Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees / Science and Engineering Reference Librarian, University of California Davis
Phoebe Ayers is a reference, instruction and collections librarian at the University of California, Davis, where she specializes in computer science, electrical engineering and physics resources. Ayers has an MLIS from the University of Washington. She has been involved with Wikipedia since 2003 as an editor and community member, and has helped organize Wikimania, the Wikimedia community annual conference, on four continents since 2006. In 2008, Ayers co-authored a book about the English-language Wikipedia called How Wikipedia Works: and How You Can be a Part of It (No Starch Press, September 2008). The book covers using, understanding, and contributing to Wikipedia; it is freely licensed and is only the second book to be published about the site. In 2010, Ayers was selected as a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees, which governs the non-profit foundation that runs Wikipedia and its sister projects. Ayers’ interests center around open access and open science, the effective use of collaborative tools (such as wikis) within communities, and how trustworthy information and knowledge is created both on- and off-line.
Executive Director, Califa Group
Linda Crowe is the Executive Director of the Califa Group, a California consortium of more than 220 primarily public librar- ies providing products and services to its members. Crowe is also the Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Library Partner- ship, PLP, a regional system established under the California Li- brary Services Act. In 2011 she co-chaired EQUACC, the Equal Access to Electronic Resources, an ALA President’s Task Force. Crowe has also served as both a member and chair of ALA’s Office of Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee.
Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio)
Sari Feldman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library since June 2003, leads one of the nation’s ten busiest library systems. Prior to joining Cuyahoga County Public Library, Feldman served as Deputy Director of Cleveland Public Library. Feldman was the President of the Public Library Association for the 2009 – 2010 term. She currently serves as co-chair of a special ALA Digital Content Work Group, charged with the task of advising the direction of ALA regarding issues related to equitable access to digital content. She has written widely for professional publications and is the co-author of three books.
Archivist of the United States
David S. Ferriero was sworn in as Archivist of the United States on November 13, 2009. Prior to his confirmation as Archivist, Ferriero was the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries. Ferriero was in charge of collec- tion strategy; conservation; digital experience; reference and research services; and education, programming, and exhibi- tions. Before joining the NYPL in 2004, Ferriero served in top positions at two of the nation’s major academic libraries, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, and Duke University in Durham, NC. In those positions, he led major initiatives including the expansion of facilities, the adoption of digital technologies, and a reengineering of printing and publications.
City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco
Luis Herrera is the City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco. Prior to assuming his current position, he served for ten years as the Director of the Department of Information Services of the Pasadena Public Library. Previ- ously, he was the Deputy Director of the San Diego Public Library and has also served in public library management in Long Beach, California and El Paso, Texas. Herrera is also a former middle school librarian.
Founder of the Internet Archive
Brewster Kahle is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, established in 1996. An entrepreneur and Internet pioneer, Brewster invented the first Internet publishing system and helped put newspapers and publishers online in the 1990s.
Kepler’s 2020, Booksmith
Praveen Madan is a literary entrepreneur focused on build- ing the community bookstore for the 21st century. Madan kicked-off his pursuit in 2007 by teaming up with Christin Evans to acquire and transform the Booksmith bookstore in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury. Recently Madan stepped in to save Kepler’s, the iconic Silicon Valley bookstore, from imminent closure and is working closely with a group of community champions to transform Kepler’s into a next generation literary venture built around a new level of com- munity engagement and open source innovation. Madan is also on the Board of Berrett-Koehler Publishers.
Before jumping full-time into the world of books, Madan was a VP of Marketing at Trilogy Software and a Principal at A.T. Kearney, a leading management consulting firm. Madan holds a Bachelor of Engineering from IIT, New Delhi and an MBA from University of Texas at Austin. Madan’s Twitter handle is @pmadan.
Carl Malamud is the President and Founder of Public.Resource.Org. The author of eight books, Malamud was previously founder of the Internet Multicasting Service and the Chief Technology Officer at the Center for American Progress. He is the winner of the Berkman Award from Harvard and the Pioneer Award from the EFF.
