Jeffery A. Alpi

Jeff Alpi

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About Me

Current Job

I am currently working at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Web Application Analyst. In this position, I assist researchers with web related needs for their grant projects as well as develop web applications for the facility as a whole. We primarily use Drupal 6 & 7 and previously had used Cold Fusion and MySQL for the dynamic web sites.

Additional Work Information

I develop and maintain the website for the National Catholic Forensics League. I just finished redeveloping a responsive design site in Drupal 7.

The National Catholic Forensics League mission is to promote curricular and co-curricular speech and debate activities in Catholic, private, and public secondary schools throughout the nation.

Previous Work Experience

I was the Director of Information Services at Loyola School. Since starting at Loyola in August 1998 my main responsibility has been to oversee the school’s technology infrastructure and develop plans to integrate technology into the curriculum.

I was also adjunct faculty at Baruch College of the City University of New York. I am doing a project that involves taking print versions of their Undergraduate Honors Theses and converting them to web documents. The process involves scanning, OCRing, corrected the OCR and finally HTML markup. The finished theses are online.

In April 2001, I was selected as Membership Coordinator for the board of the Hudson Valley Library Association. HVLA is the library assocation serving independent school librarians in the the New York City, Long Island, Westchester and nearby New Jersey and Connecticut communities.

I was the technical applications manager for the Middle Atlantic Regional Medical Library at the New York Academy of Medicine. This office is one of eight regional offices across the country that comprise the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM). The purpose NN/LM is to provide health science professionals in the United States with timely, convenient access to biomedical and health care information resources.

My primary responsibilities were the upkeep of the region’s Electronic Payment System and the maintenance of their website. EPS was a web accessible Oracle database designed to track interlibrary loan transactions for member libraries. In April 1998 EPS was merged with the New England Region’s Electronic Funds Transfer System.

From 1996 until November 1999, I developed and maintained the website for The American Geriatrics Society.

The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all older adults. With an active membership of over 6,000 health care professionals, the AGS has a long history of effecting change in the provision of health care for older adults. In the last decade, the Society has become a pivotal force in shaping attitudes, policies and practices regarding health care for older people. For three years, I maintained a partnership with the AGS and we helped update and improve their web site.

Education

I graduated with a Masters of Science in Library Science from the School of Library and Information Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1997. SILS was recently ranked the number one Library School in the country by US News and World Report

My goals are to combine traditional information resources and information technology to enhance a library’s service to its patrons. The Internet has the ability to allow people to receive timely up to date information quickly and cheaply. Libraries should play a role in providing and organizing that information.

I’ve done some research into in the potential of many Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) Tools. I’m especially interested in whether these tools can be used to do work over distances effectively. I’m also interested in communication patterns among project team members. My thesis at UNC, entitled Communication in Project Teams, studied two project teams and explored the team members interactions, information exchange, the projects’ outcomes, and overall team effectiveness.

The class that stimulated my interest in CSCW tools was Collaboration in the Era of High Tech. This class was taught in conjunction with the School of Information Studies at the University of Oulu-Finland. The two classes met together on several occasions using such CSCW tools as the Internet’s multicast backbone and Microsoft’s NetMeeting. The major task was that one Chapel Hill student had to write a paper with one Oulu student using CSCW tools. The pairs had to overcome the physical distance and put a research paper together. The paper that my team wrote was incorporated into our professors’ article, which was presented at the Bringing Information Technology to Education International Conference in March 1998.

Prior to North Carolina, I was at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, where I received a BA in history.

Presentations

Alpi. Jeffery, Sam, Ann, Ross, Andrea. Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules: Collaboration with IT Services. FPG Brownbag, Carrboro, NC, January 11, 2016.

Alpi, Jeffery, Sam, Ann. Learn with AFIRM. UNC Cause 2015: Winston-Salem, NC, October 14, 2015.

Alpi. Jeffery, Garcia, John. Using Helix Media Server. UNC Cause 2014: Charlotte, NC, October 2014.

Publications

Alpi, Kristine M. & Jeffery A. Alpi. (2004) [Review] Teaching Technology: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians in Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, 2004, 1(1): 120-1.

Alpi, Jeffery. (2001). “Merging the library and information technology departments: A report from the field.” Independent School. Summer 2001: pg 57-59.

Sonnenwald, D.H., & Iivonen, M., Alpi, J., & Kokkinen, H. (1999). Collaborative learning using collaboration technology: Report from the field. In: A. Eurelings (Ed.), Integrating Information and Communications Technology in Higher Education. Amsterdam: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Alpi, Jeffery. (1998). Web-Based interactivity. Middle Atlantic Perspective Newsletter of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region, July/August 1998

Sonnenwald, D.H, Iivonen, M. Alpi, J., & Kokkinen, H. (1998). Collaborative learning using collaborative technology: report from the field. Bringing Information Technology to Education Conference Proceedings, March 25-27, 1998, p. 238-254.

Alpi, Jeffery & Mylenki, Mary (1998). Electronic Payment System assessment results. Middle Atlantic Perspective Newsletter of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Middle Atlantic Region, January/February 1998

Alpi, Jeffery. (1997). Communication roles in project teams. Unpublished Masters Paper submitted to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the degree of Masters of Science in Library Science. Available as 93.7 KB PDF File.

Professional Affiliations

American Society for Information Science & Technology

American Library Association

Hudson Valley Library Association