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DPLA Board of Directors

The inaugural DPLA Board of Directors was established in September 2012 to support DPLA’s goal of creating and maintaining a free, open, and sustainable national digital library resource. The current DPLA Board is composed of public and research librarians, technologists, intellectual property scholars, media studies scholars, and business experts from around the country.

Catherine Casserly

Former CEO of Creative Commons
Cathy Casserly previously served as CEO of Creative Commons. Cathy’s career is dedicated to openness, and particularly to leveraging possibilities at the boundaries of formal and informal learning to equalize educational opportunity. She has been a long-time advocate of open educational resources (OER). As the Director of the OER Initiative at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation she managed investments totaling more than $100 million to harness the efficiency and effectiveness of knowledge sharing worldwide. At the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Cathy spearheaded work in the areas of transparency and technology as a Senior Partner and the Vice President of Innovation and Open Networks. Read more...

Paul Courant

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
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). Read more...

Robert Darnton

Robert Darnton Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard University
Robert Darnton is the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard, as well as a member of the DPLA Board of Directors. Robert was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1960) and Oxford University (B.Phil., 1962; D.Phil., 1964), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After a brief stint as a reporter for The New York Times, he became a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard.  He taught at Princeton from 1968 until 2007, when he became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard.  Read more...

Laura DeBonis

Former Director of Library Partnerships for Google Book Search
Laura DeBonis previously worked at Google where, over six years with the company, she held a variety of management positions including her final role as Director of Library Partnerships for Book Search, Google’s initiative to make all the world’s books discoverable and searchable online. A lifelong lover of books and libraries, Laura started her career in documentary film and multimedia and in strategy consulting for internet businesses.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and has a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Luis Herrera

City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco
Luis Herrera is the City Librarian of the San Francisco Public Library, where he is responsible for the administration of the city’s 28 libraries including a main library and 27 neighborhood branches. Previously, Luis served as the Director of Information Services for Pasadena Public Library and the Deputy Director of the San Diego and Long Beach Library systems in California. He has served as President of both the Public Library Association and the California Library Association. In January 2012, Luis was named the Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year. Read more...

Jamie Hollier

JHollierHeadshotPresident of Anneal, Inc.; Partner, Commerce Kitchen
Jamie Hollier is a project manager and consultant who is passionate about technology and the ways it can be used to create stronger communities. Jamie is the owner of Anneal, a library consulting firm, and a partner at Commerce Kitchen, a web design, development, and marketing company. One of her current consulting roles is providing project management for DigitalLearn.org, a Public Library Association (PLA) Initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Read more...

John Palfrey

Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover
John Palfrey is the Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover.  In addition to chairing the board of DPLA, John also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Knight Foundation.  During the planning phase from 2010 to 2013, John served as chair of the Steering Committee of DPLA.  John’s research and teaching focus on new media and learning. He has written extensively on Internet law, intellectual property, and the potential of new technologies to strengthen democracies locally and around the world. Read more...

Amy Ryan

Amy RyanPresident of the Boston Public Library
Amy Ryan became the first female president of the Boston Public Library in 2008. Amy Ryan has over 30 years of public library management experience and was the Director of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that Ms. Ryan served in leadership positions over 28 years with Minneapolis Public Library. Read more...

Siva Vaidhyanathan

Siva_Vaidhyanathan_02_JHRobertson Professor in Media Studies Chair, Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia
Siva Vaidhyanathan is the Robertson Professor and the Chair of the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. He also teaches in the University of Virginia School of Law. Vaidhyanathan is the author of The Googlization of Everything And Why We Should Worry (University of California Press, 2011),Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). Read more...



DPLA Committees

DPLA is made possible by its network of dedicated volunteers, including those who serve on DPLA Committees. Each committee is led by a small team of co-chairs. A group of 10-20 convening members is responsible for seeking out and incorporating public input into the activities of the committee. Participation in all committees is open to the public; to contribute, join a DPLA list and make your voice heard.

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Operational Committees

Operational Committees are tasked generally with providing advice and recommendations on issues related to how DPLA operates as an organization, and specifically on issues related to the committee’s strategic focus.

Advisory Committee

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Composed of former Steering Committee members and others appointed by the Board of Directors, the Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters of concern and interest to the Advisory Committee, its members, and DPLA in general. It deliberates on topics raised by other DPLA committees and crosscutting issues brought forth in public DPLA engagements, and it serves an important advocacy and community-building role.

The convening members of the Advisory Committee include:

  • Carla Hayden, Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore, MD)
  • Charles Henry, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Michael Keller, Stanford University
  • Deanna Marcum, Ithaka S+R
  • Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
  • Dwight McInvaill, Georgetown County Library (South Carolina)
  • Peggy Rudd, Rudd Consulting
  • David Spadafora, The Newberry
  • Doron Weber,  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Michael York, New Hampshire State Library

Content Strategy Committee

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The purpose of the Content Strategy Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Executive Director, Director for Content, and staff on matters pertaining to DPLA’s long-term strategy for identifying and acquiring new content, partnering with data- and service-providing organizations, and other related matters. It also recommends guidelines on bibliographic data, metadata, interoperability, and international cooperation, in coordination with the Technical Advisory Committee.

To participate, join the discussion on our content strategy email list.

