David Stern

David has degrees in Biological Sciences (B.S., University of Connecticut), History & Philosophy of Science (M.S., Indiana University), and Library Science (MLS, Indiana University).

His resume and publications include over thirty 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 two 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).

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 Congress.


Prior Experience:

David Stern was the the Library Director at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, IL. His prior positions included Associate Dean for Public Services at the Milner Library of Illinois State University, 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), the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources at Brown University, the Director of Science Libraries at Yale University, and he has worked as a general librarian, a medical librarian, and a science librarian in centralized and departmental libraries.


Professional Activities:

David served as Chair of the SMHEC Library Committee for the Southern Metropolitan Higher Education Council for 2019-2020.

David served on the Board of Directors of CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois) from July 2015 through June 2018.

David served as Editor of the journal Science and Technology Libraries from 2005-2007, and was the author of the Info Tech column for the SLA Information Today magazine (2016-2018).

In the the Special Libraries Association, the leading international library association of over 9,000 librarians serving specialized populations of researchers, he served on the Students and New Professionals Advisory Council (2018-2020), the Board of Directors (2000-2003), Chair of the Technology Advisory Council (2015-2017), Chair of the Higher Education Administration Section of the Academic Division (2015-2017), Chair of the Knowledge Management Division (2007-2008), and Chair of the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division (1994-1995).

He has taught graduate courses in library science at the University of Illinois and Southern Connecticut State University.

He has served as a consultant to a number of publishers and vendors in the information industry.


Research efforts:

His research involved electronic retrieval and transmission of data, focused primarily upon scholars workstations. He was involved in the development of end-user search systems for both local and remote hosts, building upon earlier efforts including a web-based expert systems librarian emulator, and the linking of paleobotany fulltext material with related museum and researcher databases. He is now working on the development of standards and cost models for federated full-text search and retrieval systems, as well as course-integrated and discipline-specific information fluency and information management learning modules.

Links to the full text articles listed below are found on his resume page.

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 directed users to the most appropriate types of sources for their particular needs. Further specificity identified the best source for a specific need. See the NAVIGATOR. see the new SXU Find Resources by TYPE of Information approach for business resources.

"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

Explorations of traditional and tiered purchase and lease models, open access options, and alternative just-in-time access models.

“Textbook Alternatives: less expensive for students with possibilities for greatly enhanced pedagogy” C&RL News 78 (7): 378-384 (July/August 2017) (embedded quiz module) (embedded active search hedges)

"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 (Sept/October 2002),

"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.

"E-books: Integrating Deep Searching across Platforms" Information Outlook 21 (5): 21-22 (September/October 2017)

"Linked data can provide enormous gains in functionality" Information Outlook 21 (2): 19 (March/April 2017)

"Making Search More Meaningful: Action Values, Linked Data, and Semantic Relationships" Online Searcher 39 (5) : 55-58 (September/October 2015). (related webinar)

“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.

"Don't Dis Google: seamless resolver enhancement beyond subscriptions" Online Searcher 44 (6): 24-27 (November/December 2020)

“Needle, Meet Haystack: Connecting Users to Journals - Library Resolver Limitations and Extension”,

Midwest Special Libraries Association Symposium, Lightning Talk, July 31, 2020. PPT

"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).

"Automating enhanced 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.

"Providing Effective Service at a Distance" (Info Tech column), Information Outlook (the Special Libraries Association journal), September/October 20 (5): 15, 20 (2016)

"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.

“Needle, Meet Haystack: Connecting Users to Journals - Library Resolver Limitations and Extension”, Midwest SLA Symposium, Lightning Talk, July 31, 2020.

“Open Access: Misconceptions and Misdirections.” Against the Grain 31 (2): 36. (April, 2019).

“Textbook Alternatives: Less Expensive and Better Pedagogy” Charleston Conference 2018, November 8, 2018 PPT slides additional paper

Personal Knowledge Management: Capturing, Organizing, and Repurposing Information. self-published, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/10969/1290

"Expertise Sharing: Which Database(s) Do We Use?" Information Outlook 22 (2): 22-23 (March/April 2018)

"Stay Current with Awareness Techniques" Information Outlook 22 (1): 21,23 (January/February 2018)

"Measuring Learning and Skills: Badges and Micro-credentials" Information Outlook 21 (4): 18-19 (July/August 2017).

"Data dumps versus persuasive visualizations" Information Outlook 21 (3): 19,21 (May/June 2017)

"Diigo Communities: Capturing, Sharing, and Exploring Websites" Information Outlook 20 (6): 16-17 (November/December 2106).

“Open Educational Resources: Less expensive and better pedagogy” Library2.016 Virtual Conference, October 6, 2016 webinar replay

"Introducing an Open Educational Resources Initiative" SLA 2016 Annual Conference, Academic Division, Philadelphia, June 14, 2016 PPT slides

“The Library Future in Private Schools” Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Annual Conference, Champaign, IL, November 13, 2015 CARLI PPTs PPT slides local recording

“Open Educational Resources - a campus implementation” Libras Open Access Conference, North Central College, October 19, 2015 PPT slides

"Wine Snob Personal Management Software" CARLI Public Services Committee (panelist), March 17, 2015 PKM webinar

"Harvesting and organizing many types of web materials using capture software." Library2.014 Virtual Conference, October 10, 2014 webinar replay

"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).

7. Leadership and Project Management

"Elements of Effective Leadership" Library2.017 (online conference), March 29, 2017. webinar replay



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last revised: December 31, 2021