Next Generation ILS -Speaker Biographies

Next Generation ILS -Speaker Biographies

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Robert McDonald
Associate Dean for Library Technologies at Indiana University

Robert H. McDonald serves as the Associate Dean for Library Technologies at Indiana University and oversees the technological infrastructure and innovations that facilitate, support, and enhance IU Libraries’ collections and services. McDonald is also the Deputy Director of the Data to Insight Center at IU’s™ Pervasive Technology Institute, responsible for collaborative projects that utilize the IU Libraries’ expertise in mass data storage, data analysis, data curation, and digital library infrastructure. Additionally, he serves as a Founder and current Director of Kuali OLE Community Development, a multi-institutional initiative to develop open source library management software.


Jeremy Nelson
Metadata and Systems Librarian at Colorado College

Jeremy Nelson is the Metadata and Systems Librarian at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to becoming a librarian, he worked as a project manager and software developer at four software companies from 1996 to 2003 in a wide range of industries. He graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2003 with a MS in Library and Information Science. Past library positions include Web Services Librarian at University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah and Electronic Resources/Government Information Librarian at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. 

His research is focused on developing an open-source Catalog Pull Platform for creating memory institution library systems  using a linked data approach that leverages established vocabularies like MARC21, MODS, and along with emerging standards such as BIBFRAME. A minimum viable product (MVP) example of Colorado College's catalog is available at His research is recognized by the Library of Congress and he has presented at numerous regional and national conferences. Nelson is currently writing Becoming a Lean Library, a book under contract with Chandos Publishing, on applying lean startup and lean manufacturing principles in libraries with a planned publication date in the 2Q of 2015.


Steven Nielsen
Vice President-Strategic Accounts

Steven Nielsen, VP of Strategic Accounts with Innovative Interfaces, brings more than 25 years of experience in designing, marketing, and selling library technology systems and services. He also has served as a library director and authored numerous articles and a book on library technology.
"Steve has a range of experience in the library community and depth of expertise in library technology that few can match," said Chris Le Blanc, Innovative's Senior Vice President of Global Sales. "We're tremendously excited that he's chosen to come to Innovative to help establish the Sierra Library Services Platform as the next-generation system of choice for libraries around the world."

"Innovative has a global presence and commitment to growth that is unmatched in the library technology industry today," said Nielsen. "There's a tremendous buzz about III in the library community and I'm very excited to be joining the Innovative team at a time when Sierra is emerging as the industry leader and the company is evolving and growing so rapidly."

Steve, who holds a Masters of Library Science and Information Technology from University of Wisconsin, served as Library Director at Bettendorf Public Library in Bettendorf, Iowa from 2008 to 2011. He also holds a Masters of Public Administration and B.S. in Accounting from Utah State University.


Ido Peled
Director of Solutions Architecture, Ex Libris Group

Ido Peled is the Director of Solution Architecture overseeing the presales activities in North America, including product presentations, demonstrations, webinars and more. Ido joined Ex Libris in 2007 as part of the development team in the company headquarters in Jerusalem. Prior to his current position, Ido was the product manager for Rosetta, a digital presentation solution and Primo, the company’s discovery and delivery solution.  He also has extensive experience with Ex Libris’ next generation library services solution, Alma.  Ido graduated from Tel Aviv University with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and media.  He currently resides in Boston, MA. 

Bar Veinstein
Corporate VP, Resource Management Solutions

Bar Veinstein joined Ex Libris Group in 2010 as Corporate VP, Resource Management Solutions. Following a 20-year career in marketing, product management and software research and development, He now leads the Resource Management business unit and is responsible for all the management solutions at Ex Libris including: Aleph, Voyager, Rosetta and the next generation library services platform, Alma. 

Before joining Ex Libris, Mr. Veinstein held a number of leadership roles at NICE Systems (a leading CRM software company) and  served in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), leading various software development projects. He holds a BS in Computer Sciences & Economics and an MBA in Marketing & Information Systems, both from Tel-Aviv University.