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Amy Rudersdorf

Amy_RudersdorfAssistant Director for Content / Email Amy
Amy Rudersdorf is the DPLA Assistant Director for Content. She is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Amy formerly served as the director of the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina. She was a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance coordinating committee member and an active voice in the digital preservation community. Amy has taught library graduate school courses on digital libraries and preservation (San Jose State University) and metadata (North Carolina Central University). Prior to moving to state government, she worked with digital collections in special collections at North Carolina State University, coordinated a digital production group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked with public libraries throughout Wisconsin to aid in the development and coordination of Library and Service Technology Act (LSTA) funded digitization grants. Every dog she has ever owned has been named after a musical performer: Lemmy (Kilmister), Milton (Jackson), and Yma (Sumac). Only one of her cats was named for a former president (JimmyCarter).

 

Audrey Altman

audrey_altmanTechnology Specialist / Email Audrey
Audrey Altman is a Technology Specialist for DPLA.  She works with Director of Technology Mark Matienzo and fellow Technology Specialist Mark Breedlove to design, develop, test, integrate, support, and document user-facing applications and back-end systems; support content management policies, process, and workflows, and contribute to the development of new ones; and collaborate with stakeholders to contribute to strategic and tactical planning and implementation of content stewardship applications and technologies.  Audrey previously worked as a web developer for Digital Research and Publishing at the University of Iowa Libraries, and for the University of Iowa Digital Studio for Public Arts & Humanities.  She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama and a B.A. in Theater from Albion College. While Audrey doesn’t have a single favorite DPLA item, she is partial to zoological drawings like those of the White HeronSquat LobsterSnail, and Collared Hedge Hog.

 

Dan Cohen

Executive Director / Email Dan
Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Prior to his tenure, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Dan was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top “tech innovators”  in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, his master’s degree from Harvard, and his PhD from Yale. Because Dan has two dachschunds, his favorite DPLA item is this photo of a dachshund enjoying a beverage.

 

Emily Gore

EmilyGoreheadshotDirector for Content / Email Emily
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily provides strategic vision for DPLA content and metadata, coordinates content and collections workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Much of Gore’s current daily work focuses on identifying and helping to establish new Service Hubs for DPLA.  Before joining DPLA, Emily served as Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s 15 year career in libraries has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions.  During her career, Emily has received over $4 million in grant funding for this work.  She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama, a BA from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being on the water.  Emily grew up on the North Carolina coast and enjoys swimming and boating in the Intracostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean as much as possible. Emily has a Harlequin Great Dane named Ella who is her pride and joy; as such, this is her favorite DPLA item. Emily’s also a bit of a music junkie who has a vault of music lyrics in her head.  This has earned her the nickname “Juke” among a number of her close friends.

 

Franky Abbott

franky_abbottACLS Public Fellow, Project Manager / Email Franky
Franky Abbott is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow working as a project manager for the Digital Public Library of America. In this capacity, she organizes the Community Reps program, the Gates-funded Public Library Partnerships Project, and research and outreach initiatives to teachers, students, and librarians in K-12 and higher education. She has experience as a project manager in digital humanities at the University of Alabama’s Alabama Digital Humanities Center and Emory University’s Digital Scholarship Commons and digital publishing as managing editor of the open access journal, Southern Spaces. Additionally, she has worked in education research and assessment and as a K-12 classroom teacher. Franky has a PhD from Emory’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts in American Studies, a M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. in Literature and African American Studies from Yale University. Franky’s current favorite DPLA item is “Tony Tone and Charlie Chase of the Cold Crush Brothers outside United Bronx Parents.”

 

Gretchen Gueguen

IMG_5196Data Services Coordinator / Email Gretchen
Gretchen Gueguen is a Data Services Coordinator, working alongside our Director and Assistant Director for Content to bring on new partners, conduct data mapping and ingest, perform quality assurance, and support several other critical projects. Prior to DPLA, Gretchen worked as Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia where she helped establish the first born-digital archives program. Gretchen has also worked at East Carolina University and the University of Maryland where she received her MLS in 2005. Gretchen has been involved several collaborative digital library and digital humanities projects throughout Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. Gretchen’s current favorite DPLA item is “Roller Derby at Atlanta Municipal Auditorium,” showing the early days of her favorite sport.

