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DIGITAL DIRECTIONS
FUNDAMENTALS OF CREATING AND MANAGING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

February 1-3, 2022 (Tuesday-Thursday) * Online

 


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We expect the Digital Directions faculty to be the same at both the November 2021 and February 2022 events. Any changes will be noted here as faculty members are confirmed. 
  

 


 

Greg Colati, Director, Connecticut Digital Archive

Greg Colati is the Director of the Connecticut Digital Archive, a statewide program that provides digital preservation and access services as well as training and education to memory institutions in Connecticut. The CTDA has more than 60 institutional members who manage over 2 million digital objects.  Greg has more than 20 years' experience in archives and cultural heritage institutions. He has taught courses in archives management/digital repositories at Simmons College GSLIS, the University of Denver and for the Society of American Archivists. He currently teaches an introductory course in Digital Humanities for the UConn Department of Digital Media and Design.

 

 

Jessica Branco Colati, Director of the Archives Track and Lecturer, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Boston

Jess is an archivist and librarian with nearly two decades’ experience working in and with academic libraries, archives, museums, and non-profit organizations curating both physical and digital collections. Prior to joining UMASS Boston, she served as a Solutions Architect and Subject Matter Expert for Iron Mountain Library Services; Assistant Director for Curation, Preservation, and Archives and University Archivist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and directed preservation services at NEDCC. She’s developed and led consortial digital repository services in both the Washington, D.C., and the Colorado-Wyoming regions; and worked as a digital projects archivist at both Archives Center, American History Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University. 

Jess holds a B.A. in history and a Master's in library and information science, with a concentration in archives administration. Over the years, she’s taught graduate courses and professional development seminars on curating cultural heritage collections, managing digital repositories, and developing metadata architectures. She’s also published and presented at international, national and regional conferences on these topics.

 

 

 

 

Greg Cram, Associate General Counsel and Director of Information Policy, New York Public Library

Greg Cram is Associate General Counsel and Director of Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public to be used to advance knowledge. He is responsible for developing and implementing policies and practices around the use of the Library’s collections, both online and in the Library’s physical spaces. Greg has helped steer projects through a maze of complex intellectual property issues, including the release of more than 290,000 high-resolution images of public domain collection items. Greg has represented the Library in advocating for better copyright policy and has testified before Congress and the United States Copyright Office.

Before joining the Library in 2011, Greg served as the copyright clearance consultant to Leadership Team Development, a business support company that organizes thousands of meetings, seminars and conferences. He also worked as a licensing associate at Sanctuary Records, a large independent record label. He is a graduate of Boston University and The Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a licensed attorney in New York and Massachusetts.

 


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Terrance D'Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services, NEDCC

Terrance D’Ambrosio has worked in the field of digital imaging and visual resources since 2007. Terrance confers with NEDCC’s clients to evaluate their collections and develop digital imaging proposals and specifications, and works closely with the Center’s paper and book conservation laboratories on projects that require both conservation treatment and digital imaging. He sets standards for quality control and workflow in NEDCC’s Digital Imaging department, and maintains best practices for digital capture and preservation. He is a graduate of Vassar College with a degree in Art History, and previously managed the Digital Imaging Unit of the New York Public Library.

     

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Katherine Fisher, Head of Digital Archives, Rose Library, Emory University 

Katherine is Head of Digital Archives at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, where she manages a team responsible for acquiring, preserving, and providing access to born-digital and digitized collections and provides leadership and expertise in digital collection management across multiple Emory libraries.  Prior to joining Emory, she worked as Digital Preservation Archivist at Georgia State University Library and as Digital Projects Coordinator for the University of Hawaiʻi Press. Katherine holds an MLIS from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and a PhD in English from the University of Michigan.

     
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Sam Meister, Archival Consultant

Sam Meister is a consultant helping individuals and organizations plan, strategize, and take action to ensure their valuable data, records, and assets are protected and preserved. For over 10 years he has worked in and with libraries, archives, museums, and other nonprofit organizations helping them to establish archival programs, build sustainable workflows, and ensure long-term access to valuable information. He has also taught workshops on managing digital content, electronic records, and digital preservation for the Society of American Archivists and the Library of Congress. Sam holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego.

