Jody L. DeRidder

Jody DeRidder

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Meet my husband:


I recently presented "Mapping the Digital Preservation Wilderness: What You Need to Know" keynote presentation at the Best Practices Exchange Conference in Montgomery. And then I was honored to be interviewed about this keynote, by Kevin Driedger of the new Preservation Imperative!

Oh, and we're looking for a new Associate Dean of Technology. If you want to see the position then check out my blog post. :-)

"What Jody's been up to lately..." contains an ongoing account of some of my most interesting work-related challenges and interests. My work involves research and development, software and database development and support, service, and management. I focus on developing practical solutions for digital libraries and digital archives, while managing a terrific team who are involved in R&D projects of their own, and digitizing content from special collections.

For more info about what's going on in Digital Services at the University of Alabama, please check out our Digital Services blog and our wiki!





  • Digital content management
  • Data analysis and data transformation
  • Software analysis and modifications
  • Software development
  • Digital preservation recommendations and data migration
  • Grant writing
  • Analysis of infrastructure or workflows for improvement
  • Assistance in setting up the lowest-cost, most scalable methods of implementing a local digital library or management of electronic documents
  • Digital library or electronic document management cost analysis
  • Assessment of digital library and electronic document management and delivery software
  • Metadata mapping, analysis and extraction
Please contact me for more information.


Current Position:

Tenured Associate Professor and Head, Digital Services
University of Alabama Libraries

Currently researching and developing pragmatic solutions for capture, management, delivery, access, usability, and long-term support for digital content.

Interested in developing and working with:

  • linked data,
  • ontology interoperability,
  • and statistical natural language programming to analyze large quantities of information in support of researcher needs, implementing visualizations (clustering, topic mapping, etc.) to make that content more useful.

Software analysis, development and modification. Data analysis, extraction, and transformation. Legacy system migration. Design and development of infrastructure and information architecture. Grant writing & technical writing. Excellent personnel management.

  • Digital preservation recommendations
  • Analysis of infrastructure and recommendations, including workflow improvements
  • Cost analyses
  • Metadata mapping, analysis and extraction

Grant Reviewer Experience:

  • 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
  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 2013

Other interesting involvements:

  • Digital Library Federation (DLF) Digital Library Assessment Interest Group, 2013-present
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA) Publications Board, 2013-2017
  • 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.

A guest post on the Library of Congress Signal Blog, 1 April, 2013:

First Aid on the Front Lines: Immediate Training Needs

An interview by the Library of Congress:

"Jody DeRidder and the Spirit of DPOE"

Part of the experience I bring to the table:
  • 17 years of management experience.
  • 10 years of developing infrastructure, policies and proceedures, work flows, and information architecture.
  • 9 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
  • 4 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: my resume and CV.


Email: jody AT

Snailmail: Box 870266, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487

Phone: (205) 348-0511


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

--- Goethe