Project Team

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The Building LLTDM project team serves as faculty for the Institute. As a testament to the collaborative nature of this project and digital humanities research, we hail from more than a dozen North American universities and institutions, and are a collection of legal experts, librarians, faculty, and scholars immersed in digital humanities and research literacies.


Project Director: The Project Director will oversee curricular design and execution, as well as the administrative and operational aspects of Building LLTDM. The Project Director also serves as a Project Team member (below) helping to create and deliver educational materials and instruction.

Rachael G. Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer at UC Berkeley Library. A Duke Law graduate, Rachael practiced intellectual property litigation, and was a Lecturer in Law and Head of Reference & Instructional Services at Stanford’s law library. Rachael leads UC Berkeley Library’s Office of Scholarly Communication Services. She teaches throughout the country about copyright and information policy, and is a national presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Roadshow. Her chapter, Law & Literacy in Non-Consumptive Text Mining, will be published in Copyright Conversations (ACRL, 2019).


Project Manager: In addition to serving as a Project Team member, the Project Manager will coordinate design and execution of the Project, and streamline administrative and operational aspects of Building LLTDM.

Timothy Vollmer, Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian at UC Berkeley Library. Tim has held various policy positions at Creative Commons for many years (public policy manager, 2015-2018; senior public policy manager, 2018-2019). He blogs on matters related to copyright policy, intellectual property, and advocacy. Previously he was at the American Library Association in various capacities, including as Assistant Director to the Program on Public Access to Information. He has a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and master of science in information from the School of Information at the University of Michigan.


Project Team: Members contribute to institute administration and curricular design, and serve as instructors during the institute. Members have been designated as: humanities researchers (“HR”), librarians (“L”), or legal experts (“LE”). Their real-world roles straddle these boundaries (e.g. some legal experts are also librarians); yet, the divisions ensure that institute sessions are led by a set of experts who collectively offer a full range of relevant digital humanities expertise.

Scott Althaus (HR), Professor of Political Science & Communication, and Director of the Cline Center for Advanced Social Research at University of Illinois. Scott explores communication processes that support political accountability in democratic societies and that empower political discontent in non-democratic societies. He has a particular focus on data science methods for extreme-scale analysis of news coverage and cross-national comparative research on political communication.

David Bamman (HR), Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Information. David applies natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to empirical questions in the humanities and social sciences (research for which he has received NEH funding). He adds linguistic structure to statistical models of text, and develops core NLP techniques for languages and domains. Previously, he was a senior researcher at Tufts University’s Perseus Project.

Brandon Butler (LE), Director of Information Policy at the University of Virginia (UVA) Library. A UVA School of Law graduate, Brandon provides national guidance, education, and advocacy on intellectual property and related issues. He helped develop HathiTrust Research Center’s (HTRC) non-consumptive use policy and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. Previously, Brandon taught copyright and supervised student attorneys in American University’s IP Law Clinic at American University.

Beth Cate (LE), Associate Professor at Indiana University Bloomington’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). Previously, she was Indiana University’s Associate General Counsel, focusing on intellectual property law and policy and advising. Her scholarly interests include the role and efficacy of law in promoting innovation and shaping an intellectual property commons, and law and policy surrounding personal information.

Kyle K. Courtney (LE), Copyright Advisor for Harvard University, within the Office for Scholarly Communication. In 2014, he founded “Fair Use Week,” and his “Copyright First Responders” initiative is now deployed across the U.S. He also teaches research sessions at Harvard Law School. Kyle holds a J.D. with distinction in Intellectual Property Law and an MSLIS, and has received a Knight Foundation Grant to develop technology for crowdsourcing copyright and fair use decisions.

Sean Flynn (LE), Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) and Professorial Lecturer in Residence. Professor Flynn designs and manages a wide variety of research and advocacy projects that promote public interests in intellectual property and information law. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law.

Maria Gould (L), Research Data Specialist/Product Manager, California Digital Library. Maria supports services surrounding persistent identifiers for scholarly literature. Previously, she was Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian at UC Berkeley, where she provided guidance and instruction on copyright and information policy aspects of scholarly publishing.

Cody Hennesy (L), Journalism and Digital Media Librarian at University of Minnesota. At both Minnesota and UC Berkeley, where he was formerly the E-Learning and Information Studies Librarian, Cody’s work has focused on developing library services and support for TDM, and addressed emerging literacies in DH and computational social sciences. He has spoken nationally on TDM and other DH topics, and co-authored the forthcoming chapter Law & Literacy in Non-Consumptive Text Mining.

Eleanor Dickson Koehl (L), HathiTrust Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Michigan Libraries, and Associate Director for Outreach and Education, HTRC. Eleanor leads outreach and training for HTRC, and provides reference and support for scholars engaged in TDM. She chaired the working group that drafted HTRC’s 2016 Non-Consumptive Use Research Policy. She worked on an IMLS national forum to set a research agenda addressing TDM with use-limited data, and an IMLS curriculum development project to build a TDM “train-the-trainer” program.

Thomas Padilla (L), Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian at University of Nevada Las Vegas. Thomas is PI of “Always Already Computational: Collections as Data” project, and the “Collections as Data: Part to Whole” project. He is a member of various advisory boards and councils including the Association for Computers and the Humanities, WhatEVery1Says, and Integrating digital humanities into the web of scholarship with SHARE.

Stacy Reardon (L), Literatures and Digital Humanities Librarian at UC Berkeley. Stacy provides guidance and instruction on digital humanities projects and methods. She is co-chair of the UC Berkeley’s Digital Humanities Working Group and serves on the Scholarly Communication Expertise Group. She is also a doctoral candidate in Ethnic American literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and has several years of experience in academic technology.

Matthew Sag (LE), Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, HathiTrust Research Center Advisory Board Member. Matthew teaches copyright law and intellectual property courses. He co-authored the Digital Humanities amicus briefs in the HathiTrust and Google Books cases. He was a legal advisor to the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials for the Visual Arts and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use in Software Preservation. He co-founded ScotusOA.com, a site devoted to empirical analysis of Supreme Court oral argument.

Brianna L. Schofield (LE), Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting authors and the public good. She has co-authored guides to open access, fair use, rights reversion, and publication contracts. Previously, she was a Teaching Fellow in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at UC Berkeley, School of Law. She holds a JD from UC Berkeley.

Megan Senseney (L), Head of the Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship at University of Arizona Libraries. Megan was previously a research scientist for University of Illinois’ Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship. Her scholarship focuses on social dimensions of data-intensive digital humanities initiatives, and digital training for humanities scholars. She was Co-PI on the IMLS-funded national forum on TDM with use-limited data.

Glen Worthey (L), Digital Humanities Librarian at Stanford University Libraries. Glen founded the Libraries’ Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR), and served as Program Committee co-chair for “Digital Humanities 2018” in Mexico City. Glen has served on executive boards of the Association for Computers in the Humanities, Text Encoding Initiative, and Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (for which he co-convenes the “DH in Libraries” Special Interest Group).


Consultant: During the institute, a legal expert will be on call via e-mail to field any legal questions that instructors are unable to answer in real time. 

Sara Benson (LE), Copyright Librarian at University of Illinois. Sara holds a JD from University of Houston Law Center and was a Lecturer at University of Illinois College of Law. She hosts the Podcast ©hat (“Copyright Chat”).

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