OpenURL and Metasearch:
New Standards, Current Innovations, and Future Directions

September 19, 20, 21, 2005
Washington, DC

Speaker Biographies

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Grace Agnew
Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Agnew is the architect and principal investigator for the NSF-funded Moving Image Collections project ( as well as a lead developer for the New Jersey Digital Highway, a statewide digital library initiative ( She is the author or co-author of numerous articles and on metadata, digital video and digital rights management. She is the co-author of the book, Getting Mileage out of Metadata (ALA, 1999) and is currently authoring a book, Digital Rights Management, a Practical Guide for Libraries, for Chandos Press (September 2005, forthcoming).

Ann Apps
MIMAS, The University of Manchester, UK

Ann Apps, an IT Specialist with MIMAS within Manchester Computing at The University of Manchester, UK, has long experience of research and development in electronic publishing and within the UK JISC Information Environment. She is a member of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI) Advisory Board, a member of several DCMI Working Groups including Collection Description and Citation, of which she is Chair, and a member of the NISO committee that developed the OpenURL Framework standard, Z39.88-2004.

Oren Beit-Arie
Chief Strategic Officer, Ex Libris

Mr. Beit-Arie joined Ex Libris in 1988 and is currently based in the US. Mr. Beit-Arie is one of the primary developers of the OpenURL standard and is also deeply involved in the design of ALEPH 500 and Union Catalog, the creation of the MetaLib and SFX, and the overall research activities of the Company. Mr. Beit-Arie holds a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Theoretical Linguistics from Tel-Aviv University.

Chris Bourg
Associate Director for Communications, Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR)

Chris Bourg is responsible for the SULAIR web site and for the on-line public face of the SULAIR organization, its resources and services. Chris also develops and manages SULAIRŐs patron assessment efforts. She is project manager for the Stanford Grokker project. Chris has considerable experience in a variety of research methods, and holds an MA and a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University.

Phyllis H. Davidson
Director of Library Information Technology, Indiana University Libraries

Since 1997, Davidson has been the Director of Library Information Technology for the Indiana University Libraries with responsibility for Library Management Systems on 8 campuses of I.U, and 7 campus implementation of Open URL Linking and Federated Searching. Also responsible for IU Libraries Website, LOCKSS implementation, Twin Peaks development for Sakai, and computing operations. Currently chair of the CIC Library Information Technology Directors. Her most recent presentations have been at CNI regarding redesign library websites and computing security in academic libraries.

Larry Dixson
Senior Network Specialist, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress

I work with Z39.50/SRU/SRW applications (client and server) at the Library of Congress. I have worked in the Network Development and MARC Standards Office for twenty of my 25 years at the Library.

Martin Halbert
Director for Digital Programs and Systems, Emory University

Halbert is Executive Director for the MetaScholar Initiative at Emory University. He is a member of the NSDL Policy Committee, chairs the DLF Aquifer Services Working Group, and leads the NDIIPP MetaArchive Project. He is currently a principal investigator on the NSF OCKHAM Project, on DLF's IMLS OAI Project, and on a Mellon automated ontology generation project.

Sebastian Hammer
CEO, IndexData

Sebastian co-founded Index Data in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1994 to contribute to the development of a new generation of information management systems with a heavy emphasis on open networking interfaces. He authored the YAZ Z39.50 toolkit and contributed to other IR/Z39.50 related projects with customers and collaborators around the world. Sebastian is an active participant in the effort to maintain and evolve the Z39.50 protocol, and contributes to working groups both in Europe (EFILA; EWOS) and globally (Z39.50 Implementor's group, GILS working group, Zthes, ZOOM, and SRW initiatives). In 2004, Sebastian moved to the USA and joined Index Data's US office.

Eric Hellman
President, Openly Informatics, Inc.

In 1995, Dr. Hellman began developing internet technologies, including the first fully automated scientific journal to be produced with XML. In 1998, he founded Openly Informatics, a company specializing in the development of systems for interlinking information on the internet. Prior to founding his company, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs for 10 years and earned a PhD at Stanford.

Mike Hoover
Senior Linking and Integration Engineer, ProQuest Information and Learning

Mike has worked at ProQuest for last 11 years. Mike currently works with both customers and vendors to implement advanced solutions in linking, federated searching and other customized applications. Previously Mike held other positions in support, sales, and Product Management. Mike participated in many of the NISO Z39.88 OpenURL Standard Committee meetings representing ProQuest and was responsible for the design and implementation of ProQuest's first two generations of OpenURL link resolvers.

