Günter Waibel was a Program Officer for OCLC Research from January 2003 through October 2010. He focused on sharing, aggregating and disseminating cultural materials in a networked environment, particularly from a museum and art library perspective. Further areas of interest were the intersection of libraries, archives and museums, and the necessity for more collaborative approaches within and among different communities. Past projects include the Museum Data Exchange (funded by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation), which created tools and models behaviors for data sharing in the museum community; he also initiated the Single Search for Library, Archive & Museum Collections working group.
Günter authored and co-authored the following OCLC Research reports:
- “Collaboration Contexts: Framing Local, Group and Global Solutions” (2010)
- “Museum Data Exchange: Learning How to Share” (2010)
- “Catalyzing Collaboration: Seven New York City Libraries” (2009)
- “An Art Resource in New York: The Collective Collection of the NYARC Art Museum Libraries” (2008)
- “Beyond the Silos of the LAMs: Collaboration Among Libraries, Archives and Museums” (2008)
Günter blogged at hangingtogether.org, and still tweets as GuWa. He is a past board member of the Museum Computer Network (MCN) (2003-2009) and the Association of American Museum’s (AAM) Media & Technology Committee (2004-2007). He has taught as adjunct faculty in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, New York (2004-2008), and currently teaches for the School of Library and Information Science at Catholic University of America, Washington DC.
Günter joined RLG at the beginning of 2003. In July 2006, he transitioned to OCLC Research following the combination of OCLC and RLG. Previously, he was Digital Media Developer at the UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, where he worked closely with the California Digital Library (CDL) and the project Museums and the Online Archive of California (MOAC). He was also Webmaster for the Oakland Museum of California. He started as Director, Digitization Program Office, at the Smithsonian Institution in December 2010.