a variety of services to large numbers of users. In 2003 he was awarded an MBE for services to Space Science. As chair of CCSDS Panel 2 he made fundamental contributions to the OAIS Reference Model (ISO 14721) which is 'now adopted as the "de facto" standard for building digital archives' according to the NSF report: Cyberinfrastructure Vision for 21st Century Discovery, and continues to contribute to developing the follow on standards. He leads the work which aims at producing an ISO standard for audit and certification of digital repositories, following on from the work of the RLG/OCLC/NARA working group of which he was a member.

He co-organised a workshop entitled "Digital Curation: digital archives, libraries, and e-science" in 2001, bringing together, in many cases for the first time, a variety of communities with this common interest. In addition he co-edited the report of the Warwick workshop in 2005 entitled "Digital Curation and Preservation: Defining the research agenda for the next decade" which has proved to be very influential in the UK and internationally. He is now Associate Director for Development in the DCC and have played an active role in all aspects of the project; he also leads the CASPAR project which seeks to address fundamental issues of digital preservation. Groundbreaking work is being undertaken in the preservation of digitally encoded information in the science (STFC and ESA), cultural heritage (UNESCO) and contemporary performing arts (IRCAM and others). In addition he leads the PARSE.Insight EU project, which started in March 2008 with total spend 2.5 M€ and which will help to define the EU research infrastructure supporting digital preservation. PARSE.Insight is closely associated with the Alliance for Permanent Access to the Records of Science, which brings together major stakeholders across Europe.

Kelly Gordon is currently in her last semester of the MLIS program at San Jose State University and works as a reference assistant at UC Berkeley's Bioscience and Natural Resources Library. During the summer of 2008, she worked for Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library as a Temporary Research Data Specialist on the DataStaR project. Her previous career as a wildlife biologist has instilled an interest in helping researchers in the biological sciences to overcome the barriers that prevent them from incorporating data preservation practices into their workflows.

Lisa Gregory earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Samford University. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in English from the University of New Mexico (UNM). Her library experience includes working as an undergraduate at the Special Collections Department of the Samford University Library, at the Bunting Digital Resources Library of UNM and, more recently, at D.H. Hill Library at North Carolina State University. Lisa is pursuing a Master's of Science in Library Science (MSLS) at SILS. Lisa first became interested in digital curation while digitizing and preserving slide images at UNM. During her first year as a fellow, Lisa was able to advance those skills as part of the Digital Production Center of the Carolina Digital Library and Archives, where she scanned photographic negatives and positives, as well as large-scale maps and other two dimensional items. Image correction and manipulation were also part of this fellowship experience. In her second year, Lisa has been placed with the University Archives and Records Management Services department, where she has been exploring tools and best practice in archiving websites. After graduation, Lisa hopes to begin a career focusing on digital curation at an institution in the Triangle area.

Neil Grindley is the Digital Preservation and Records Management Programme Manager at the JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee), an organization that funds and supports technology-related projects and services for the UK Higher and Further Education sectors. As part of the Innovation Group within the JISC, Neil is the Programme Manager for a number of projects, studies, and other initiatives, the overall objective of which is to raise awareness and increase the capacity of relevant communities to engage with digital preservation as part of a life-cycle management approach to the creation and exploitation of digital resources.

Neil previously worked on an AHRC-funded programme to promote the advanced use of ICT methods by arts and humanities researchers. Prior to that he was involved with IT management and image cataloguing and database work at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Maria Guercio is a full professor in archival science and ERM at the University of Urbino since 2000. For twenty years she worked as State archivist for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage where she cooperated with the State Authority for information technology to define the Italian legislation for ERMS. Chair of ICA Committee on current records (1990-1992), member of ICA Committee on program management she has been also the chair of the Italian team for InterPARES projects (1999-2011). Co-director of the European project ERPANET and partner for the DELOS digital preservation WP, she is partner for the European project CASPAR on digital preservation (2006-2009) and member of the European working group for defining a master profile for digital curation. Since 2002, she is the director of the journal Archivi & Computer. She has chaired masters in archival sectors for University and for Italian Scuola superiore della pubblica amministrazione. She chaired (2007-2009) the National Technical Committee for the Archives within the Ministero per i beni e le attivita’ culturali. Since May 2009 she will enter the National School for Public Administration with the responsibility for defining policies and projects in the digital curation environment.

