Peter Murray

Open Source Community Advocate

Index Data
June 2016 to present

Lead efforts to build relationships among libraries, organizations, and companies participating in the EBSCO/OLE/Index Data Open Source LSP project, to recruit and mentor staff from partners to the effort, and to promote awareness of the project. Play a key role in the conversations between Index Data and the many community stakeholders – including practitioners, developers, and strategists – to foster dialog about the project itself and about the future direction of technology in the library domain.

Dev/Ops Lead, Project Manager

Cherry Hill Company
August 2015 to present

Build, monitor, and enhance the development-to-operations infrastructure for hosted open source software using emerging tools and best practices. Enable clients serve their users through the use of Drupal, Islandora, CollectionSpace and other web content delivery systems. Advance the profession with service to open source communities, standards groups, and professional associations.

Assistant Director, Technology Service Development

September 2010 to June 2015

Analyzed, recommended, initiated, and coordinated plans for the introduction and use of new information technologies and services by LYRASIS member institutions. Served 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. Provided leadership and support for LYRASIS committees, task forces and other planning groups.

Assistant Director for New Service Development

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:

  • Working with staff and the strategic vision task forces by proposing new ideas, plans, and projects into their processes
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of a discovery layer across all OhioLINK content
  • Communicating OhioLINK needs and desires for the Ohio Board of Regents shared infrastructure with OARNET project management staff
  • Tracking progress and ensuring OhioLINK's needs were met in the electronic textbook pilots
  • Exploring collaborations with university presses
  • Coordinating activities in support of the accessible textbook initiative
  • Tracking and monitoring new standards, projects, and concepts

Assistant Director for Multimedia Services

January 2005 to January 2007

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

  • Stewarding and expanding of the Digital Media Center, a statewide central repository that contains commercial and member-supplied images, audio, video, satellite and other forms of multimedia
  • Developing concepts and supervised programmers for the Digital Resource Commons (DRC), a more robust content management service and repository that supports storage, distribution, publication, and long-term preservation of the educational and research materials of participating institutions

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:

  • Collaborating with other library units to ensure that the full range of library expertise and resources were applied to building and managing technology initiatives that enhance the University Libraries' services
  • Leading or serving on library teams and in this role applied a wide range of skills and techniques in the areas of teaming and project management
  • Representing the Director in technology-related meetings, forums and projects external to the Libraries, including the Boston Library Consortium, the New England Council of Presidents, University Information Technology Services and other University settings
  • Writing grant proposals and actively seeking funding sources for select University Libraries' projects and initiatives
  • Participating in electronic forums as well as regional and national meetings concerning the conception, development, adoption and implementation of library technology standards, products and best practices, representing the University's interests in such settings
  • Seeking opportunities for university, statewide, national and international partnerships
  • Exploring issues surrounding the application of technology to academic/research libraries, anticipating future trends in an evolving information environment, and working to share that knowledge through regular presentations and publications

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:

  • Establishing and maintaining Area goals, priorities and programs consistent with the University Libraries' mission and strategic initiatives
  • Supervising all Area staff, including hiring, training, revising job descriptions and setting goals and objectives for all personnel. Facilitating the Area's Steering Council and supporting the Area's self-managed operational teams
  • Administering and overseeing Area operations including process analysis, resource allocation and evaluation of services
  • Participating in the development, testing and documentation of projects and coordinating the transition to production. Mentoring or leading teams assembled from various library and campus areas and guiding projects from concept to completion
  • In the role of project leader, developing plans, facilitating a team-oriented process leading to consensus-driven decision-making, ensuring the creation of a system acquisition and maintenance strategy, coordinating tasks and supervising staff members assigned to projects
  • Actively pursuing partnership opportunities with University departments and external institutions as well as opportunities that enhanced the visibility of the library's information systems and services

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:

  • Overseeing all library computing/networking services including CD-ROMs, Internet resources, computer assisted legal research and instruction tools and related telecommunication facilities
  • Managing and providing technical support for the library's Innovative Interfaces integrated library system and leading development of the WebPAC interface and related components
  • Developing and managing the library and law school web sites, including coordination of content from administrative offices, student groups and other contributors to the site
  • Supervising student employees
  • Evaluating technology needs of the library, academic and administrative computer users; analyzing, recommending and maintaining hardware, software and data communication products used in the library and administrative departments
  • Coordinating with law school academic and administrative departments to implement and maintain administrative database tools and systems

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:

