Principal Investigator
Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. (Library and Information Science, University of Michigan) is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. Previously, her research focused on use and users of traditional archives, and that research increasingly moved into the digital realm, focusing on archives 2.0 and interaction with users. Most recently, Dr. Yakel has focused on data reuse in different disciplinary communities and served as co-PI of the IMLS-funded Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse Project ( She has led grants from IMLS, the Mellon Foundation, and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and has demonstrated ability to guide grant-funded research projects.

Co-Principal Investigator

Kara Suzuka, Ph.D. (Education, Michigan State University) is a research scientist at the University of Michigan School of Education, Teaching & Learning Exploratory (TLE) where she leads the research and development for the digital repository. Her primary work focuses on developing practice-based educational materials and approaches for use in teacher education and professional development. Her research and materials development work involve studies of classroom practice, utilize multimedia records of classrooms, and center on efforts to engage teachers in teaching practice.

TLE Engagement and Development Specialist


Erica Crawford serves as an engagement and development specialist for the Center for Education Design, Evaluation, and Research (CEDER). Her primary responsibilities include user support for the Teaching and Learning Exploratory (TLE) as well as content development for the website. She also provides technical assistance for the TLE, including design and organization of video collections along with customized features for user groups. Prior to joining the CEDER staff, Erica was a research specialist for 3 years at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, where she earned an MS in Survey Methodology in 2008. Her research experience has primarily focused on classroom observation and videos as well as analysis of survey data. She was also a classroom teacher for 9 years, working in Oakland County as a middle school mathematics instructor.

Visiting Researcher

Jihyun Kim is an associate professor of the Department of Library and Information Science at Ewha Womans University in Korea. During the academic year 2017-18, she is a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research interests include researchers’ data sharing and reuse behaviors and research data management services. (Fall 2017 - present)

Graduate Student Research Assistants

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Rebecca D. Frank is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research interests include digital preservation and access, standards and certification for trustworthy digital repositories, and risk perception and disaster planning for digital repositories. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Australian Academy of Science. (Winter 2015 - present)

Max Stauffer is a freshman at the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and is an undergraduate research assistant for the project. His research interests include using data, statistical analysis, and analytical software. (Fall 2017 – present)

Dan Delmonaco
is currently a graduate student at Rutgers University in the MI Program concentrating in Library and Information Sciences. His research interests include digital archives and preservation. He is a 2017 REMS fellow. (Summer 2017)

Allison Tyler
is a Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan School of Information.  Her research interests include the data curation lifecycle, with a particular focus on access, preservation, and reuse of scientific research data, and the potential of linked open data to improve data repository access.  She is a recent MLIS graduate from the University of Denver. (Fall 2016)

Zui Chen
is an undergraduate research assistant. She is a junior at the University of Michigan LSA majoring in Statistics. Her research interests include data collection, analysis, and information system management. (Fall 2016 - Winter 2017)

Anna Gault
is a recent MSLS graduate from the University of Kentucky.  Her research interests include data management practices and the social implications of classification. She is a REMs fellow for the summer of 2016. (Summer 2016)

Alexa Hagen
is an MSI student at the University of Michigan School of Information specializing in Archives & Records Management. Her research interests include digital preservation and archives workflows, data curation and storage, and accessibility in archives. (Winter 2015)

Mariama Weaver is a graduate student research assistant on the QDR project. She is a masters student at the University of Michigan School of Information and is studying Preservation of Information. Her research interests include digital curation, digital preservation and how to make sure online content is accessible for further use. (Winter 2015)

Charles Senteio is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information. His research interests include community health informatics and qualitative research methods.  He has experience building and conducting online surveys, and survey data analysis. (Summer 2015)
Patricia C. Valdovinos is an MLIS student at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Information Studies. Her research interests include understanding how public libraries and academic libraries serve as community settings. She was a McNair Research Scholar where she obtained experience conducting open ended interviews and qualitative data analysis. (Summer 2015)

Advisory Board

Tim Boerst, Ph.D. Dr. Boerst is a professor of practice at the University of Michigan School of Education and chair of the Elementary Teacher Education Program. His scholarship focuses on mathematics teaching and practice-focused approaches to professional learning – including work with classroom records of practice.

Eric Kansa, Ph.D. Dr. Kansa is the director of Open Context, a digital archaeological data repository ( He has been very active in promoting tools for archaeological data management to facilitate data sharing of both qualitative and quantitative data in a variety of formats. He has particular expertise in ontologies and metadata management.

Nanette Seago. Ms. Seago is a project director at WestEd, a non-profit public research agency in California focused on improving education. Her work centers on teacher professional development in mathematics. She was involved in the earliest efforts to reuse classroom videos and other records of practice (i.e. the TIMSS-R Video Study) and continues new work in this area.

Ann Zimmerman, Ph.D. Dr. Zimmerman is an expert in scientific collaborations, including interdisciplinary research, and the influence of new technologies on the practice and data reuse. She has examined data reuse in many disciplines including ecology and materials science. Dr. Zimmerman is also an expert in evaluation and a member of the American Evaluation Association and the Michigan Association for Evaluation.