I work at Penn State University as a digital library architect. What does that mean? I'm designing a technical architecture for library and institutional data, providing vision and strategy for the development thereof, and building a development team to implement it, all of which are part of an institutional digital stewardship program formed by university libraries, central IT, and the university press. Why? As a colleague put it (tongue-in-cheek though it was, I'm rather fond of it): we endeavor to "build the worlds in which we remember."

My last job was at the Library of Congress, on a team developing digital repository tools, processes, and architecture supporting initiatives such as the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, the World Digital Library, and Chronicling America (the National Digital Newspaper Program).

I earned an MLIS degree in 2006 from School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, and enjoyed a brief stint in the Professional Master of Arts program in Computational Linguistics at the University of Washington-Seattle, where I was interested in applying techniques of natural language processing to metadata extraction from full-text digital collections. My undergraduate degree, also from Rutgers, is in linguistics and philosophy, capped by an honors thesis on syntactic and semantic theories of pronouns and reflexives in Germanic languages. I joined Phi Beta Kappa only to discover it would not get me into any toga parties.

Previously I developed tools for the Princeton University digital library. My projects included: Arkham & Noidman, Ruby on Rails web applications for the creation, management, validation, and resolution of persistent identifiers based on the ARK schema; xqOAI, an XQuery-based OAI-PMH data provider for native XML databases; scripts for metadata munging; and hacking and managing Trac-based departmental wikis / code repositories / ticketing systems.

Prior to that, I worked for the University of Washington Libraries (2005-6) and the Rutgers University Libraries (1999-2005) as a systems administrator, project coordinator, and digital library/repository hacker, and before that wore a bunch of hats for a small Internet service provider during the mid-late '90s dot-com boom. As an undergrad, a work-study program placed me in the Archibald S. Alexander Library at Rutgers, where my love for libraries was kindled.

Among my research and development interests are data quality; community-building;digital curation; digital preservation and archiving; digital libraries/repositories; web services; identifier persistence; roles of trust, authority, and skepticism in information behavior; and library technology.

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