Bill Ingram

Bill Ingram leads the Scholarly Communication and Repository Services division of the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He directs the group of library application developers responsible for analyzing, designing, implementing, and supporting software systems related to scholarly communications and digital libraries. These include IDEALS, the university's institutional repository; Vireo, the electronic thesis deposit system; and Medusa, the library's preservation archive system.

Computers and IT are lifelong passions, and I have amassed a considerable amount of experience with academic library IT -- in particular, developing interactive Web applications with Java and Ruby on Rails. I have a decade of general programming and systems administration experience with Unix/Linux and Windows servers and desktops, and other network hardware and software.

My education, acquired skills, and experience have equipped me with a useful working knowledge of academic library standards and best practices concerning metadata schema, data elements; thesauri, and development of crosswalks for managing digital assets; and software development and information technology.