Cathy Norton

Director, Marine Biological Library / Woods Hole Institute Library

Cathy NortonCathy Norton has served as the Director of the Marine Biological Library / Woods Hole Institute Library since 1994.

Her research interests include building communities with similar interests in information retrieval and public access to that information.

Since the late eighties she has been involved in building the network infrastructure for the laboratory and the electronic library that serves affiliates world wide- via high- speed networks. She has served as PI on an HHMI grant for building a virtual library; Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant for building taxonomic information services, tools and communities; NIH contract for outreach in Medical Informatics; NOAA and USGS contracts for library services and a SeaGrant for digitizing the Woods Hole herbarium collection.

In education, she has developed a paperless course in Medical Informatics that delivers the resources and lectures on-line for the students. Students take notes in Power point presentations given by the lecturers and at the end of the course the entire lecture series, with their own personal notes, are sent electronically to their home institutions.

Currently she is serving a second term as the President of the Boston Library Consortium and now on the executive committee of NELINET. In 2001 she helped form a new consortium of Research Libraries and Museums (BISC) with Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, New York Botanical Gardens, American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbors Laboratory, Rockefeller University and the MBL/WHOI Library.

She has hosted, lectured and organized meetings for the NERCOMP Computer Groups and the International Association for Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers. The digital library initiatives have focused her interests into modernizing the literature using taxonomic name servers and building communities of stakeholders.