Jody L. DeRidder

Jody DeRidder

About Me

Information science, computer science, and library professional with a focus on strategic vision and leadership, effective collaborations, and an inclusive team-oriented management style that develops and motivates employees. Highly analytical, self-motivated, and results-oriented.

MS in Computer Science, MS in Information Science.

15 years of developing infrastructure and information architecture. 20 years of management experience.

  • Evaluation and assessment at all levels.
  • Design and development of infrastructure and information architecture.
  • Data analysis, extraction and transformation.
  • Research and analysis of current and evolving trends and software systems, providing reports that synthesize all pertinent information into potential viable options for improvement and change.
  • Transformation of boutique project approaches to effective, sustainable programs with cost savings.
  • Management and development of collaborative efforts and cross-departmental workflows, including automation improvements.
  • Architecture design and development, data modeling, software analysis, development and modification.
  • Legacy system migrations.
  • Grant writing & technical writing.
  • Excellent personnel management with a focus on leveraging strengths, shoring up weaknesses, and a team approach to decision-making.





Current Position:

Director of Metadata Frameworks at OCLC.

Grant Reviewer Experience:

  • Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections, 2015, 2016
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 2013, 2016
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 2011-2013
  • National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), 2010 & 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014

Other interesting involvements:

  • National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Content & Collection Management and Architecture Committees, 2016-present
  • National Information Standards Organization (NISO) working groups, 2013-present
  • Digital Library Federation (DLF) Digital Library Assessment Interest Group, 2013-present
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA) Publications Board, 2013-2016
  • Co-Chair of the SAA Metadata and Digital Objects Roundtable (MDOR), 2012-2014
  • Steering committee member, SAA MDOR, 2011-2014


MS in Information Science, 2008, University of Tennessee.
MS in Computer Science, 2002, University of Tennessee.
Graduate work in Community Agency Counseling, 1981-2, University of Tennessee.
BA in Human Services, 1980, University of Tennessee.

Recent Honors
Part of the experience I bring to the table:
  • 20 years of management experience.
  • 15 years of developing infrastructure, policies and proceedures, work flows, and information architecture.
  • 10 years of developing solutions for support of long-term access for digital content.
  • 5 years of development work on DLXS software, including modifications for cross-type searching and linking, and support for streaming media and embedded audio and video
  • 3 years of modifications and support for CONTENTdm, including analysis for extraction of content and metadata to provide additional search/browse and storage capabilities
  • 8 years of support and development for Acumen.
  • 1 year of beta-testing for Ex Libris Digitool, testing multiple scenarios and issues, providing feedback and recommendations for improvements, and analysis of software support.
  • Training as a Digital Preservation Outreach Education (DPOE) trainer in digital preservation and long-term access support

For more info about me: a brief resume.





"Whatever you can do or dream you can begin it; boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."

--- Goethe