 

Hillary Brady

BradyBioPic (1)Outreach Coordinator / Email Hillary
Hillary is an Outreach Coordinator, where she works on social media management, as well as other exhibition and education projects. She has her M.A. from the Brown University Public Humanities program and a B.A. in Journalism and English from The University of Rhode Island. Hillary’s current favorite DPLA items are illustrations by Beatrix Potter, from her 1903 book “The Tailor of Gloucester,” about a cat and a group of sewing mice in a tailor’s shop: “Simpkin kept house by himself,” and “Mice at Tea.

 

 

Kenny Whitebloom

kenny_whitebloomManager of Special Projects / Email Kenny
Kenny Whitebloom ​is the Manager of Special Projects at DPLA, where he works to build DPLA’s network of users and supporters through events and programs, communications, partnerships, strategic initiatives, and other projects that promote growth and innovation. He previously worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Kenny holds a MLIS from Simmons School of Library and Information Science and a BA in History and Italian from Vassar College. Kenny’s current favorite DPLA items are the bindings for A Kentucky Cardinal and Aftermath (1900), Like a Gallant Lady (1897), The Tent on the Beach (1899), and The Legatee (1903).

 

Mark Breedlove

mark_breedloveTechnology Specialist / Email Mark
Mark Breedlove is a DPLA Technology Specialist, who contributes to the design and implementation of the organization’s ingestion, API, and front-end website. His work has been concentrated in the development of the ingestion system, which moves data from providers to the DPLA datastore, and the development of the organization’s new DevOps systems.  He works closely with the Director of Technology and the Content team. Before coming to DPLA, Mark was the Technical Director at See.me, a social discovery website for artists, and the American Museum of Natural History, building scientific web applications and content management systems for its Science Division. Mark’s current favorite DPLA item is Gunn’s Domestic Medicine, or Poor Man’s Friend.

 

Mark A. Matienzo

Director of Technology / Email Mark
Mark A. Matienzo is the Director of Technology for DPLA. As Director of Technology, Mark is responsible for the overall technology vision for the DPLA and overseeing its implementation. Mark also serves as the primary technical contact for outside organizations, partners, and developers. Prior to joining DPLA, Mark worked as an archivist and technologist specializing in born-digital materials and metadata management, at institutions including the Yale University Library, The New York Public Library, and the American Institute of Physics, and participated in projects such as the ArchivesSpace open source archival management system and AIMS – Born Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship. Mark received a MSI from the University of Michigan School of Information and a BA in Philosophy from the College of Wooster, and was the first awardee (2012) of the Emerging Leader Award of the Society of American Archivists. Mark’s current favorite item in DPLA is Children in Goat Cart.

 

Rachel Frick

Rachel2014_hires_cropBusiness Development Director / Email Rachel
Rachel Frick is the Director of Business Development. In this position, she is responsible for building out DPLA’s sustainability plan and forging extensive new relationships in order to build DPLA’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. She comes to DPLA, having served as the director of the Digital Library Federation program at the Council on Library and Information Resources for the past four years. In her capacity as DLF Director, she was instrumental in building a large and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services. Frick held senior positions at the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the University of Richmond, among other roles. She is widely known in the library, archive, and museum world for her vision, organizational know-how and commitment to open culture. She served as the co-chair of DPLA’s Content Committee during its initial planning phase.

 

Tom Johnson

Metadata and Platform Architect / Email Tom
Tom Johnson is the DPLA Metadata and Platform Architect, where he helps to further improve DPLA’s metadata model and related infrastructure and to expand upon its work with linked open data. Tom is a digital librarian, programmer, and metadata expert with a strong commitment to open cultural heritage. Tom came to DPLA from Oregon State University, where he worked on digital curation, scholarly publication, and related software and metadata issues as Digital Applications Librarian and Assistant Professor.

 


Read posts written by our staff

Included below are entries in our series of behind-the-scenes posts from DPLA staffers. We hope that these posts will give you additional insight into what we’re working on, how we work, and progress toward our goals.

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DPLA and HathiTrust Partnership Supports Open E-Book Programs
April 21, 2015

DPLA and HathiTrust Partnership Supports Open E-Book Programs

The Digital Public Library of America and HathiTrust have had a strong relationship since DPLA’s inception in 2013. As part of our ongoing collaboration to host and make digitized books widely available, we are now working to see how we can provide our services to exciting new initiatives that bring ebooks to everyone.

