March Two-Part Webinar:
Identifiers: New Problems, New Solutions

PART 1: What’s in a Name? Latest Developments in Identifiers
Speaker Biographies

Thomas Hickey
Dr. Thomas B. Hickey
Chief Scientist, OCLC

Thom is Chief Scientist at OCLC.  His interests include information retrieval, parallel processing, metadata reuse, library authority control, and the clustering of FRBR works in WorldCat.  Currently he leads the implementation of the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) for personal names and WorldCat Identities.

Previous projects include xISBN, CORC (a predecessor to the current cataloging system), and GraphText, an early electronic journal system.



Helen HendersonHelen L. Henderson
Vice President, Marketing Research & Development, Ringgold, Inc.

Helen has worked as a librarian, publisher and subscription agent in her 36 years in the information industry. Her company, Information Power Ltd, provided services to publishers including the work now being used for Ringgold’s Identify services and institutional identifiers. She has advised on strategic development of business models for pricing and packaging of electronic publications of all types. Helen works on several standards committees including NISO and is currently the Joint Editor of SERIALS, on the UK Serials Group committee, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and of the Royal Geographical Society. She a Freeman of the City Livery Company of Information Technologists.


Robert WolvenRobert Wolven, Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development, Columbia University

Robert Wolven is Associate University Librarian for Bibliographic Services and Collection Development at Columbia University Libraries. He has served on planning and advisory groups for the Digital Library Federation, RLG and OCLC, and is a past chair of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging Policy Committee and of the ALCTS Heads of Technical Services in Large Research Libraries. He was a member of the Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, and in 2007 was awarded the Margaret Mann Citation for outstanding achievement in cataloging and classification. He is currently Principal Investigator for a 3-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to incorporate web content into Columbia’s collection building program.