Susan Gibbons has been the University Librarian at Yale University since July 2011. She earned an MLS and M.A. in history from Indiana University, professional MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester.
Gibbons held library positions at Indiana University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst before moving to the University of Rochester in 2000, where she worked as the director of digital library initiatives before moving into administration. Gibbons was appointed in 2008 as the Vice Provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester.
She is well known in the library world, most significantly for the library user studies at Rochester she has undertaken since 2004. In collaboration with an anthropologist, Gibbons determined how faculty and students do their academic work, find information, and make use of the physical and technological resources offered by the libraries. The results have led to service, collections and physical space changes in the River Campus Libraries designed to better meet user needs. Gibbons has given talks around the world on this work, which has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2007 she co-edited Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester (ACRL Publications), and published her own book, The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections (ALA Editions).
Adam Rogers is an innovative and user-focused librarian who works at the intersection of public services and new technologies. He is an Emerging Technology Services Librarian based at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University, where he is currently focused on managing the Hunt Library Makerspace and planning for a second Makerspace in D.H. Hill Library. Adam also works on user experience projects, and was instrumental in starting both the User Experience Department and the User Research Team at NCSU. Along with colleagues, he was awarded the 2012 ACRL Innovation in College Librarianship Award for his work on the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt, which combines mobile devices and game-based learning to enrich library orientation for hundreds of first-year students (and has been successfully replicated at many other libraries). Adam is committed to using technology sensibly and creatively to help library users learn and make in new ways.
Tom Scheinfeldt is Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut. Formerly Managing Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Scheinfeldt brings more than a decade of leadership in digital humanities research and management to his work. Scheinfeldt’s award-winning, grant-funded research projects include groundbreaking experiments in digital archives such as the September 11 Digital Archive; scholarly open source software projects such as Omeka; generative web events such as One Week | One Tool; and boundary testing efforts in scholarly communication such as THATCamp and ConnecticutHistory.org. Among his recent publications, Scheinfeldt is co-editor (with Dan Cohen) of Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2013) and a contributor to Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). He blogs at Found History and co-hosts the Digital Campus podcast. You can follow Tom on Twitter @foundhistory.
Panel Discussion Participants
Moderator: Barbara Rockenbach
Barbara Rockenbach is the Director of the Humanities and History Libraries at Columbia University. In that role she leads a group of experienced, dedicated librarians in exploring innovative ways to support the scholarly pursuits of students and faculty by building services around deep research collections in all areas of the humanities. She also leads the development of the Digital Humanities Center, which provides services to humanities researchers working with digital texts, images, and other materials. Prior to this, Barbara held several positions at Yale University, including Director of Undergraduate and Library Research Education, Instructional Services Librarian in the Arts Library, and writing instructor in the English Department. She has also worked at both JSTOR and ARTstor. She has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MA in Art History from Hunter College.
Jefferson Bailey is Strategic Initiatives Manager at Metropolitan New York Library Council and co-chair of the Innovation Working Group of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance. He was formerly a Fellow in Digital Preservation at Library of Congress and has worked on digital projects at Brooklyn Public Library and Frick Art Reference Library and in the archives of NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records.
Monica McCormick is the Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing at NYU Libraries and NYU Press. In this dual role, she develops and supports digital scholarship and publishing services for NYU scholars, takes part in strategic initiatives for new-model publishing, and leads collaborative projects between the Press and the Libraries. She worked for 16 years in university press publishing, mostly as an acquisitions editor at the University of California Press.
Bob Scott is Digital Humanities Librarian at Columbia University. He has directed the activities of the Digital Humanities Center (formerly the Electronic Text Service) since 1994, and in that capacity has been witness to the evolution of library support for work with electronic resources in the humanities from the localized CD-ROM era to today’s environment of big data in the cloud. His work has provided him with a variety of opportunities to consult with individual scholars, to design and contribute to larger-scale textual publication and analysis projects, and to develop and oversee user services for digital scholars.
Ben Vershbow is founder and manager of NYPL Labs, a digital innovation unit at The New York Public Library that has been widely heralded for its inventive approach to opening up historical and archival materials online. Based at NYPL’s landmark 42nd Street branch, Labs operates as an in-house tech startup, working closely with librarians and curators to hatch projects that invite new kinds of interaction with library collections, often enlisting the public’s help to liberate information from old documents and to produce open data sets and tools. Before joining the library, Ben worked for four years with Bob Stein at the Institute for the Future of the Book, a Brooklyn-based think tank investigating networked forms of reading, writing and publishing. He studied theater at Yale and is active as a writer/director/performer around New York, creating original works through his company Group Theory.
Jennifer Vinopal is New York University’s Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives. Her roles at NYU include: Project Manager for NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services; Co-Head of the Digital Studio, providing digital services supporting scholarship and teaching; and subject specialist for French and Italian language and literature. Her background is in humanities scholarship, library collection development, and public service. She is currently developing a new library unit to provide support for digital scholarship and publishing.