Beth Sandore is Associate University Librarian for Information Technology, Policy, and Plan-
ning and Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-
Champaign. Her professional experience and research focus on the development and evaluation
of systems for cultural heritage information in libraries, museums, and archives, as well as the
underlying standards that enable the sharing of that information. Her work has been supported
by a number of organizations including the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS),
the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the National Center for Supercom-
puting Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois.
Thomas Stäcker studied philosophy, Latin language and literature, and German literature at
University of Braunschweig, University of Essex, England, and University of Osnabrück. He
earned a Ph.D. in philosophy with a dissertation on The Function of Theurgy in the Work of
Iamblichus. He received his library education at the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB),Wolfen-
büttel, and in Köln. In 1997 he was chief librarian at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek, Emden.
Since 1998 he is head of the department of rare books and digitization at the HAB,Wolfenbüt-
tel. He has various publications in the field of the humanities and on library-related topics, espe-
cially digitization and the indexing of rare books.
Mara R. Wade
Received the Ph.D. from the University of Michigan,Ann Arbor, and studied also at the Uni-
versity of Freiburg and the Freie Universität, Berlin. Her research has been supported by the
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright, the American Philosophical Society, the
National Endowment for the Humanities, DAAD, and the American Scandinavian Foundation.
Her research focuses on emblem literature and digitization, Renaissance court festivals, and early
modern German women writers. She is co-editor with Gerhard Strasser of Die Domänen des
Emblems:Außerliterarische Anwendungen der Emblematik (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2004).
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