Director, Georgetown County Library (South Carolina)
Dwight McInvaill has served as the Director of the George- town County Library of South Carolina since 1996. In 2005, he received a national advocacy award from the American Library Association. In 2007, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foun- dation featured some of his library’s accomplishments in a nationally distributed video on innovation. In 2008, First Lady Laura Bush awarded McInvaill South Carolina’s first National Medal for Library Service. In 2009, the Carnegie Foundation and New York Times presented him with an “I Love My Librar- ian Award.” He is currently a board member of the Associa- tion for Rural and Small Libraries. He believes in the power of libraries to transform lives, especially in rural communities.
Director of Strategy and Communications, Code for America
For the past two years, Abhi Nemani has led Code for America’s strategic development and has spearheaded new program development, including the launch of a first-of-its- kind civic startup accelerator. Under his direction, CfA’s na- tional outreach and awareness campaigns have been featured in the New York Times, Mashable, and CNN. Prior to CfA, Nemani managed the multiple research teams at the Rose Institute to increase transparency in local government using technology, and with Google, he pioneered an innovative strategy to lever- age social media for consumer engagement. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College with a honors degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).
Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media Inc.
Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technol- ogy topics, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, the Web 2.0 Summit, Strata: The Business of Data, and many others. O’Reilly’s Make: magazine and Maker Faire has been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launchedthe personal computer revolution. Tim’s blog, the O’Reilly Radar “watches the alpha geeks” to determine emerging tech- nology trends, and serves as a platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community. Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O’Reilly’s early stage venture firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online.
Faculty Co-Director at the Berkman Center; Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law and Vice Dean of Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School
John Palfrey is the co-author of Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives (Basic Books, 2008), Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering (MIT Press, 2008), and Access Contested: The Shaping of Power, Rights, and Rule in Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2010), among others. His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property, and international law.
Director, Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)
Mark Sandler is the Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). He is interested in how libraries, publishers and users are managing the transition from print to electronic resources, with particular focus on the collaborative efforts of libraries to extend their mission to include content creation. Mark was a founder of the Text Creation Partnership—a working-group that partners with libraries and commercial publishers to create accurately keyboarded and encoded editions of early texts. He has also worked closely with the Google Books project, and has written and presented widely about how mass digitization initiatives are affecting local collection development strategies.
Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City & County of San Francisco
Jon Walton serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City & County of San Francisco, a role that carries the additional title of Chairman of the Committee on Information Technology (COIT). Walton oversees the delivery of technology services to the citizens of San Francisco and internal support to 23,000 City employees. As Chairman of COIT, Walton is responsible for citywide Information and Communications Technology strategy plan, multi-year fiscal planning, enterprise wide performance oversight, and citywide technology enter- prise architecture. Prior to working for the City of San Francisco Walton has served as the CIO for the City of San Jose and Sr. Practice Manager for Unisys Government Service.
Vice President, Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Doron Weber oversees efforts in Public Understanding of Science and Technology, Universal Access to Knowledge and International Science Cooperation. A sponsor of books, television documentaries and radio shows, Mr. Weber created a nationwide theater and film program. In Digital Information Technology, Mr. Weber supports the Digital Public Library of America, Wikipedia, the Internet Archive, the Library of Congress and the Espresso Book Machine. A new program in International Science Cooperation focuses on connecting scientists and engineers in conflict regions. Weber was educated at Brown University, the Sorbonne and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has authored several books, most recently a memoir, Immortal Bird.
Project Director, Exploratorium
Prior to her current work at the Exploratorium, Kristina was involved in many of the seminal projects in the field of digital representation and learning. She was co-found- er/Director of the Multimedia Lab, member of the Human Interface Group, and a Distinguished Scientist at Apple (1985-1998). She was Director of the Atari Research Lab (1982-1984) where she led activities of a 80+ person research lab, including research on video game design, virtual reality systems, hardware design, robotics, sensor systems and encyclopedic data bases. She was a member of the Architecture Machine Group (Visiting Faculty MIT 1978-1980), now part of the MIT Media Lab, and was one of the Principals on the Aspen Movie Mapping Project, the development of an interactive tour of a city that provided users with an eye level view of the space as well as other information. Since 2008 she has served as Director of the physical move of the Exploratorium from its 40-year home at the Palace of Fine Arts to the San Francisco Embarcadero at Piers 15/17, creating a “real space” to encourage learning, as well as one that supports and extends digital communications.