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Katherine Kott Named Aquifer Director

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Katherine Kott

CLIR Press Releases

For Immediate Release: February 4, 2005
Contact: David Seaman

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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