The Digital Library of the Future 

April 30, 2020

18:30 – 20:00 IST


The role of digital libraries in advanced research and education has increased in importance and functionality in recent years. The relevance and usage of digital libraries will continue to grow in coming years with advancements in technology, allowing for greater ease in knowledge sharing and giving an impetus to academic scholarship.  

Jio Institute in collaboration with Stanford University conducted a webinar, Digital Libraries of the Future on 30 April, 2020. It was helmed by Dr. Michael Keller, Chief Librarian and Vice Provost of Stanford University and Tom Cramer, Director Digital Library Systems and Services at Stanford University.

The webinar was attended by 1505 librarians, information experts and other academicians. Using Stanford Digital Library as a focal point, Dr. Keller and Cramer focused on the significance and trends of digital libraries, the importance of collaborations and key functional features of Stanford Digital Library. 

Dr. Keller and Cramer, are supporting and directing Jio Institute to build the Jio Digital Library, which will be launched along with its academic program. The role of Jio Library will be knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge certification. Jio institute also aims to create special collections and archives reflecting the arts, culture and heritage of India.


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Michael A. Keller

Vice Provost, Academic Council, Stanford University Libraries

Michael Keller began his appointment as Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning October 15, 2018 after serving in an interim capacity beginning April 1, 2018. He is Vice Provost and Ida M. Green University Librarian, director of Academic Information Resources, publisher of Stanford University Press, as well as the founder of HighWire Press.

As university librarian for the past 25 years, Keller has been a national and international leader in transitioning university libraries to digital formats and an advocate for the digital sharing of information resources around the world. He has long been engaged in developing technology for teaching support, including introducing the Coursework platform in 2004.

Soon after he arrived at Stanford from Yale, Keller made innovations that have served scholars and students by exploiting the potential of network effects and information technologies. Simultaneously, Keller renewed the commitment and acquisitions programs of the University Libraries in building broadly useful general collections and special collections that afford distinctive opportunities for research at Stanford.

In 1995, he founded HighWire Press, an internet publishing service supporting scholarly societies that were self-publishing (such as Science Magazine and the Journal of Biological Chemistry), which was spun out in 2014. In 1999, Keller supported and found funding for the LOCKSS preservation and access application that is now used in hundreds of individual institutions and many national settings. 

Beginning in 2002, Stanford Libraries collaborated with Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University to digitize ancient, medieval, and early modern manuscripts. That project led Stanford Libraries’ curators and technologists, along with numerous manuscript scholars from North America and Europe, to develop requirements for a general digital environment for streaming images of manuscripts and other objects of scholarship and for teaching. That long interactive process resulted in the International Image Interoperability Framework and the related application known as Mirador, a web-based image-viewing platform that offers “the ability to zoom, display, compare and annotate images from around the world”.

Keller was educated at Hamilton College (biology, music) and then studied musicology at State University of New York at Buffalo (MA and ABD). He earned an MLS from SUNY/Geneseo. He has taught at Cornell University and Stanford University, was guest-professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and was a Siemens Stiftung Lecturer.

He has been a member of the boards of Hamilton College, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt, Long Now Foundation, Japan’s National Institute for Informatics, and the National Library of China. He was a Senior Presidential Fellow of the Council on Library and Information Resources and has been appointed by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences to be a member of the Board on Research Data Integrity, the Study Group on an Agenda for Research on Copyright, and the Committee on the Responsible Conduct of Science.

He is a frequent speaker at professional, high-technology, and scholarly gatherings around the world on topics ranging from librarianship, academic publishing and information topography to national and global information policy.

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Tom Cramer

Associate University Librarian - Director, Digital Library Systems & Services - Chief Technology Strategist, Stanford University, USA

Tom Cramer is the Chief Technology Strategist, Associate University Librarian & Director of Digital Library Systems & Services for the Stanford University Libraries. He directs the technical development and delivery of Stanford’s digital library services, including digitization, management, preservation and access of digital resources that support teaching, learning and research.

He is the founder of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF). He is a founder of the Samvera Community (formerly the Hydra Project), and the first adopter and an active contributor to Blacklight, two successful open source projects rooted in higher education that provide rich and robust solutions for digital asset management and discovery. Tom frequently presents and leads workshops on a variety of topics related to digital libraries and scholarly communications, including on digital preservation; he is a steering member of PASIG (the Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group), a founding member of the Fedora repository steering group, and a past or current member of several other steering groups, including for Open Repositories and the International Internet Preservation Coalition (IIPC). He is a member of the Open Library Foundation’s Board of Directors, and previously served as the Vice Chair of the DuraSpace Board of Directors. 

Tom joined the Stanford Libraries in 2005; prior to that, he served as the Director of Middleware and Integration Services and Director of Technology Infrastructure at Stanford University. In these roles, he directed the development, strategy and support for the University’s enterprise systems for access and identity management, and its Unix infrastructure.

Before joining Stanford, he worked as both a management consultant and in business development in various IT-related companies.

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