JR Jenkins
Product Manager, Serials Solutions

JR Jenkins is the product manager for Resource Discovery products at Serials Solutions. Prior to joining Serials Solutions in 2003, JR worked on information retrieval projects for 8 years at Microsoft, Intel Research, Sierra Online, and the University of Washington. He completed his MLIS at the University of Washington in 2004.

Chuck Koscher
Director of Technology, CrossRef

He has been actively involved in improving the linking infrastructure for their member's scholarly publications. As a technologist his focus is on implementation concerns driven by data management, data quality and on the development of new services and standards initiatives. Chuck has more than 17 years experience in software services relating to content management and structured data delivery systems.

Rolf Kwakkelaar
Senior Publishing Technology Manager, Elsevier

Rolf Kwakkelaar started his career at Baan Company and is co-founder of Amsterdam based Open Solution Providers. Rolf joined Elsevier in 1996, responsible for digital library initiatives and consultancy in Japan and Asia Pacific. In 2003 he joined the Elsevier publishing technology group in which role he is stationed at Endeavor and (amongst other things) has been involved in development of Scopus linking features.

Ralph LeVan
Research Scientist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.

I've been with OCLC for 18 years and have been involved in all facets of the text searching problem, from writing retrieval engines (Newton in C and Pears in Java), to search interface protocols (Z39.50 and SRW/U) and integrated user applications (SiteSearch). My latest work involves running the Pears retrieval engine on a Beowulf cluster and using SRU as a federated searching technology. With this combination, I was able to demonstrate 172 searches per second on our 50 million record WorldCat database.

David Lindahl
Director of Digital Library Initiatives, University of Rochester Libraries

His background is in Computer Science and he has worked previously as a researcher and project manager at Xerox PARC. Over the past eight years, he has developed extensive experience in applying work-practice study findings to technology development projects. David has made numerous presentations on topics such as database driven websites, meta-search applications and faculty needs for institutional repositories.

Judy Luther
President, Informed Strategies

She specializes in researching and developing new products and companies, and introducing them to the library market. She has worked in the information field for 30 years and holds MLS and MBA degrees. Her business experience includes 12 years in sales, sales management, and product development at Faxon and ISI. In her 13 years of library experience, she held positions at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Stetson University. Luther is vice president, president elect of the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Amy Mather
Senior Project Specialist, CSA

Amy Mather has worked at CSA for over 5 years as a member of the Web Development team. She oversees and manages all the full-text and OpenURL link development and quality assurance testing on the CSA Illumina platform. In addition, she works closely on special projects and new feature developments. She received her MLIS at Louisiana State University in 2000.

James R. Mouw
Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services, University of Chicago Library

Mouw is also adjunct professor at Dominican University School of Library and Information Science where he teaches the class on serials. As an active member of ALA and ALCTS, he is past-chair of the Acquisitions Section of ALCTS, and is a member of numerous ALA and ALCTS committees. He serves as editor in chief of Library Collections Acquisitions and Technical Services and was previously a member of the editorial board of Serials Review.

Peter Noerr
Chief Technology Officer, MuseGlobal

Dr. Peter Noerr has been designing and building retrieval systems and other access methods for 30 years, starting with his Ph.D. thesis at City University, London. In his current position as co-founder and CTO of MuseGlobal, Dr. Noerr has incorporated his wide experience in dealing with structured and unstructured information as well as with standards and protocols. Dr. Noerr is active in standards organizations, and is a frequent invited speaker at conferences worldwide.

Phil Norman
Manager, Reference & Resource Sharing/Product Architecture and Development Division/OCLC

Phil Norman has worked at OCLC for 18 years primarily managing the development of FirstSearch. He was/is also a member of the NISO Z39.88 OpenURL Standard Committee. He is responsible for maintaining the content of the current OpenURL framework registry at

Andrew K. Pace
Head of Systems, North Carolina State University Libraries

At NCSU, Pace has participated in numerous successful initiatives, including development of NCSU Libraries' electronic resource management system. Pace is a member of the LITA Board and is active in the OeBF and NISO, now co-chair of the Metasearch Initiative. He has regular columns in Computers in Libraries magazine and American Libraries. His first book, The Ultimate Digital Library: Where the New Information Players Meet, was published by ALA Editions in 2003.

