a. Curtis Lavery Returns as Licensing Coordinator

Curtis Lavery will assume the new Licensing Coordinator position on November 25th. Curtis, who worked for DLA from 1994-96, returns to the CDL by way of UCSF and the Research Libraries Group (RLG).  Currently Serials Specialist at the UCSF Library, he served as Program Manager for six years at RLG managing contractual relationships with data providers for RLG’s citation databases, including the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL) and the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC).  Prior to RLG, he was a systems librarian and consultant for Bechtel Corporation’s library and a customer service manager at Carrollton Press.

At the CDL, Curtis will be using his 25 years of experience in the information field to negotiate licenses with digital content publishers and vendors, develop agreements in support of the CDL’s content development, ingestion and nascent preservation efforts, monitor vendor compliance with contractual obligations, and provide leadership in developing information programs and materials on issues related to digital content licensing for the use of UC campus library staff.

Curtis has an M.L.S. from the University of Hawaii, a certificate in Information Management from UC Berkeley, and served as a fellow at Tufts Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.  Renowned for his culinary skills, Curtis is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Catalan, Italian and French.

b. Chuck Eckman Joins CDL as Content Specialist for the Mellon Government Information Project

Chuck Eckman will be joining the CDL staff as Content Specialist for the Mellon Government Information Project.  Chuck will be working with the CDL for approximately a year at 20% time beginning November 13, 2002.  We are grateful to Stanford for loaning Chuck to the CDL and look forward to him bringing his knowledge and expertise to this important CDL project.

As Content Specialist for the Mellon Government Information Project, Chuck will liaise with complementary digital preservation initiatives, work with the CDL technical team to identify collections for preservation, conduct background research on the management of web-based digital materials, and assist in drafting reports.

Chuck is currently the Head of the Social Sciences Resource Group and the Principal Government Documents Librarian at Stanford’s Green Library.  A sample of the expertise that Chuck brings to the project is his experience as the Project Director of the GATT Digital Archive Project.  This project involved the digitization of over 2.25 million pages of historic records of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) archived at the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The project recently received grant funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to convert additional WTO content from the Stanford Libraries collection and to develop a searchable web interface.