D-Lib Magazine
July/August 2004

Volume 10 Number 7/8

ISSN 1082-9873

Authors in the July/August 2004 Issue of D-Lib Magazine

Neil Beagrie

Neil Beagrie, BL/JISC Partnership Manager, is responsible for developing and managing partnership activities between the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the British Library (BL), a post he took up in early January 2004. Prior to this he was a Programme Director in JISC for digital preservation, electronic records, and digital collection management on behalf of the Higher and Further Education Councils and institutions in the UK. He co-ordinated the development of the Digital Preservation Coalition and became its first Company Secretary. Before joining JISC he was Assistant Director of the Arts and Humanities Data Service.

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Paul Bracke

Paul Bracke is Head of Systems at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, University of Arizona. He was previously at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Anita Coleman

Anita Coleman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, Tucson, which she joined in 2001. Before coming to Arizona, she was with the Alexandria Digital Library ADEPT Project. She has worked in both technical and public service areas in academic libraries. She currently teaches courses in Knowledge Structures and Information Seeking Behaviors, and has taught other courses such as Systems Analysis, Cataloging and Classification at the LIS schools of both the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Lorcan Dempsey

Lorcan Dempsey is VP of Research for OCLC. He oversees the work of OCLC Research and participates in OCLC's Strategic Leadership Team. Lorcan was named OCLC Chief Strategist in March 2004. He joined OCLC in Summer 2001. Before this, he worked in the UK as, at times, Director of the UK Office for Library and Information Networking (UKOLN), founding co-Director of the Resource Discovery Network (RDN), and Director of the Joint Information Systems Committee's Distributed National Electronic Resource (JISC, DNER).

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Schubert Foo

Schubert Foo is Professor and Vice Dean of the School of Communication & Information at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He received his B.Sc.(Hons), M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Strathclyde, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Fellow of the British Computer Society. He has published in excess of 130 publications in the areas of multimedia technology, Internet technology, multilingual information retrieval, digital libraries and knowledge management. He was the General Chair of the 5th International Conference of Asian Digital Libraries in December 2002 at Singapore. He recently co-edited a book "Design and Usability of Digital Libraries: Case Studies in the Asia Pacific" with Yin-Leng Theng in 2004.

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Sarah Giersch

Sarah Giersch is currently a consultant to the Association of Research Libraries (, the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library (, and the iLumina Digital Library ( Research interests include evaluating the development, application and sustainability of digital libraries used in education; studying the expansion of institutional repositories; and, developing new measures for libraries, physical and digital, to identify impact. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999.

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S. Karthik

S. Karthik recently graduated with a Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Arizona and was a research assistant with DLIST for the academic year of 2002/2004. His areas of interest include computer networking and distributed computing.

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Eugene A. Klotz

Eugene Klotz is professor of mathematics at Swarthmore College. He is founder and chief advisor to the Math Forum at Drexel University. His current focus is the Math Tools digital library, (, where they are applying lessons learned at the PIDL workshop about participant involvement in digital libraries.

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Brian Lavoie

Brian Lavoie is a Research Scientist in the Office of Research at OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Since joining OCLC in 1996, he has worked on projects in many areas, ranging from expanding and updating the Cutter tables, to analyzing the content of the Web. Brian's research interests include the economics of information, digital preservation, and the development of harvesting and content analysis tools for the Web.

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Flora McMartin

Flora McMartin is Director of Membership Services and Evaluation, MERLOT - the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning Online and Teaching ( MERLOT is a consortium of institutions of higher education, digital libraries and industry working together to support access to high quality, free and open learning materials for faculty and students of higher education. Flora's research background is in evaluation of innovative educational practices with a focus on student learning, effectiveness of adoption of innovative practices and use of technology in education. She has written papers on institutionalization of assessment practices in higher education, and effective practices in use of technology, collaboration and peer review in digital libraries.

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Brandon Muramatsu

Brandon Muramatsu's research interests revolve around the development, use, reuse and sharing of digital learning resources for education (aka "learning objects). He is Project Director for a number of educational digital library and educational technology projects including the SMETE ( and NEEDS ( digital libraries at the University of California, Berkeley and the projects of the Open Sustainable Learning Opportunities Group ( at Utah State University. He consults on a number of projects including the University of California Teaching Learning and technology Center ( and the Reusable Learning Project ( He recently completed work with MERLOT ( as Director of Alliances. He received his B.S. (1993) and M.S. (1995) in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

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K. Ann Renninger

K. Ann Renninger, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College. She is generally interested in conditions that support people to both be motivated to learn and to learn, and the implications of this information for practice. She conducts research for the Math Forum (, a virtual resource center for mathematics education. She has recently co-edited Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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Seamus Ross

Seamus Ross, Director of Humanities Computing and Information Management at the University of Glasgow, runs HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute) ( of which he is the founding director. Currently he is also Principal Director of ERPANET (Electronic Resource Preservation and Network) (IST-2001-32706) a European Commission activity to enhance the preservation of cultural heritage and scientific digital objects ( He is an Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre in the UK ( and a co-principal investigator in the DELOS Digital Libraries Network of Excellence. He is a lead partner in The Digital Culture.

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Wesley Shumar

Wesley Shumar, Ph.D., is a cultural anthropologist at Drexel University. His research focuses on higher education, virtual community, ethnographic evaluation in education, the semiotics of mass culture, and the self in relation to contemporary personal and political issues of identity and globalization. He has worked as an ethnographer at the Math Forum (, a virtual math education community and resource center, for six years. He is the author of College for Sale: A Critique of the Commodification of Higher Education (Falmer Press, 1997) and coeditor of Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

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Stephen A. Weimar

Stephen A. Weimar is the Director of the Math Forum at Drexel ( The Math Forum is a leading center for mathematics and mathematics education on the Internet. It was built through participant-centered processes, beginning with workshops and summer institutes, which enabled the Math Forum to cultivate leading practitioners and collaboratively pursue their interests. This resulted in the development of programs such as the Problem of the Week and Ask Dr. Math. Weimar's research interests include developing informal, online collaborative learning environments that enable integrating student enrichment mathematics programs with professional development based in reflective practices. In addition to Math Tools, Weimar is currently involved in three projects: 1) developing a virtual group problem-solving environment for mathematics students; 2) enhancing the communication in Ask Dr. Math, an online math mentoring help service; and, 3) integrating the mentored Problem of the Week service with professional development programs centered on adoption of new mathematics curricula.

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DOI: 10.1045/july2004-authors