Steering Group

Emily Gore

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, a de facto standard for standardized rights statements for digital collections.

Jennifer Gilbert

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.

Mark Jordan

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.

Rosalyn Metz

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.

Robin Ruggaber

Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives

Robin is the Chief Technical Officer for the University of Virginia Library. As a founding member of the Fedora, Blacklight and Hydra communities, UVa has a long standing commitment to evolving repository technologies. Robin serves in a strategic capacity in each of these communities and is responsible for the strategic, architectural and operational aspects of technology for the UVa Library. Core to this architecture is the Fedora repository.Providing access is LIBRA, a full production Hydra-based Fedora institution repository and VIRGO, a traditional Fedora based digital asset repository. Robin is the former Asst. Director of Infrastructure for UVa's IT organization.

Oliver Schöner

Repository Manager

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.