David Stern is the Associate Dean for Public Services at Milner Library, Illinois State University. Previously he was the founder and principal of Maximize Information, a firm specializing in advanced information discovery techniques, enhancing organizational communication, collaboration and knowledge management, and leading organizational reviews and project management initiatives to find service quality improvements. He was also the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources at Brown University, the Director of Science Libraries at Yale University and he has also worked as a general librarian, a medical librarian, and a science librarian in centralized and departmental libraries. In addition, he has taught library science graduate courses (University of Illinois and Southern Connecticut State University) and serves as a consultant and advisor to a number of professional societies and commercial publishers and online services. He has degrees in Biological Sciences (University of Connecticut), History & Philosophy of Science (Indiana University), and Library Science (Indiana University). David has served on the Board of Directors (2000-2003), and as the Chair of both the Knowledge Management Division and the Physics-Astronomy-Mathematics Division of the Special Libraries Association.
His resume and publications include over a dozen journal articles, several book chapters, the books How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times: Purposeful Abandonment (Chandos Press, 2003) and Guide to Information Sources in the Physical Sciences (Libraries Unlimited, 2000), and his two edited special issues of Science and Technology Libraries entitled Digital Libraries: Philosophies, technical design considerations, and example scenarios and Competencies for Science Librarians. David served as Editor of the journal Science and Technology Libraries from 2005-2007. He has been a speaker at conferences of ALA, SLA, AAAS, SSP, ASIS, NASIG, Online, InfoToday, Charleston Conference, CESSE, NFAIS, and the Library of Congress.