Collections and Collection Development

Is there a past in your future? journals, libraries, scholarly communities, and safe havens for content when everyone is getting digi with it

April 9th, 2010
Princeton University


Jeanne Altmann Martha Brogan Ed Felten Anthony Grafton
Bernard Haykel Robert Kaster David Magier Sheila Morrissey
Victoria Reich Karin Trainer Robert Wolven Jeremy York


Jeanne Altmann

Jeanne Altmann PortraitJeanne Altmann is a behavioral ecologist with focus on the life-history of natural populations of long-lived and highly social primates. One major research effort has been development of widely applicable non-invasive and non-manipulative techniques for data collection and their use. These techniques started with behavior and demography; with colleagues, they have expanded to observational measures of health and aging and to measures of DNA and steroid hormones, enabling the researchers to ‘get under the skin’ without disturbing either behavior or sensitive physiological processes. The empirical research involves almost daily data collection on the Amboseli population of baboons. The Amboseli Baboon Research Project database is now over three-decades and six-generations deep. (ABRP website, and the relational database, BABASE) Altmann’s other recent data preservation and sharing efforts include involvement in development of an NSF-supported Integrated Primate Biomaterials and Information Resource, participation in the current NESCENT and NCEAS-supported Primate Life History Database group, and recent participation in a national workshop on digital data preservation and access in Anthropology. Altmann has served on various external advisory boards, currently including the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, and the Institute of Primate Research of the National Museums of Kenya.

Jeanne Altmann received her first degree in mathematics from the University of Alberta, Canada, an MAT in mathematics teaching from Emory University, and a PhD in behavioral science from The University of Chicago. She was previously Professor and Chair of the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago and is currently Eugene Higgins Professor in Princeton’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a Faculty Associate in Princeton’s Office of Population Research and the Princeton Environmental Institute, and an Honorary Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Martha Brogan

Martha Brogan PortraitMartha Brogan is Director of Collection Development and Management at the University of Pennsylvania where she has primary responsibility for policy, planning and fiscal management of Penn Libraries’ $14 million acquisitions program, overseeing a collection of 6 million volumes and guiding the work of thirty subject librarians with collection responsibilities. She provides campus leadership on issues related to managing and preserving Penn’s collections, digital content development, and scholarly communication and publishing.

Her experience in research libraries spans 25 years, beginning at the University of Minnesota, where she was the library coordinator for West European Studies. She later moved to Yale as the social sciences bibliographer, and then to Indiana University as associate dean and director of Collection Development. Ms. Brogan is the author of three recent reports about digital library development prepared under the auspices of the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 2003 to 2006 at which time she was employed as an independent researcher and consultant. She is currently the Chair of the Center for Research Libraries’ Certification Advisory Panel (CAP), which is undertaking a preservation audit of Portico and HathiTrust.

Ms. Brogan received a Bachelor's degree in French (Phi Beta Kappa) from Macalester College and holds Master's degrees in International Administration from the School for International raining (Brattleboro, Vermont) and Library Science from the University of Minnesota. She participated as a fellow in the Frye Leadership Institute sponsored by CLIR, EDUCAUSE and Emory University in 2001 and as a NEH Summer Institute Fellow in 2006.

Ed Felten

Ed Felten PortraitEdward W. Felten is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and is the founding Director of Princeton's Center for Information Technology Policy. His research interests include computer security and privacy, especially relating to media and consumer products; and technology law and policy. He has published about eighty papers in the research literature, and two books. His research on topics such as web security, copyright and copy protection, and electronic voting has been covered extensively in the popular press. His weblog, at, is widely read for its commentary on technology, law, and policy.

He is a Fellow of the ACM. He was the lead computer science expert witness for the Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust case, and he has testified in other important lawsuits. He has testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on digital television technology and regulation, and before the House Administration Committee on electronic voting. In 2004, Scientific American magazine named him to its list of fifty worldwide science and technology leaders.


Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton Portrait
Credit: Denise Applewhite,
Office of Communications,
Princeton University

Anthony Grafton studied history and history of science at the University of Chicago and University College London. In 1974-75 he taught history at Cornell University; since 1975 he has taught at Princeton University, where he is currently Henry Putnam University Professor of History and the Humanities. At Princeton he founded the Freshman Semina Program, which he directed for ten years. Since then he has served as Director of the Program in European Cultural Studies, the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Research and the Council of the Humanities.

His books include Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford, 1983-93); Defenders of the Text (Harvard, 1991); The Footnote: A Curious History (Harvard, 1997); What Was History? The Art of History in Early Modern Europe (Cambridge, 2007); with Megan Williams) Christianity and the Transformation of the Book (Harvard, 2006); with Brian Curran, Pamela Long and Benjamion Weiss, Obelisk (MIT, 2008), and Worlds Made by Words (Harvard, 2008). He has also contributed articles and reviews to American Scholar, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the London Review of Books, the Nation, The New Republic, the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and the Times Literary Supplement. He is currently at work on a study of histories of Christianity in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe and (with Joanna Weinberg) on a study of Isaac Casaubon’s Judaic studies.

Grafton is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding fellow of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften and the British Academy. He has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, has been a visiting professor at the Collège de France, Columbia University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, the Warburg Haus in Hamburg, and the University of Munich, has been a Resident at the American Academy in Rome and has held visiting memberships at Pembroke College, Oxford; Christ’s College, Cambridge; and Trinity College, Cambridge. In 2002 he received the Balzan Prize for History of the Humanities, and in 2003 the Mellon Foundation Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

Bernard Haykel

Bernard Haykel PortraitBernard Haykel is Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University where he directs The Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. He also leads a project at Princeton on Oil and Energy in the Middle East with a focus on the countries of the Persian Gulf. Dr. Haykel's primary research interests center on Islamic political movements and legal thought as well as the politics and history of Saudi Arabia and Yemen. He has published extensively on the Salafi movement in both its premodern and modern manifestations, explored in his book /Revival and Reform in Islam/ (Cambridge University Press, 2003). He is presently completing a book on the Global Salafi movement and, once completed, hopes to turn his attention to a monograph on the modern history of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Haykel obtained his doctorate in 1998 from the University of Oxford.


Robert Kaster

Bob Kaster PortraitBob Kaster was born in New York City, and educated at Dartmouth (B.A., 1969) and Harvard (M.A. 1971, Ph.D. 1975). A Latinist who has been on the faculty of the University of Chicago (1975-97) and Princeton (1997- present), he has taught and written mainly in the areas of Roman rhetoric, the history of ancient education, and Roman ethics. His books have addressed topics ranging from the social structure of Roman education in the fourth and fifth centuries CE (Guardians of Language: The Grammarian and Society in Late Antiquity: Berkeley 1988) to the cultural psychology of the Roman elite in the late Republic and early Empire (Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome: Oxford 2005) and have included annotated translations of Suetonius (On Teachers of Grammar and Rhetoric, edited with introduction, translation, and commentary: Oxford 1995), Cicero (Speech on Behalf of Publius Sestius, with introduction, translation, and commentary: Oxford 2006), Seneca (Seneca: Anger, Mercy, Revenge, with Martha Nussbaum: Chicago 2010), and the Saturnalia of Macrobius(Loeb Classical Library edition, 3 volumes: Harvard 2010). His book Guardians of Language was awarded the American Philological Association’s Goodwin Award of Merit in 1991; in May 2007 he received Princeton's Behrman Award for distinguished achievement in the Humanities.

David Magier

David Magier PortraitDavid Magier was appointed Associate University Librarian for Collection Development at Princeton University Library in April 2008. A specialist in South Asian Studies, he previously served for 21 years as South/ Southeast Asia Librarian and Director of Area Studies at Columbia University Libraries. He also served as Director of the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research at Columbia.