Oliver Pesch
Chief Strategist, E-Resources, EBSCO Information Services

As chief strategist for E-Resources, Oliver Pesch oversees the technical direction for EBSCOŐs Electronic Journals Service (EJS), A-to-Z, and LinkSource products. Previously, Oliver headed the technical development of EBSCOhost service and was involved in the development and implementation three generations of linking features. Oliver's numerous committee memberships include NISO committees on OpenURL and Library Statistics, Project COUNTER's Executive Committee and Audit Task Groups, as well as PCC Task Groups 1 and 3 for Journals in Aggregator databases.

Sara Randall
Director of Strategic Products, Endeavor Information Systems

Sara Randall is currently Director of Strategic Products for Endeavor Information Systems. She is currently responsible for the federated search, OpenURL resolver and repositories products for Endeavor. Sara is co-chair of the NISO Metasearch Task Group 3: Search and Retrieve

Tim Shearer
Web Access Librarian, University Libraries, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tim Shearer is the Web Access Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his MSLS at UNC in 1997 and is currently a student in the ILS doctoral program. He is primarily interested in how information systems infrastructure can serve both the public and staff as users.

Ross Singer
Library Applications Developer, Georgia Tech

Ross Singer is an application developer at the Georgia Tech Library, with responsibilities for creating web services for both the public web presence as well as the development and maintenance of the library's intranet. He is working with others at Georgia Tech to create a R&D lab for library applications, experimenting with a wide range of technologies across various projects.

Pat Stevens
Chair, NISO Standards Development Committee

In her consulting practice, Ms. Stevens helps organizations develop and market useful information services. Previously, at OCLC she led several activities centered around defining and building new services. Her professional career began at the University of Maryland where she helped devise enriched retrieval services, particularly those for non-traditional materials. Ms. Stevens has played an active role in standards development. She chaired the committee that produced NCIP and led planning work for NISO Metasearch Initiative. As Chair of the SDC, she helped NISO develop a new lighter-weight standards process, Registration.

Jeff Suszczynski
Senior Web Developer, University of Rochester Libraries

Jeff has a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Rochester. He's a Senior Web Developer in the Digital Initiatives Unit of the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries, creating user-centered web applications using Perl, ColdFusion, XML/XSLT, Javascript, etc.

Mike Teets
Vice President Global Product Architecture, OCLC Online Computer Library Center

With staff in three North American locations, Mike Teets oversees development of many of OCLC's flagship services including OCLC Connexion, WorldCat Resource Sharing, and the OCLC FirstSearch service. Mike is a member of the Internet2 InCommon Federation Steering Committee and Chair of NISO's Metasearch Authentication and Access task group. Mike recently introduced the Open Worldcat service, making OCLC WorldCat records of library-owned materials available to Web searchers. He also introduced WebJunction, an online community for library staff

Roy Tennant
User Services Architect, California Digital Library

Roy Tennant is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published since 1990. His books include Managing the Digital Library (2004), XML in Libraries (2002), Practical HTML (1996), and Crossing the Internet Threshold (1993). Roy writes a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal and was the 2003 recipient of the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education.

Margery Tibbitts
Technical Project Manager, California Digital Library

I am the technical project manager for the California Digital Library's link resolver. The CDL has worked with many vendors to develop and improve their linking functionality. Early efforts focused on the ability to link to content on the vendor's site and lately the efforts have been on improving the quality of the metadata included in the OpenURLs created by vendors. In the course of this work the CDL has developed technical specification and requirement documents.

David Walker
Web Development Librarian, California State University at San Marcos

David Walker's work focuses on the integration and customization of link resolvers and metasearch systems in libraries. He has helped pioneer the development of customizable metasearch systems using Metalib's XML-based API, and is developing a complete web services architecture for library information systems.

Raymond Yee
Technology Architect, Interactive University Project, University of California, Berkeley

Raymond's R&D work is focused on enabling the seamless use and reuse of digital content by scholars. He is the architect of the Scholar's Box, a tool that gives users "gather/create/share" functionality, enabling them to gather resources from multiple digital repositories in order to create personal and themed collections for research and teaching. Raymond maintains a weblog detailing his professional work at and a wiki containing random and not-so-random tidbits:

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