ERICH J. KESSE
Erich J. Kesse currently serves as the Director of the Digital Library Center, at the University of Florida, a position he has held since July 1999. Previously, from May 1987, Mr. Kesse served as the Libraries' Preservation Officer.
Mr. Kesse was a founding member of the State University System's Digitization Services Planning Committee and twice has served as the Committee's Chair. Throughout his career, he has been the principle investigator of several preservation and digitization grants including, most recently, a digitization and intellectual control project, the Caribbean Newspaper Imaging Project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He serves as a consultant to a Leadership Award project, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, in the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a member of the American Library Association, he has held numerous committee assignments and chairs.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH), with concentration on contemporary American poetry and "Process" Philosophy. And, his Master of Science in Library Science degree is from the University of Kentucky, where he specialized in Manuscript and Rare Book Cataloging. In addition, he holds a certificate of advanced study in Preservation Administration from Columbia University in the City of New York. His publications have been in creative literature, book arts and, professionally, in preservation and digitization.