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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Thursday, April 20


Linking Nevada: Enhancing Local Authority Data to Improve Access to Digital Collections
This session will offer an approachable introduction for metadata managers and digital library content contributors who would like to learn more about: metadata quality issues and metadata reuse, tips for partnering to improve user experience through metadata/data enhancement, and the how-to's of preparing local authority data for linked open data. The session will emphasize taking a collaborative approach and provide practical strategies for building metadata partnerships. The presenters will also share detailed information about a pilot project in Nevada to identify digital collections that had a high probability of potential links in the local agent (people and groups) vocabularies and report on results of the experiment.

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Amy Hunsaker

Digital Initiatives Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno
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Cory Lampert

Head, Digital Collections, UNLV Libraries
Head, Digital Collections, UNLV

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


Partners in History: Chicago State University Archive and International Society of Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry Digital Collaboration
Partners in History will focus on the collaboration between Chicago State University Archives & Special Collections and the International Society of Sons & Daughters of Slave Ancestry (ISDSA) to digitize ISDSA’s photograph collection of approximately 400 images of formerly enslaved African-Americans. Compelling, uplifting, and diverse stories of life in freedom, told from former slaves' point of view, are also featured. The collection preserves slave genealogy and African-American family history as passed on by survivors, serving as a permanent record to inform scholars and family historians in their quest to interpret the slave experience and understand the effects of its aftermath.

Speaking to partnerships between larger institutions and smaller community organizations to better highlight unknown histories, this session will discuss how these digital collaborations can help fill in gaps in historical narratives of underrepresented populations. Additionally, it will address how metadata elements were used to include and highlight data that does not always fit into metadata schemas, such as Dublin Core, and facilitate discovery, accessibility, and participation.

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Patricia Bearden

President, American Family History Institute & International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry
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Raquel Flores-Clemons

University Archivist, Chicago State University
Raquel Flores-Clemons is the University Archivist and Director of Archives, Records Management, and Special Collections at Chicago State University. She is an advocate for equity and access, and is deeply committed to capturing the historical narratives of communities of color.

Gayle Porter

Special Formats Catalog Librarian, Chicago State University

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Video Theater Lower Level


ResourceSync: An overview of capabilities and real-world use cases for discovery, harvesting, and synchronization of resources on the web
In this session we will focus on ResourceSync, a contemporary, standardized, web-based framework to expose all kinds of resources (not just metadata) for a wide variety of use cases. We will briefly outline ResourceSync's capabilities and discuss some of its current use cases. These include resource discovery in IIIF-compliant systems, resource synchronization for Hydra-in-a-box and other repositories, aggregation of scholarly articles into the CORE repository, and the replication of evolving Linked Datasets. The session is aimed at managers, developers, and technologists that are working on digital library or repository projects and are interested in resource discovery, harvesting, and synchronization protocols. Attendees will gain a solid understanding of how ResourceSync can support the interoperability between library systems.

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Gretchen Gueguen

Data Services Coordinator, DPLA
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Martin Klein

Scientist, Research Library, Los Alamos National Laboratory
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Petr Knoth

Research Fellow, The Open University
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Mark Matienzo

Collaboration and Interoperability Architect, Stanford University Libraries
Mark A. Matienzo is the Collaboration & Interoperability Architect in Digital Library Systems and Services at the Stanford University Libraries. Before Stanford, Mark worked as an archivist, technologist, and strategist at institutions including the Digital Public Library of America... Read More →
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Simeon Warner

DIrector of Library Linked Data and Repositories, Cornell University
Director of Repository Development and Services, Cornell University Library

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


SimplyE: Creating a Library-Owned Ebook Solution
With the help of Institute of Museum and Library Services grants, The New York Public Library, DPLA, and public libraries across the United States are re-thinking traditional library policies and building new technology to make the libraries and their digital collections easier to access. Our goal is to break down barriers to library use so that more people take advantage of all the services that the library offers.

Since last DPLAfest, NYPL has launched the SimplyE app and helping public libraries nationwide adopt the tool. The Library Simplified team will give you an update on the progress of their project, as well as a demo of the tool. Libraries implementing the tool will share feedback on their progress and usage.