Carolyn Hank is a Triangle Research Libraries Network Doctoral Fellow at SILS. She served as project manager for the university-wide Digital Curation/Institutional Repository Committee (2005-2008), charged with creating a digital preservation program and proof-of-concept institutional repository at UNC-CH. She served as PI on the research studies, "Building from Trust: Using the RLG/NARA Audit Checklist for Institutional Repository Planning and Deployment," and "Blogger Perceptions on Digital Preservation." She is currently project manager for the DigCCurr I project, and recently led the study on "Challenges, Curricula, and Competencies: Researcher and Practitioner Perspectives for Informing the Development of a Digital Curation Curriculum." She teaches in the areas of digital preservation and access, digital curation, and human information interactions. Prior to entering the doctoral program at SILS, she worked in the Office of Research at OCLC.

James Harroun is a Masters of Information Science student in the Bioinformatics Certificate program at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also the CCGS-HSL-SILS Biomedical Informatics Fellow for 2008-09. In this fellowship position, James is working with HSL and SILS faculty to develop and provide research support and training services for biomedical informatics community at UNC-Chapel Hill. For his Master’s Paper, James is conducting an environmental scan and lab interviews to identify the challenges and issues in data management practices at UNC’s R.L Juliano Structural Bioinformatics Core Facility. His paper will assess and propose resources and next steps for the Health Sciences Library in assisting the Core Facility with its data management challenges.

Barrie Hayes is the Bioinformatics Librarian and Collaboration Center Manager at the Health Sciences Library (HSL) at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In this role, she supports library services for the bioinformatics described on the Bioinformatics@HSL page and also serves as co-director of the Bioinformatics Research, Service, and Training (BIRST) Program jointly developed and supported by HSL, the School of Information and Library Sciences (SILS), and the Caroina Center for Genome Sciences (CCGS). Through the BIRST program, HSL staff, together with SILS graduate students and faculty, assess needs and develop new services for the bioinformatics-supported research community at UNC. In conjunction with these initiatives, she also manages the HSL Collaboration Center and promotes its visualization and videoconferencing services. Beginning in summer 2008, Barrie leads HSL’s data management pilot project in partnership with UNC’s R.L Juliano Structural Bioinformatics Core Facility in which the HSL is assisting the Core Facility in establishing solutions and strategies for its data management practices.

Margaret Henty has recently taken on the position of Capabilities Program Leader of the newly created Australian National Data Service (ANDS). In this capacity she has responsibility for improving the capability of both institutions and individuals to manage and curate data to underpin the national research effort. Prior to this she was National Services Program Coordinator of the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories (APSR), a government funded partnership of three universities and the National Library of Australia responsible for investigating and bettering repository design, use and understanding.

Hans Hofman is senior advisor on digital longevity at the Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands. He is involved in several programmes in the area of e-government with respect to recordkeeping, metadata, digital preservation and open standards. He represents the Nationaal Archief in the PLANETS research project and the DigitalPreservationEurope coordination action, and since 2000 represents the Netherlands in ISO TC46/SC11 on Records Management, in which committee he is chairing the Working Group on RM metadata. He has acted as co-director of ERPANET (2001-2004), and was co-investigator on the InterPares project (1999-2006). He has given numerous presentations and written many articles on topics like digital preservation, recordkeeping metadata and electronic records management.

Richard Huffine is the National Library Coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, the research arm of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Richard is the President-Elect of the Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table for 2009 and is a Past-Chair of the SLA Government Information Division. The USGS has produced over 300,000 topographic quadrangle maps since the late 1800's as well as thousands of thematic maps developed to express scientific research and characteristics of the land, water, natural hazards, and ecological conditions.

Alvin Hutchinson, Information Services Librarian, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, manages a digital repository of scholarly research publications and serves on the Community Outreach Group organized by the DSpace Federation. He is responsible for all aspects of the Smithsonian Digital Repository including policy, content management and technological infrastructure.

