About Robert H. McDonald

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Robert H. McDonald oversees the technological infrastructure and innovations that facilitate, support, and enhance the Indiana University Libraries collections and services. As the Associate Dean for Library Technologies, which includes oversight of the statewide Indiana University Integrated Library System, IUCAT, McDonald is the co-principal investigator on several technology-related libraries initiatives including the HathiTrust Research Center, a digital library initiative providing large-scale data access, and the SEAD DataNet Program, focused on enabling data life-cycle management for sustainability science.

McDonald is also the Deputy Director of the Data to Insight Center at Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute, responsible for collaborative projects that utilize mass data storage, data analysis, data curation, and data cyberinfrastructure. In recent years, he has served as Founding Executive Director and now Director of Community Development for Kuali OLE, a multi-institutional initiative to develop open source library management software. He currently serves as a technical advisor to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), as a member of the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee, and as an advisor to the Child Care & Early Education Research Connections Program.

Prior to joining the IU Libraries, McDonald held senior management positions with the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and Florida State University Libraries. He is an active writer and speaker, covering diverse topics in library and information science including open source software, storage systems, data analytics, marketing, metadata, and collaborative digital preservation.

My Personal Website

This is my main web presence for items related to my professional responsibilities. If you are interested in my hobbies or other news, please check me out on robert.ly.

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