James English

Project Director SimplyE, New York Public Library
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Luke Swarthout

Director of Policy, Digital, New York Public Library

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
8th Floor Meeting Room 8th Floor


The Impact of Digital Communication on Civic Engagement
Advances in digital communication have changed the ways we receive and share data and information, market our services and products, and how we communicate with stakeholders. This session will examine the ways that digital communication and social media have altered the landscape and grown the impact of our work such as the ability to foster civic engagement. However there are often unintended consequences, especially as it relates to identity and privacy for the communities we serve.


Dan X. O’Neil

Director of Business Strategy and Product Development, Ad Hoc

Harper Reed

Former CTO for Obama For America and Threadless.com, Founder of Modest, Inc.

Angel Ysaguirre

Executive Director of Illinois Humanities

Thursday April 20, 2017 10:45am - 11:45am
Reception Room Lower Level


A Report on the American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Using computational tools and crowdsourcing games to increase metadata and discoverability of digital collections
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting, with generous support from IMLS and in collaboration with Pop Up Archive, has created more than 71,000 transcripts of historic public broadcasting recordings using the open source Kaldi speech-to-text software. During this panel at DPLAfest, we will launch a game called FixIt to crowdsource correction of speech-to-text generated transcripts. Panelists will also discuss potential computational linguistic tools and methodologies to enhance discoverability of digital media collections. The session will demonstrate the results of 1) our work with HiPSTAS at University of Texas-Austin, who have conducted soundwave analysis and pattern recognition on a sampling of content in the archive, 2) the output and of the speech-to-text tools including name, topic and location recognition, as well as the implementation of this data to aid in search and discovery, and 3) methodologies and workflows around crowdsourcing the correction of transcripts.

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Karen Cariani

Senior Director Media Library and Archives, WGBH Educational Foundation
I am passionate about making media archives accessible on-line. This goes hand in hand with digital preservation, metadata processes, and systems to manage both. I seek to use technology as much as possible to help archivists and librarians with their work.

Tanya E. Clement

Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
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Anne Wootton

CEO, Pop Up Archive
Anne Wootton is the co-founder of Pop Up Archive, a platform for making sound searchable. She holds a Master’s in Information Management and Systems from the University of California Berkeley. She is a winner of the 2012 Knight News Challenge: Data and has spoken internationally... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605


EuropeanaTech: Synergizing Europe's cultural heritage digital infrastructure
In just under a decade, Europeana the digital gateway to Europe's cultural heritage has been leading the charge to improve and guarantee open access to high quality cultural heritage for all. Along the way Europeana has had to handle many challenges including poor or non-existent metadata, multilingual access with over 30 languages present, and the transformation from a portal to platform with a keen eye on new audiences. This talk given by EuropeanaTech Community Manager Gregory Markus will present the challenges that Europeana faces and the tireless efforts of EuropeanaTech and the Tech community to ensure universal open access to Europe's digital cultural heritage.


Gregory Markus

EuropeanaTech Community Manager, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


Retweets, Likes and Favorites, Oh My! Public Engagement with Digital Collections on Social Media
In this session, panelists will explore tools, platforms, and strategies for using social media to share digital collections and engage public audiences. Individuals from selected institutions will briefly share their approaches to sharing digital collections content via social media, including factors such as: which platform(s) and tools are used, how featured content is selected, opportunities for cross-institutional collaboration, and how they monitor, engage with, and measure the impact of sharing digital content with public audiences via social media.

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Samantha Gibson

Engagement and Use Coordinator, DPLA
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Rebecca Pou

Archivist, New York Academy of Medicine Library

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Video Theater Lower Level


Tell Us How UC It: Creating a Living Archive to Affect Social Issues in Your Community
Incidents targeting underrepresented students have affected the UC San Diego campus. These recurring events demonstrate the need for conversations about how students experience these issues. To respond, the UC San Diego Library created a “living archive” -- an online collection and digital exhibit with a physical exhibit and accompanying events. It connects the voices of current students with moments in UC San Diego’s history to show how students experience this campus climate. It highlights awareness, provides a space for dialogue, and preserves and documents events in UC San Diego’s past and present.