Geri Bunker Ingram, MLIS, serves as Manager, User Services for OCLC's Digital Collection Services (DCS) division. As such she is responsible for user education and training for DCS products and services, and for the "Turnkey" digitization/CONTENTdm integrated service. Geri also manages the CONTENTdm LIS program, providing the CONTENTdm software, hosted at the OCLC data center, at no cost to qualifying Library and Information Studies instructors.

Before joining DiMeMa, Inc. in 2005, Geri consulted for libraries, museums and archives on all aspects of digital library building, and on the implementation of CONTENTdm in particular. As an academic librarian, she facilitated strategic planning for information technology, managed library systems departments, and led cross-functional digital library programs in her roles as manager and administrator at three major universities: the University of California, the University of Washington, and Texas A&M University.

As Associate Director for Resources and Collection Management Services and Digital Initiatives Coordinator, she helped to develop the first Digital Initiatives Program at the University of Washington, 1996-2000. During that time, she collaborated with the Center for Information Systems Optimization (CISO) lab on their development of CONTENT (now CONTENTdm) digital collection management software.

Jeremy Leighton John has been working since 2000 with personal digital archives at the British Library, and was appointed as its first Curator of eMANUSCRIPTS in 2003. He is responsible for the Digital Manuscripts Project. The project has been developing procedures for the capture, holding and access of eMSS: pioneering, for example, the use of authenticating forensic processes as well as exploring perspectives and practices of enhanced and proactive curation. He is interested in the adoption of web 2.0, usability and evolutionary techniques in this research and development. Holding a DPhil. degree from Merton College, University of Oxford, he is the Principal Investigator of the Digital Lives Research Project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which is researching the behaviour of creators, the expectations of scholars and other users, and the requirements of curators and archivists.

Magia Krause is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in English Literature, and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Indiana University. Her research interests focus around the information behavior of archival users, particularly students, as well as the long-term accessibility of digital assets. Her dissertation research examines the role of archives and special collections in undergraduate education and research.

Christopher (Cal) Lee is Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches archival administration, records management, digital curation, resource selection and evaluation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules.

His primary area of research is the long-term curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods (e.g. digital forensics, web archiving, automated implementation of policies) into professional practice. Cal is editing and providing several chapters to a forthcoming book entitled, I, Digital: Personal Collections in the Digital Era.

The VidArch project is investigating the collection of online video, with a particular emphasis on contextual information. Cal’s contributions have included an information model for contextual information in digital collections and several empirical studies of online selection and collecting strategies.

Other current projects include DigCCurr and DigCCurr II, which are developing and implementing courses of study and practical engagement opportunities in digital curation. Cal has developed an extensive Matrix of Digital Curation Knowledge and Competencies, based on various data sources and grounded in professional literature.

Past research projects have included CAMiLEON, which examined migration vs. emulation as digital preservation strategies; and an in-depth case study of the development of the OAIS.

He has an MSI (with a concentration in Archives and Records Management) and PhD from the University of Michigan School of 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. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. 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, Microsoft’s Technical Computing Science Advisory Board, the board of the New Media Consorium, 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.

Richard Marciano is a professor in the School of Information and Library Science at UNC, Chapel Hill and Chief Scientist for Persistent Archives and Digital Preservation at the Renaissance Computing Institute. He is founder and co-Director of the Data Intensive Cyber Environments (DICE) Center at UNC. Richard Marciano leads development of preservation environments for projects funded by NARA, NHPRC, LOC and IMLS. He is the principal investigator for the Distributed Custodial Archival Preservation Environments initiative and the e-Legacy project (Appraisal, Accessioning, and Preservation of Geospatial Records), and serves on the Electronic Records Section (ERS) Steering Committee of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), as well as a number of national and international advisory boards related to digital curation and records preservation.

Cathy Marshall is a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley. For the last 8 years, she has knocked around in both the product and research divisions at Microsoft and is currently working on community information management applications and issues associated with personal digital archiving.

