Open Window - Fall 1997
THE "WEB" GURU
By Judy Craig
The Department's Online Library consistently wins awards as one of the best education resources on the Internet and as one of the finest federal agency Web sites. The site's reputation is the result of Keith Stubbs' direct work and supervision.
In the Beginning
Keith Stubbs joined the Department in 1976 as trainee computer programmer. He then served ten years as computer specialist developing administrative support and management information systems. During this time, he designed and developed a correspondence control system that was adopted by eight other federal agencies. Keith was consistently an early adopter of new technologies, including database management systems, minicomputers, and PCS.
The Move to OERI
In 1986, he moved to the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), to work on electronic dissemination projects. There he was senior systems analyst for 3 years and branch chief and division director for 7 years. In 1990, Keith received a Special Act award for designing and developing Edsearch: Education Statistics on Disk, innovative software which provides convenient access to thousands of statistical tables and charts from flagship NCES publications, employing advanced information retrieval, compression, and user interface techniques. 1990 was a busy year for Keith, during which he also launched a project to use electronic networking to promote information sharing among education R&D centers, regional labs, and ERIC clearing- houses. He decided to base the system on an obscure research network called the Internet.
Keith established the Department's first public presence on the Internet beginning with the ERIC Digest database in 1992 and continuing with the Gopher in October 1993. His pace of hard work continued with the Department's presence on the World Wide Web in March 1994. For most of our readers, the rest is history. In 1995, with the creation of the National Library of Education, he became Director of Resource Sharing and Cooperation Division. In September of that year, he led the award-winning redesign of the ED Web site. His redesigned site has consistently been rated as one of the top federal and educational sites which has now expanded to include all Department offices and growth of the online library to more than 20,000 files. These files are accessed each month by more than 300,000 computers from all states and sectors of the U.S. and over 100 countries.
And the Beat Goes On
In 1996, Keith wrote the U.S. Department of Education World Wide Web Server Standards and Guidelines. This document was one of the first federal policy documents on WWW use. The document rapidly formed the basis for Federal Web Consortium guidelines. It was adopted/adapted s web sites, including federal, state, universities, libraries, international, and, digital library project sites. It has also been used as college text.
Keith's dedication to excellence has continued as the designer and manager of one of the first OMB-approved Internet Customer Surveys (October 1996--January 1997) which over 1,500+ responses indicated a high degree of satisfaction with ED Internet Services.
Keith continues to represent ED on the Federal Web Consortium, a group of 16 federal agencies recognized by Vice President Gore, formed to inform, advance, and coordinates federal use of web technologies. He also serves as Co-chair of the Department's Internet Working Group and directs several cross-site indexing, cataloging, and searching projects to help people find the information they seek among the exploding volume of education material scattered across thousands of Internet sites.
In his spare time, (when???), Keith is a frequent presenter and panelist at numerous technology conferences.He lives in Great Falls with his wife, Molly, and three horses, a pony, four cats, and a dwarf rabbit. Keith quickly tells you all the animals belong to Molly. When asks about his hobbies, it's no surprise he replies, "catching up on e-mail, camping (where there's no e-mail), and listening to a wide range of music from Bartok to zydeco."
Having been born in Washington, DC, educated in D.C. public schools, and at Brown University, it's an understatement to say that Keith Stubbs has given this area and the world an enormous amount of his time and effort. The National Library of Education is grateful.
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