To develop the living archive, this project required the expertise of and collaboration between multiple people in the library and in the campus community. This presentation will discuss the living archive concept and its application within this project, considerations for creating a living archive and digital exhibit (submission criteria, copyright, metadata, infrastructural and technical challenges), and lessons learned.

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Cristela Garcia-Spitz

Digital Library Development Project Manager, ClimateQUAL Implementation Team Co-Chair, UC San Diego Library

Thursday April 20, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries
This presentation will focus on the results of a recently conducted survey of public libraries about their digitization activities, including their knowledge of and participation in DPLA. The results will be presented by library type from very small to very large. The fascinating results look at the state of digitization in public and state libraries including staffing levels, digitization by type, training, preservation and much more.  

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Emily Gore

Director of Content, Digital Public Library of America
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Kendra Morgan

Senior Program Manager, OCLC
Kendra Morgan is Senior Program Manager overseeing WebJunction's core continuing education services for state and public libraries. She is particularly interested in the role libraries play in supporting lifelong learning in their communities and has managed a number of grant-funded... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605


Curation at DPLA: Goals, Progress, and Plans for 2017-2018
Want to learn more about DPLA's curation projects and how you can get involved? In this session, Franky Abbott, lead on DPLA's curation activities, detail ways that partners and other external curators can collaborate with DPLA in the coming year. She will share DPLA's current strategy for public engagement with partner content and the principles that guide curation at DPLA and give a progress report on DPLA's current projects, Exhibitions and Primary Source Sets. The session will also preview new initiatives, including the creation of an interface for browsing DPLA by topic.

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Franky Abbott

Curation and Education Strategist, DPLA

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Video Theater Lower Level


How to Find More Funding for Your Digital Collection
This session will help expand your view of the possibilities for increased funding and sustainability by providing a demonstration of Foundation Center’s new freely accessible Visualizing Funding for Libraries tool which maps philanthropic and federal funding for libraries and digital collections. You will learn how to search and see funding at the national-, state-, and local-levels and find out how to use network maps and partnership pathways to discover new points of connection.

Data visualizations such as maps, network constellations, and partnership pathways can showcase key networks of funders and recipients as well as individual grants which highlight what services and programs are winning grants. Demographic data can be overlaid to show what types of communities are being served.

In addition to learning about the data tool, you will hear about the best practices for securing more grants for your library and collections.


Amanda Dillon

Foundation Center

Kate Tkacik

FIN Manager, Foundation Center

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


Omeka, Mirador and Viscoll: Developing modular, interoperable tools with IIIF
The Digital Tools for Manuscript Study project aims to build open, modular tool environments to support image-based scholarly research. Our work involves integrating Omeka, an open-source platform for digital exhibits; Mirador, a IIIF-compliant image viewer developed at Stanford; and VisColl, a tool for the visualization of book structure. Our specific objective is to situate these tools within the International Image Interoperability Framework. By making these existing and easy-to-use tools IIIF compliant, we hope to grow IIIF's capacity to share cultural heritage images and expose them to new kinds of inquiry. Our work on this project is guided by our team's broader digital humanities research and development practices. Audience members will learn about the IIIF specification and how it has been integrated into popular research tools using a collaborative and user-centered approach to development and design. Intended for librarians, archivists, developers, and researchers.


Alexandra Bolintineanu

Assistant Professor, Centre for Medieval Studies and Woodsworth College, University of Toronto

Rachel Di Cresce

Project Librarian, University of Toronto

Thursday April 20, 2017 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


Engaging Educators with Digital Collections: Digital Libraries and Resources in the K-12 Classroom
In this session, attendees will learn about the challenges K-12 teachers face when approaching digital collections and resources for use in the classroom, and best practices for supporting educators when incorporating digital collections into lesson plans and units. At Brooklyn Public Library, we have added programming to support teachers in their efforts to remain at the forefront of digital literacy and innovative lesson planning. Projects like our Teacher Lab and educator workshop series provide a space for educators, trainers, and coordinators to share their stories and brainstorm solutions. These teacher trainings and professional development opportunities remain key factors in increasing usage among educators.

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Kalliopi Mathios

School Outreach Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library
Kalliopi Mathios is an Outreach Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, occasional book reviewer, part-time poet, and art lover. She has over 8 years of combined teaching and library experience, and is a DPLA community rep.

