School of Information Sciences

Digital Libraries & Cyberscholarship Colloquium Series

Sponsored by the iSchool, School of Computer Science-at Carnegie Mellon University, the University Library System-at the University of Pittsburgh, the University Libraries-at Carnegie Mellon University and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hillman Library Amy Knapp Room (G-74), 3960 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh

Organized by the University Library System (ULS)
Please RSVP to Karen Calhoun

Kevin M. Guthrie, President of ITHAKA

Opportunity and Challenge: Sustainable Knowledge Dissemination in the Digital Age.

Bio: Kevin M. Guthrie is an executive and entrepreneur with expertise in high technology and not-for-profit management. Kevin was the founding president of JSTOR (1995) and Ithaka (2004). JSTOR and Ithaka merged in January 2010 to form a new organization (ITHAKA) with a mission to help the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. ITHAKA provides three externally facing services: JSTOR, the research, teaching and learning platform, Portico, the digital preservation service, and Ithaka S+R, the strategy and research enterprise focused on helping the scholarly community make a successful and sustainable transition to digital and network technologies. ITHAKA has offices in New York, NY, Princeton, NJ and Ann Arbor, MI.

Previously Kevin started his own software development company serving the needs of college and professional football teams, and later served as a research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he authored The New-York Historical Society: Lessons from One Nonprofit’s Long Struggle for Survival (Jossey Bass). His diverse background also includes experience as a professional football player, a sports broadcaster and producer, and a consultant for an Oscar-winning motion picture.

Kevin holds a BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

1:30 p.m.
Student Collaboration Center, Third Floor, IS Building

Dr. Liz Lyon, Associate Director Digital Curation Centre & Director UKOLN Informatics, University of Bath UK

Roadmaps, Roles and Re-engineering: Developing Data Informatics Capability in LIS

Abstract: In this talk, Dr. Lyon will review recent global policy drivers towards open data and will examine how institutions and libraries are responding to the call for action. She will draw primarily on exemplars from the UK environment and in particular, from her experience at the University of Bath and the UK Digital Curation Centre. The talk will encompass issues associated with ensuring the sustainability of innovative research data management (RDM) services. She will also describe selected RDM services in more depth and will consider different approaches, tools and training methodologies emerging in this new data informatics landscape. Finally, Liz will explore a number of future scenarios for libraries, librarians and iSchools, which present some exciting opportunities and challenges to the LIS community.

Bio: Dr. Liz Lyon is the Associate Director of the UK Digital Curation Centre and the Director of UKOLN at the University of Bath UK, where she leads work to promote synergies between digital libraries and open science environments. She is also author of a number of direction-setting Reports including Open Science at Web-Scale: Optimising Participation and Predictive Potential (2009), Scaling Up (2008) and Dealing with Data (2007). These reports have been informed by a series of pioneering research data management projects: eBank UK, eCrystals Federation and Infrastructure for Integration in Structural Sciences (I2S2), all of which have explored links between research data, scholarly communications and learning in the chemical crystallography domain. The latest study, I2S2 is investigating data integration and interoperability issues between large remote facilities such as the Diamond synchrotron, and the local laboratory bench. Liz serves on a number of strategic boards including representation for the UK Economic and Social Science Research Council and the US National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for Cyber Infrastructure. Although Dr. Lyon has previously worked in various University libraries in the UK, her background was originally in Biological Sciences and she has a doctorate in cellular biochemistry.


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