Vice President of Library and Information Technology
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Param Bedi is the Vice President for Library and Information Technology at Bucknell University. He joined Bucknell in January 2008. Param is the chief strategist and visionary for comprehensive library/information technology planning and implementation, in support of the University's mission. He provides leadership in creating an environment that energizes and extends library and technology support for the learning, teaching, scholarly, and administrative needs of students, faculty, and staff. He advises on all policy and investment decisions related to technology and library, working in close collaboration with the President, administration, faculty, students, and University departments. He leads an 85 staff member organization at Bucknell.
Param also serves on the editorial board for the Bucknell University Press. He also serves on the board of Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research, KINBER. KINBER is a non-profit coalition of Pennsylvania's education, research, healthcare, economic development and other non-profit based communities. KINBER is lighting the way for new and innovative partnerships for its anchor institutions and members in the realms of digital resources, regional peering, telemedicine, high performance computing and network-centric information technology applications. Members will benefit from enhanced access to regional, national, and global research and educational networks with "built-in" opportunities for collaborations between members. Prior to joining Bucknell University, Param served as Vice President for Technology and Library and chief information officer at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., near Philadelphia since 1999. At Arcadia, he also taught courses in finance, management information systems, math, and educational technology as an adjunct faculty member since 1992. He received his MBA in Finance and an M.S. in Management Information Systems from Temple University.
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Jennifer Clarke began working at Bertrand Library in 1989 as the Acquisitions Assistant. Over the years, she has held positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including Supervisor of Acquisitions, Interlibrary Loan and Cataloging, Team Leader for Acquisitions, Cataloging, Electronic Resources, Interlibrary Loan and Serials, and Assistant Director, Collection Development and Access Services. In March 2014, she became Director, Collection Development and Access Services.
Jennifer is responsible for the full life-cycle of library resources, both print and electronic, and she works directly with colleagues to ensure the maximum usefulness of the library collection. She works with librarians, faculty and staff in the development and implementation of collection development strategies and coordinates the expenditure of the library's materials budget. She supervises staff members responsible for acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources, periodicals and serials, access services and inter-library loan. Jennifer is a frequent presenter at national library conferences, serves as Chair of the Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania and is a member of the OCLC WorldShare Community Leadership Group. Jennifer holds a BS in Accounting from West Virginia University. She also completed coursework for an MS in Business Administration from Bucknell.
Director, Instructional Technology
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Matt is responsible for providing leadership, direction, planning, and oversight for the wide-range of outreach, consultation, instruction and support programs of the Instructional Technology team.
Matt came to Bucknell from The College of Wooster where he served as the Director of Instructional Technology. Prior to his time at Wooster he managed the Academic Technology group within Information Technology Services at Washington & Jefferson College. From 2004-2006 he served as an Academic Technology Consultant in the Center for Instructional Technology at Duke University, where he helped implement the Duke iPod project. Before his arrival at Duke, he was a faculty member at Cary Academy, an independent school in North Carolina established by the founders of SAS software as a model school for the integration of technology and learning. He also helped establish a technology program for Wake County high school students. Matt earned a B.A. in history from St. Lawrence University and an M.A. in European history from The Catholic University of America.
Director, Research Services and Information Literacy
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As Director, Research Services and Information Literacy, Kathleen McQuiston provides leadership, direction, planning, and oversight for the wide-range of outreach, consultation and instruction programs provided by Research Services librarians as they teach information literacy and technological competency skills to students in the classroom and through one-on-one research consultations. In addition to providing information resources to support the curriculum, Bucknell librarians also partner with faculty about how to use these resources effectively to meet student learning goals.
A graduate of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a B.S. in Toxicology, Kathleen also earned an M.S. in Library and Information Studies from Drexel University.
Head of Special Collections and University Archives
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The mission of Special Collections/University Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the historical records of Bucknell University and the Bertrand Library's collection of rare and unique materials. Special Collections/University Archives is a public service point in the Bertrand Library that provides research assistance, instruction for classes, and access to its collections. Collection building is intentional with the goal to support faculty research and student learning that occurs in an environment where students can work hands-on with rare and unique books and other materials. Among other duties, Isabella is managing the long term project of establishing the university archives program and bringing access to this collection.
Beginning her career in public libraries, Isabella came to Special Collections/University Archives with prior experience managing several Bertrand Library services and collection areas: research, instruction, government information, assessment, and student outreach. She has an undergraduate degree in English literature and received her Master of Science in Library Science from Drexel University.
Chief Information Security Officer
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Eric Smith serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a higher ed consortium with membership consisting of Bucknell University, Franklin & Marshall College and Susquehanna University. With nearly 20 years of experience in systems administration, network engineering, and information security, Eric provides both strategic and tactical leadership to the consortium.
In addition to a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Bloomsburg University, Eric holds numerous industry certifications, including Cisco CCNP, Red Hat Linux RHCE, and Microsoft's MCSE. He has presented original research at numerous venues, ranging from NERCOMP to DEFCON. Eric also holds a highly coveted DEFCON black badge, awarded for winning the wireless security competition at the world's largest information security conference.
Assistant Chief Technology Officer
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Chris oversees several areas of IT infrastructure and services, including the campus network, telephone system, central servers and services, user and classroom support, and event services.
He graduated from Bucknell, class of '77, with a BS in mathematics. During his undergraduate years, Chris worked as a systems programmer at the University's Freas-Rooke Computer Center and managed to take every computer science course offered at the time. Chris spent his first post-graduation year at Honeywell Information Systems' Los Angeles Development Center, where he was part of the team that designed and coded the CP6 mainframe operating system. He returned to his alma mater in 1978 as Manager, Computer Systems, and he's been at Bucknell ever since.
Assistant Chief Information Officer
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As the Assistant Chief Information Officer, Mark Yerger oversees the systems and processes that support the seamless flow of information across Bucknell. This includes cross-L&IT planning, assessment, project management, and budgeting as well as the operational integrity and long-term direction for both business intelligence and our core enterprise systems.
An enterprise system is comprised of the technology providing core services and information flow across any organization. Core services depend on reliable data collection, storage, presentation, and reporting. Examples of enterprise systems in use at Bucknell include Banner, myBucknell, and other software applications that support activities as diverse as dining services and ticketing. The Bucknell University Intelligence (BUI) program, our primary business intelligence effort, works with the data the users of these systems produce to, clean it, store it, and helps make it available across Bucknell in more productive ways.Before coming to Bucknell, Mark worked as an independent consultant in the retail arena, where he led enterprise level project management efforts. Mark is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), holds a Master's of Business Administration in Finance and Information Systems from Drexel University, and a B.S. in Business and Economics from Susquehanna University.
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