Thursday April 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Video Theater Lower Level


The Walking Art Collection: How Tattoos Tell Stories of Identity
One in three Americans have tattoos and Americans spend 1.6 billion on tattoos every year. For many, tattoos are a way to address difficult issues like war, loss, and cancer. The role of libraries and museums is, in part, to build understanding through stories, including the elements we're grappling with such as mortality, illness, and conflict and tattoos have proven to be a great way to broach those topics. Museums like the Field Museum in Chicago and online exhibits like WarInk have tapped into this with extremely successful exhibitions based on the exploration of tattoos and their meaning for individuals and communities. Explore issues of storytelling, appropriation, self expression, copyright, and collection/exhibit development with a diverse panel: a renowned tattoo artist, a curator from the Field museum, and a librarian that co-created WarInk, a digital exhibit that allows veterans to tell their stories through their tattoos.


David Allen

Artist, Allen Tattoo
David Allen is a world renowned tattooer and fledgling painter. It’s never been any particular medium that held David Allen’s attention. He’s moved effortlessly through disciplines, ultimately pursuing the most interpersonal — tattooing — the one-on-one tightrope thrills... Read More →

Chris Brown

Deputy County Librarian, Santa Clara County Library District
In 2014 Chris Brown served as the Project Director for the Contra Costa County Library’s digital exhibit War Ink. The project would be featured in over a hundred and fifty media outlets such as KQED’s Forum, Mashable, and The Washington Post. War Ink would later be awarded a John... Read More →
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Jamie Hollier

Co-CEO and Founder, Anneal, Inc
Jamie Hollier is a product owner, entrepreneur, and consultant who is passionate about technology and how it can be used to create stronger communities and improve operations. She has been honored as a White House “Champion of Change” and has been the lead for award winning projects... Read More →

Alaka Wali

Curator of North American Anthropology, The Field Museum
Alaka Wali is Curator of North American Anthropology at The Field Museum. She received her BA at Harvard University and her PhD at Columbia University. She has conducted research in both Central and South America and in the urban United States on the human-environment interface and... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level
Friday, April 21


Foundations to Actions: Extending Innovations in Digital Libraries in Partnership with NDSR Learners
This presentation highlights an IMLS grant-funded project that pairs five National Digital Stewardship Residents with Mentors in Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) partner institutions across the US. Residents will engage in projects to improve tools, curation, and content stewardship, and work with Mentors to develop methodologies useful for the digital library and biodiversity data communities. In this presentation, Residents will share their project’s goals and activities, and Mentors will discuss how the BHL NDSR program incorporates mentorship, service learning, and supports the future of design and management by training the next generation of digital library professionals.

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Alicia Esquivel

NDSR resident, Chicago Botanic Garden
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Marissa Kings

Imaging Services Manager, UCLA Southern Regional Library Facility
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Pamela McClanahan

NDSR Resident, Smithsonian Libraries
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Katie Mika

NDSR Resident, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
I'm interested in crowdsourcing, biodiversity literature and special collections, and talking about structuring metadata for hidden collections.
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Ariadne Rehbein

NDSR Resident, Missouri Botanical Garden
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Trish Rose-Sandler

Project Manager, Center for Biodiversity Informatics, Missouri Botanical Garden
Digital libraries, linked open data, biodiversity, data standards, VRA Core
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Leora Siegel

Library Director, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden
Library Director, Chicago Botanic Garden's Lenhardt Library | Special Collections | Library exhibitions and public programs | NDSR Mentor, Chicago Botanic Garden | Biodiversity Heritage Library affiliate

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


Metadata: Preventing a Digital Junk Drawer
This session focuses on the challenges of enforcing metadata standards in digital library projects, especially collaborations across a variety of contributors.

Good metadata is essential for the success of any digital project. Bad metadata frustrates backend administrative functions and user experience. Lax enforcement can easily create a “digital junk drawer,” where good content gets lost without quality metadata to organize everything and make it findable. When this happens, a time-consuming but necessary clean-up effort raises new challenges.

The presenters for this session will discuss these issues by drawing from their experiences managing Minnesota Reflections (MR) and the Arizona Memory Project (AMP), two databases of digitized collections contributed by cultural institutions (e.g. museums, libraries, archives, and historical societies) located throughout each respective state.

