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14th Annual Conference


 April 7, 2020 , 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hogan Center  College of the Holy Cross • Worcester, MA

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Representing the Others:  Preserving Evidence and Knowledge for Equity

Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries & University Librarian,

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,

& Board Member, Digital Public Library of America

Cultural heritage organizations continue to digitize and manage local histories, journals, images, and other research and evidence.  These same organizations are also committed to preserving the scholarly record.  These processes, digitization and preservation, often perpetuate the inequities that existed in analog environments. Westbrooks will engage us in a conversation about how cultural heritage organizations might employ a lens of equity to disrupt longstanding practices.

Elaine L. Westbrooks, Vice Provost for University Libraries & University Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be the 2020 Keynote Speaker. Ms. Westbrooks was a keynote speaker at DPLAFest 2019 and has presented her research at various conferences including the Digital Library Federation, Coalition for Networked Information, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.  She is a member of the HathiTrust Board of Governors, University of North Carolina Press Board of Governors, the DPLA Board of Directors, ARL Scholars and Scholarship Committee, and the Governing Board of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN).  She co-edited Metadata in Practice with Diane Hillmann in 2004 and Academic Library Management: Case Studies with Tammy Nickelson Dearie and Michael Meth in 2017. She has a B.A in Linguistics and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.



Digital Commonwealth Repository Systems Update

Eben English, Digital Repository Services Manager, Boston Public LIbrary

This annual talk will provide a review of collections and features added to the Digital Commonwealth repository over the past year. A survey of the year’s most popular content, as well as an examination of usage statistics and traffic sources for the Digital Commonwealth collections site will be included. In addition, this talk will feature a preview of the next generation of the repository’s back-end content management system, and explore how to increase the repository’s capacity to accommodate growing community collections of newspapers, audio, and video.

Eben English currently serves as Digital Repository Services Manager at the Boston Public Library, and is the main technical lead for the Digital Commonwealth repository system. Prior to this position, he worked in a variety of academic libraries in Chicago, focusing on digital collection development and library website design. He holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and has no pets (though his daughter has been bugging him to get a dog).


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