Peter E. Murray

Phone: 678-235-2955
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Peter is a technologist with a librarian background and a keen sense of how to apply the right solution to an issue. With training in the field of Systems Analysis, he is able to translate between librarian jargon and computing/networking jargon to bring the two worlds together. He has over a two decades of experience in higher education libraries, including eight years at members of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL) and eight years at library consortia, and actively participates in a wide variety of technical areas such as networking protocols, HTML/XHTML/XML markup, and metadata standards. Current interests include digital object repositories, open source software, privacy, and distributed authentication/authorization systems, and JPEG 2000.

Specialties: Digital object repositories (specializing in Islandora and Fedora Commons), JPEG 2000, identity management (Shibboleth), advanced library automation, web proxy servers, XML, HTML/XHTML, HTTP and Web Architecture, Linux system management.


Assistant Director, Technology Service Development. LYRASIS — September 2010 to present

Analyze, recommend, initiate, and coordinate plans for the introduction and use of new information technologies and services by LYRASIS member institutions. Serve as a key contact with libraries, library consortia, information and library associations and standards group initiatives, information and library hardware and software, and database vendors. Provide leadership and support for LYRASIS committees, task forces and other planning groups.

Assistant Director for New Service Development. OhioLINK — January 2007 to September 2010

Analyzed, recommended, and coordinated plans for the introduction and use of new information technologies and services by OhioLINK and its member institutions. Responsibilities included:

Assistant Director for Multimedia Services. OhioLINK — January 2005 to January 2007

Planned OhioLINK's next generation statewide institutional repository and multimedia database management system. Responsibilities included:

Assistant to the Director for Technology Initiatives. University of Connecticut — January 2004 to December 2004

Lead and participated in technology initiatives that enhance the University Libraries' services. Responsibilities included:

Area Head for Library Information Technology Services. University of Connecticut — 2002 to 2004

Administered, coordinated and provided leadership in policy and program development for the Information Technology Services area. Responsibilities included:

Computer Services Librarian. University of Connecticut School of Law — 2000 to 2002

Provided library-focused computer services as well as web site development and academic/administrative computing support for the law school campus. Responsibilities included:

Library Systems Manager. Case Western Reserve University — 1995 to 2000

Responsible for information technology research and development which included analyzing, evaluating, recommending, beta-testing, developing, implementing, maintaining and supporting advanced-technology electronic information delivery systems and subsystems for CWRUnet as a part of the CWRU Electronic Learning Environment. Responsibilities included:

Library Systems Manager. Miami University — 1991 to 1995

Responsible for directing all areas of the Library Systems Office, including computer room operations, hardware and software maintenance, networking and telecommunications and system administration. Responsibilities included:

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Master of Science in Library and Information Science. Simmons College — December 2003

Master of Science in Systems Analysis. Miami University — 18 of 30 hours completed — June 1995

Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis. Miami University — May 1991

Professional Activities

Convener, Sustainable Cultural Heritage Open Source Software Symposium. 2014

Peer-reviewer, 2nd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences. 2014

Principal Investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant on Open Source Support. LYRASIS — 2012 to 2014

Member, OAI/NISO ResourceSync Technical Committee. NISO — 2012 to present

Member, Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee. Code4Lib — 2012 to present

Peer-reviewer, International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications. 2012, 2013, 2014

Member, LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award Committee. LITA division of ALA — 2012 to 2013

Member, Library Linked Data Incubator Group (invited expert). W3C — 2010 to 2011

Co-convener, Accessible Digital Rights Management Symposium. Ohio State University — 2010

Member, Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee. NISO — 2010 to present

Member, International Standards Quarterly Editorial Committee. NISO — 2009 to present

Member, Open Library Environment (OLE) Design Project. 2008 to 2009

Co-convener, BarCampOhio and LibraryCampOhio. 2008

Member, Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange Technical Committee. 2007 to 2008

Member, Fedora Advisory Board. 2006 to 2007

Founder and Chair, JPEG 2000 Interest Group. LITA division of ALA — 2005 to 2010

Member, Metasearch Initiative Task Force. NISO — 2004 to 2005

Co-convener, Symposium on the Adoption of JPEG 2000 in Archives and Libraries. University of Connecticut — 2004

Chair, Regional Institutes Committee. LITA division of ALA — 2003 to 2005

Member, Nominations Committee. LITA division of ALA — 2001 to 2002

Member, National Forum Committee. LITA division of ALA — 2000 to 2002

Chair, Innovative Users Group. 1999 to 2000 — Steering Committee member 1998 to 2001

Member, Program Planning Committee. LITA division of ALA — 1999 to 2001

Chair, Program Committee. Innovative Users Group — 1999 Annual Conference

Listmaster, Site Engineer. Innovative Users Group — 1999 to 2002

Member, Technical Advisory Committee Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) — 1997 to 2000

Honors and Awards

Initiate, Beta Phi Mu. 2004

International Library and Information Studies Honor Society

LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award. 2001

Award received for "Library Web Proxy Use Survey Results" published in Information Technology and Libraries.

Scholarship, West Publishing Group. 2001

Highly Commended Award, MCB University Press. 1999

Award received for "World Wide Web Technologies in CWRU Libraries" published in New Library World.


Disruptive Library Technology Jester blog. 2005 to present

Blog address: Notable posts: a series on the Google Book Search Settlement; Traditional Development/Integration/Staging/Production Practice for Software Development; and Just In Time Acquisitions versus Just In Case Acquisitions.