DPLA and Education: Findings and Recommendations from our Whiting Study
April 9, 2015

DPLA and Education: Findings and Recommendations from our Whiting Study

DPLA releases a research paper based on its Whiting-funded education project. The paper details findings about existing online education resources and educator needs, and recommendations for an education strategy.

DPLAfest in Light of SEA 101
March 27, 2015

DPLAfest in Light of SEA 101

In my social media feeds yesterday, I saw some friends and acquaintances say that they were reconsidering their attendance at DPLAfest, scheduled to be held in Indianapolis, IN, April 17-18, in light of the recent signing of SEA 101, or the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” into law by Governor Pence of Indiana. I must admit that as an openly gay employee at DPLA, I had an immediate and strong negative reaction. I was unhappy about my organization spending money in a place that would allow businesses not to serve me simply because I am gay. However, after more thought and a night of sleep, I have come to a different conclusion. The passing of this law should make us all want to attend DPLAfest even more than we might have before.

Girl Scout super stars
March 26, 2015

Girl Scout super stars

Unless you haven’t been out of your house for the past month, you know that it’s Girl Scout cookie season. The girls out tugging boxes of cookies around the neighborhood are learning all sorts of skills they’ll use later in life as political leaders, entertainers, astronauts, and athletes. Literally. For proof, check out this list of 25 of the most famous Girl Scouts while enjoying the last of your Thin Mints and Caramel Delights…until next year.

DPLA MAP, version 4.0
March 5, 2015

DPLA MAP, version 4.0

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement of KriKri and Heidrun, we here at DPLA HQ are excited to release the newest revision of the DPLA Metadata Application Profile, version 4.0 (DPLA MAP v4.0).

Profit & Pleasure in Goat Keeping
February 26, 2015

Profit & Pleasure in Goat Keeping

Two weeks ago, we officially announced the initial release of Krikri, our new metadata aggregation, mapping, and enrichment toolkit. In light of its importance, we would like to take a moment for a more informal introduction to the newest members of DPLA’s herd. Krikri and Heiðrún (a.k.a. Heidrun; pronounced like hey-droon) are key to many of DPLA’s plans and serve as a critical piece of infrastructure for DPLA. They are also names for, or types, of goats.

Family Bible records as genealogical resources
February 19, 2015

Family Bible records as genealogical resources

Interested in using DPLA to do family research, but aren’t sure where to start? Consider the family Bible. There are two large family Bible collections in DPLA—over 2,100 (transcribed) from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, and another 90 from the South Carolina Digital Library. They’re filled with rich information about family connections and provide insight into how people of the American South lived and died during the—mainly—18th and 19th centuries.

What DPLA and DLF Can Learn from Code4lib
February 18, 2015

What DPLA and DLF Can Learn from Code4lib

Code4lib 2015 was held last week from February 9-12, 2015 in Portland, Oregon. The Code4lib conferences have grown in the last ten years, both in terms of size and scope of topics. This growth is particularly impressive when you consider that much of the work of organizing the conference falls upon a circulating group of volunteers, with additional organizational support from organizations like the Digital Library Federation. It has become clear to me that the Code4lib community is interested in ensuring that it can develop and support compelling and useful conferences for everyone who chooses to participate.

CLIR Hidden Collections and DPLA
February 17, 2015

CLIR Hidden Collections and DPLA

Recently, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) announced a national competition to digitize and provide access to collections of rare or unique content in cultural heritage institutions, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This new iteration of the popular Hidden Collections program will enhance the emerging global digital research environment in ways that support expanded access and new forms of research for the long term. Its aim is to ensure that the full wealth of resources held by institutions of cultural heritage becomes integrated with the open web.

DPLA at Code4Lib 2015
February 5, 2015

DPLA at Code4Lib 2015

Code4Lib is an annual, volunteer-organized conference focused on the intersection of technology and cultural heritage. DPLA is participating heavily in Code4Lib 2015, taking place on February 9 – 12 in Portland, Oregon. Here’s a handy guide detailing some of the key places they’ll be and how you can connect with them.

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