Cathy has long worked in the disciplinary interstices of computer science, information science, and the humanities, with occasional collaborations in the arts and the sciences. She was a long-time member of the research staff at Xerox PARC and is an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries at Texas A&M University. Her interests include digital archiving and long-term retrieval; how people use and share encountered information; how people read, annotate, navigate through, and interact with ebooks and other electronic publications; and spatial hypertext. She has delivered keynotes at WWW, Hypertext, Usenix FAST, CNI, VALA, ACH-ALLC, and a variety of other CS and LIS venues. Her homepage is where you will find her publications, her blog, her contact information, and-most importantly - how she is related to Elvis.

Frank McCown is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Harding University. He received his MS in Computer Science from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Old Dominion University in 2007. His dissertation, Lazy Preservation: Reconstructing Websites from the Web Infrastructure, examined how search engine caches and web archives can be collectively harnessed for preserving the web. Dr. McCown is the creator of Warrick, the website reconstruction service, and he continues to perform research in the areas of digital preservation, web archiving, web search engines, and web crawling.

Nancy Y. McGovern is the Digital Preservation Officer for ICPSR. Her responsibilities include developing and promulgating policies that reflect prevailing standards and practice in the digital preservation community and developing appropriate strategies for preserving the expanding range of social science digital content ICPSR collects. She has more than 20 years experience with preserving digital content. Before joining ICPSR, she served as a digital preservation manager and researcher at Cornell University Library, the Open Society Archives in Budapest, and the Center for Electronic Records at the National Archives and Records Administration. She just completed her PhD at University College London on a digital preservation topic.

Reagan Moore is Director of the Data Intensive Cyber Environments group at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He coordinates research efforts in development of data grids, digital libraries, and preservation environments. Developed software systems include the Storage Resource Broker data grid and the integrated Rule-Oriented Data System. Supported projects include the National Archives and Records Administration Transcontinental Persistent Archive Prototype, the National Science Foundation National Science Digital Library persistent archive, and science data grids for seismology, oceanography, climate, high-energy physics, astronomy, and bio-informatics. An ongoing research interest is use of data grid technology to automate execution of management policies and validate trustworthiness of repositories.

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Heike Neuroth works as an e-Humanities consultant at the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) since February 2008. Since 2004 she is involved in national and international activities working on the development of grid infrastructures for different disciplines, focussing on the humanities. She holds a Ph.D. in Geology and has been working since 1997 at the Goettingen State and University Library (SUB) in Germany, where she heads the department Research and Development (RDD). An expert in the field of digital curation and digital library services, she is engaged in several national and international initiatives, projects and working groups dealing with digital libraries.

Marina Niero is the project manager of a shared online web of archives of Venetian cultural institutes at the Ateneo Veneto. She received her degree in Italian Letters at the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice in 1996, after attending the School of Archivistic Diplomatic and Palaeography at the State Archives of Venice (1992-93). Before her position as project manager at Ateneo Veneto, she worked professionally for several organizations, including the Regione del Veneto, the Venice Municipality, and Crespano del Grappa Municipality. She has done archival research for the following institutions: Soprintendenza per I Beni architettonici, per il Paesaggio e per il patrimonio Storico Artistico e demoetnoantropologico di Venezia e Laguna and Venice Municipality.

Jinfang Niu is expected to receive her Ph.D. degree in August 2009 from the school of Information, University of Michigan. Her current research is about data curation, sharing and secondary data use. She has work experiences and research background in metadata, digital libraries and digital preservation.

Richard Pearce-Moses is Deputy Director for Technology and Information Resources, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, and is a former President of the Society of American Archivists. Pearce-Moses is an internationally recognized advocate for the development of digital curation skills in the information professions, particularly archives and records management. He is the principal investigator on the Persistent Digital Archives and Library System (PeDALS) project, funded by the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress. He also played a key role in the founding of the DigIn program and has been a regular advisor to the program. Pearce-Moses is the author of A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology (Society of American Archivists, 2005).

David Pearson is currently the Manager of the Digital Preservation Section at the National Library of Australia (NLA). He has been involved in the development of a number of digital projects including the Mediapedia, Prometheus v1.0 and Configulator. During 2007, he was the NLA project manager working with APSR (Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories), a partnership between the NLA and a number of universities. This collaboration produced two projects: the Australian METS Profile development project and the AONS II (Automatic Obsolescence Notification System, version II) project. Before joining the Library, David designed, built and subsequently became the Repository Manager for the National Archives of Australia's Digital Repository. He also supervised various data recovery projects involved many hundreds of obsolete media carriers. David's academic background is in the field of archaeology.

Jeffrey Pomerantz is an Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses on Reference and Digital Libraries. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University and his MS(LIS) from the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at Simmons College. His research investigates the provision and evaluation of library services, with the goal of serving both the information professions and the academic discipline of ILS. Some of his current projects include the development of an interdisciplinary Digital Library curriculum, and an extension of that curriculum between the United States and the European Union.

Andreas Rauber is Associate Professor at the Department of Software Technology and Interactive Systems (ifs) at the Vienna University of Technology (TU-Wien). He furthermore is president of AARIT, the Austrian Association for Research in IT and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII), University of Glasgow. He received his MSc and PhD in Computer Science from the Vienna University of Technology in 1997 and 2000, respectively. In 2001 he joined the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in Pisa as an ERCIM Research Fellow, followed by an ERCIM Research position at the French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control (INRIA), at Rocquencourt, France, in 2002. From 2004-2008 he was also head of the iSpaces research group at the eCommerce Competence Center (ec3).

In 1998 he received the ÖGAI Award of the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ÖGAI), and the Cor-Baayen Award of the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM) in 2002. He has published numerous papers in refereed journals and international conferences and served as PC member and reviewer for several major journals, conferences and workshops. He is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (ÖGAI). He serves on the board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries (TCDL), and is a member of the DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries as well as the MUSCLE Network of Excellence on Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and Learning.

His research interests cover the broad scope of digital libraries and information spaces, including specifically text and music information retrieval and organization, information visualization, as well as data analysis, neural computation and digital preservation.

Joyce Ray has directed competitive library programs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services since 1997. She also has responsibility for collaborations involving libraries and museums and for agency-wide digital initiatives. She formerly held positions as Assistant Program Director for Technological Evaluation and Acting Program Director at the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, Special Assistant to the Archivist at the National Archives and Records Administration, and Head of Special Collections at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a certified archivist and has a Master's degree in Library Science and a PhD in American History, both from the University of Texas at Austin.

Robin Rice is the project manager of DISC-UK DataShare, a two-year JISC-funded project, and was also project director of the University of Edinburgh's six-month Data Audit Framework Implementation project, also funded by JISC in the UK. As Data Librarian, she is the service manager of the University of Edinburgh's Data Library, based with the EDINA national data centre. She was project coordinator of the Digital Curation Centre during its setup phase in 2004-05. She worked previously at the former Data and Program Library Service at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has a Masters degree in Library and Information Studies from UW-Madison.

Jennifer Ricker joined the State Library of North Carolina in 2006 and is currently the Digital Collections Manager. She is responsible for investigating and implementing systems and technologies to collect and ensure that digital state publications are openly accessible to the public, now and in the future. While at the State Library Jennifer participated in the NDIIPP grant to develop the Web Archives Workbench tool set, was a member of the team that pilot tested the Archive-It subscription service, and is currently participating in the NHPRC funded Distributed Custodial Archival Preservation Environments initiative.

Donald Sawyer retired from NASA in 2008 after 20 years of service that included development of trapped radiation models, design and development of multi-parameter science data processing systems, establishment of the NASA/Science Office of Standards and Technology at the National Space Science Data Center, and interim Head of the National Space Science Data Center. He was also chair of the Archive Ingest Working Group within the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS), a co-editor of the “Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS)”, and an active participant in the development of the “Trustworthy Repositories Audit & Certification: Criteria and Checklist” document. He is now a consultant under VIE, Inc. and continues to do research work on standards use and application – including development of the CCSDS/ISO “Producer-Archive Interface Specification” and updates to the OAIS reference model.

