Mr. Yan Han is a librarian faculty at the University of Arizona (UA) Libraries. He has dual masters degrees in Computer Science and Information Science. He is a recognized subject expert in digitization, digital preservation, metadata, and cloud computing. Han has been co-project investigators and technical directors for multiple grants of $800,000, including preserving and creating access to unique Afghanistan literature (a collaboration project between UA and Afghanistan Center at Kabul University), digitization of Arizona state and local literature, digitization of multiple open access journals including Radiocarbon, and Rangelands, and Electronic Theses and Dissertation.
His contributions include building the world’s largest Afghanistan digital collections, the UA’s Electronic Theses and Dissertation (ETD) collection and multiple open access journals. He was invited to evaluate the GPO’s digitization project while he was working at the International Standard Organization (ISO) 26324 – DOI. Mr. Han is an expert in ISO/TC 171/SC2 focusing on PDF (ISO 32000), PDF/A (ISO 19005) and PDF/UA, and an expert in ISO/TC 130 focusing on XMP (ISO 16684). He is also a member of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ANSI which represents the U.S. to develop and vote U.S. positions on international standards for ISO/TC 130 and ISO/TC 171.
Mr. Han is one of the top cited authors in library field with over a dozen peer-reviewed articles and chapters. His graduate students have secured faculty and IT positions at universities, Library of Congress and top-tier IT companies including Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.
In 2007, he was selected by the American Library Association (ALA) as a national emerging leader, and he received the University of Arizona USS Arizona Bell for Outstanding Achievements Award in 2009. Also, he was selected for the International Federation of Library Association and Institutions (IFLA) National Committee Fellowship in 2016.