About Karen Coyle

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Brief Bio

Karen Coyle is a librarian with over thirty years of experience with library technology. She now consults in a variety of areas relating to digital libraries. Karen has published dozens of articles and reports, most available on her web site, kcoyle.net. She has served on standards committees including the MARC standards group (MARBI), NISO committee AX for the OpenURL standard, and was an ALA representative to the e-book standards development that led to the ePub standard. She follows, writes, and speaks on a wide range policy areas, including intellectual property, privacy, and public access to information. As a consultant she works primarily on metadata development and technology planning. She is currently investigating the possibilities offered by the semantic web and linked data technology.

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Consulting and Speaking

I consult in a number of areas, among which are:

Some of the organizations I have consulted for are: NISO, Library of Congress, British Library, Internet Archive, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative

I am a frequent speaker and keynoter at conferences and meetings. Some recent presentations and webcasts are available.


I am flexible in terms of consulting and speaking fees based on the abilities of the organization and my personal interest in the project. I estimate my consulting fees using the easy figure of $100/hour. Speaking fees vary by the time required for preparation and travel. My preferred fee for out of town speaking engagements is $1500 plus (modest) travel expenses. Do not be hesitant to contact me with a counter proposal that is better suited to your budget.

Contact Information

Phone: 510-540-7596
Email: kcoyle@kcoyle.net
Web: http://www.kcoyle.net

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