Greetings, Zotero user community!  My name is Debbie Maron, and I’m the new Community Lead. My job is to serve as the principal point of contact for Zotero outreach, including technical support, advocacy, and strategic partnerships.

I’ll tell you a bit about me before diving into what I hope to accomplish here at Zotero. I graduated from Rutgers with an English degree in 2006 and immediately launched into “what the heck do I do now?” mode. Thinking it may be a good idea to beef up my web skills, I earned a Masters degree within an emerging, interdisciplinary field called Digital Culture and Technology (a sister field of Digital Humanities) from King’s College London. I then attended the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois and most recently worked at the Dumbarton Oaks archive in Washington, DC. In terms of hobbies, I enjoy listening to music, watching foreign films, and photography. Other miscellaneous and relatively nerdier pastimes include researching royal family trees and rattling off facts about Amish life.

I am delighted and honored to be joining the Zotero team. I rely heavily on Zotero for my own research, but am also interested in how other folks (specifically you guys) use the Internet and learn web-based tools; that is, my focus is to enhance the Zotero user experience. Even though Zotero already does a lot, the possibilities are endless in terms of what it could do for people in every field. I have my own ideas about where Zotero can go, but the best suggestions come from you, the users. From data mining plug-ins or touch-ups to the interface to video tutorials, please don’t hesitate to let me know what you’d like to see!

Thank you for reading. I’m excited to work with you in continuing to make Zotero an awesome, collaborative, research-enhancing tool.