I'm delighted to be able to send out this press release, announcing and
celebrating Katherine's appointment as Aquifer Director.



For Immediate Release: February 4, 2005
Contact: David Seaman [log in to unmask]

Katherine Kott Named Aquifer Director

Washington, D.C. - Katherine Kott has been named director of the Digital
Library Federation's Aquifer initiative. Her appointment became
effective January 1, 2005. Kott comes to the DLF from Stanford
University Libraries, where she was head of cataloging and metadata
services. As Aquifer director, she will continue to work from Stanford.

Aquifer is an initiative of the DLF that will support research,
teaching, and learning with high-quality online special collections and
distinctive information services. It will leverage extant digital
collections, institutional capacities, curatorial expertise, and library
services to benefit scholarly communities. Eleven DLF member libraries
are currently participating in Aquifer. Aquifer's products and services
will be shared freely with other DLF participants and with the library
community at large.

Kott brings to her position broad experience in academic library
systems, and in technical and public services. Before coming to
Stanford, she led the implementation services department at a major ILS
vendor, coordinating the installation of systems at a wide range of
libraries, including consortia.
"As the first full-time staff member for the Aquifer project, Ms. Kott
brings to the post a strong technical background, experience in planning
and executing projects, and an interest in working with a variety of
people. We are delighted that she will be leading this important
initiative to realize the common goals of the Aquifer participant
libraries," said the chairman of the DLF executive committee, Michael A.
Keller, also university librarian at Stanford.

"Katherine Kott is well qualified to realize the ambitious functional
goals for Aquifer, ones that will enable users at various institutions
to discover and retrieve digital objects for teaching and research. We
are delighted that Kott will work with our staff and others to
coordinate and direct developments in this arena," says Daniel
Greenstein, university librarian of the California Digital Library, of
the Office of the President of the University of California.

More information about the Aquifer initiative is available at 

The DLF, founded in 1995, is a partnership organization of 38 academic
libraries and related organizations that are pioneering the use of
electronic-information technologies to extend their collections and
services. The DLF operates under the administrative umbrella of the
Council on Library and Information Resources.

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David Seaman
Executive Director,
Digital Library Federation
Council on Library and Information Resources
1755 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
tel: 202-939-4762; fax: 202-939-4765
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