(574) 631-1086


Co-Program Director, Digital Initiatives and Scholarship
Head, Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions
(574) 631-1086 | | 404 Hesburgh Library

As the Co-Program Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarship, Rick Johnson directs the design and development of the Libraries' data curation and digital library solutions for research, teaching, and learning. These include CurateND, the library’s service to curate, preserve, and spotlight collections and research at Notre Dame. Rick also provides oversight of data management planning services within the libraries, and supports activities in the Center for Digital Scholarship.

Focus areas include:

  • Coordinate with faculty, students, and researchers to determine best solutions to preserve, manage, curate, present, and share digital content, data, and other resources used in research, teaching, and learning.
  • Define long-term strategic objectives to meet stakeholder needs and emerging trends.
  • Direct and coordinate planning around areas such as data integrity, disaster recovery, retention policies, and data management policies.
  • Work closely with the other Co-Director of the Digital Initiatives and Scholarship Program in support of Digital Projects and services related to the Center for Digital Scholarship.

With over 15 years experience, Rick has worked in software development, testing, sales, and management. As a graduate of the University of Notre Dame in 1999, Rick is also double domer with bachelor’s degrees in Japanese and Computer Science.

In his spare time, Rick enjoys distance running and traveling.


Digital Library Infrastructure Lead
(574) 631-1566 | | 208 Hesburgh Library

Don Brower is the Infrastructure lead for the digital library. He deals with digital preservation and storage. He also works on digital projects involving data analysis and digital humanities. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Notre Dame.

His responsibilities include

  • Lead design and development of digital library infrastructure services for library collections and research data.
  • Lead strategic planning surrounding disaster recovery, infrastructure integrity, data integrity, retention policies, data management policies, software development process standards, and other related policies for campus research data and library collections.

Digital Library Technology Unit Manager
(574) 631-8569 | | 208 Hesburgh Library

Jeremy is responsible for the life cycle of Digital Library applications, with an eye towards flexibility and maintainability. He is the Hesburgh Libraries primary technical contact for cross-institutional open source digital repository collaboration.

At the intersection of these responsibilities is CurateND.
Jeremy is working on CurateND to deliver a Digital Repository solution for the University of Notre Dame, but also focusing on how other institutions may use the underlying software:

  • To leverage what we are doing
  • To build upon what we are doing
  • To give back to what we are doing

Jeremy contributes to:


QA Developer Lead
+1 574 631 9605 | | 208 Hesburgh Library

Sr Programmer
574-631-3171 | | 208 Hesburgh Library

LaRita is part of the Digital Library Technologies Unit focused on digital repository services including our Institutional Repository, CurateND, providing content management, access controls, discovery, security, and digital preservation of campus research data and unique library collections.

Duties include:
- Develop front end applications to enable searching across research data and library collections;
- Orchestrating user and automated workflows
- Develop systems to automate image and other format transmissions
- Develop Data collection Tools
- Develop applications and systems to manage metadata


Digital Library Data Curation
(574) 631-9269 | | | 208 Hesburgh Library

As the Digital Library Data Curation Developer within the Digital Library Technologies Unit, Mark designs and develops digital library frameworks and applications with an emphasis on data curation. Mark works with librarians, campus partners, and researchers to embed research data curation tools and workflows into active research projects for archiving and sharing data in our institutional repository CurateND (, or other relevant community repositories.

Duties include:

  • Design and develop digital library applications supporting digital library and data curation services
  • Provide technical leadership in data architecture and design for digital library data projects
  • With campus partners, develop services and web clients to manage, archive, and share research data
  • Create APIs and processes to integrate other campus systems with CurateND from groups like Engineering Science and Computing, Center for Research Computing, and Digital Production.
  • Work with librarians and campus partners through our Center for Digital Scholarship to develop data models and tools to tag and describe data and collections with domain specific ontologies