Brian Owen (Moderator)
University of British Columbia
A panel of technical experts discuss open standards, open source software and its relationship to vendor products, the state of digital libraries, and emerging trends among system vendors. Moderated by Brian Owen, Manager of Systems at the University of British Columbia.
John C. Fowler is the Infrastructure Market Development Manager for Global Education & Research at Sun Microsystems, Inc. Prior to joining Sun, John's most recent position was Systems Engineer for the San Diego Supercomputer Center, University of California San Diego, and San Diego State University, specializing in security and infrastructure related problems. John Fowler has a degree in BS Computer Science - Software Engineering.
G.W.Brian Owen is the Systems Manager at the University of British Columbia Library and is responsible for the operation and support of the UBC Library's IT infrastructure. He has been involved with the evolution and development of the UBC Library's systems for over 20 years and still remembers when everything was done on an IBM mainframe using the MTS operating system and locally developed library systems software.
Sara Randall is currently Manager of Digital Library Product Management for Endeavor Information Systems. Previous to this position she was Director of Library Systems at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During her career she has held a variety of technology related positions in libraries, consortia and vendors. She has a B.A (Folklore/Anthropology) and M.L.S. from Indiana University. She is a past president of the Library and Information Technology Association within ALA.
Lieve Rottiers is SFX Development Librarian for the Information Services Division of Ex Libris (USA) Inc., based in Boston, MA. As SFX Development Librarian Lieve is responsible for the ongoing development of SFX – including work to support new standards initiatives such OpenURL v1.0 and Shibboleth. Lieve is also responsible for the SFX KnowledgeBase working closely with Information Providers. Prior to joining Ex Libris in 2000 Lieve was a member of the library automation group at the University of Ghent in Belgium, where she worked closely with Herbert van de Sompel in the initial development of SFX and the OpenURL. Lieve has a BA Germanic Languages from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and an MA Library Science, from the University of Antwerp (Belgium).
A speaker from OCLC will also be on the panel.