Current Role at Stanford


Service Manager, Born-Digital / Forensics Lab
Digital Library Systems and Services,
Liaison to Department of Special Collections, Hopkins Marine Station, East Asia Library

In my role as service manager I work with librarians, faculty, donors, and archivists to develop policies, workflows and procedures to acquire, preserve, and make born digital content available for researchers. This includes managing a budget to acquire lab technologies for our digital archivists and working with my Stanford colleagues to develop a catalog of services to support library acquisitions (see https://library.stanford.edu/research/digitization-services/labs/born-digital-forensics-lab). Current projects that are in process include implementation of the BitCurator Bulk Extractor in our production workflows, defining our security policies and audit processes for acquired content and automating the process for depositing our preserved software into the Stanford Digital Repository.

Education & Certifications


  • M.Phil, University of Glasgow, History and Computing (2000)
  • B.A., University of British Columbia, Medieval Studies (1997)

Projects


  • Capture Lab Unconference 2015, Stanford University / Stanford University Libraries (July 22, 2015 - July 24, 2015)

    Libraries, archives and museums are currently using their own home brew of hardware, software and custom workflows for creating disk images. This includes a wide range of technologies such as hardware write blockers, interfaces that connect legacy storage devices to modern computers and proprietary and open source software for disk imaging. Capture Lab is a three day unconference for archivists, computer scientists, librarians, and technicians to share ideas and best practices for recovering data from legacy computer media.

    Location

    Stanford, Stanford, CA

  • Cabrinety Software Preservation Grant, phase 2, Stanford University / Stanford University Libraries (9/1/2014 - May 31, 2016)

    Grant funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to preserve the 15,000 software titles in the Cabrinety Collection at Stanford University Libraries. The second phase of this grant facilitated the disk imaging and photography of additional software titles from the collection. Principal photography of the software was moved from NIST to Stanford Born-Digital / Forensics Labs to increase the amount of software preserved.

    Location

    Stanford, Stanford, CA

  • Cabrinety Software Preservation Grant, phase 1, Stanford University Libraries / National Institute of Standards and Technology (9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014)

    Grant funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to preserve the 15,000 software titles in the Cabrinety Collection at Stanford University Libraries.

    Location

    Stanford University, Stanford, CA

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Work Experience


  • Project Manager, Maps Program, Stanford University / Stanford University Libraries (January 1, 2009 - January 1, 2014)

    The Maps Program, named Ortelius, is an effort to build an end-to-end system for creating, managing, storing, providing access to and preserving digital map content. The program has numerous components that must work in concert to provide a seamless workflow; with this in mind. The components include: donor communication, physical movement of collections (onsite and from offsite), a fully functional digitization workflow, a descriptive metadata service & standards for digital maps, content accessioning, and dissemination. The program will work across numerous groups and projects requiring a great deal of coordination across DLSS, Collections (Branner and SPEC) and Technical Services staff. The functional goals for the program are to create a coordinated, cohesive, end-to-end workflow for digital map content, starting from the physical or digital acquisiton of materials through their accessioning, preservation and delivery. Two different disclivery sic mechanisms will be created: a Map Gallery (distinct from the Image Gallery) and the extension of SearchWorks to support specialized map views. The delivery / dissemination environment will also include specialized web pages featuring donor, collection and program web pages.

    Location

    Stanford, Stanford, CA

  • Project Manager, Parker Library on the Web, Stanford University / Stanford University Libraries (September 1, 2006 - August 31, 2007)

    As project manager for the first year of the grant I was responsible for helping to set up the digitization standards at Corpus Christi College and managing third party contracts for JPEG2000 server implementation and the web design.

    Location

    Stanford, Stanford, CA

  • Special Collections Librarian for Electronic Media Materials, Stanford University / Stanford University Libraries (October 1, 2001 - September 1, 2004)

    Responsible for developing and implementing description and preservation policies for electronic media materials in the Department of Special Collections. Designed and implemented a prototype Special Collections Audio Reformatting Lab to convert reel-to-reel audiotape and audiocassettes to digital format. Over 500 hrs. of audio has been reformatted representing 4.2% of the total audio in Special Collections.

    Location

    Stanford, Stanford, CA

  • HATII (Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute), University of Glasgow / HATII (July 1, 2000 - August 31, 2000)

    Research assistant, conducted interviews and evaluations of JIDI (JISC image Digitisation Initiative) digitisation projects.

    Location

    Glasgow, UK