email: hdavid.stern @ gmail.com
Illinois State University
Campus Box 8900
Normal, IL 61790-8900
phone: (309) 438-5891
email: david.stern @ ilstu.edu
As a member of the Library's senior administrative
team, plays a lead role in library-wide planning and evaluation and in
setting the Library's strategic directions. Serves as the Map Librarian, currently expanding GIS support. Provides collection development in Library Science. Special project is the planning of actions to address the redundancy of materials in the large on-site and off-site collections.
David Stern was the founder and principal of Maximize Information, a firm
specializing in advanced information discovery techniques, enhancing
organizational communication, collaboration and knowledge management, and
leading organizational reviews and project management initiatives to find
service quality improvements. He was the Associate University Librarian
for Scholarly Resources at Brown University, the Director of Science Libraries
at Yale University and he has also worked as a general librarian, a medical
librarian, and a science librarian in centralized and departmental libraries.
In addition, he has taught library science graduate courses (University of
Illinois and Southern Connecticut State University) and serves as a consultant
and advisor to a number of professional societies and commercial publishers and
online services. He has degrees in Biological Sciences (University of
Connecticut), History & Philosophy of Science (Indiana University), and
Library Science (Indiana University).
David served on the Board of Directors (2000-2003) and as the Chair of the
Knowledge Management Division (2007-2008) of the Special Libraries Association, the leading international
library association of over 9,000 librarians serving specialized populations
of researchers. He is currently the Chair of the Virtual Worlds Advisory Council.
David also served as Editor of the journal Science and Technology Libraries
from 2005-2007. His research involves electronic retrieval and transmission of
data, focused primarily upon scholars workstations. He was recently involved in
the development of end-user search systems for both local and remote hosts,
including a web-based expert systems librarian emulator and linking of
paleobotany fulltext material with related museum and researcher databases. He
is also working on the development of standards and cost models for federated
full-text search and retrieval systems.
and publications include over twenty journal articles, several book
chapters, two edited special issues of Science
and Technology Libraries entitled Digital Libraries: Philosophies,
technical design considerations, and example scenarios and Competencies
for Science Librarians, and the books Guide to Information Sources in the Physical Sciences
(Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 2000) and How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times: Purposeful Abandonment, Chandos Press, Oxford, U.K. (2013) (details, Elsevier site).
He has been a speaker at conferences of ALA, SLA, AAAS, SSP, ASIS, NASIG,
Online, InfoToday, Computers in Libraries, Charleston Conference, CESSE, NFAIS, and the Library of
Current research efforts include the following areas:
1. Interfaces (expert systems)
The Yale University Science Libraries developed intelligent (expert user) front-end interfaces using nested web HTML
screens. These non-linear pathways direct users to the most appropriate types of
sources for their particular needs. Further specificity identifies the best
source for a specific need. See the NAVIGATOR.
"Federated or harvested searching ... so many ways to combine options and confuse researchers." Library2.013 Conference, October 18, 2013
2. Cost models for seamless document delivery
"Enhanced online access requires redesigned delivery options and cost models" Acquisitions
Librarian 19 (1/2) (#37/38): 119-134 (2007),
"Open Access or Differential Pricing for Journals: The
Road Best Traveled?" Online 29 (2): 30-35 (March/April 2005),
"Pricing models and payment schemes for library collections" Online 26 (5): 54-59
"Pricing Models: Past, Present, and Future?" Serials Librarian 36 (1/2): 301-319 (1999).
3. Search engines and indexing schemes
The testing of various search
engines focus on full text search capabilities, hypertext linkages, and
relational (virtual journal) output possibilities.
“Waiting for Weighted Navigation” Online Searcher 37 (2): 51-55 (March/April 2013).
"Author as Object: Disambiguation and Enhanced Links" Online 34 (6) : 29-33 (Nov/Dec 2010).
"Harvesting: Power and Opportunities Beyond Federated
Search" Online 33 (4) : 35-37 (July/August 2009).
"User Expectations and
the Complex Reality of Online Research Efforts" Science and Technology Libraries
22 (3/4): 22 (3/4): 137-148 (2002).
"New Search and Navigation Techniques in
the Digital Library" Science & Technology Libraries 17 (3/4): 61-80 (1999).
4. Seamless and Limitless Networking
Concepts and technical considerations
required to scale the existing and developing standards for federated searching
and extended linking among and between distributed information objects.
"Ebooks: From institutional to consortial considerations" Online 34 (3) : 29-35 (May/June 2010).
"Yale Leaf Morphology Digitization and Network Project" Science and
Technology Libraries 26 (3/4): 137-155 (2006).
discovery and delivery: The OpenURL possibilities" Online 25 (2): 42-47
(March/April 2001), and
"From the All-In-One Workstation to Seamless
Networks: A Strategic Plan" Online 21 (2): 46-55 (March 1997).
5. Enhanced Reference at a Distance
Providing real-time assistance to remote users via shared screens and sidebar guided assistance.
"Virtual Reference and In-depth Assistance Using Shared Workspaces" Online Searcher 37 (1) : 22-26 (January/February 2013).
6. New considerations in Scholarly Communications
New tools, techniques and considerations to be accommodated as we expand media, domain, and navigation options.
"Embargoes and Institutional Repositories: Faculty Early Transparency Concerns” Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2 (2): eP1080 (9 pages) (March 2014).
"The Future of Peer-Reviewed Scientific Video Journals" Online Searcher 37 (3): 28-32, 49-50 (September/October 2013).
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