  • Developing and integrating leading-edge technologies into the Electronic Learning Environment
  • Implementing, maintaining and improving information delivery services, including the CWRU/OhioLINK Innovative Interfaces integrated library system and other related systems
  • Supervising professional and student employees
  • Developing, testing and implementing unique and creative local software solutions when necessary to integrate and facilitate the use of new technologies as part of the research and learning activities of the university
  • Coordinating the implementation of collaborative online resources in the libraries of the University Circle institutions
  • Performing general technical support and training sessions for staff using the online systems and network applications
  • Working with corporations and technology providers to beta test promising pre-release information technologies. Providing analysis, compiling feedback and actively campaigning for modifications necessary to develop useful applications for CWRU and the wider library community

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:

  • Maintaining the security, integrity and availability of the local INNOPAC library automation system, including maintenance of software configuration and tables, password authorizations, tape loads and profile changes
  • Supervising professional and student employees
  • Writing custom code and installing software and hardware systems for patron access to electronic information and administrative staff functions in support of the library mission
  • Installing and maintaining a CD-ROM Local Area Network based on the Novell LAN protocol and Gandalf Starport VT100-to-MSDOS gateway system
  • Managing public and library administrative networks
  • Serving as the technical contact to systems-related vendors and organizations, both on and off-campus (most notably, serving on the OhioLINK Technical Advisory Committee and as Miami's representative on the OhioLINK Lead Implementors group)

Identifiers and Profiles

Formal Education

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

Selected Professional Activities

Co-chair, Information Discovery and Interchange Topic Committee
NISO — 2015 to present
Member, Code4Lib Journal Editorial Committee
Code4Lib — 2012 to present
Member, Publications Committee
NISO — 2009 to present
Peer-reviewer, International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications
2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Member, Technical Working Group
CollectionSpace — 2015 to 2016
Member, Islandora Foundation Board
2014 to 2015
Member, Discovery to Delivery Topic Committee
NISO — 2010 to 2015
Convener, Sustainable Cultural Heritage Open Source Software Symposium
Peer-reviewer, 2nd Workshop on Sustainable Software for Science: Practice and Experiences
Principal Investigator, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant on Open Source Support
LYRASIS — 2012 to 2014
Member, OAI/NISO ResourceSync Technical Committee
NISO — 2012 to 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, Open Library Environment (OLE) Design Project
2008 to 2009
Co-convener, BarCampOhio and LibraryCampOhio
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 Committe
Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) — 1997 to 2000

Honors and Awards

NISO Ann Marie Cunningham Service Award
Awarded for service to NISO (blog post with reflections).
Initiate, Beta Phi Mu
International Library and Information Studies Honor Society
LITA/Endeavor Student Writing Award
Award received for "Library Web Proxy Use Survey Results" published in Information Technology and Libraries.
Scholarship, West Publishing Group
Highly Commended Award, MCB University Press
Award received for "World Wide Web Technologies in CWRU Libraries" published in New Library World.

Selected Publications

Disruptive Library Technology Jester blog
2005 to present
Code4Lib Journal. Issue 49; August 17, 2020
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

Engaging with Open Source Technologies
Open Source Publishing Technologies: Current Status and Emerging Possibilities — 2019
Ensuring System Interoperability: Readers and Ebooks
NISO-BISG Forum at ALA Annual — 2019
Presentation notes and slides:
Privacy in the Context of Content Platforms and Discovery Tools
NISO Virtual Conference: Information Freedom, Ethics, and Integrity — 2018
Presentation notes and slides:
APIs at the Core: How FOLIO Wants to Engage You In Creating New Library Services
Code4Lib — 2018
Accelerating Outreach With a Platform of Library Services: The FOLIO Project
Re-Think It — 2018
FOLIO Bootcamp and Workshop
ELAG — 2017
Let’s think – and work – outside the box. Literally.
ER&L — 2017
Rethinking What We Collect (closing keynote)
SEFLIN Virtual Conference — 2016
Bluetooth Beacons and DPLA
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Greater Midwest Region — 2016
The Who, What, When, Where and Why of Library Discovery (closing keynote)
NISO Forum: The Future of Library Resource Discovery — 2015
Bring Your Local, Unique Content to the Web Using Islandora
Amigos Open Source Software and Tools for the Library and Archive — 2015
Advancing Patron Privacy on Vendor Systems with a Shared Understanding
NISO Consensus Framework to Support Patron Privacy in Digital Library and Information Systems — 2015
Presentation slides and links are in a blog post:
Making Open Source Work
Library Technology Conference — 2015
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 Institution
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 Your Library
ALA Virtual Conference — 2012
Introducing FOSS4Lib: Helping Libraries Decide IF and WHICH Open Source Software is Right for Your Library
Eight regional and state library association meetings — 2012
Cooperate Like There's No Tomorrow
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
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
ALA Annual Conference, LITA Emerging Technologies IG — 2004
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.
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.
ALA Annual Conference, LITA Distance Learning IG — 2002
American Association of Law Libraries — 2000
  • 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
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