Bachelor, Northwest Missouri, 1972. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1977. Master of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1980.
Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University, 1987.
Instructor Columbia University, New York City, 1981-1982. Assistant to dean Columbia College, 1982-1985. Assistant director, division humanities, history Columbia Library., 1985-1991.
Director library Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1991-1996. Director American Arts and Letters Network, 1995-1996. Vice-provost Rice University, Houston, 1996—2007.
President Council on Library and Information Resources, since 2007. International research fellow London Guildhall University, since 1995. Board directors Questia Media Inc.
Trustee Digital Library. Foundation, board directors Center Research Libraries. Senior advisor Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany.
Lecturers, symposia peace education United Nations, Peace Education Columbia University. Executive Committee National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Library Association, Association Computers and Humanities (executive county 1994-1996), American Society for Information Science, New York Academy Science, Coalition for Networked Information (project leader since 1991), National Initiative for Humanities and Arts (Executive Committee since 1993), Board of Governors, Texas Digital Library.
Married Nancy C. Todd, October 4, 1986.