At Princeton, Dr.Magier is responsible for coordinating the collection development funding and priorities for subject librarians at Firestone and all the branch libraries throughout the University, and provides high-level liaison with faculty in all of the University's Departments and Programs. As a member of the library management team, Dr. Magier participates in key strategic planning initiatives, and works to ensure that Princeton's magnificent collections (in print, digital and all other media) grow systematically and dynamically to reflect the evolving trends of research and teaching in all fields at the University. He holds a BA from Cornell, and an MA and PhD in Linguistics (focusing on Indian and Pakistani languages) from UC Berkeley, and was a professor of linguistics at Berkeley and Michigan State University before embarking on his library career. He is well known internationally for his librarian training efforts and his leadership in developing digital library/global resource projects, including especially the Digital South Asia Library (DSAL), the South Asia Resource Access on the Internet (SARAI), and the Digital Library for International Research (DLIR).


Sheila Morrissey

Sheila Morrissey PortraitSheila Morrissey is Senior Research Developer at ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways.  She has worked on the PORTICO digital preservation service, a part of ITHAKA that preserves scholarly literature published in electronic form and ensures that these materials remain accessible to future scholars, researchers, and students.  She is currently engaged with partners at the California Digital Library and Stanford University in developing the next-generation JHOVE2 tool.  Her past work includes the design and development of print and electronic publishing systems.  She has served as a representative to XML vocabulary standards groups.  She has articles appearing in the International Journal of Digital Curation and Library Hi Tech.   She received her BA in English Literature from Yale University, her MA in English Literature from Cornell University, and her MS in Computer Science from Rutgers University.

Victoria Reich

Victoria Reich PortraitVictoria Reich is the director of the LOCKSS Program (for Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) at Stanford University. The LOCKSS Program is an international community initiative that provides libraries with digital preservation tools and support so that they can easily and inexpensively collect and preserve their own copies of authorized e-content and have access to that content, forever. She is also a founding Director of the CLOCKSS Archive. The CLOCKSS Archive is a community-governed, geographically-distributed, dark archive. The CLOCKSS Archive makes "triggered" content freely available to everyone in the world. Prior to LOCKSS and CLOCKSS, Victoria helped launch Stanford University's HighWire Press. She has extensive library experience in both the public and private sector, having held positions at Stanford University Libraries, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and the University of Michigan. Victoria is a member of the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Web Site Advisory Board. In 2008 she received the Ulrich's Serials Librarianship Award. For a list of publications and presentations see,

Karin Trainer

Karin Trainer PortraitKarin Trainer has been the Princeton University Librarian since 1996; she is the first woman to hold the post.Trainer began her professional career at Princeton in 1972, and then left in 1978 to become Director of Technical and Automated Services at the New York University Libraries. From 1978 to 1996, she was Associate University Librarian at Yale. Since returning to Princeton, she has overseen advances in the library's online offerings, a substantial increase in the library's book collection, and the construction or renovation of several campus libraries, including the new Lewis Science Library designed by Frank Gehry, Trainer serves on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Research Libraries and chairs its Diversity Working Group.  She sits on the library visiting committee at MIT and is a frequent advisor to other research libraries. Closer to home, she is  a member of the Advisory Board of Princeton’s Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies, and a Trustee of the Princeton University Press.

Robert Wolven

Bob Wolven PortraitRobert Wolven is Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development at Columbia University Libraries.  He has served on planning and advisory groups for the Digital Library Federation, RLG and OCLC, and is a past chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee and of the ALCTS Heads of Technical Services in Large Research Libraries. . He was a member of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, and in 2007 was awarded the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding achievement in cataloging and classification. He is currently Principal Investigator for a 3-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to incorporate web content into Columbia’s collection building program.

Jeremy York

Jeremy York PortraitJeremy York is a project librarian for HathiTrust Digital Library. He graduated from Emory University in 2001 with a B. A. in History and received a Master of Information Science from the University of Michigan in 2008. He has more than ten years experience in libraries, working in areas of course reserves, archives and special collections, and information technology.