Jason Ronallo



Interim Head, Digital Library Initiatives at North Carolina State University Libraries July 2014–Present

Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives at North Carolina State University Libraries February 2012–July 2014

Implemented use of HTML5 video and audio including access derivative processing, server setup, captioning with WebVTT, video sitemaps, video engagement analytics tracking. Developed video oral history projects. Created engaging and interactive exhibits for the Hunt video walls. Responsive design. Implemented bento box-style interface for searching across all special collections sites. Further improvements to the discoverability of digital special collections on the open Web. Supported My #HuntLibrary development and extracted the code for reuse into a Ruby gem. Oversaw work of two librarians supporting digital scholarship and visualization spaces. Supervised developer working on migration to ArchivesSpace and development of a next-generation collection guide application. Oversaw maintenance and development of the repository and ETDs. Administered servers (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). Continued to support growing portfolio of digital special collections applications. Consulted on grant funded large-scale digitization project.

Digital Collections Technology Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries December 2008–February 2012

Planned and developed software systems for access and discovery of digital special collections. Developed award winning collection guides interface and tools around EAD XML. Improved metadata workflows including automated processes, stub records created from collection guide metadata, and batch updating. Focused on improving the discoverability of resources on the open Web. Early adopter and promoter in libraries of the use of Schema.org and embedded semantic markup. Migrated legacy systems to new software with improved interfaces and functionality. Oversaw the work of a Fellow working with born digital collections.

Electronic Resources Technician at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis March 2008–December 2008

Electronic resources knowledgebase management.

Library Clerk at Margaret Ridgely Memorial Library, Christ Church Cathedral October 2006–December 2008

Oversaw all aspects of this historic library. Maintenance and operation of Koha ILS. Copy cataloged 2000+ monographs using custom Ruby script.

Internship: Umlaut OpenURL link resolver with Johns Hopkins University May 2008–August 2008

Wrote service adaptors to find appropriate fulltext versions through the Internet Archive and Google Book Search.

Senior Serials Specialist at Ruth Lilly Law Library, IU School of Law January 2006–March 2008

Check-in and claims of loose-leaf services, pocket parts, replacement volumes, and law reviews.

Serials and Electronic Resources Supervisor at Temple University Libraries July 2005–December 2005

Managed serials and bindery unit staff. Assisted Electronic Resource Librarian with all aspects of electronic resource management including invoicing and budget reconciliation.

Bibliographic Assistant, Biology Library at Temple University Libraries June 2000–July 2005

Managed day-to-day operations of departmental library including reference, reserves, document delivery, and student worker management.


Indiana University, School of Library and Information Science MLS, Library Science, 2008

New York University English, 1996–1998

University of Pittsburgh BA, English, 1996


WebSockets for Real-Time and Interactive Interfaces, Code4Lib Conference 2014, Raleigh, NC, March 25, 2014.

Embedded Semantic Markup, schema.org, the Common Crawl, and Web Data Commons: What Big Web Data Means for Libraries and Archives, 2013 Digital Library Federation Forum, Austin, TX, November 4, 2013.

Embedded Semantic Markup, schema.org, the Common Crawl, and Web Data Commons: What Big Web Data Means for Libraries and Archives, Triangle Research Libraries Network Annual Meeting 2013, Chapel Hill, NC, July 22, 2013.

Wrote and facilitated a Schema.org workshop, LibDevConX^4, Stanford University, March 24, 2013.

HTML5 Video Now!, Code4Lib Conference 2013, Chicago, IL, February 13, 2013.

Organizer and lead teacher of the 1st “Code4Lib RailsBridge Workshop.” Code4Lib Conference 2013, Chicago, IL, February 11, 2013.

The Potential for Libraries of Embedded Semantic Markup and Schema.org, Kunnskapsorganisasjonsdagene 2013 (Knowledge Organization Week), Olso, Norway, February 8, 2013. (invited)

HTML5 Microdata and Schema.org, Code4Lib Conference 2012, Seattle, WA, February 7, 2012.

Presented “Microservices.” Lightning talk and panel with Jill Sexton, Paolo Mangiafico, Jenn Riley, Brian Dietz, Seth Shaw, Erin O'Meara and Markus Wust. Breakout Session: “Save Our Bits: Approaches to Digital Preservation at TRLN Libraries”. TRLN Annual Meeting 2011. Chapel Hill, NC. July 25, 2011.

Prepared with Tito Sierra. “Collection Achievements and Profiles System.” DPLA Plenary Meeting, Washington, DC, October 21, 2011.

Automating a Digital Special Collections Workflow Through Iterative Development, ACRL 2011, Philadelphia, PA, March 31, 2011.

Put it to Use: Repurposing Archival Description for Digitization with Brian Dietz, Librarians Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH) Annual Meeting 2011: Staying Vital in a Time of Change, Chapel Hill, NC, March 7, 2011.

Historical State: Discovering NC State History with Brian Dietz, Adam Berenbak, Todd Kosmerick, Cate Putirskis, and Jason Ronallo, Creating a User-Centered Library, Librarians Association of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Annual Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC, March 8, 2010.


Websockets For Real-time And Interactive Interfaces, ACRL TechConnect, 2014-06-17

HTML5 Microdata and Schema.org, Code4Lib Journal, 2012-02-03

Automating a Digital Special Collections Workflow Through Iterative Development with Brian Dietz, ACRL 2011

Steady, SAA 2011 Description Expo 2011. Coinciding with the SAA annual meeting in August 2011.

A distributed electronic course reserves project: early findings with Carol Brigham and Gretchen Sneff, The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, 14(2), 2001-06-01

Selected Open Source Software

For more open source projects see my personal GitHub account https://github.com/jronallo and some of the projects at https://github.com/NCSU-Libraries.

Video oral history site packaged as a configurable Ruby gem.

Ruby gem to parse WebVTT files.

MediaElement.js JavaScript plugin for video preview thumbnails

Ruby gem for creating the OpenURLs used by the Djatoka image server.

Rails gem plugin for Blacklight catalog that provides rake task for generating XML sitemaps.

Selected Projects

For a fuller list and more details, please visit: http://ronallo.com/projects

NCSU Libraries Digital Collections: Rare and Unique Materials
Discovery platform of digitized images, texts, video, audio, and archival folders.

Historical State Search
Search across all NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center materials.

Visualization Wall Digital Collections Explorer
Engaging, interactive exhibit for exploring digital collections on a Hunt Library video wall.

Computer Simulation Archives
Video oral history site.

Student Leadership Initiative
Video oral history site.

Converts CSV into EAD XML.


Code4Lib 2014 Host Committee

Code4Lib 2014 Scholarship Committee, Lead


Society of American Archivists 2010 C. F. W. Coker Award for the NCSU Libraries' collection guide application