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    Donald J. Waters is an independent scholar and a management consultant offering strategic advice and operational analysis in the area scholarly communications. In 2019, he retired from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as the Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications after 20 years of service. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the founding Director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), as Associate University Librarian at Yale University (1993-1997), and a variety of other library and information technology positions. Don graduated with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1973. In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information. In 2005-2008, Don served on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, the Executive Advisory Council of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, and the MIT Open Publishing Services Advisory Board. Don is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


    Ph.D. 1982, Yale University, Anthropology
    MPhil 1976, Yale University, Anthropology
    B.A. 1973, University of Maryland (College Park), American
    Studies, with High Honors and General Honors

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