Jerry V. Caswell

Jerry V. Caswell

Mailing Address:

Rod Library
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Position: Head of Library Information Technologies
Office Location: LIB 239
Telephone: (319) 273-7059


  • Administer the staff and programs of the Library Information Technologies Department.
  • Facilitate increased integration of electronic resources through gateways, interface development, metasearching, and context sensitive reference linking.
  • Plan new and/or enhanced uses of technology consistent with university objectives and industry standards.
  • Administer Millennium library management system, Xerxes user interface, MetaLib, SFX, ContentDM, Drupal, Apache, and database servers.
  • Administer local area network and desktop applications for more than two hundred and fifty PCs and thirty laptops.
  • Administer cable plant and connections to the Internet.

Research Interests:

Resource integration via gateways, user interface integration, research databases.


Ph.D., Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985

M.A., Library Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1972

M.A., American History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968

B.A., English and Classical Literature, Brandeis University, 1963


"Improving the Search Experience: Federated Search and the Library Gateway," Library Hi Tech 28, no. 3 (2010): 391-401. (With John Wynstra.)    DOI

"Developing the Right RFP for Selecting Your Federated Search Product: Lessons Learned and Tips from Recent Experience," Internet Reference Services Quarterly 12, no. 1/2 (2007): 49- 71. (With John Wynstra.)    DOI

"Leveraging Resources in a Library Gateway," Library Hi Tech 24, no. 1 (2006): 142-152.    DOI

"A Conceptual Framework for Gateways," Information Technology and Libraries 23, no. 2 (June 2004): 73-81.

"Building an Integrated User Interface to Electronic Resources," Information Technology and Libraries 16, no. 2 (June 1997): 63-72. (1997)

"Importance and Use of Holdings Links Between Citation Databases and Online Catalogs," Journal of Academic Librarianship 21, no. 2 (March 1995): 92-96. (With Kathy Parsons, Fred Gulden, William Wiese, and Dennis Wendell.)    DOI

"Performance Evaluation of Computerized Library Systems." In Advances in Library Automation and Networking, edited by Joe A. Hewitt, vol. 2, 95-118. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1988.    Print holdings

"Factors Governing the Amount of Duplication in Content Derived Keys" (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985)    Abstract

"Normalization: A Method for Structured File Design," Information Technology and Libraries 3, no. 3 (September 1984): 293-297.    Abstract

"Comparing Computer Services: Authors’ Reply," BioScience 28, no. 7 (July 1978): 424-425. (With Mary L. Cittadino and Ronald L. Giese.)    DOI

"Three Computer-Based Bibliographic Retrieval Systems for Scientific Literature," BioScience 27, no. 11 (November 1977): 739-742. (With Mary L. Cittadino and Ronald L. Giese.)    DOI

"The Use of the AGRICOLA Data Base in the Modern Land-Grant University Library," Associates NAL Today 2, no. 3/4 (October/December 1977): 27-29.

"'A New Civilization Radically Higher Than the Old:' Adin Ballou's Search for Social Perfection," Journal of the Universalist Historical Society 7 (1967-68): 70-96.

"The Instability of Faith: Adin Ballou's Search for Religious and Social Perfection." (Master's thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1968)


"Optimizing Metadata in Metalib for Quality OpenURLs," (with John Wynstra), a presentation at the ELUNA 2010 Conference, May 13, 2010.

"On-the-fly MetaLib Search Forms - Anywhere, Anytime!," (with John Wynstra), a presentation at the ELUNA 2007 Conference, June 7, 2007.

"Tap the Power of AVS," (with John Wynstra), a presentation at the 12th Innovative Users Group Conference, April 4, 2004. Presentation repeated at the Minnesota Innovative Users Group Spring Conference, May 26, 2004.

"The Migration from CD-ROM to WWW: Public Service Benefits and Challenges," (with Chris Neuhaus), a presentation to the University of Klagenfurt Library staff, May 8, 2001.

"Web-based Databases as Tools for Students, Faculty, and Library Staff," (with Chris Neuhaus), a presentation to the University of Klagenfurt Library staff, May 7, 2001.

"Supporting Information Technology," (with Chris Neuhaus), a presentation to the University of Klagenfurt Library staff, May 3, 2001.

"Issues of Electronic Journals," (with Chris Neuhaus), a two part presentation to the University of Klagenfurt Library staff, May 3 and 7, 2001.

"Leveraging the Online Catalog in the Age of the Web," a presentation at the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference, May 7, 1999.

"Integrating Library Resources through the Web," a presentation at the Iowa Research and Education Network Internet Conference, June 12, 1996.

"Iowa Library Research and Demonstration Projects: Iowa State University Pilot Projects," a presentation at the Iowa Libraries and Information Technology Conference, Ames, October 13, 1993.

Report on ILA/ACRL Working Group and Iowa Research and Education Network activities at the Iowa Library Association (ILA) Fall Meeting, Waterloo, Iowa, October 9, 1992.

"The Internet: What It Means to You," a speech at North Iowa Library Consortium Summer Meeting, Mason City, Iowa, August 12, 1992.

A presentation on the Internet to the Information Technology User’s Group of Central Iowa, Des Moines, February 17, 1992.

"The Internet in the Academic Environment," a talk at the Iowa Internet Task Force Conference, Des Moines, October 15, 1991.