Lisa Schmidt joined MATRIX: The Center for Humane Arts, Letters and Social Sciences Online, a digital humanities research center at Michigan State University, in October 2007. Her work as electronic records archivist and project manager focuses on an NHPRC-funded project to assess and improve the preservation practices for the H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences Online academic discussion e-mail lists. Lisa received an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in August 2007. Her primary area of interest is digital preservation, and project work has included the preservation of hypertext literature and born digital video. Prior to joining the information studies field, she enjoyed a successful career as a high technology marketing communications professional in the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin. She also holds a BA in history and an MBA, both from the University of Texas.

Chirag Shah is a doctoral student at School of Information & Library Science (SILS) at University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He received his MS in Computer Science from UMass Amherst, where he worked with Bruce Croft and James Allan on high accuracy retrieval, and topic detection and tracking. At UNC, he has been working with Gary Marchionini and Diane Kelly on various issues concerning exploratory information seeking and interactive information retrieval. He has also worked at many world-renowned research laboratories, such as FXPAL in California and National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan. His dissertation is focused on collaborative information seeking. He is also interested in social search and question-answering, digital preservation, and contextual information extraction. He has developed several tools for exploratory information seeking and extraction, including "Coagmento" for collaborative information seeking, and "ContextMiner" for capturing contextual information from multiple online sources.

Catherine Arnott Smith is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was previously on the faculty of the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University. A former medical librarian, she was a predoctoral fellow at the Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, and received her PhD in library and information studies/medical informatics in 2002. Prof. Arnott Smith also holds master's degrees in information science/medical informatics (Pitt, 2000), American History/Administration of Archives, and Library and Information Studies (both University of Michigan, 1992). Her research interests include consumer health vocabulary, the personal health record, and the history and development of both of the above.

Stefan Strathmann coordinates the digital preservation activities of the Research and Development Department (RDD) at the Goettingen State and University Library (SUB). He is engaged in several digital preservation projects, initiatives and working groups like nestor, DigitalPreservationEurope, PARSE.Insight, Alliance for Permanent Access, etc. At the moment, he is mainly involved in the digital curation of research data, training & education issues and national/international cooperation.

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Brenda R. S. Temple is Research Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Director of the R. L. Juliano Structural Bioinformatics Core Facility at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The Core Facility supports and assists UNC faculty, staff and students in utilizing X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, molecular dynamics and bioinformatics analyses in their research.

Helen R. Tibbo is Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, electronic retrieval, and reference. Dr. Tibbo is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and has served on SAA Council. Dr. Tibbo is also a co-PI with collaborators from the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto for a Mellon Foundation-funded project to develop standardized metrics for assessing use and user services for primary sources. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Digital Curation Centre's (DCC) Digital Curation Manual and the ISO Working Group that is developing an international standard for audit and certification of digital repositories. Dr. Tibbo has extensive experience planning and conducting practitioner-oriented education and dissemination events with "Digitization for Cultural Heritage Information Professionals," 2002-2004; "NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellowship Symposia," 2004-2007; the DigCCurr2007 conference; and the DigCCurr2009 conference. Dr. Tibbo is the PI for the IMLS-funded DigCCurr Projects. She was a co-PI with collaborators from the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto for a Mellon Foundation-funded project to develop standardized metrics for assessing use and user services for primary sources in academic archives. This work is now extended to government archives with support from NHPRC.

Aaron Trehub is the Assistant Dean for Library Technology at Auburn University. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of library technology at Auburn, including the integrated library system and discovery tools, digital collections, and the Media & Digital Resource Laboratory (mDRL), a multimedia resource center for students and faculty. Aaron has served as a co-PI or project director on two IMLS National Leadership Grants: the Cornerstone Project (2001-2004: now called AlabamaMosaic) and the LOCKSS-based Alabama Digital Preservation Network Project (2006-2008). Aaron came to Auburn from the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign, where he held the rank of associate professor of library administration and managed two revenue-generating online reference services. He has a B.A. from McGill University, an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeffrey van der Hoeven started his work in the field of digital preservation during his graduation assignment on the Universal Virtual Computer (UVC) at IBM Netherlands N.V. in 2003. In 2004 he obtained his Master degree in Computer Engineering at Delft University of Technology and started his career at the Digital Preservation Department of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. He conducted research into emulation-based preservation and joined the emulation project in 2005. Since then he has been involved in the European projects Planets and PARSE.insight. He is also one of the initiators and participant of the European project KEEP which stands for Keeping Emulation Environments Portable.

