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Seattle, WA
August 21-23, 2017




Jessica Branco Colati, Library Services Solutions Architect, Iron Mountain

Jess is an archivist and librarian with eighteen years’ experience working in and with academic libraries, archives, museums, and non-profit organizations curating both physical and digital collections. Before joining Iron Mountain as a Library Services Solutions Architect, she was Assistant Director for Curation, Preservation, and Archives and University Archivist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and also directed preservation services at the Northeast Document Conservation Center. 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 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.


Rebecca Chandler, Consultant, AVPreserve

As a consultant at AVPreserve, a consulting and software development firm, Rebecca Chandler specializes in analysis and recommendations for digitization and inventory workflows, infrastructure, and staffing, as well as preservation assessments. Rebecca is an experienced audio engineer, having worked in television post-production at Broadway Video, Creative Group, and Sony Music Studios. She earned her MLIS with an Archives certificate from Pratt Institute and holds a BM in Music Technology from NYU.

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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.


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.


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.


Devan Ray Donaldson, Assistant Professor of Information, Indiana University

Dr. Devan Ray Donaldson is an Assistant Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information and Library Science (ILS) in the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he directs specializations in digital curation and archives and records management. Donaldson is also Affiliated Faculty with the Data to Insight Center (D2I) at Indiana University. He is an internationally known digital curation researcher. His research interests include: digital repositories, data sharing practices, mass digitization, research data management, trust, security, and users’ perceptions of archives and archival content. His research has been funded by the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the United States Department of Energy.

He holds a Ph.D. in Information from the University of Michigan, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. in History from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. In 2005, he studied abroad at Oxford University, Hertford College.

He has been a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar (2002-2015), a Horace H. Rackham Merit Fellow (2008-2015), an Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Member since 2012, and a Research Data Alliance (RDA) US Data Share Fellow (2015-2016). He currently serves as a RDA/US Advisory Committee member.  


Emily Gore, Director for Content, Digital Public Library of America 

Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily provides strategic vision for DPLA content and metadata, coordinates content and collections workflows and oversees the DPLA Hubs program. Much of Gore’s current daily work focuses on identifying and helping to establish new Service Hubs for DPLA.  Before joining DPLA, Emily served as Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s 15 year career in libraries has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions.  During her career, Emily has received over $4 million in grant funding for this work.  She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama, a BA from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being on the water.  Emily grew up on the North Carolina coast and enjoys swimming and boating in the Intracostal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean as much as possible. Emily has a Harlequin Great Dane named Ella who is her pride and joy; as such, this is her favorite DPLA item. Emily’s also a bit of a music junkie who has a vault of music lyrics in her head.  This has earned her the nickname “Juke” among a number of her close friends.









Frances Harrell, Preservation Specialist, NEDCC
Frances Harrell provides preservation assistance to small and medium-sized cultural heritage institutions through assessments, consulting, education, and outreach. She serves as Co-Chair of the Digital Preservation Interest Group for ALA ALCTS Preservation and Reformatting Section and is a member of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Roundtable for New England Archivists. She also represents NEDCC on the COSTEP MA (Coordinated Statewide Emergency Preparedness in Massachusetts) Executive Committee. 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.

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David Minor, Director, Research Data Curation Program, UC San Diego Library

David Minor works at the University of California, San Diego, where he is the Director of the Research Data Curation Program in the UC San Diego Library. In this role he helps define and lead work needed for the contemporary and long-term management digital resources. His position includes significant interaction with stakeholders on the UC San Diego campus, throughout the UC System, and national initiatives. His program also includes management of Chronopolis, a national-scale digital preservation network that originated with funds from the Library of Congress' NDIIPP Program. Chronopolis is also a founding partner in the Digital Preservation Network (DPN), helping set a new national digital preservation agenda. David received his BA in philosophy from Carleton College and MLS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Erin O’Meara, Department Head, Office of Digital Innovation / Stewardship Associate Librarian, University of Arizona

Erin O’Meara manages a team of librarians and staff that oversee a diverse set of services, including Scholarly Communications, Digital Collections, Institutional Repository, Digital Scholarship, Digital Preservation, and Data Management. Before joining the University of Arizona, she was the Manager of Archive Solutions at the Gates Archive, where she oversaw IT, program management, and digital strategy. She helped build the Gates Archive, whose primary mission to preserve the Gates family’s personal and philanthropic endeavors including records of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2009-2011, she was the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she helped deploy the Carolina Digital Repository. Before joining UNC Libraries, Erin served as the Electronic Records Archivist at the University of Oregon and as a NHPRC Electronic Records Research Fellow from 2006-2007, where she researched the recordkeeping practices of social scientists conducting data-intensive research. Erin received her Master of Archival Studies in 2004 from the University of British Columbia. While at UBC, she conducted research for the InterPARES 2 Project pertaining to archaeological records managed in a Geographic Information System.


Thomas Padilla, Humanities Data Curator, University of California Santa Barbara
Thomas Padilla is Humanities Data Curator at the University of California Santa Barbara. He publishes, presents, and teaches widely on Humanities data, data curation, and data information literacy. He is Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services supported, Collections as Data. Thomas is a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council (2017-2021), the Global Outlook::Digital Humanities Executive Council, and the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group. Thomas serves as an Editor for DHCommons Journal and dh + lib Data Praxis.

Roger Smith, Director, Digital LIbrary Development Program, University of California, San Diego

Roger Smith began working in libraries at Rutgers University as an undergraduate student, and continued in a staff position upon graduation. His initial role in the library was as a branch manager in the Art Library. The experience of working in a smaller branch provided the opportunity to learn a broad range of activities and to work closely with the Art Librarian. He progressed through a number of positions in the Rutgers Library system, learning access services, collection management and preservation skills along the way.

Having earned his graduate degree at Rutgers, Roger and his wife decided it was time for a move to the west coast in 2008 and he began a professional position at UC San Diego Library working in preservation and collection management. Project management was a central focus to his professional experience at UCSD; managing resources and coordinating multiple stakeholders to achieve project goals. Participation in the Google Book Digitization Project certainly exemplified this experience.

Roger's work carried over into the digital realm first informally through preservation digitization and then formally as the Director of the Digital Library Program in 2012. The Digital Library Program develops procedures and workflows for digital collections that align with library goals, and that make good use of national and international trends and standards. They seek to develop digital assets that assure preservation for valued analog collections, and represent discoverable and usable digital resources for a varied constituency.


William P. Veillette, Executive Director, NEDCC

Bill Veillette has been executive director of NEDCC since late 2009. Previously, he was executive director of the New Hampshire Historical Society where he focused on improving the preservation of and access to its collections, and strengthening local historical societies. He is responsible for leading and managing the overall operation of NEDCC. Bill has a particular interest in helping collections-holding institutions develop financial strategies to sustain their online digital content and make the case for their fundamental mission of saving, preserving, and sharing historic and artistic works. He currently serves as a trustee of the New Hampshire Historical Society, an overseer and fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and a member of the Chairman’s Circle of the Historic New England Council. Bill earned a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and has co-authored three books: An Early History of New Concord, N.Y. (1990), Amherst Historical Moments (2004), and Walking Tours of Amherst Village (2010).


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.