This session is ideal for anyone who wants to learn:
• Why metadata is so crucial
• How to enforce metadata guidelines
• How to clean up bad metadata

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Greta Bahnemann

Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, Minitex
Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since June 2010. Greta develops and implements metadata standards as well as provides metadata training and instruction. Greta also developed and leads the Minnesota Reflections Primary... Read More →
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Ryan Ehrfurth

Digital Content Coordinator, Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records
I manage the Arizona Memory Project and Arizona Maps Online at the State of Arizona Research Library. History and maps are in my wheelhouse.
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Nicole Umayam

Technology Outreach Specialist, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Archivist & linguist turned librarian. I got in the digital inclusion game as part of NDIA's Digital Inclusion Corps, where I've been involved in projects such as wi-fi hotspot and laptop lending, broadband 101 training for rural tribal libraries, and digital inclusion strategic planning... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Video Theater Lower Level


Partners in econtent discovery: libraries, publishers and vendors (oh my!)
What if the role of the library moved from customer to discovery partner? Readers are faced with an expanding sea of choices from both the self-published and traditional. Join us to discuss how distributors, libraries, and vendors are working together to cultivate dedicated readership and deepen patron engagement. Through a partnership between vendor, publisher/distributer and libraries, the PopupPicks.com collaboration includes curation of indie-focused, quality digital titles delivered directly to the virtual hands of readers in a brand new consumer-friendly way. Authentication occurs through geolocation and eliminates any friction accessing the collection for the reader. The goals are to increase digital discoverability in libraries, drive book sales for publishers and connect readers with a trusted guide from the local library for their next great read. Participants will discuss initial user data patterns, consumer and library reactions and how publishers and libraries can get involved in this groundbreaking approach to library+publisher partnership.

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Mitchell Davis

CEO, BiblioLabs
Mitchell Davis is a publishing and media entrepreneur. He was the founder in 2000 of BookSurge the world’s first integrated global print-on-demand and publishing services company (sold to Amazon.com in 2005 and re-branded as CreateSpace). Since 2008 he has been founder & chief business... Read More →

Lauren Klouda

Independent Publishers Group
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Andrew Medlar

Assistant Chief, Technology, Content & Innovation, Chicago Public Library
Technology, Content & Innovation, Chicago Public Library

Veronda Pitchford

Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, Reaching Across Illinois Library System
Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
8th Floor Meeting Room 8th Floor


Social Justice and Digital Archives in the Volunteer State
This session highlights the best practices, workflows, and lessons learned to achieve successful, grant-funded, collaborative projects aimed at engaging the community with local history and effecting policy change undertaken by three representatives of the Digital Library of Tennessee, the Volunteer State's DPLA service hub. The place-based projects that rely on collaborative community partnerships to address social and economic justice issues through digital libraries include Middle Tennessee State University's (MTSU) Teaching with Primary Sources, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's (UTC) Chattanooga Women's Oral History Project, and Rhodes College's OutMemphis, Neighborhood History, and American Soul Music projects. Session attendees will learn tips to attract administrative support and funding, management strategies, and lessons learned to build their own community collaborations aimed at affecting positive change through the creation of socially-engaged digital repositories.


Suzanne Bonefas

Director Special Projects, Rhodes College
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Kira Duke

Education Specialist, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation
I work primarily with our Teaching with Primary Sources-MTSU program, which is funded through the Library of Congress. This program offers professional development and creates educational resources to promote the use of digital primary sources from the Library of Congress. I have... Read More →
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Jess Newman

Digital Preservation and Scholarship Project Manager, Rhodes College

Carolyn Runyon

Director of Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Assistant Head of Collection Services and Director of Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library

Friday April 21, 2017 9:00am - 10:00am
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


Hydra-in-a-Box Project Update
After nearly 22 months of design and development, the Hydra-in-a-Box project partners -- the Digital Public LIbrary of America, DuraSpace, and Stanford University -- have made demonstrable progress to extend the Hydra project codebase and to develop next-generation repository and metadata aggregation solutions, incorporating the capabilities and affordances to support networked resources and services in a shared, sustainable, nationwide network.