Raymond van Diessen received a M.Sc. degree in Computer Science from the University of Amsterdam in 1989 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same university in 1997. He joined the IBM in the Netherlands in 1996, and is currently a senior managing consultant within the same organization. Since 2000, he has been responsible for the research into long-term preservation of digital objects and the future development of IBM’s implementation of the DIAS deposit system (Digital Information Archiving System). The last years his research has been focused on the Universal Virtual Computer (UVC) to preserve digital objects for the long term and the preservation manager to maintain the relevant technical metadata needed to plan and execute preservation activities. He also represents IBM in Planets funded by the European Commission. The Planets project brings together European National Libraries and Archives, leading research institutions, and technology companies to address the challenge of preserving access to digital cultural and scientific knowledge.

M. Robert Vidrine is the Instructional Technology Specialist for the Museum of Anthropology at Wake Forest University. Mr. Vidrine assists the Museum in the acquisition, implementation, maintenance and administration of technology resources to support the Museum’s teaching and learning mission. He administers the Museum’s online artifact database, integrating records from the Museum’s production database as they are prepared for public viewing. Additionally, Mr. Vidrine is in charge of ensuring that images are properly sized, watermarked, contain appropriate copyright metadata, and are correctly integrated into the online database.

Tyler O. Walters is the Associate Director, Technology and Resource Services, Georgia Institute of Technology Library and Information Center. He currently teaches IRLS 673, Managing the Digital Information Environment, in the University of Arizona’s Digital Information Management program. He provides leadership, vision, and expertise in library collections management, new scholarly communication services, digital libraries and archives, information technology, and archives and records programs. Tyler is a co-Principal Investigator with the MetaArchive Cooperative, an LC/NDDIPP partnership, and is Chair of the Organizing Committee for the 2009 International Conference on Open Repositories. Since 2002, Tyler has led the Georgia Tech team that founded SMARTech, GT’s institutional repository, one of the largest DSpace installations in the U.S., and the ePAGE@Tech digital publishing services. Tyler was also a member of the 2006 ARL/NSF workgroup that produced the report "To Stand the Test of Time: Long-term Stewardship of Data Sets in Science and Engineering." He is a past recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist (1998). Tyler holds an M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Arizona, an M.A. in Archival Management from North Carolina State University. He is also a graduate of the 2001 ACRL / Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute and completed the Certified Knowledge Manager Training Program in 2000 (eKnowledgeCenter and the Knowledge Management Certification Board).

Jewel H. Ward is a third year doctoral student in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a research assistant on the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) Transcontinental Persistent Archive Prototype (TPAP). She worked at the University of Southern California (USC) as the Program Manager for the USC Digital Archive from 2004-2006. She was a post-master's Research Assistant in the Research Library at Los Alamos National Laboratory 2003-2004. Prior to obtaining her master's degree in Information Science in 2002, she worked in data communications for several years. Her research interests include the transfer, management, preservation, and curation of data and information using technologies such as the OAI-PMH and iRODS.

Kelvin White is an Assistant Professor at University of Oklahoma’s School of Library and Information Studies. He received a Master’s degree in Afro-American Studies and his Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Using social justice as a framework, his work examines the interconnections between the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which recordkeeping activities exist and the implications they have for marginalized or underrepresented communities. Currently, his research examines issues of memory and remembering in Afro-Mexican communities in the Costa Chica (Mexico); critically interrogates contemporary archival theory and constructs; and develops ways in which education and pedagogy might contribute to cultural relevancy and sensitivity in archival practice and research.

Eliot Wilczek is the University Records Manager in the Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University. Eliot is presently serving as the project director of a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) electronic records program expansion grant and was a co-principal investigator on a NHPRC electronic records research project that Tufts completed with Yale University in 2006. Eliot has taught archives and records management courses as an adjunct instructor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Eliot has a MS in Library and Information Science and a MA in History from Simmons College.

