Jody L. DeRidder

Jody DeRidder

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Meet my husband:


I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring Membership Meeting in Seattle, April 13-14. My report is online now, but I also wanted to share my notes from Brewster Kahle's opening plenary. Brewster needs our help. He's been running the Internet Archive on a shoestring for years, trying to save our cultural history. It's far more than any one person or institution can manage, though he has done a tremendous job. Now he is asking libraries to join in and help us build a far more complete online archive. Please read my notes from his presentation and consider becoming involved!

Also! Higher Ed institutions are being sued over IT accessibility issues. There was a very helpful presentation on how to address these challenges at this CNI meeting. Read some great suggestions for Higher Ed institutions to avoid lawsuits!

"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!





  • Personnel management
  • Digital content management
  • Data analysis and data transformation and migration
  • Software analysis and modifications
  • Software development
  • Digital preservation recommendations
  • 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
at the University of Alabama Libraries.

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; seeking to develop and support sustainable solutions for libraries and archives that leverages available resources to best effect.

    At the University of Alabama, I have:
  • Expanded Digital Services into a thriving team of highly motivated creative individuals who not only create several TB of archival digital content annually, they each contribute to innovative development for support and delivery methods.
  • Developed content organization methodology and cross-departmental collaborations and workflows which enable scalable, efficient, and functionally sane digitization, access, and storage.
  • Assisted in the development of a new open-source architecture (Acumen) which dynamically delivers user-friendly (and Google-accessible) access to content deposited into web directories anywhere.
  • Designed, developed and continually improve the technical infrastructure to support our cross-departmental workflows, web delivery, preservation and management of content.
  • Developed methods for mass-digitizing content at a low cost, providing access via finding aids; wrote a grant proposal and obtained funding from NHPRC to test this project, and successfully managed the effort to completion, adding open-source software to enable other institutions to copy the model, and performing usability tests.

I am currently developing support for faceted search and retrieval and investigating options for RDF browsing of relationship ontology encoded metadata, while expanding our technical metadata extraction, generation, and storage for digitized content.

  • 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.
  • Evaluation and assessment at all levels.
  • Data analysis, extraction, and transformation.
  • Legacy system migration.
  • Design and development of infrastructure and information architecture.
  • Grant writing & technical writing.
  • Excellent personnel management with a focus on leveraging strengths, shoring up weaknesses, and a team approach to decision-making.

  • Digital preservation recommendations
  • Analysis of infrastructure and recommendations, including workflow improvements
  • Cost analyses

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, 2014
  • 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.

Recent Honors
Part of the experience I bring to the table:
  • 18 years of management experience.
  • 11 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
  • 5 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