Board & Committees
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 (Treasurer)
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. With the extended Carnegie team she launched a continuous performance improvement system to create alternative mathematics pathways for community college students. Cathy has been instrumental in supporting many young organizations and currently sits on the Startl board, the Peer-2-Peer University board and serves on the advisory committee for MIT OpenCourseWare and the University of the People. She earned her PhD in the economics of education from Stanford University and a BA in mathematics from Boston College.
Former 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 previously served as the 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). In 1979 and 1980 he was a Senior Staff Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers. Paul has authored half a dozen books, and over seventy 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 systems. More recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies and other disruptions on scholarship, scholarly publication, and academic libraries. Paul holds a BA in History from Swarthmore College (1968); an MA in Economics from Princeton University (1973); and a PhD in Economics from Princeton University (1974).
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. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study, and his outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA). He has written and edited two dozen books.
Laura DeBonis (Secretary)
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.
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. Luis is currently Chair of the Cal Humanities and was recently nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). He earned his BS from the University of Texas at El Paso, a MPA from California State University, and a MLS from the University of Arizona.
President 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). Previous to this project, Jamie was the project manager for the Colorado State Library’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), was a rural library manager, and worked in the publishing industry with Cambium Learning. Jamie holds a MLS from Clarion University, a certificate in Project Management from Colorado State University, and a BFA in Art History from Metropolitan State University of Denver.
John Palfrey (Chair)
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. He is the author or co-author of several books. John served previously as the Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School. He is a director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he was executive director from 2002-2008. John graduated from Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School. He was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to the University of Cambridge and received the US EPA Gold Medal (highest national award).
President 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. Ms. Ryan is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, one of which is a 2007 Resolution of the City of Minneapolis honoring and thanking Committee Co-Chair Amy Ryan for the consolidation of city and suburban libraries. In 2004, Ms. Ryan was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Special Award and was honored with a Resolution of the City of Minneapolis. In 2003, Ryan received a Certificate of Merit from the Minnesota Library Association. In addition to her tenure on the DPLA Board of Directors, Ms. Ryan currently serves on several other boards including the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Associates of the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries Committee, and Boston After School & Beyond. Amy Ryan has studied at the Institute for European Studies, Freiburg, Germany. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Mankato State University in Minnesota, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.
Robertson 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). He also co-edited (with Carolyn de la Pena) collection, Rewiring the Nation: The Place of Technology in American Studies (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007). Vaidhyanathan has written for many periodicals, including American Scholar, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times Magazine, MSNBC.COM, Salon.com, openDemocracy.net, Columbia Journalism Review, BookForum, Slate.com, the Washington Post, and The Nation. He is a frequent contributor to National Public Radio and to MSNBC.COM and has appeared in a segment of “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. After five years as a professional journalist, Vaidhyanathan earned a PhD in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught previously at Wesleyan University, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Columbia University, New York University, and Universiteit van Amsterdam. You can follow him on Twitter at @sivavaid.
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 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.
Read More The convening members of the Advisory Committee include:
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:
Content Strategy Committee
Read More To participate, join the discussion on our content strategy email list. The convening members of the Content Strategy Committee include:
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:
Read More To participate, join the discussion on our legal email list. The convening members of the Legal Committee include:
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:
Marketing and Outreach Committee
Read More To participate, join the discussion on our marketing and outreach email list. The convening members of the Marketing and Outreach Committee include:
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:
Technical Advisory Committee
Read More To participate, join the discussion on our tech email list. The convening members of the Technical Advisory Committee include:
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:
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
Read More The members of the Board Finance Committee are:
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:
(Board) Governance Committee
Read More 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:
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: