Libraries in Balance:
Preserving our Roots, Growing our Future
"Storing, preserving and accessing knowledge and information by blending the best of library traditions with the technology tools of the future."
Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet. Since December 1999, the Washington D.C. research center has examined how people's internet use affects their families, communities, health care, education, civic and political life, and work places.
The Project has issued more than 200 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at: http://www.pewinternet.org.
Lee is a co-author of Up for Grabs, Hopes and Fears, and Ubiquity, Mobility, Security -- a series published by Cambria Press and based on the American Life Project surveys about the future of the internet. He is also writing a book entitled Networked: The new social operating system (MIT Press) with sociologist Barry Wellman about the social impact of the internet and cell phones.
Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, and a practicing Emergency Physician.
As Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he is responsible for all clinical, financial, administrative and academic information technology serving 3000 doctors, 14000 employees and two million patients. As Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School, he oversees all educational, research and administrative computing for 18000 faculty and 3000 students. As Chairman of NEHEN he oversees clinical and administrative data exchange in Massachusetts. As Chair of HITSP/co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee he coordinates the process of electronic standards harmonization among stakeholders nationwide.
David Rothman is the Information Services Specialist at the Community General Hospital Medical Library, Syracuse, NY managing the day-to-day operation of the CGH Medical Library.
In addition to literature searching, document delivery, medical reference, user education and the management of the library's physical and digital assets, David's professional responsibilities include creating and delivering multiple monthly courses on the use of the hospital's computers and applications, as well as providing ad-hoc computer training and end-user support. David also administers databases for the hospital's Quality department, and performs data analysis to produce reports for senior management.
David Rothman is also the co author of Internet Cool Tools for Physicians (Springer 2008) and davidrothman.net is where you can find his highly regarded medicine and technology blog.
Anca Novacovici is the founder and president of Eco-Coach, Inc., an environmental services advisory firm that assists leading organizations to evaluate, design, and implement sustainable practices for managing human, environmental, and financial capital for long-term organizational success and positive environmental and social impact. Clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller businesses and individuals.
Anca is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional and is on the board of directors of the Green Building Institute. She is the co-author two books, DC Metro Area Green Career and Jobs Guide and Sustainability 101: A Toolkit for your Business, and speaks frequently to business, professional, and community groups about various aspects of "going green."
Prior to leading Eco-Coach, Anca was a management consultant, first with Davies Consulting, Inc., and then with her own firm, Axis Business Consulting, Inc. She has over ten years' experience with strategic planning, change management, business process redesign, benchmarking, training, and communications.
Anca has worked with companies in the energy, health care, utility, and telecommunications sectors, and with international lending institutions. Her passion for, and involvement with, environmental issues outside of work led her to start Eco-Coach, which combines her management consulting experience with her interest in green, healthy businesses and buildings.
Anca earned her Master of Business Administration in International Management from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, and her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.