NISO Pre-Standards Workshop on Digital Rights Expression
May 18-19, 2005
Denver, Colorado

Speaker Biographies:

Geoffrey Adams, Elsevier Science

Geoffrey Adams, Director of IT Solutions, has overseen a worldwide team of information technology consultants and worked closely with Elsevier's production and R&D staff in defining and developing new electronic products and services. He is also Program Director for Elsevier's Customers and Technology Program, in this role he works with an international group of highly innovative institutions exploring the future uses of technology in the library and education environments. Prior to joining Elsevier, he was with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) managing a team of senior business and technical consultants serving Fortune 500 customers and other major media industry clients in the U.S.A.

Michael W. Carroll, Villanova University School of Law

Michael W. Carroll is an Associate Professor at the Villanova University School of Law, and he serves on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, Inc. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of intellectual property law and cyberlaw. Prior to joining the Villanova faculty, Professor Carroll practiced law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C., specializing in intellectual property and e-commerce issues. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Joyce Hens Green, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Professor Carroll received his A.B., with general honors, from the University of Chicago and his J.D. magna cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Susan Chun, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Susan Chun is General Manager for Electronic Information Planning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. In this capacity, she works from the Office of the Director on long-range planning for art-related information projects, including print and electronic publishing, collections management, asset management, photography and imaging, rights administration, provenance research, and intellectual property policy. Prior to working in the Director's Office, Ms. Chun was a member of the Museum's Editorial Department and she continues to advise the department on a range of business and scholarly publishing issues and to oversee electronic publishing projects, including several collection catalogues and a new series of online symposium papers, as well as a revision of The Metropolitan Museum Guide to Editorial Style and Procedures. She has been employed previously at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Asia Society, and at Alfred A. Knopf.

Karen Coyle, Digital Library Specialist

Karen Coyle is a librarian with nearly three decades of experience in digital libraries. She is a recognized expert in technical issues, such as metadata and information retrieval, as well as social, political and policy issues. She is a long-time member of the MARC standards community and served on NISO's OpenURL standard committe. She has represented libraries in various discussions of rights expression, including the work of the Open eBook Forum, and authored the Library of Congress' analysis of rights expression languages in 2004. While active in developing computer systems for libraries, she is outspoken about the effects, both negative and positive, electronic information is having on the social role of libraries. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and meetings and has been quoted or interviewed in a variety of media. Her writings are available on her web site:

Jan Poston Day, Blackboard, Inc.

Jan Poston Day is Director of Standards and Interoperability at Blackboard, Inc. In this position she coordinates Blackboard's standards efforts and serves as the primary liaison to standards bodies. She also directs the Building Blocks program, Blackboard's open architecture that enables third-party developers to integrate their tools, systems and services with the Blackboard platform. Ms. Day has over twelve years of experience in project management, software engineering and business development. Prior to joining Blackboard she worked for Booz-Allen & Hamilton and NASA.

Sharon Farb, UCLA

Sharon E. Farb is the Director of Digital Collection Management and Licensing for the UCLA Library, where she oversees the provision of centralized support, leads planning, coordinates shared resources, and develops and builds infrastructure and expertise in the selection, licensing, management and persistent access and use of digital resources over time. Her research and professional interests focus on the intersection of key policy issues affecting libraries, law and technology including intellectual property, copyright, privacy and intellectual freedom. In addition to her work on the design and development of UCLA's local home grown e-resource management system, and the DLF Electronic Resource Management Initiative, Farb is also working on a project with the California Digital Library (CDL) to develop a rights framework that can be used as a generalizable framework that can be applied to the already large and growing streams through which an institution or digital repository such as CDL acquires digital information. She holds a J.D. and MLIS and is a candidate in the PhD program in Information Studies at UCLA.

Gillian Harrison, NetLibrary

Gillian Harrison is Senior Manager of Library and Product Research, where she leads NetLibrary's product development research initiatives. Responsible for strategic product planning, Harrison works with business and technology teams to define business requirements for technology projects and is actively involved in ongoing product development. Harrison regularly works directly with librarians to investigate and implement new product initiatives and to conduct training sessions on the NetLibrary product as well as working with technology vendors to identify and explore new technology innovations for the NetLibrary product. The Collection Development team responsible for the NetLibrary eContent Collection reports to Harrison and the team works closely with libraries and publishers to select, acquire, manage, package, and market eContent. Previously, Harrison managed an indexing team at IHS and worked as a reference librarian in both public and academic libraries. Harrison received a Master of Library of Information Services degree from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.

Peter B. Hirtle, Cornell University Library

Peter B. Hirtle is Co-Director of the Cornell Institute for Digital Collections (CIDC). CIDC is responsible for developing digital resources, supporting their use campus-wide, and conducting applied research that advances the production and utility of such resources. As part of his duties, Mr. Hirtle served as co-project manager for Cornell's Museum Online project. He is also Associate Editor of D-Lib Magazine, a leading resource on digital library research. Prior to his arrival at Cornell, Mr. Hirtle worked at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). He has also served as curator of modern manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine, on several of the units sponsored by the Society of American Archivists, and is currently a member of the RLG/DLF Task Force on Policy and Practice for the Long-Term Retention of Digital Materials and the NINCH Working Group on Best Practices. Mr. Hirtle has a Master of Arts in History and a Master of Library Sciences with a concentration in Archival Science.

Leslie Johnston, University of Virginia Library

Leslie Johnston is the Director of Digital Access Services at the University of Virginia Library, where she manages digital library program components supporting the collection, management, and dissemination of digital content. Previously, she served as the Head of Instructional Technology and Library Information Systems at the Harvard Design School. Ms. Johnston has also worked for the for the Stanford University Libraries as the Academic Technology Specialist for the Art Department and the Cantor Arts Center; as Systems Project Coordinator at the Historic New Orleans Museum; and as Database Specialist for the Getty Research Institute.

