Zotero: Open Source Community Development

From December of 2006 to October of 2010 I served as the Community Lead and “Technology Evangelist” for the Center for History and New Media Zotero project. I was responsible for developing, managing, and evaluating our outreach efforts to promote Zotero, an open source research management tool. Accompanying this task, I was responsible for representing the diverse community of users needs in the ongoing and iterative development of the software.

My principle responsibility in this role was encouraging students, teachers, and researchers to adopt Zotero. In this role I designed, organized, evaluated and lead 3 workshops for university and professional librarians on using and implementing Zotero, acted as the primary author of the Zotero blog, wrote a majority of the software documentation, gave presentations at a range of national and international library, education and history conferences, produced screencasts, and served as a sort of ombudsmen for the Zotero user community.

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