Digital POWRR Institutes Personnel
Drew VandeCreek (Co-Principal Investigator, Facilitator)
Drew E. VandeCreek is the Director of Digital Scholarship at Northern Illinois University Libraries and co-Director of that institution’s Digital Convergence Lab. He has served as Principal Investigator or co-Principal Investigator on grant projects totally over $3 Million including, Building Capacity for the Digitization,Dissemination, and Preservation of Southeast Asian Resources, Mark Twain’s Mississippi Project, and the American Archives Digitization Project. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and hold a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Virginia.
Jaime Schumacher (Co-Principal Investigator, Consulting Instructor)
Jaime Schumacher is the Senior Director of Digital Collections & Scholarship at Northern Illinois University Libraries. Jaime served as the original Director for the Digital POWRR Project in its first phase of funding from the IMLS. She earned her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a B.S. in Computer Technology from Purdue University. Previously, Jaime was an Information Systems Consultant for Deloitte Consulting in Chicago, IL.
Stacey Jones Erdman (Communications & Community Coordinator, Consulting Instructor)
Stacey N. Erdman is the Digital Archivist at Beloit College. In this position, she has responsibility for the collection, appraisal, organization, preservation, management, and appropriate sharing of archival content deposited with the Beloit College Archives, with a focus on digital materials. She works closely with the College Archivist to shape overall collection policies and on the education of the campus community on matters related to retention and strategic use of the College’s historical record. She also works closely with the College’s Digital Librarian on the selection, development, production, and marketing of the College’s digital collections. She is the former Digital Collections Curator at Northern Illinois University and served as the Technical Coordinator on the first two Digital POWRR Project phases.
Sarah Cain is the Curator of Manuscripts in the Regional History Center & University Archives and the Interim Curator of Rare Books & Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. Part of her responsibility is the management and preservation of digital materials for the Distinctive Collections and RHCUA. Sarah earned her MS in Library and Information Science along with her Special Collections Certificate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also holds her MPA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and her Digital Archives Specialist Certificate (Society of American Archivists).
Martin Kong (Technical Instructor)
Martin Kong is the Systems Librarian in the Chicago State University Library. He is responsible for coordinating the unit that manages all of the technology and systems used by the staff in the library. Part of his day-to-day work includes management of the Library’s Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS), which is an automated robotic system that holds about 70% of the library’s physical collection and also houses most of the University’s Archive and Special Collections material. Library patrons can request library materials directly from the ASRS via the catalog and have those materials brought down and checked out to them in a matter of minutes. Martin holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He also has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from UIUC as well. He is a member of the American Library Association.
Dorothea Salo (Technical Instructor)
Dorothea Salo is a Faculty Associate in the iSchool at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She teaches “Introduction to Digital Information” and “Code and Power” in the undergraduate Digital Studies program, as well as courses on metadata, linked data, libraries and publishing industries, and digital libraries on the master’s level. She has written and presented internationally on privacy, scholarly publishing, copyright, institutional repositories, linked data, and data curation. She holds an MA in Library and Information Studies and another in Spanish from UW-Madison.
Karl-Rainer Blumenthal (Expert Speaker – Naperville Institute)
Karl-Rainer Blumenthal helps organizations and individuals to build web archives through software support, training, testing, and documentation, as a web archivist for the Internet Archive’s Archive-It service. His boundless enthusiasm for all things web archiving developed during his term as a National Digital Stewardship Resident with the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). He has served as the founding co-chair of the Art Libraries Society of North America’s Web Archiving Special Interest Group and chair of the Society of American Archivists Web Archiving Section. Select publications include “A collaborative model for web archiving ephemeral art resources at the New York Art Resources Consortium” (with Sumitra Duncan in Art Libraries Journal, 2016) and “Digital Preservation Metadata Practice for Web Archives” (with Clément Oury & Sébastien Peyrard in Digital Preservation Metadata for Practitioners, 2016). Karl earned his BA in History of Art from Haverford College and his MS in Library and Information Science from Drexel University.
Guha Shankar is Folklife Specialist at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. At the Center he is involved in a range of public outreach programs, including multi-media productions and documentation efforts, such as the Civll Rights History Project, and the lectures, symposia, and concert series. Along with Center colleagues he helps develop digital technology solutions to the challenges of sustaining, preserving, and providing access to audio-visual collections. As the AFC’s s resource person for community, place-based education projects, Shankar conducts workshops in ethnographic research methods and skills-based training in field documentation in a range of communities and institutions. His research interests and publications include issues surrounding intangible cultural heritage and intellectual property for indigenous communities, cultural politics and performance in the Caribbean and developments in the field of ethnographic media production and preservation. He has produced and edited films on material cultural traditions and community life in a variety of cultural contexts. Shankar earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, with a concentration in Folklore and Public Culture. Prior to undertaking graduate studies at the University, Shankar was Media Production Specialist and documentary film producer at the Center for Folklife Programs at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1985-1993).
Nick Krabbenhoeft (Expert Speaker – Tempe Institute)
Lynne Thomas (Case Study Instructor – Naperville Institute)
Five-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas is the Head of the Rare Books and Manuscript Library and Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book and Manuscript Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, one of the largest public university rare book collections in the country. She previously served as Head of Distinctive Collections and Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University. She co-authored Special Collections 2.0, (Libraries Unlimited, 2009) and co-edited New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice, both with Beth Whittaker (ABC-CLIO, 2016), and is a founding member of the Digital POWRR project. An alumna of Smith College with a degree in French and Comparative Literature, she also holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MA in English and American Literature from Northern Illinois University.