Mladen Maljkovic, Pearson Education

Mladen is an Executive Product Manager with the Product Development Team at Pearson Education Central Media Group (CMG), and is responsible for a range of products and initiatives in the assessment area. Prior to joining Pearson Education, Mladen worked as a Senior Product Manager at WebCT where he was responsible for content management and interoperability areas. Mladen studied computer science at the Sarajevo University, and is currently finishing his MBA in Project Management.

Philip Merrill, Digital Media Project

Philip Merrill has been an active contributor, on a personal basis, to the Digital Media Project since its early days in July 2003. He has written a weekly ArtsWatch column for since 1998, advocating artists rights, and hosted DMP's workshop on Traditional Rights & Usages (TRUs) at the Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica on April 26-27, 2004. His personal views tend strongly towards the protection of creativity and its remuneration. His DMP work on the collection of TRU templates online at (document 270) provided an opportunity to review international copyright law in light of the opportunities presented by today's digital technology. In January, posted his review of their first State-of-the-Art Report on DRM. The father of two, he lives in Pasadena, California.

James R. Mouw, The University of Chicago Library

James R. Mouw is Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services at The University of Chicago and 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. Previously he held positions at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Gardner-Webb College in North Carolina. Mr. Mouw holds a Master of Library Science from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Calvin College.

Deirdre Mulligan, U.C. Berkeley Law

Deirdre Mulligan came to Boalt as Acting Clinical Professor and Director of the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic in 2001. Ms. Mulligan serves on the California Internet Political Practices Commission that was created to examine issues posed by political activity on the Internet in relation to the goals of the Political Reform Act of 1974 and recommend necessary legislative changes. In addition, she serves on the National Academy of Science Committee on Authentication Technologies and their Privacy Implications to assess emerging approaches to authentication in computing and communications systems, focusing on the implications of authentication technologies for privacy. Previously she was at the Center for Democracy and Technology, where she worked to advance privacy, free speech and other democratic values on the Internet. Ms. Mulligan received her J.D. at Georgetown University in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.

Steve Potash, OverDrive, Inc.

Steve Potash is President and CEO of OverDrive, Inc., a company he founded in 1986. Under his leadership, OverDrive has become the leading provider of eBook technologies and Digital Rights Management solutions for publishers, retailers and libraries. He also serves as President of the Open eBook Forum (, an international standards body and trade association for digital book applications. Mr. Potash pioneered and developed interactive media products for consumers encompassing popular trade, legal, and reference titles such as interactive legal forms and eBooks on diskettes and CD-ROM. In 2001, he launched Content Reserve, which has grown to become the world's leading distribution network for eBooks and digital media with over 40,000 products from 400 publishers. During 2002 OverDrive expanded its digital content services to public, academic and corporate libraries with the launch of Digital Library Reserve. Mr. Potash earned his J.D. at Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ohio State.

Nathan D. M. Robertson, Johns Hopkins University

Nathan D. M. Robertson is a Database Programmer/Analyst and Systems Librarian at the Sheridan Libraries of the Johns Hopkins University. Among many other responsibilities, he is a co-developer and the administrator of the Hopkins Electronic Resource Management System (HERMES). In addition to his work on the DLF Electronic Resource Management Initiative, he is a member of the NISO/EDItEUR Joint Working Party for the Exchange of Serials Subscription Information and is the chair of that group's Coverage Subgroup, working to develop simple and sufficient XML structures for the expression of coverage ranges in ONIX for Serials messages. Mr. Robertson is also the current chair of LITA's Standards Interest Group and a member of the Top Technology Trends committee. His research interests include information standards development and the design of information system architectures. He received his M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Davidson College.

Robby Robson, Eduworks

Robby Robson is President of Eduworks Corporation. He also chairs the IEEE Learning Technology Standards committee and is an active contributor to many e-learning specifications and standards. His specialties are e-learning strategy, learning technology design and implementation, product and market analysis, and learning technology standards. His focus is on meeting strategic goals and effecting organizational transformation through working technology. His previous projects include the design and development of learning technology products, defining the strategy, functionality and architecture for Saba's content management offering, co-designing and co-managing the implementation of one of the first web-based course delivery systems, developing several online math courses, and implementation of an online professional development environment for teachers.

David Seaman, Digital Library Federation

David Seaman has been the Director of the Digital Library Federation since 2002. Previously Mr. Seaman was the Director of the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library, whose mission is to create an online archive of standards-based texts and images in the humanities, and to build and support user communities adept at the creation and use of online resources. Mr. Seaman has completed coursework for a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, he also holds a Master of Arts degree in Medieval Studies from the University of Connecticut and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies from the University of East Anglia.

William Ying, ARTstor

Bill Ying is the Chief Technology Officer for ARTstor, a non-profit that provides curated collections of art images and associated data for noncommercial and scholarly, non-profit educational use. As CTO, Dr. Ying is responsible for the effective deployment of hardware, databases, and software to maximize the quality of services delivered to the ARTstor user community. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University, School of Continuing Education, Computer Technology program. Prior to joining the ARTstor team in 2002, he was the CTO/CIO of Fathom Knowledge Inc from 2000-2002. Before joining Fathom, Dr. Ying was Vice President of Information Systems at Uproar Inc. Earlier, he held a range of positions in information technology with Chase Manhattan, and the New York Blood Bank, where he developed the first bar code-based Blood Processing Information System, which created a standard for the healthcare industry. Dr. Ying received his Doctorate of Engineering Science and Masters of Science from Columbia University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science from Cornell University.