James A. Jacobs
Jim Jacobs (James A. Jacobs) is Data Services Librarian Emeritus, University of California San Diego. He is one of the co-creators of FreeGovInfo.info. Jim is a librarian, teacher, trainer, researcher, writer, and consultant. He specializes in government information, providing data services in libraries, OAIS, TRAC, and digital library certification. Jim received his Bachelors degree from Oberlin College and his MSLS from University of Southern California.
Jim served as data services librarian at the University of California San Diego for more than 20 years. In other libraries, he has worked as state government publications librarian, Librarian for Instruction and International Documents, and Documents Librarian. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Public Data Users and the Administrative Committee of the International Association for Social Science Services and Technology. Since 1990, he has co-taught the ICPSR summer workshop, "Providing Social Science Data Services: Strategies for Design and Operation." He is a technical consultant to the Center for Research Libraries on matters dealing with long-lived repositories and the certification of digital archives.
Some of Jim's publications include Preserving research data by James A. Jacobs and Charles Humphrey. Communications of the ACM. Volume 47, Number 9 (2004); Government Information in the Digital Age: The Once and Future Federal Depository Library Program by James A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, and Shinjoung Yeo, Journal of Academic Librarianship, May 2005; Government Information in the Digital Era: Free Culture or Controlled Substance? by Karrie Peterson and James A. Jacobs, Symposium on Free Culture and the Digital Library 2005, Emory University, October 2005; Government Documents at the Crossroads, Karrie Peterson, Elizabeth Cowell, and Jim Jacobs. American Libraries 32(8) (September 2001): 52-55; and "The Technical is Political," Jim Jacobs, Karrie Peterson, Of Significance..., 3(1) 2001, p.25-35, Association of Public Data Users.
Jim can be reached at jajacobs at ucsd.edu