Resources for Libraries Exploring the Open Source Option; April 17, 2014

Editorial Introduction: It is Volunteers All the Way Down… Code4Lib Journal. Issue 20; April 17, 2013

Do More … With Someone Else. International Standards Quarterly. 22, no. 4 (Fall 2010): p. 3

Guest content editor editorial.

Metasearch Authentication and Access Management. D-Lib Magazine. June 2006

Open Source Software: Should You Bet Your Career On It? Campus Technology. July 18, 2006

A New Convergence. netConnect. Fall 2004: p. 40

Library patron privacy. SPEC kit, Vol. 278. ARL Office of Leadership and Management Services, 2003

MARC It Your Way: Information Technology and Libraries. 21, no. 1 (2002): p. 19-26

Library Web Proxy Use Survey Results. Information Technology and Libraries. 20, no. 4 (2001): p. 172-178

This article was the winner of the first annual LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award.

ALA Annual Conference report Open URLs and Link Servers. Library Hi Tech News. 18, no. 8 (2001): p. 19-20

World Wide Web Technologies in CWRU Libraries. New Library World. 99, no. 1141 (1998): p. 96-103

Borealis Image Server. Computer Networks and ISDN Systems. 28 (1996): p. 1123-1137

Selected Presentations

CollectionSpace CurateGear — 2015

Making Open Source Work for You Library 2.014 Conference — 2014

Using Drupal Features to Store Your Islandora Configuration as Code IslandoraCamp New York City — 2013

Library Linked Data Iowa Library Association’s Annual Conference (invited) — 2013

Open Source and You Iowa Library Association’s Annual Conference (invited) — 2013

Local and Unique and Digital: A Evolving Trend for Libraries and Cultural Heritage Institutions Louisiana Library Network Users Group Conference (invited) — 2013

Presentation slides, including audio track, and links to resources mentioned in the talk are available on DLTJ:

A Light-weight DevOps Approach to Islandora Open Repositories — 2013

Presentation slides available on SlideShare:

Interoperability and Its Role In Standardization, Plus A ResourceSync Overview ALA Annual Conference — 2013

Presentation slides, including audio track, are available on SlideShare:

Host Your Own Virtual Lightning Talks Using Google Hangout ALA Annual Conference — 2013

Presentation slides with audio and links are in a blog post:

Join the Community: Open Source is Nothing Without You ALA Annual Conference — 2013

Presentation slides with audio are in a blog post:

Introducing FOSS4Lib: Helping Libraries Decide IF and WHICH Open Source Software is Right for Them ALA Virtual Conference — 2012

Introducing FOSS4Lib: Helping Libraries Decide IF and WHICH Open Source Software is Right for Them Eight regional and state library association meetings — 2012

Cooperate Like There's No Tomorrow OCLC/LYRASIS WMS — 2012

E-Textbooks: Adding Value to Online Courses. 2nd Annual Distance Education Conference — 2009

Making Textbooks Affordable for the University System of Ohio. Ohio Student Success Summit — 2009

Presentation slides, including audio track, are available on SlideShare:

Views on Record Sharing. ALA Midwinter Conference, ALCTS Forum — 2009

A presentation covering the consortial view of sharing bibliographic records in light of the proposed OCLC Record Use Policy. Presentation slides available on SlideShare at

Discovery Tools and the OPAC. NISO Next Generation Discovery Workshop — 2008

Related DLTJ blog posts: Video Tour of OPAC Discovery Layer Tools; Links to OPAC Enhancements, Wrappers, and Replacements.

The Third Wave of Library Information Stewardship. NISO Getting the Most Out of Your Institutional Repository Workshop — 2007

Accountability in Higher Education: Addressing the Innovator's Dilemma Through Authentic Assessment. EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative conference — 2006

Report on the Symposium for the Adoption of JPEG 2000 in Archives and Libraries. CNI Fall Task Force meeting — 2004

The Radio Frequency Revolution: Tips and Trends for Implementing RFID Systems in Libraries. ALA Annual Conference, LITA Emerging Technologies IG — 2004

Network Security Technology for the Rest of Us. (invited) — 2004

"What Every Librarian Should Understand about the Technologies that Affect Us"; sponsored by OhioLINK and the Ohio State University Library.

Security and Privacy: Workstation Authentication and Records Retention. CNI Spring Task Force meeting — 2004

Web Proxy Servers and Authentication. LITA Regional Institute — 2000-2003

Full-day workshop presented in these locations – 2000: New York City, Columbus, OH; 2001: Chicago; 2002: San Antonio; 2003: Atlanta.

User Authentication Strategies in Multi-institutional Environments. ALA Annual Conference, LITA Distance Learning IG — 2002

Web Proxy Servers and Authentication Preconference. LITA National Forum — 2000

Tech Tips: Browsers and Computer Networking. American Association of Law Libraries — 2000

Innovative Interfaces User Group Annual Meetings. 1996 to 2002

  • OPAC Magic 2: Pushing the Limits Again
  • Technobabble Translated -- or "What did that computer tech just say?"
  • Life with WebPAC: A forum of tips and tricks for setting up Innovative's WebPAC product
  • Securing your OPAC: A tutorial of INNOPAC Gateway Security and Limit Network Connections

World Wide Web Technologies in CWRU Libraries. ALA Annual Conference, ALA/DMSA Vendor/User Interest Group — 1997

Borealis Redux: The Evolution of an Image Server. 6th International Worldwide Web Conference — 1997

Borealis Image Server. 5th International Worldwide Web Conference — 1996

Advanced Internet: Setting Up a World-Wide Web Site. OHIONET — 1995

Internet Tools. OHIONET Internet Conference: What's in it for ME? — 1994

Understanding and Using E-Mail. WVTA Library Network "The Electronic Reference Library" — 1994