Donald J. Waters, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

TITLE: Senior Program Officer, Scholarly Communications and Information Technology

FUNDING AREAS: Digitalizing humanities collections, humanities information technology, and scholarly communication projects in the humanities

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PROFILE: Donald J. Waters is the senior program officer for Scholarly Communications. His foundation bioo shares:

Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Waters served as the first director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), as associate university librarian at Yale University (1993-1997), and in a variety of other positions at the Computer Center, the School of Management, and the University Library at Yale.  He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1973.  In 1982, he received his PhD in anthropology from Yale University.  Mr. Waters conducted his dissertation research on the political economy of artisanry in Guyana, South America.  He has edited a collection of African American folklore from the Hampton Institute in a volume entitled Strange Ways and Sweet Dreams.  

In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information, and was an editor and a principal author of the Task Force Report.  In 2001-2008, Mr. Waters served on the Library of Congress National Digital Strategy Board, and in 2005-2008, served on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group.  He has been a member of the steering committee of the Coalition for Networked Information since 1999, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He is the author of numerous articles and presentations on libraries, digital libraries, digital preservation, and scholarly communications.