The Unlimited Priorities Advisory Board consists of top industry insiders. Each board member is a major player in the information industry and has held a variety of key positions in organizations with which they have been associated, both in the past and at present.
Thomas H. Hogan, Chair
Thomas H. Hogan is president, CEO, and co-founder of Information Today, Inc., a 28-year-old company specializing in publications, conferences, and trade shows for the information technology community. Information Today is a leader in print and electronic media, covering specialized applications of information technologies in such fields as customer relationship management, knowledge and content management, library services, speech technology, and streaming media.
Prior to founding Information Today, Inc., Mr. Hogan was vice president of marketing and product development for Data Courier, Inc. during the very early days of electronic publishing. Data Courier was a special unit of the Courier-Journal Company in Louisville, Kentucky—a pioneering firm in the field of online information. Mr. Hogan held marketing positions at BIOSIS and IEEE before joining Data Courier.
Mr. Hogan is a past president of the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIST) as well as the Association of Information and Dissemination Centers (ASIDIC). He co-authored one of the first books in the field of electronic information, Online Searching: A Primer, in 1981 and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of electronic publishing. Mr. Hogan is profiled in Marquis Who’s Who in America.
Debra Spruill is a consultant in the field of preservation with an emphasis on digital preservation. She was recently Director, OCLC Preservation Service Centers responsible for strategic, business development, operational, and contracting for its four Centers, including on-site locations. She was also responsible for client contracts. Ms. Spruill was also named to the Library of Congress ALTO XML Schema Editorial Board..
Ms. Spruill was with OCLC for more than nine years. She previously was Executive Director, Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS), serving the academic and research library community. There her duties included overall operations, systems development, production, marketing, and sales and merger and acquisitions activities.
Ms. Spruill held management positions with Engineering Information and R.R. Bowker, where she specialized in database development operations and production.
Ms. Spruill holds an M.L.S. from Rutgers University where her area of study was bibliographic databases with an interest in MSS and Incunabula. She is also a certified webmaster and web developer. She has also completed the Digital Preservation Management workshop at Cornell University and contributed to a variety of OCLC-sponsored workshops on planning digital projects, metadata implementation, and preserving digitized material.
John Ganly serves as a consultant for the New York Public Library, and is on the Planning Board for the Greenwich Public Library. Previously he was the Assistant Director for Collections at The New York Public Library, Science, Industry and Business Library; an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, School of Communication Information and Library Science; Chair of the Business and Finance Division of Special Libraries Association (SLA) 1998; and Chair of the Board of Directors of Public Affairs Information Service 1990-1999.
Mr. Ganly was awarded the New York Chapter Special Libraries honor in 2008 for his fundraising efforts. He has also received the Gale Award for Excellence in Business Librarianship and the Special Libraries Association President’s Award.
Mr. Ganly holds a Master of Sciences in Political Science from The New School (1974), a Master of Library Science from Pratt Institution (1970), and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, City University of New York (1968). His publications include: Data Sources for Business and Market Analysis (1986 and rev.ed. 1996); Small Business Sourcebook (1990); Serials for Libraries, Editor (1990); and Marketing Library and Information Services: International Perspectives, chapter with Pamela Rollo.
Catherine Mardikes is Electronic Text Services coordinator and bibliographer for classics, the ancient Near East and general humanities at the University of Chicago Library. She received her Ph.D from the Department of Classics at the University of Chicago in 1994.
Dr. Mardikes has acted as consultant and developer on numerous digital enterprises with publishers such as Alexander Street Press and Champion, and with organizations such as the ARTFL Project and Perseus. She is also co-editor of the Italian Women Writers project.
Mark Sandler is the Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Prior to assuming this role at the CIC, he served as Collection Development Officer at the University of Michigan University Library where he worked for more than twenty years. Mr. Sandler is interested in how libraries, publishers and users are managing the transition from print to electronic resources, including how libraries are working cooperatively to extend their mission as information providers to include the creation of digital resources.
Mr. Sandler has been involved with the development of the Text Creation Partnership, a working group that partners with libraries and commercial publishers to create accurately keyboarded and encoded editions of early texts. He has also worked closely with the Google BookSearch project, and has written and presented widely about how mass digitization initiatives are affecting local collection development strategies.