John Van Oudenaren

Director, Scholarly and Educational Programs, The Library of Congress, and Acting Director, World Digital Library

John Van Oudenaren is director of Scholarly and Educational Programs in the service unit for National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress. He is also acting director of the World Digital Library (, a project that he has led since its inception in 2006. The WDL is a Library of Congress-led project that brings together rare cultural heritage documents from leading libraries and archives around the world. Previously he served as chief of the European Division at the Library of Congress.In that capacity, he led the Meeting of Frontiers project, a Congressionally-funded digital library that brings together rare books, maps, manuscripts, and photographs about Alaska, Siberia, and the North Pacific from more than forty libraries and archives in the United States, Russia, Canada, and Germany. Prior to joining the Library in 1996, Dr. Van Oudenaren was a senior researcher at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and director of RAND's European office in Delft, the Netherlands. He received his Ph. D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his A. B. in Germanic Languages and Literature from Princeton University.