Santi Thompson, Associate Dean for Research and Student Engagement and the Eva Digital Research Endowed Library Professor at the University of Houston (UH), serves as Primary Investigator for the grant. At UH Santi leads a portfolio of five departments: Health Sciences Libraries, Information & Access Services, Open Education Services, Research Services, and Teaching & Learning.
He publishes on the assessment of digital repository metadata, software, and content reuse. Santi is currently the co-facilitator of the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group. Twitter: @SantiThompson
Elizabeth Kelly is the Library Web and Applications Development Administrator at LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network.
Her primary responsibilities include managing the consortia’s web presence, customizing user interfaces and search tools, analyzing usage data, and creating data visualizations to communicate assessment results and inform evidence-based decision-making.
Ayla Stein Kenfield, Repository Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), leads IDEALS, the University’s institutional repository program, and coordinates between the Library’s other digital repositories: the Illinois Data Bank, Illinois Digital Collections, and the Medusa preservation repository.
She has published and presented on digital repository assessment, metadata development for data repositories, and digital library system migration.
Her research interests include digital repositories; metadata and linked data; and the intersections of library technology with critical librarianship. Twitter: @TheStacksCat
Ali Shiri is a Professor at the School of Library and Information Studies and Vice Dean in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
He completed his PhD in information science at the University of Strathclyde, Department of Computer and Information Sciences in Glasgow, Scotland. Ali previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR) in the University of Strathclyde.
Currently, he teaches graduate courses in the areas of digital libraries and digital information organization and retrieval. His research areas centre on digital libraries, search user interfaces, user interaction with digital information, and metadata and learning analytics.
From 2009-2011, Ali completed a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)-funded project, developing multilingual visual search interfaces for the UNESCO digital library.
His current SSHRC-funded research project, titled Digital Library North: Creating a Path for Information Access in Canada’s North, focuses on the development of a digital library infrastructure in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region in the Western Arctic to address the information needs of northern communities and to provide a digital platform for cultural heritage access and preservation. Twitter: @AliShiri3
Liz Woolcott, Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Utah State University, manages the MARC and non-MARC metadata creation of the University Libraries and is the co-founder of the Library Workflow Exchange.
She publishes and presents on workflow and assessment strategies for library technical services, innovative collaboration models, the impact of organizational structures on library work, creating strategic partnerships for libraries, and building consortial consensus for metadata standards. Twitter: @LizWoolcott
Kinza Masood, Director, Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL), University of Utah, engages with member repositories to aggregate and host content through a searchable portal on the MWDL website. She also conducts research and collaborates with partner institutions around the Mountain West region to improve and develop digital library infrastructure and workflows.
Caroline Muglia, Co-Associate Dean for Collections; Head of Resource Sharing at the University of Southern California (USC), oversees the strategy and budget of the Collections Division including Technical Services, Collection Management, and the Interlibrary Loan program. She also leads the qualitative and quantitative collection assessment efforts for the Libraries.