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Spring 2003 Meeting: Speaker Biographies

LLNE Annual Spring Meeting
Digital Libraries: Realities, Myths and Misconceptions

Hosted by Suffolk University Law Library

Friday, March 28, 2003

Jerry Dupont holds a B.A. in Philosophy, J.D. and M.A.L.S. degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii, School of Business Administration. At the University of Michigan Law Library, he held positions as Reference Librarian and Assistant Director. In 1973, he became Assistant Professor and Founding Library Director at the University of Hawaii Law School and went on to become Acting Dean. In 1976, he founded the Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC), and two years later he became a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii Law School. In 1983 he resigned from his positions at the University of Hawaii to devote full time to LLMC. He has been the Executive Director of LLMC since 1976.

William F. Birdsall was most recently Executive Director of Novanet, a consortium of Nova Scotia, Canada, academic libraries. Formerly he held a number of senior university library administrative positions including University Librarian, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. His book, The Myth of the Electronic Library, was published in the U.S. (1994) and Japan (1996). He co-edited with Karen Adams, Understanding Telecommunications and Public Policy: a Guide for Libraries (1998). They are currently editing a volume on Access to Information in the Digital World. He has published chapters and articles on the politics of librarianship and libraries, professionalism, information and telecommunications public policy, and public policy processes. His essay, "A Canadian-American Librarianship or an American-Canadian Librarianship in the 21st Century?" appeared in the 2002 Bowker Annual. He is currently doing research and writing on the right to communicate and is the Principle Investigator of a Canadian Association of Research Libraries study: Optimizing the Transformation of Knowledge Dissemination: Towards a Canadian Research Strategy.

Laverna Saunders, Ed.D. Last August Dr. Laverna M. Saunders became the University Librarian at Duquesne University’s Gumberg Library, moving from Salem State College in Salem, MA, where she was the Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs (2001-2002) and the Dean of the Library, Instructional and Learning Support (1994-2002). Prior to 1994, she was the Assistant University Librarian for Technical Services at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has also worked at DePauw University, Union College in Kentucky, and Drew University. Laverna has edited three books on the evolution of the virtual library, the most recent one published in 1999 by Information Today. For seven years she served as the Internet Librarian section editor for Computers in Libraries magazine. She has reviewed library technology books for Library Journal and has written numerous articles and spoken at professional conferences on the virtual library and ethics in cyberspace. Her academic credentials include: B.A., University of Northern Colorado; M.L.S., Rutgers University; M.A., Drew University; and Ed.D., University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries where she co-chairs the Membership and Orientation Committee of the Education and Behavioral Sciences Section.

Scott Matheson is a Reference Librarian at Yale Law School's Lillian Goldman Law Library. He is a graduate of the University of Washington's Law and Information Schools. He is interested in government information, intellectual property and connecting readers with information.

Steve McKinzie started working at Dickinson College in 1988, where he served as Documents Librarian, Serials Librarian, and Chair or Director of the Library. He is currently the Social Science Librarian for the college. Prior to Dickinson, Steve worked construction, taught school, and attended a variety of graduate programs, earning an M.L.S. from Vanderbilt and an M.A. in History from East Carolina University. His research interests include the ongoing interplay of technology and librarianship and librarianship as a profession. He reviews regularly for the Journal of Academic Librarianship.

Tracy Thompson is the Executive Director of the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO) and the project coordinator of NELLCO's virtual reference pilot project, Library LAWLINE. She is a former Foreign and International Reference Librarian at the Goldman Law Library at Yale Law School. Tracy lives in Keene, NH, with her 3 sons and a noisy cockatiel.

Jonathan Zittrain is a co-founder of Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet & Society and served as its first Executive Director from 1997-2000. His research includes digital property, privacy, and speech, and the role played by private "middlepeople" in Internet architecture. He has a strong interest in creative, useful, and unobtrusive ways to deploy technology in the classroom. In 1995, he received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.P.A. from Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also earned a B.S. in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence from Yale University.

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