     
 
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Courtney Mumma, Deputy Director, Texas Digital Library

Courtney Mumma is the Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library. She manages the Texas Data Repository, Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and Chronopolis nodes for TDL as well as [email protected], the only DuraCloud instance outside of DuraSpace. Prior to her work in Texas, Courtney was Program Manager with the web group at the Internet Archive and was one of the creators of the Archivematica open source digital preservation system while with Artefactual Systems and the City of Vancouver Archives. She has participated in numerous digital preservation research projects including InterPARES, RecordDNA, and Digital Records Forensics, and has published and presented on digital preservation topics. She is a frequent guest instructor for the MIT Digital Preservation Management (DPM) workshops. Courtney earned her masters degrees in Archival Studies (MAS)  and in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of British Columbia.  

     

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Bryce Roe, Director of Audio Preservation, NEDCC

As Director of NEDCC’s expanding Audio Preservation department, Bryce Roe confers with NEDCC’s clients to evaluate their collections and develop audio preservation proposals using traditional technologies for magnetic and digital tape media, and either traditional or optical-scanning methods for grooved media.  She earned an MLIS in Archives Management from Simmons College, and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Ethnomusicology from Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH. 

Bryce has presented on audiovisual topics at conferences including the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) and the Digital Public Library of America’s DPLA Fest.  Bryce is a member of the Society of American Archivists Audio Visual Archives Roundtable, the New England Archivists Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable, and was the founder of the AMIA Student Chapter at Simmons College.

     

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Mike Thuman, Digital Transformation Advisor, Digital Enduro, LLC

Mike is dedicated to working with organizations of all sizes to collaborate on the education, definition, and deployment of digital preservation programs. With 14 years dedicated focus in the digital preservation domain, he has delivered educational symposia, assessed institutional readiness, and helped plan deployments ranging in size from gigabytes to petabytes of data. 

In the community, he began instructing in 2011 when he served as one of the instructors for the first Library of Congress Digital Preservation Outreach and Education (DPOE) national, train-the-trainer class. In preparation for instructing and advising roles, he has studied the leading standards that guide practitioners including ISO 14721 (Open Archival Information System Reference Model) and ISO 16363 (Audit and Certification of Trustworthy Digital Repositories). 

Leveraging an IT, computing, and storage background, Mike is able to demystify emerging technologies and solutions to help organizations take the necessary steps to keep pace with the evolving needs of their institution and stakeholders (e.g., senior executives, administrators, and IT). With an emphasis on gaining a deep understanding of institutional challenges and use cases, he places high importance on collaboration and ensuring project success. 

Mike has assessed, collaborated, and proposed solutions for over 100 digital preservation projects in North America, often times co-presenting results and lessons learned with practitioners at key conferences including Best Practices Exchange, Society of American Archivists, Digital Library Federation, CurateGear, PASIG, iPres and others. 

In his spare time, he served two terms on the Board of Trustees for the Summit County Library System and is a community advocate through Digital Enduro, LLC for using technology to improve the human experience.

 
     

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Ann Marie Willer, Director of Preservation, NEDCC

Ann Marie Willer has worked as a professional in the field of library preservation since 2002. She has expertise in preservation program management, digitization workflows and best practices, the preservation of paper-based and audio-visual materials, and disaster preparedness and response. She previously served as Preservation Librarian for the MIT Libraries and the University of North Texas Libraries and has paraprofessional experience in special collections, exhibits, cataloging, and general collections conservation. 

Ann Marie has a long association with NEDCC, beginning with a grant-funded collection assessment at the UNT Libraries in 2004. She was invited to join the NEDCC Advisory Committee after moving to the MIT Libraries in 2006, and she served as Chair of the Committee from 2012-2013. Ann Marie earned an MS in Library Science from the University of North Texas, a certificate from Rutgers' Preservation Management Institute, and an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music.