Liz Bishoff is currently the Executive Director of the Collaborative Digitization Program and Project Director of the Colorado Digitization Project. The project, a collaborative among Colorado's libraries, museums, archives and historical societies, is building a virtual collection of Colorado's unique resources and special collections. Initiated in Fall, 1998 the CDP has received funding to develop a statewide collaborative of cultural heritage institutions who want to increase access to their collections, reach new users, and provide new opportunities for education and research using primary source materials. Through IMLS and LSTA funding the project has supported 30 projects and 48 institutions. A total of 50,000 new digital images were created through these projects and made accessible through Heritage-Gateway to Colorado's Digitization Project.
Liz has spoken extensively on collaborative digitization projects and worked with the state libraries of North Carolina, Missouri and California on various aspects of their collaborative digitization initiatives.
Prior to her current position, Liz was Vice President, Member Services at OCLC. Her responsibilities include management of OCLC relationships with external organizations, including the national libraries, professional library-related organizations and government relations, OCLC Users Council, and Library Member Relations.
Previously with OCLC, Liz was Director of the Online Union Catalog Product Management Division, which included strategic product planning and product management for OCLC PRISM Cataloging, Interlibrary Loan, and Union List systems.
Liz has extensive experience in public libraries. She was the principal librarian for Support Services at Pasadena (California) Public Library, with responsibility for management of the technical services, circulation and automated services. Liz has been a public library director, school media specialist, and cataloger in her 30 year library career. She has taught in the graduate library programs at Rosary College and Emporia State University.
Liz is a past-President of the American Library Association, Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. She is currently a member of the ALA Board and ALA Treasure.
Liz holds an MLS from Rosary College, and has post-graduate work in public administration at Roosevelt University.