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DIGITAL DIRECTIONS
FUNDAMENTALS OF CREATING AND MANAGING DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

October 15-16, 2018
Atlanta, GA  

Registration deadline: October 6, 2018

 

 

 

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Greg Colati, AUL, Archives, Special Collections & Digital Curation, University of Connecticut

Greg Colati is the Assistant University Librarian for Archives, Special Collections and Digital Curation at the University of Connecticut where he directs their archival programs and the Connecticut Digital Archive, a statewide preservation-oriented digital repository program for libraries, archives, museums and memory institutions. 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.

 

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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.

 

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

Greg Cram is the Associate Director of Copyright and Information Policy at The New York Public Library. Greg endeavors to make the Library’s collections broadly available to researchers and the public. 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 180,000 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. He is 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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Joy DuBose, Assistant Professor, Special Collections Cataloger, Mississippi State University

Joy DuBose is an Assistant Professor, Cataloger of Special Collections at Mississippi State University. She started her library career as the librarian for the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville, TN. While working for the archives, she dealt with materials from all over the world. Ms. DuBose later broadened her professional experience by becoming the metadata librarian and cataloger for Madison County Library System in Canton, MS.  While in Canton, Ms. DuBose was part of the digitization project that the library system had started years earlier. As the Cataloger for Special Collections, Ms. DuBose has worked with ancient documents, as well as materials in a variety of different languages.

 

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Katherine Fisher, Digital Preservation & Social Change Collecti
n Archivist, 
Special Collections & Archives, Georgia State University Library

Katherine is the Digital Preservation Archivist in Georgia State University’s Special Collections and Archives, where she is responsible for establishing local policies and procedures for handling born-digital materials and partnering closely with the GSU Library’s digitization unit to manage long-term preservation of digital assets. Prior to joining Georgia State University, she worked as a 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 literature from the University of Michigan

 

 

 

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Frances Harrell, Senior Preservation Specialist, NEDCC

Along with providing training and consultations, Senior Preservation Specialist Frances Harrell serves as the co-chair of the Preservation Outreach Committee at ALA, and is the outgoing chair of the Preservation Section of SAA. She is the project manager for NEDCC’s “Digital Assessment Training: Building a Framework, Building a Community,” funded by a grant from NEH. The project will present a collaborative digital assessment training program, which will approach digital preservation and training through case-study assessments, shadowing opportunities, workshops, and a Digital Assessment Institute. She received an MLIS from Simmons College GSLIS and a BA in English Literature from the University of Florida, and has worked in both development and collections management. Starting in September, Frances will work from her office in Savannah, Georgia. 

 
 


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 DuraCloud@TDL, 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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Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director, Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library

Loretta Parham is the CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library, an independent academic library that serves four HBCUs: Morehouse College, Spelman College, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining AUC, Parham directed the Hampton University Harvey Library, served as deputy director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and served as District Chief of 20 urban branch libraries for the Chicago Public Library. She has also served in influential leadership roles on a variety of committees and boards, including at the Georgia Humanities Council, ACRL, ALA, OCLC, SOLINET, ARCHE (the Atlanta Regional Council of Higher Education-Library Council), and the Oberlin Group Consortium. Among her publications is a 2006 guide book, co-edited with Barbara Dewey, on Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians

Loretta Parham received her MLS from the University of Michigan School of Information, which honored her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. She was named Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2017.

 

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Bryce Roe, Manager of Audio Preservation, NEDCC

As manager 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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Abi Simkovic, Consulting Taxonomist, GE Digital 

Abi Simkovic is Consulting Taxonomist at GE Digital working in applied analytic metaphysics in taxonomy and ontology focusing on collaborative taxonomy and ontology creation and governance.  Throughout her career as an information professional, Abi has focused on leveraging collaboration and community expertise with grounded best practice standards to create innovative approaches to library, archival, and information challenges. Before joining GE Abi worked as an archivist and librarian at several Upstate New York colleges and research institutions.  Abi has a MSIS from The University at Albany, SUNY, a BA in English Literature from Montana State University, and is slowly completing graduate work in English Literature at The University of Albany, SUNY.

 

 


India Spartz, Head of Special Collections & Archives, Schaffer Library, Union College

India Spartz is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Her prior positions include Director of Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries (2012-2014) and serving as Senior Archivist at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University (2002-2012). She holds a B.A. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks (her home state), MLIS from UC Berkeley, and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. Ms. Spartz is a member of the Academy of Certified Archivists and just finished a serving term on SAA's College & University Archives Steering Committee. 

 

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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 is a member of the American Library Association's Preservation and Reformatting Section and has presented at national and regional conferences on a wide range of topics including diversity and inclusion in libraries and archives, emergency preparedness, audio-visual assessment, and preservation administration. 

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 graduate certificate in Preservation Management from Rutgers, and an MA in Musicology from the Eastman School of Music.

 

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Christine Wiseman, Head, Digital Services, Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center 

Christine Wiseman is Head of the Digital Services Department at the at Atlanta University Center’s Robert W. Woodruff Library.  In this capacity she works collaboratively with library staff, the Archives Research Center, and faculties to deliver digital services in support of teaching, learning, and research. The department provides technical support for archival management systems and institutional digital repositories, manages digitization projects and activities, and coordinates digital preservation initiatives for the library.   

Christine serves on the Board of the Georgia Archives Institute and she was the 2011 president of the Society of Georgia Archivists. In addition, she is co-chair of the Heritage Emergency Response Alliance (HERA), on the Indiana Digital Preservation (InDiPres) working group, and on several MetaArchive Cooperative committees.  Christine lectures on a wide variety of archives and preservation topics, including serving as an adjunct instructor for Clayton State University’s Masters in Archival Studies program since 2010.

Christine holds a MLIS and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Preservation Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.