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15th Annual Conference

#DCConference21 

 April 13, 2021 , 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

via Zoom Webinar

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Digital Commonwealth Repository Systems Update:

Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Eben English, Digital Repository Services Manager, Boston Public Library

This year's edition of the Repository Systems Update will cover all the topics and statistics you've come to know and love over the past few years, including an overview of our ever-increasing collections, usage statistics, technology trends, and a look at the previous year's most popular content. We'll also give an update on the ongoing development of the next generation of the digital asset management system powering the repository, and how it will help achieve our goals of exponential growth, supporting audiovisual and newspaper collections, and increasing the dissemination and impact of vital historical materials.

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 academic libraries at Loyola University Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, focusing on digital collection development and library website design. He holds an MLIS from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Results from Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access

Survey of DC Member Institutions

Justin Snow, President, Digital Commonwealth


In response to the increasingly urgent Black Lives Matter movement, the Digital Commonwealth published a statement in support of the movement in Spring 2020. Included in that statement were action items for how DC could support the movement from its position in the digital cultural heritage world. Out of those action items came a survey sent to DC member institutions about how those institutions were working to enhance DEIA as well as how social justice issues and/or offensive material are handled in their collections. The survey also solicited interviews with institutions who wanted to discuss these topics in further detail. This presentation will talk about the results of the survey and interviews.

Justin Snow is the President of the Board of Digital Commonwealth. He is a member of the Conference Committee and chaired the committee for two years. He works as the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Salem State University where he maintains the institutional repository and the library’s website. He also works with the SSU community on digital scholarship and other related projects. He has published articles in College & Undergraduate Libraries and Practical Technology for Archives and he has presented at conferences such as the Digital Commonwealth Conference and the New England Archivists conference.


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