This presentation offers the DPLA community an update on all aspects of the project. We will show: how the input (through user interviews conducted with DPLA community members and others) was incorporated into the process of designing the repository and aggregator products; how the larger repository community has helped to shape and develop the repository software; a demonstration of the repository application called Hyku, including the ease of deploying it to the cloud; a roadmap for application development in the final year of the IMLS-funded effort; and the plans for offering a Hydra-in-a-Box hosted service called HykuDirect. Hyku and the other Hydra-in-a-Box project outcomes allow a greater number of cultural heritage organizations to sustain scalable repositories and provides an easier path to having content aggregated by the Digital Public Library of America and connecting with other networked services.

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Michael Della Bitta

Director of Technology, DPLA
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Gretchen Gueguen

Data Services Coordinator, DPLA
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Heather Greer Klein

Services Coordinator, DuraSpace

Friday April 21, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605


Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Improving the Discovery and Use of Scholarly Ebooks (JSTOR Labs)
Monographs are increasingly making the print-to-digital shift that journals started twenty years ago, but many online platforms for monographs arguably do not take full advantage of the digital environment. In October 2016, JSTOR Labs, an experimental platform development group at JSTOR, convened a group of scholars, librarians, and publishers to unpack the design issues around the presentation of digital monographs. The group proposed a set of principles for reimagining the presentation of monographs in order to improve the user experience and increase the value of ebooks to scholars and students. The proposed talk will introduce these principles, which are outlined in a new white paper (https://labs.jstor.org/download/ReimaginingtheMonographWhitePaper-DRAFT+FOR+COMMENT-2016-12-12.pdf), and will address discovery, evaluation, and interoperability challenges of the current scholarly ebook landscape. The presentation will also include a demonstration of a new, open-source prototype that the JSTOR Labs group has designed: a topic-based navigational aid for monographs called "Topicgraph."

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Alex Humphreys

Director, JSTOR Labs, JSTOR
Alex Humphreys (twitter: @abhumphreys) is Director, JSTOR Labs at ITHAKA. The JSTOR Labs team works with partner publishers, libraries and scholars to create experimental tools for research and teaching. Alex has twenty years of experience creating digital tools, products and businesses... Read More →

Ron Snyder

Technical Lead, JSTOR Labs
Technical Lead, JSTOR Labs

Friday April 21, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


The New Digital Collections of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center: Rediscovering Old Maps through Engagement
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center (LMC) provides stewardship to the Boston Public Library’s collection of 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases ranging in date from 1482 to the present. Central to its mission, the LMC strives to spark curiosity about geography, history, and the world. Their newly launched digital collections harness geospatial developments to engage researchers, educators, and general public library users interested in maps. The digital collection can be searched either textually or spatially using a modern basemap, georeferenced and annotated, and exported for use in more advanced GIS technologies. Educators can create new or adapt existing sets of maps for use in their classrooms, and LMC staff can more easily create online exhibitions. The project utilizes several open-source projects to enhance digital discoverability and use and the resulting code base combining these developments is freely available so that it can be adapted and used further by other organizations.

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Evan Thornberry

Reference and Geospatial Librarian, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

Friday April 21, 2017 10:15am - 11:15am
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


Annotation for Collaborative Engagement: Lessons for Library Publishing and the Classroom
An enduring activity in the print world, annotation has been slow to catch on in a siloed and device-fickle digital environment. However, conversations and communication via annotations can offer improvements in scholarly communication workflows and reader engagement, as well as student learning outcomes. Michigan Publishing worked with Hypothes.is to explore ways annotation could increase post-publication reader engagement; improve pre-publication workflow; and impact classroom learning. Rebecca Welzenbach of the University of Michigan Library will discuss implementation across select books and journals; hosting of a collaborative reading and annotation event during Open Access Week; and community workshops to explore use of annotation in the classroom. Arti Walker-Peddakotla, Product Manager for Hypothes.is, will share numerous classroom annotation experiments that are informing pedagogy and highlighting the value of creating an open, interoperable, and standards-based annotation framework. Attendees with an interest in library publishing and in classroom support will find much of interest.

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Rebecca Welzenbach

Director, Strategic Integration and Partnerships at Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan Library

Friday April 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


Changing course in a technology project: The case of DPLA ingestion
This presentation will explore the process of evaluating, disrupting, and re-envisioning an evolving technology project because sometimes the most promising of ideas encounter real-world limitations. Yet, accepting that radical change is required opens up the possibility of finding new and better approaches to solving our common problems. The DPLA technology team has recently changed course in its project to overhaul our ingestion infrastructure, scaling back our use of LDP/triplestore models and technologies, and embracing those of big data and data science. Our new system is modular and optimized for distributed batch processing. Throughout the process, we engaged with critical questions relevant to anyone doing the difficult work of innovation.

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Audrey Altman

Developer, DPLA
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Michael Della Bitta

Director of Technology, DPLA

Mark Breedlove

Senior Developer, Digital Public Library of America
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Scott Williams

Developer, DPLA
Developer, DPLA

Friday April 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605


Cultural Heritage and Social Change: Libraries Measuring Social Impact
This session will look at the active role that libraries are playing in strengthening communities through digital projects focused on cultural heritage and cultural equity. Not only are libraries increasingly agents of social change in local communities, but they are also using methods to measure social impact in a variety of ways. We'll hear from projects taking place in 1000 public libraries across Colombia through the National Library of Colombia, in Native American libraries across New Mexico, and how several librarians started the Libraries 4 Black Lives project. Additionally, we'll hear how the Public Library Association's Project Outcome is providing free measurement tools to public libraries across North America, and how DPLA is working with Historypin to pilot measurable public library programs in rural US communities.

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Jessica Bratt

Youth Services Librarian, Grand Rapids Public Library

Jennifer Himmelreich

Native American Fellowship Program Specialist, Peabody Essex Museum

Diego Merizalde

Project Director, National Library of Colombia
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Emily Plagman

Project Manager, Project Outcome, Public Library Association
Emily Plagman is the Project Manager for PLA’s performance measurement initiative, Project Outcome, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, overseeing its development and implementation. Prior to joining PLA, Emily worked as a project manager, at the Chicago Metropolitan... Read More →
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Jon Voss

Strategic Partnerships Director, Historypin
Based in New Orleans, I'm the Strategic Partnerships Director at Historypin.org, a global non-profit project that is creating innovative ways to help people build community around local history through intergenerational and intercultural community memory. Let me know if you're interested... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


Bridging the Centuries with Digital Social Justice Collections
Amistad Research Center has made many of its social justice themed collections, dating back to 1840s, available online. This session will describe the process through which these collections were digitized and made available. Speakers will discuss the steps taken, from selecting collections of material for digitization, to the creation of digitization and metadata workflows. The audience will learn a bit about the challenges of bringing centuries old material into the digital age as well as integrating contemporary, born digital material into an archival setting. The session will also touch on the importance of engaging with current social justice movements while providing access to historical movements.

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Brenda Flora

Archivist, Amistad Research Center
Brenda Flora focuses on audiovisual material and processing. She holds a Master’s degree in Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia and is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists. Prior to joining the team at Amistad in 2010, she worked for the University of New... Read More →

Laura Thomson

Director of Processing, Amistad Research Center

Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level


Digital Publishing at the Art Institute of Chicago: Discoverability, Adaptability and Access
In recent years, the Art Institute of Chicago has invested heavily in nine digital scholarly catalogues on topics ranging from Roman art to modern art. The freely available catalogues offer in-depth curatorial and conservation research supported by interactive features that give readers the power to investigate on their own.

In the midst of a museum-wide digital infrastructure overhaul, Art Institute librarians, publishers, and technologists are asking deeper questions about digital scholarly publishing: how useful are the catalogues? Who is reading them? How are these readers finding the catalogues? Are current formats working? Where do digital publishing and broader digital restructuring efforts intersect? How can we reach a wider audience of librarians, students, and educators?

Using our experience producing, promoting, and analyzing use of our digital scholarly catalogues as a starting point, we hope to engage attendees in an in-depth and lively discussion about digital scholarly publishing.


Autumn L. Mather

Head of Reader Services, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, Art Institute of Chicago
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Joseph Mohan

Director of Production, Art Institute of Chicago
Director of Production, Art Institute of Chicago
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Tina Shah

Senior Web Applications Developer, The Art Institute of Chicago

Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Reception Room Lower Level


Hacking Hemingway Cracking the Code to the Vault
Hacking Hemingway Cracking the Code to the Vault is a digital history project that delivers unprecedented public engagement and access to rare archives from both the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and the Oak Park Public Library.

During the project, the LYRASIS consultant facilitated a cooperative agreement between the Foundation and the Library. The agreement includes the renegotiation of access to collections and outlines the implications of use when something is digitized.

Based on the success of the digital program and the collaboration in the community Special Collections has been able to fund a full-time Archivist and Curator for the first time.

Participants will leave this session with practical tips about community collaboration, training and digital planning and infrastructure. We will discuss lessons learned with a focus on life-cycle development and how a small staff managed the preservation of physical objects and re-gained intellectual control before starting digitization.

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Leigh Grinstead

Digital Services Consultant, LYRASIS
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Emily Reiher

Archivist, Oak Park Public Library
Emily Reiher, MS, CA, first joined the Oak Park Public Library in spring 2015 under the Hacking Hemingway: Cracking the Code to the Vault digitization grant. As Archivist, Emily works with the collections of the Oak Park Public Library's Special Collections and its community part... Read More →
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Leigh A. Tarullo

Curator of Special Collections, Oak Park Public Library
Leigh A. Tarullo, M.L.I.S., is the Curator of Special Collections at the Oak Park Public Library, where she curates the historic collections of the Library and the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park Archives.

Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Chicago Authors Room 7th Floor


Harnessing Volunteer Power for Operational and Programmatic Success
Attendees are invited to learn how to recruit, manage and train volunteers for critical library services. Presenters will share their tools, strategies and methods as well as the lessons they have learned in working with diverse volunteers for HathiTrust User Support and the HathiTrust Copyright Review Program. In contrast to many initiatives where participants can devote time, effort, and commitment as they are able, volunteers in these programs must meet productivity requirements, produce quality work, and provide consistent service. Although HathiTrust operates at a large scale, institutions of various sizes will have takeaways that can be applied to their own volunteer programs.


Kristina Eden

Copyright Program Officer, HathiTrust
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Angelina Zaytsev

Collection Services Librarian, HathiTrust
HathiTrust Digital Library

Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
8th Floor Meeting Room 8th Floor


Improving Discovery and Patron Experience Through Data Mining
As information professionals, we know simple database searches are imperfect. With rich and expansive digital collections, patrons may not find content that is buried in a long list of results. So, how do we improve discovery of pertinent materials and offer serendipitous experience? Following the example of recommendation functionality in online applications like Netflix, we have developed a recommendation function for our digital library system that provides relevant content beyond the narrow scope of patrons' original search parameters. This session will outline the reasoning, methodology, and design of the recommendation system as well as preliminary results from implementation.


Boyuan Guan

Lead Developer, Florida International University - GIS Center
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Jamie Rogers

Assistant Director of Digital Collections, Florida International University

Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Video Theater Lower Level


Managing Relationships, Managing Metadata: Digital Library Collaborations Between Institutions and Across Sectors
Whether your institution is a hub, content partner, or exploring possibilities, the challenges of operating efficiently and effectively in a collaborative environment are undoubtedly familiar: How do we decide between best practices and “good enough?” How do we translate between the dialect of digital libraries and the languages of more traditional library environments? And how do we provide centralized infrastructure while still supporting local community projects? Thankfully, there are concrete and critical steps to take toward managing and sustaining these relationships to promote inclusion, professional literacy, and common purpose.

Join our presenters as they discuss collaborations between libraries across different professional sectors, including public, state, and academic institutions. Attendees will gain insight into the many issues that collaborations across sectors raise, and will leave with new tools for anticipating and managing these delicate but important relationships.


Richard Adler

Coordinator, Michigan Service Hub
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Jennifer Birnel

Project Manager, Big Sky Country Digital Network
Director of Montana Memory Project and Project Manager of Big SKy Country Digital Network

Chris Freeland

Washington University in St. Louis

Lisa Gregory

Program Coordinator, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center
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Angela Stanley

Director, Georgia HomePLACE, Georgia Public Library Service
Interested in innovative digital library collaborations, public library archives and special collections, and community archives.

Friday April 21, 2017 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State St, Chicago, IL 60605