Keynote Speakers

Dr. P. Toby Graham, Deputy University Librarian at University of Georgia

Dr. P. Toby Graham is the director of the Digital Library of Georgia at the University of Georgia., a collaborative digitization program providing access to collections on Georgia history and life. The DLG is the cultural heritage digital initiative of GALILEO, Georgia’s virtual library. Graham is also director of the Hargrett Library at the University of Georgia, which consists of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Georgiana Collection, University Archives, and Records Management. He is co-director of the Civil Rights Digital Library initiative, and he leads digitization for Georgia HomePLACE, an ongoing effort to enhance access to research collections on local and family history. Graham is the 2004 recipient of the Alabama Author Award for Non-Fiction for his book A Right to Read: Segregation and Civil Rights in Alabama’s Public Libraries, 1900-1965 and recipient of the ALISE/Eugene Garfield Award and Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award for his doctoral research. He holds master’s degrees in history and library science and a PhD in library science from the University of Alabama.


Catherine Murray-Rust, Vice Provost for Learning Excellence and Dean of Libraries, Georgia Tech

Catherine Murray-Rust became Vice Provost for Learning Excellence in January 2012. She also serves as Dean of Libraries, a post she has held since August 2008. In addition to her administrative responsibility for several academic programs, 160 faculty and staff, almost 500,000 square feet of central campus space, and a library budget of about $14 million, serving as the faculty advisor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training, and was a group leader in the Oxford Study Abroad program in 2012.

She previously served as the Dean of Libraries at Colorado State University, and Associate University Librarian at Oregon State University. She worked at Cornell University Libraries for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, including reference librarian, training and implementation librarian in the Systems Office, and Associate University Librarian. Her final position at Cornell was Director of Campus Delivery for the university’s project to reengineer business systems and install new software. From 1973 to 1977, she worked for Reuters News Agency and Oxfam/VOCAD in London.

Murray-Rust’s educational background includes a charter in Librarianship from the Library Association of Great Britain (1976), a graduate degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of London (1974) and a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Mount Holyoke College. She also completed graduate studies in international nutrition at Cornell University (1979), graduate coursework and independent study in African politics and international relations at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania (1971–72) and participated in an internship with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (1969).


Tyler Walters, Dean of Libraries, Virginia Tech

Tyler Walters is the Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech. Previously Walters was the Associate Dean of the Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a 2008-2010 Fellow in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research Libraries Leadership Fellows program. Walters is a founding Board member of the Educopia Institute and Steering Committee member of the MetaArchive Cooperative. He serves on many professional bodies such as an elected member of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (Library of Congress), Steering Committee for the International Conference on Open Repositories, Interim Governing Board for the Unified Digital Formats Registry, Editorial Board of the International Journal of Digital Curation, and the Advisory Board for the Digital Information Management program, University of Arizona. He teaches graduate LIS courses for Arizona and for San Jose State University. Walters has presented at numerous conferences, has published over twenty-five journal articles, and is a recipient of the Society of American Archivists' Ernst Posner Award for best article in the American Archivist. Walters is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Managerial Leadership for the Information Professions, Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.