Assistant Dean – Digital Initiatives & Technology Infrastructure
Emily is Assistant Dean of Libraries for Digital Initiatives and Technology Infrastructure at the University of Tennessee Libraries in Knoxville. The University of Tennessee Libraries uses Fedora as part of our core digital library infrastructure. Our commitment to Fedora is a part of our larger commitment to using open source software when possible and supporting associated communities. Emily has spent large part of her career working on community-based projects, including DPLA and DPN, and she had held leadership positions in academic libraries, including Florida State and Clemson. Emily also co-chaired the development of Rightsstatements.org, a de facto standard for standardized rights statements for digital collections.
Senior Technical Information Specialist
Jennifer is a Senior Technical Information Specialist at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md. As the product owner of NLM’s Digital Collections and chair of the library’s Digital Repository Working Group, Jennifer leads a cross-divisional team that uses Fedora as the backbone of a repository that promotes access and preservation of digital content focused on biomedicine and public health. Jennifer’s background includes metadata, data management, and library systems.
Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy
Mark is Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, where he is responsible for the Systems, Computer Operations, Digitization, eBranch, and Research Data Management units. Mark is active in the Islandora community, both as a developer and as Chair of the Islandora Foundation Board of Directors. His specializations include digital preservation and assets management, repository services, and governance of collaborative communities.
Director, Library Technology and Digital Strategies
Rosalyn Metz is the Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies at Emory University in Atlanta. There she leads a diverse cross-functional team at the university to provide support for the libraries’ technology infrastructure. The Emory University Libraries have embarked on a multi-year effort to implement a Fedora/Samvera based repository to preserve content for the University’s community. She believes that the cultural heritage institutions that support Fedora need to ensure its long-term stewardship and continued success well into the future.
Este Pope – Steering Group Chair
Head of Digital Programs
Este is Head of Digital Programs for the Amherst College Library. Este leads the work of the Digital Programs department in building sustainable, accessible digital collections. Amherst College is actively involved in the Fedora community through code and metadata contributions, and seeks to support the needs of liberal arts colleges in use of Fedora and related systems. Este has a background in library systems, digital libraries, library instruction, educational technology and online learning. She is dedicated to the development of Fedora as a community-supported repository to promote open access to information, scholarship, and preservation of cultural heritage.
Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives
Robin Ruggaber works as the Director for Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives for the University of Virginia Library. As a founding member of several opensource repository technologies, preservation, open access, and accessibility solutions (Fedora, Blacklight, Samvera, Academic Preservation Trust, Investment in Open Infrastructure, and Education Materials Made Accessible), UVA has a long-standing commitment to protecting availability and open access to intellectual and cultural knowledge. Robin serves in a strategic or technical advisory capacity in these types of technical collaborations, forges new partnerships, and serves as a technology consultant within UVA and across higher education. She is drawn to the complex problems facing the digital stewardship community and recognizes that the Fedora repository & community fill an essential role in solving those challenges.
Oliver is a repository manager at Berlin State Library. As an early adopter of Fedora 4, since 2015, he helped bring several Fedora repositories on board. Currently, the Berlin State Library’s Fedora repositories are storing around 100,000,000 objects. Some of Oliver’s interests lie in looking at how software can be sustainable, secure and offer a good experience for it’s users. Oliver has been an active member of the Fedora community for several years and joined Fedora Leadership in 2020.
Tim Shearer – Steering Group Chair Elect
Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and IT
Tim Shearer works for the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is the AUL for Digital Strategies and IT. UNC-Chapel Hill has used Fedora as part of the core infrastructure for the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR) since beginning development of the IR in 2008. The Library is committed to open software development, digital preservation, and are responsible for UNC-CH’s Open Access Policy. It engages actively in the DuraSpace community through code contributions, collaborative development, and participation in governance.