The convening members of the Content Strategy Committee include:

  • (Co-Chair) Emily Gore, DPLA
  • (Co-Chair) Rachel Frick, Digital Library Federation
  • Margy Avery, MIT Press
  • Christine Borgman, GSE&IS, UCLA
  • Peter Brantley, hypothes.is
  • Susan Chun, Cultural Heritage Consulting
  • Jill Cousins, Europeana
  • Linda Crowe, Peninsula Library System
  • Martin Gomez, University of Southern California Libraries
  • Robin Dale, LYRASIS
  • Robert Darnton, Harvard University; DPLA Board of Directors
  • Betsy Kruger, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Dwight McInvaill, Georgetown County Library (South Carolina)
  • James Shulman, ARTstor
  • Jena Winberry, Council on Library and Information Resources
  • Jeremy York, HathiTrust

Legal Committee

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The purpose of the Legal Committee is to inform the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and others about legal and copyright issues affecting equitable knowledge distribution in a digital world, including work toward better understanding and influencing digital lending, orphan works, international works, metadata ownership, strategies for tiered access, and dealing with vendors and materials under various kinds of restrictions. It also seeks to facilitate engagement with the broader legal community around legal issues relevant to DPLA, digital libraries, and digital access in general.

To participate, join the discussion on our legal email list.

The convening members of the Legal Committee include:

  • (Chair) Pam Samuelson, Berkeley Law School & School of Information
  • Paul Courant, University of Michigan; DPLA Board of Directors
  • Laura DeBonis, DPLA Board of Directors
  • Kim Dulin, Harvard Library Innovation Lab
  • Jane Ginsburg, Columbia Law School
  • Dave Hansen, Berkeley Law and University of North Carolina Law
  • David O’Brien, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Jason Schultz, Berkeley Law

Marketing and Outreach Committee

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The purpose of the Marketing and Outreach Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Executive Director, Director for Content, and staff on matters pertaining to DPLA’s strategies for marketing and community outreach, including developing community engagement events, identifying new and existing modalities/channels for DPLA to collaborate with organizations, and working to identify, describe, and target key institutional and personal end-user demographics. It also provides advice and recommendations to the Executive Director, Director for Content, and staff on matters pertaining to DPLA’s strategy for identifying and partnering with content- and service-providing organizations, in collaboration with the Content Strategy Committee.

To participate, join the discussion on our marketing and outreach email list.

The convening members of the Marketing and Outreach Committee include:

  • (Co-Chair) Carla Hayden, Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore)
  • (Co-Chair) Nate Hill, Chattanooga Public Library
  • Rachel Bower, Scout Report
  • Michael Colford, Boston Public Library
  • Ginnie Cooper, Washington, DC Public Library
  • Chris Freeland, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Toby Greenwalt, Skokie Public Library
  • Luis Herrera, San Francisco Public Library; DPLA Board of Directors
  • Susan Hildreth, Institute of Museum and Library Science
  • Glen Hoptman, Lightbeam Group
  • Andrew McLaughlin, betaworks
  • Frances Pinter, Knowledge Unlatched
  • Tom Sanville, LYRASIS
  • Aaron Schmidt, Influx
  • Maureen Sullivan, American Library Association
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia; DPLA Board of Directors

Technical Advisory Committee

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The purpose of the Technical Advisory Committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the Executive Director, Director for Content, and staff on matters pertaining to DPLA’s long-term technical development, including ongoing development of the metadata platform, open API(s), front-end functionality, in-house and third-party applications, and other related endeavors. It also seeks to facilitate engagement and enthusiasm within the larger tech community around the DPLA platform and its related components.

To participate, join the discussion on our tech email list.

The convening members of the Technical Advisory Committee include:

  • (Chair) SJ Klein, Wikimedia Foundation
  • John Blyberg, Darien Public Library
  • Soleio Cuervo, Dropbox
  • Jamie Hollier, Anneal, Inc.; Commerce Kitchen; DPLA Board of Directors
  • Robert McDonald, Indiana University
  • Carole Palmer, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • Robert Stein, Dallas Museum of Art
  • Chuck Thomas, University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium
  • David Weinberger, Harvard Library Innovation Lab
  • Pamela Wright, National Archives and Records Administration

Board Committees

Board Committees, comprised of members of the DPLA Board of Directors, are tasked primarily with providing advice and recommendations on issues related to policy and strategy.

(Board) Finance Committee

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The purpose of the Board Finance Committee is to oversee the financial doings of DPLA; to review and evaluate DPLA’s fiscal operation and its managers; to report to the Board and/or Executive Director on DPLA’s finances, and/or any irregularities or issues; to provide advice and recommendations to the Board of Directors, Executive Director, Director for Content, and staff on how DPLA’s financial operations align with its mission, vision, and strategic goals. An Audit subcommittee may be formed.

The members of the Board Finance Committee are:

  • (Chair) Cathy Casserly, Creative Commons
  • Paul Courant, University of Michigan
  • Jamie Hollier, Anneal, Inc.; Commerce Kitchen
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, University of Virginia
  • Ex Officio members: John Palfrey, President of the Board, and Dan Cohen, Executive Director, serve as ex officio members on all formal Board committees

(Board) Governance Committee

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The Governance Committee has two principal responsibilities: to promote the effective functioning of the Board and to oversee the activities of all the operational committees.  It is an advisory body.  Rather than making decisions and implementing them, it serves as a forum for discussing issues and for counseling the Board, the executive director, and the staff.  It makes recommendations to the Board about replacing Board members as they rotate off and about related issues such as the Board’s size and composition.  Its oversight responsibilities commit it to work with the operating committees in order to resolve any difficulties that may arise and to stimulate cooperation in areas where their activities overlap.  By regular consultation with committee chairs, it should promote the active engagement of all committee members and coordinate their work for the good of the DPLA as a whole. Accepted: July 2014.

The members of the Board Governance Committee are:

  • (Chair) Robert Darnton, Harvard University
  • Laura DeBonis
  • Luis Herrera, San Francisco Public Library
  • Amy Ryan, Boston Public Library
  • Ex Officio members: John Palfrey, President of the Board, and Dan Cohen, Executive Director serve as ex officio members on all formal Board committees