John P. Wilkin is the Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (LIT) and is the Executive Director of HathiTrust. The Library Information Technology (LIT) Division supports the Library's online catalog and related technologies, provides the infrastructure to both digitize and access digital library collections, supports the Library's web presence, and provides frameworks and systems to coordinate Library technology activities (e.g., authentication and authorization). Reporting units include Core Services, Digital Library Production Service, Library Systems, and Web Services.

Wilkin previously served as the Head of the Digital Library Production Service at the University of Michigan, a position he held from its inception in 1996. DLPS was originally conceived as a federated organization, drawing on resources from the University of Michigan's major information and technology organizations, including the University of Michigan Library. Although this particular aspect of DLPS has changed, now with all of the department's activities situated within the University Library, and nearly all of its funding on the Library's base budget, DLPS continues to have strong campus and national relations. Among the units in the DLPS is the University of Michigan's Humanities Text Initiative, an organization responsible for SGML document creation and online systems that Wilkin founded in 1994.

Wilkin earned graduate degrees in English from the University of Virginia ('80) and Library Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville ('86). In 1988 he assumed responsibility for the University of Michigan's English and American language and literature collection development, as well as library research support for English faculty and graduate students. Soon after, he implemented a campus-wide service for the analysis of electronic text and encoding text in SGML. In 1992, he began work at the University of Virginia as the Systems Librarian for Information Services, where he shaped the Library's plan for establishing a group of electronic centers, led and provided technical support for those centers, and consulted for the University's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH) in textual issues.

Kathleen Williams is the Executive Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives. She serves as spokesperson for the NHPRC with members of Congress, the White House and others, articulating the Commission’s mission and vision. Ms. Williams is also an active participant in the Federal grants community serving on various bodies that plan for and implement federal grant policies, procedures, and standards.

Ms. Williams has been with NARA since 2004, first joining the staff as the NHPRC’s Deputy Executive Director. Before joining the National Archives, she spent twenty years as an archivist in Federal and non-profit settings. She served for ten years at the Smithsonian Institution as a member of the senior staff of the Smithsonian Institution Archives, including service as its Archives Division Director.

Her career has included ten years as archivist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where she began the archives program with a three-year NHPRC grant. While in Houston, Williams also served as an adjunct instructor in the History Department at the University of Houston. Her career in archives began in 1982, serving for two years as assistant archivist at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the College of the Holy Cross. She studied archives and history as a graduate student in the HILS program at the University of Maryland. Williams received her master’s degree in arts and cultural administration from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Caryn Wojcik has worked for the State of Michigan since 1996. She is currently a Government Records Archivist, responsible for appraising public records for their historical value, developing Retention and Disposal Schedules for public records, training government employees about best practices for records management, and for developing electronic records management and preservation strategies. She participated in many grant projects funded by National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), including the SDSC Archivists’ Workbench project, the Michigan RMA Pilot Project, the PERM Project, the PAT Project and DCAPE. She is secretary to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA).

Joel Wurl is Sr. Program Officer in the Division of Preservation & Access, National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Applied History program at George Mason University. Prior to joining NEH in October, 2006, he worked for 20 years with University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center ending there as Head of Research Collections and Associate Director. During his tenure, he was a consultant and advisor for several immigration and ethnic history-related projects undertaken by museums, historical societies, and archives nationwide. From 2002 to 2005, he served on the council and executive committee of the Society of American Archivists and served earlier with the Midwest Archives Conference as a council member and as editor of its journal Archival Issues. He co-chaired the program committee for the 2008 SAA annual meeting in San Francisco. Wurl’s publications have appeared in both archival and immigration/ethnic history journals, and he is general editor for “North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories,” an online publication of Alexander St. Press. Wurl was named a Distinguished Fellow of SAA in 2007.

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Institute of Museum and Library Services
Coalition for Networked Information
National Archives and Records Administration
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina

Planning Committee
Rachael Clemens
Dr. Wendy Duff
Dr. Maria Guercio
Carolyn Hank
Dr. Cal Lee
Dr. Seamus Ross
Dr. Ken Thibodeau
Dr. Helen Tibbo, Chair
Dr. Elizabeth Yakel

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Last Revised: 04 January 2009
Rachael Green Clemens