Candidates for 2014 elections

Candidates for SIG-DL 2014-2015 Officer Elections

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Candidates by name:
Kevin J. Comerford
Elizabeth (Lizzy) Rolando
Virginia Dressler
Lyne Da Sylva


Kevin J. Comerford
Assistant Professor / Digital Initiatives Librarian, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico Libraries

Kevin J. Comerford is the current chair of SIG DL, and has been involved in the group since 2013. As an Assistant Professor of Librarianship and the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of New Mexico Libraries, he has developed a variety of Scholarly Communications and Digital Libraries applications. His current and recent projects include the Tony Hillerman Portal (, the UNM Open Journals Portal (, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive ( and the Celebrating New Mexico Statehood website ( Professor Comerford also teaches a graduate course in Digital Information Management through the UNM Informatics program. He holds a Master of Information Science degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University. Previously he was the Group Manager for Media Content Management at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington (1995-2008), a systems developer for the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas (1995) and the Visual Resources Manager for the Dallas Museum of Art (1990-1995).

“SIG DL plays an important role in providing leadership, networking and collaboration opportunities and essential continuing education programs for both students and experienced professionals who are working in the field of digital librarianship. As chair of SIG DL this past year, I’ve been immensely proud of the work my fellow SIG officers have accomplished, and that SIG DL was just recognized as ASIS&T SIG of the Year. As returning chair/chair-elect I will continue to support SIG DL’s existing programs in 2015; I am also quite interested in developing a SIG DL Yearbook and developing new delivery formats for our newsletter.”


Elizabeth (Lizzy) Rolando
Research Data Librarian, Georgia Tech

Lizzy Rolando is the Research Data Librarian in the Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation department at the Georgia Tech Library. In this role, Lizzy provides support for the data management and data archiving needs of the Georgia Tech community. Lizzy served as the 2013 and 2014 Treasurer of SIG-DL and is an ASIS&T 2012 New Leaders awardee.

“I joined SIG-DL in 2012 because it was a vibrant, welcoming, and knowledgeable group. I was elected Secretary/Treasurer for 2013, and then again for 2014, and I hope to continue my work with SIG-DL again this coming year. I have been fortunate to be involved in some of the exciting projects organized by the SIG-DL, such as the Digital Liaisons panel, and I have seen firsthand how SIG-DL contributes to the efforts of the ASIS&T community. I am deeply committed to supporting SIG-DL’s exciting and engaging programming, and to provide opportunities for those working with Digital Libraries to learn and collaborate with one another.”

Communications Officer

Virginia Dressler
Digital Projects Librarian, Kent State University

I have been working with digital media and related projects for almost ten years, from academic libraries to the museum setting. I am currently the chair-elect for our local ASIST chapter in Northern Ohio, and have been a member of ASIST since 2008. I have been active with the local chapter over the years in planning events and speakers, as well as attending many of the yearly national ASIST conferences.

I believe that I qualify for the position of Communications Officer for a number of reasons. I have served on a number of planning committees and local professional organizations, which require a high level of organization and communication. I feel comfortable managing the various communication channels required for the position. I am familiar with all the tools listed in the outline of responsibilities from Facebook to Twitter, and feel committed to be prompt with checking these accounts regularly. I am highly organized and would be excited to serve on SIG-DL as the Communications Officer.”

Membership Officer

Lyne Da Sylva
Acting Chair and Associate Professor at École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (School of Library and Informaton Science) Université de Montréal

Educated first at the University of Ottawa and then in Montréal and Geneva, I have a multidisciplinary background in Mathematics, Computer Science, Linguistics and Computational Linguistics. I am now Associate Professor at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI) at the Université de Montréal, and interim Chair for this year. In the past, I spent several years doing research and development work in Natural Language Processing (NLP), including four years in the private sector.

My teaching at EBSI now includes indexing and abstracting (both manual and automated), thesaurus construction, digital libraries, computer-assisted document management, and the semiotics of information systems. My research focuses on the management of digital information, especially on tools for automating indexing and abstracting within Digital Libraries (bibliographic, archivistic or museum collections).

I have been an active member of SIG-DL for the past three years, in addition to being a member of the following professional associations: ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics, since 1992), ICOM (International Council on Museums, since 2012), ASTED (Québec-based association for science and technology for document management, since 2010), ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir, or “French-speaking association for the advancement of science”, based in Québec, since 1994).

“I am a researcher and a scholar with over 20 years experience in participating in professional associations linked to applied computer science and information science.

My involvement in Digital Libraries includes organizing a workshop in May 2012 (for the ACFAS assocation annual meeting) which brought together a great number of researchers and practitioners in Digital Libraries in Québec and French-speaking Canada and abroad. This was the first such event in Québec and I am planning to have follow up events in the near future. With a colleague, I was a guest editor for a special issue on Digital Libraries of the Québec journal Documentation et bibliothèques (published in August 2013). I was thrilled to participate in LODLAM (Linked Open Data for Libraries, Archives and Museums) held in Montréal in June 2013, which generated a lot of exciting ideas for integrating LOD in Digital Libraries.

I have been SIG-DL’s membership officer for this past year and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this dynamic group. I hope that my contribution did in fact help in getting SIG-DL named SIG of the year for ASIS&T. This coming year, I would like to take advantage of my temporary (one-year) position as Department Chair to increase visibility for SIG-DL, and Digital Libraries in general, within my circle of influence.”