Audrey Altman is a Developer for DPLA, working to collect, analyze, and report data related to usage patterns and metadata quality. She helps create staff- and partner-facing tools for business intelligence. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama. Audrey’s favorite item in DPLA is this photograph of two women working on ENIAC, one of the world’s earliest computers.
John S. Bracken is the executive director of the Digital Public Library of America. He joined DPLA in December of 2017 after 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 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 BA from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council and resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Michael Della Bitta
Director of Technology
Michael has worked in software development and publications and in the startup, library, and education space for nearly twenty years. Michael most recently worked as a data and analytics developer, architect and engineering manager at the content 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. Michael’s favorite item in the DPLA is the Willard Orrery, because it reminds him of home.
Debi has been working in the accounting and finance field for over 20 years. She spent the first 5 years of her professional career in the public sector gaining experience in both audit and tax. She then moved to the healthcare industry where she worked for Boston’s St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center of the Caritas Christi Healthcare System. After managing the hospitals accounts payable and payroll departments she accepted the position of Financial Controller of the affiliated Medical group where she was responsible for the accounting staff, and all details of the monthly financial close. Eventually, as a Director of Finance Debi worked with company executives and the Board of Directors on corporate level financial analysis, future planning and special projects. Most recently, Debi has worked for Supporting Strategies, Inc. as a Financial Operations Associate, managing day to day financial outcomes for clients of various size and industry. Debi graduated from Emmanuel College with a BS in Accounting. She is an active volunteer and marathon runner.
Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist
Michele Kimpton is the Director of Business Development and Senior Strategist for DPLA. 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. Kimpton is a founding member of both the National Digital Strategic Alliance (NDSA) and the IIPC (International Internet Preservation Consortium). In 2013, Kimpton was named Digital Preservation Pioneer by the NDIPP program at Library of Congress. She holds a MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.
Director of Ebook Services
Amy is a developer working on ebooks at DPLA. Most of her work is on the open source Library Simplified project, which is used for Open Bookshelf, the DPLA Exchange, and Open eBooks. She spent two years working on Library Simplified at the New York Public Library before joining DPLA. Prior to that, she worked on tools for predicting disease outbreaks at EcoHealth Alliance and assessment software for teachers at Wireless Generation. She holds a Master’s in computer science from MIT.
Scott Williams is a Developer for the DPLA, where he works to create streamlined experiences for partner institutions who want to make their content available to a larger audience by including it in the DPLA.Before coming to the DPLA, Scott worked with museum data at the Yale University Art Gallery and University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He holds a degree in history and computer science from Miami University of Ohio. Scott lives in Western Massachusetts with his partner and their two cats, Archimedes and Antigone. Scott’s favorite item in the DPLA is the print Tugboat by Fred Carlo because it’s beautiful, and because it reminds him of Greg Albers’ MCN Ignite Talk.
Shaneé Yvette Murrain is former University Archivist and Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia where she was recognized as 2018 Faculty Member of the Year. Shaneé holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bethune-Cookman University, the Master of Divinity from
Drew Theological School and a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. As former Director of Library Services and Archivist at Payne Theological Seminary, she curated the Payne Theological Seminary and African Methodist Episcopal Church Digital Collection. Shaneé is passionate about making sure people have the information they need to do the work they were called to do. In addition to serving as 2019 President-Elect of the Society of Georgia Archivists, Shaneé also serves on the Board of Directors of Atla (formerly known as the American Theological Library Association) and is an involved member of the Society of American Archivists.
Ebooks Program Leader
Jill Blades is DPLA’s E-books Outreach Program Leader, working to improve access to e-books, audiobooks and other published digital materials for libraries and their patrons. Jill previously worked at Baker and Taylor for twelve years, serving both school and public libraries over that time. She is an enthusiastic advocate for literacy and equitable access to libraries. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy.