Keynote Speakers for 2017:

Joan K. Lippincott is the Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), a joint program of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE. CNI, based in Washington, DC, is an institutional membership organization that advances the transformative promise of networked information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual productivity.
“Fulfilling Our Mission in the Digital Age”
Academic libraries have always supported the institutional missions of teaching, research, and service or community. There are many opportunities to enhance that support in the digital environment. Digital tools are fundamental to many research activities and many students would like to use digital technologies in meaningful ways in their education. In supporting digital scholarship, libraries can promote partnerships with faculty in research and teaching. Faculty engaging in digital research frequently involve their students, often including some on their research team and then either developing some of their digital content as part of class work or using the products of their digital work in their teaching. A number of digital projects in the humanities focus on local or regional communities and foster the third prong of the institutional mission for service. At the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) we have been analyzing trends in digital scholarship and their intersection with libraries, teaching, learning, and research. This talk will report on some of the findings from our work and will identify trends and good practice.

Maura Marx has served as Deputy Director for Library Services at the Institute of Museum and Library Services since May of 2013. Under her leadership the Office of Library Services (OLS) has championed initiatives aimed at broad public access to information, such as Open E-Books, and launched operational improvements including the highly-regarded OLS 2-phase/2-cycle grants process.
“Developments in the National Digital Platform at IMLS”
The IMLS National Digital Platform (NDP) funding priority is focused on expanding the digital capacity and capability of libraries and archives across the country. It is a way of thinking about the combination of software applications, social and technical infrastructure and staff expertise that provide digital content, collections, and related services to users in the United States. Engaging, linking and integrating shared and distributed digital services for libraries & archives are approaches that underpin much of the funded work of this national priority.

This talk will introduce broad, emergent themes under the NDP priority, as well as specific developments and examples of recent funding. We’re intently focused on expanding equitable access to digital information, which is increasingly essential to participation in all aspects of society. Diversifying the profession and our collections are important priorities for the Agency and drive our interest in efforts to understand factors contributing to the lack of diversity in, and to draw diverse candidates to the field in greater numbers; and to engage community memory initiatives and build inclusive and interoperable digital library infrastructure. Broadband access, OER (open educational resources) in general, and accessibility for blind and visually impaired users are also strong themes. We support activities that enhance intensive computational access to collections, and that communicate data about libraries and their impact to important stakeholders; as well as support for the role of academic libraries and librarians in research data management and scholarly communications.

Workshops: Monday, May 1, 1:00-4:30 PM

Murtha Baca is head of the Digital Art History program at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) in Los Angeles.
“Metadata for Digital Projects: An Overview of Practical Issues and Challenges”
This workshop will provide an overview of practical issues relating to metadata and controlled vocabularies for digital resources. There will be a review of metadata standards and vocabulary tools; project management and project planning considerations; and issues relating to publication formats, usability, and sustainability. Workshop participants will do an in-classroom exercise in which they will create a “storyboard” for a proposed digital project, including a high-level metadata model and proposed vocabularies to be used.

Sheila Rabun is a certified Scrum Master and the Community and Communications Officer for the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) Consortium ( a global community of libraries, museums, research institutions, software firms, and other organizations focused on providing interoperable functionality for web-based image delivery.
“Agile Project Management for Digital Libraries”
Agile is a mindset that allows us to think about the work we do in new ways, beyond just project management. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of agile project management, including the Scrum process and Kanban, within the context of libraries. Scrum is the most well-known agile strategy that helps teams create working deliverables for stakeholders as quickly as possible in small, timeboxed increments called “sprints.” Participants will learn how to adapt traditional Scrum techniques to meet the needs of multiple simultaneous digital projects. This workshop presents these adaptations and requires hands-on group work to facilitate learning outcomes. Participants will leave the session knowing how to utilize basic Scrum principles (Roles, Ceremonies, and Artifacts) when applicable at work, explain Agile and Scrum basics to others, create shareable visuals for tracking project/work progress, and improve strategy and efficiency when working on projects.

Kevin L. Smith is the Dean of Libraries at the University of Kansas.
“Copyright and Digital Initiatives”
This workshop will consider how copyright issues for libraries engaged in digital projects are both different from, and similar to, issues we were familiar with in the analog age. We will discuss the concept of technological neutrality, and also look closely at copyright provisions that are directed to specific technologies. Proposals to “reform” the libraries exception in copyright for a digital environment will be debated. The possibility that some types of digital materials, especially scans of public domain works and certain kinds of data sets, may not be eligible for copyright protection will be considered. Finally, a significant portion of the workshop will be dedicated to fair use, including small group opportunities to engage with specific kinds of digital initiatives.

Birds of a Feather Dinner: Monday, May 1, 5:00-7:00 PM

Digital Humanities
IR Platforms
Data Management
Choose Your Own Topic

User Groups:Tuesday, May 2, 5:00-6:00 PM

Bepress: Irene Kamotsky and Kelly Kunaniec, bepress
DSpace: Andrew Weiss, Digital Services Librarian, California State University, Northridge
Fedora: Declan Fleming, Chief Technology Strategist and Director of Information Technology Services (ITS), University of California San Diego
Islandora: Zach Vowell, Digital Archivist, California Polytechnic State University

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