Bari Talley (Case Study Instructor – Warm Springs Institute)
Bari Talley is the Tribal Library, Archives and Museum Coordinator for the Karuk Tribe, including the Sípnuuk (storage basket) digital repository in an effort to manage, share and enhance understanding of Karuk history, language, traditions, natural resource management and living culture. With the help of many, she has worked to build the library resources, including broadband, for her remote community located on the Klamath River in the mountains of northern California. In addition to her B.A. from The Evergreen State College, Olympia Washington, she is proud to have received a Certificate of Competency for year of education at the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation at Washington State University as part ofthe first Tribal Stewardship Cohort: Digital Heritage Management, Archiving and Mukurtu CMS Training. Publications include: Karuk Tribe, Harling, A.S., Hillman, L.R., Hillman, L.G., Talley, B.G., & McLaughlin, A.: “Building Sípnuuk: a digital library, archives and museum for Indigenous Peoples,” Collection Management, Vol. 42, Issue 3-4, pp. 294-316
Meg Miner (Case Study Instructor – Tempe Institute)
University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Meg Miner works with a variety of campus constituencies to collect, preserve and make accessible the records that document the academic and organizational activities of IWU. As a member of the Ames Library’s Digital Initiatives team since 2006, Miner helps develop policies, conduct campus outreach and collect content for the library’s digital assets and the IWU institutional repository Digital Commons . Associate Professor Miner is active in faculty governance positions and professional organizations. She is also the library’s liaison to the History Department and the School of Nursing, providing collection development assistance, conducting group and individual instruction sessions and offering research assistance to members of the IWU community.
Matt Ransom (Case Study Instructor – Naperville Institute)
Matt Ransom is the Digital Assets and Electronic Records Manager at Appalachian State University Libraries. A member of the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team, he collaborates with Special Collections, University Archives, faculty, students and regional partners to manage the ingest and long term preservation of digitized and born digital assets, electronic records and project generated data. He oversees online repository content and is active in application management and project related website development. He previously worked with university records management and audiovisual archives. Matt has a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Music from Appalachian State University, a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a certified Digital Archives Specialist (SAA).
Patrick Wallace (Case Study Instructor – Washington, D.C. Institute)
Patrick R. Wallace, Digital Projects and Archives Librarian at Middlebury College, is a professional librarian and academic technologist with a background in metadata, information organization, and coding for digital humanities. He has been involved in creating digital library infrastructures at small and/or budget constrained institutions since the mid-2000s, and is passionate about promoting an experimentalist, hacker ethic among library technologists. Currently, his own work is focused on Internet Archive power use, integrating digital collections into undergraduate curricula, and developing strategies and technology packages to support partner institutions as Vermont prepares to join DPLA.
Nina Mackenzie Moody (Graduate Assistant)
Nina Moody is a graduate student at Northern Illinois University pursuing her Masters of Accounting Science (Leadership) degree with a focus in Taxation. She holds a B.S. in Accounting with a minor in Sociology also from NIU. She is working on POWRR’s third IMLS grant phase.
Past Team Members
Danielle Spalenka was the Director for the second phase of the Digital POWRR Project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to serving as Project Director, she was the Curator of Manuscripts for the Regional History Center and University Archives at Northern Illinois University. She served as a Lead Partner for the POWRR Project funded by the IMLS. Danielle holds a MA-LIS with a specialization in Archival Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in history from Saint Mary’s College (IN).
Joseph Thomas (Systems Administrator)
Joseph Thomas is the LAN Administrator in the Technology Initiatives and Support Services Department at the Northern Illinois University Library.
Gayle Porter is the Special Formats Catalog Librarian and Assistant Professor at Chicago State University, where she works primarily with electronic resources. She serves as the library liaison to the faculty who teach Anthropology and Sociology, providing collection development assistance for those areas. Porter authored the proposal for the electronic submission of theses and dissertations (ETDs) at CSU, and assists in implementation and policy development for the current pilot project. She also serves as the campus administrator for the CSU site for ETD submission to Proquest/UMI. She is active in the American Library Association and holds a Master of Library Science from Brigham Young University and a Master of History from Chicago State University.
Sarah Fraser (Graduate Assistant)
Sarah Fraser is a former graduate student at Northern Illinois University, who graduated with her M.S.Ed in Instructional Technology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Communication with a minor in Computer Science at Hope College in Holland, MI. Sarah worked on POWRR’s first IMLS grant phase.
Katharine White (Regional History Center Liaison)
Amanda Miller (Graduate Assistant)
Amanda Miller is a former graduate student at Northern Illinois University who graduated with a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. She worked on the POWRR Workshops phase of the project (NEH grant).
Kelly Klecka (Student Assistant)
Kelly Klecka is a former undergraduate student at Northern Illinois University who earned a B.A. in German language and literature and a minor in Japanese. She worked on the POWRR Workshops phase of the project (NEH grant).
Jennifer Justice (Graduate Assistant)
Jen Justice is a PhD candidate with Northern Illinois University’s English department. Her research includes rhetoric and composition, video games, and writing pedagogy. She earned her M.A. in Rhetoric & Composition from Northern Illinois University, and holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from Olivet Nazarene University. She worked on the POWRR Workshops phase of the project (NEH grant).