Staff

Audrey AltmanAudrey Altman

Developer

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Audrey is one of our software developers. She works on many projects, including DPLA’s metadata ingestion system and machine learning R&D. Past projects include developing the Primary Source Sets and Hub Analytics Dashboard applications. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama. In her free time, she enjoys studying mathematics and computer science, listening to classical music, going to the theater and playing games with her friends and very large extended family. Home base: Ann Arbor, MI

Jill BladesJill Blades

Ebooks Outreach Program Leader

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Jill is our ebooks outreach program leader, working to improve access to ebooks, audiobooks, and other published digital materials for libraries and their patrons. Jill came to DPLA from Baker and Taylor, where she worked with school and public libraries around the country, most recently as their field sales consultant for public libraries in the Southeast. Jill holds a B.A. in philosophy from the College of Charleston. Home base: Charleston, South Carolina

John BrackenJohn Bracken

Executive Director

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John is our executive director. Previously John worked for nearly two decades as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, and innovation. He most recently served as vice president for technology innovation at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he oversaw the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s Prototype Fund and other efforts to improve the creation, curation, and accessibility of information. He previously managed technology and civic innovation programs at the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He has a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Pitzer College. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council. Home base: Chicago, Illinois

Dominic Byrd-McDevitt

Dominic Byrd-McDevitt

Data Fellow

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Dominic is our data fellow. Dominic is working to integrate DPLA’s collections into Wikimedia projects and make them more readily accessible and reusable online. Most recently, Dominic worked at the National Archives and Records Administration where he was a digital content specialist, helping to design the catalog’s crowdsourcing features and launch the agency’s first catalog API, as well as being the world’s longest-serving Wikipedian in Residence. Dominic also served as Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution. Dominic currently serves as a cultural partnerships advisor at Wikimedia District of Columbia and has been an active Wikipedia editor since 2004. He has a B.A. from Reed College and has studied library science at Simmons College. Home base: Indianapolis, Indiana

Michael Della BittaMichael Della Bitta

Director of Technology

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Michael is our director of technology. Michael has worked in software development and publications and in the startup, library, and education space for nearly 20 years. Michael most recently worked as a data and analytics developer, architect, and engineering manager at the marketing company ScribbleLive. Prior to that, Michael worked as a developer and architect on the repository and digital gallery teams at the New York Public Library, and built content management, online learning, and semantic metadata applications at Columbia University. Michael holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College. Home base: Providence, Rhode Island

Michele KimptonMichele Kimpton

Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist

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Michele is our director of business development and senior strategist. Previously, Michele worked as chief strategist for LYRASIS and CEO of DuraSpace, where she developed several new cloud-based managed services for the digital library community and developed new sustainability and governance models for multiple open source projects. Michele is a founding member of both the National Digital Strategic Alliance and the International Internet Preservation Consortium. In 2013, she was named a digital preservation pioneer by the Library of Congress. Michele holds an M.B.A .from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Lehigh University. Home base: Boston, Massachusetts

Micah MayMicah May

Director of Ebook Services

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Scott WilliamsScott Williams

Developer

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Scott is one of our software developers, working to create streamlined experiences for DPLA’s partner institutions. Before coming to DPLA, Scott worked with museum data at the Yale University Art Gallery and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He holds degrees in history and computer science from Miami University of Ohio. Home base: Missoula, Montana

Kathleen Williams

Director of Communications

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Kat is our director of communications, working to get the word out about DPLA and our mission. She also helps create content for DPLA projects. Previously, Kat was vice president of digital content for the History Channel and A+E Networks. She has been nominated for three primetime Emmy Awards, winning in 2013 for the short documentary Remembering 9/11, and her website work has been recognized by the Library of Congress. She holds a B.A. in history from Dartmouth College and an M.A. in history education from Teachers College at Columbia University. Home base: Boston, Massachusetts