Morning Keynote Speaker ~ Mary Minow

Fake News Literacy: What Is the Role of Libraries and Other Cultural Heritage Institutions?

Sham sites, misleading news, highly partisan manipulations, clickbait, satire and just plain disfavored facts. What role do librarians, archivists, and curators play in helping users discern the probability of truth? Is information literacy the same as “fake news” literacy? What responsive activities are cultural heritage institutions undertaking today, and what might or should they do going forward? What is the responsibility of digital repositories in harvesting and making accessible information that is accurate and dependable? How can political neutrality be maintained given the landscape of 2017 and beyond?

This will be Mary's second appearance as a keynote speaker for the Digital Commonwealth. Her first address (in 2007) drew rave reviews, and we are delighted to welcome her back.

Lunch Keynote ~ Eben English and Steven Carl Anderson

Digital Commonwealth Repository System Update: Year in Review & Future Directions

This talk will provide a review of the features and collections added to the Digital Commonwealth system over the past year, such as the new administrative interface and ability to download source files. Plans for additional features and future system updates will be discussed, including a report on efforts to make the source code behind the site more extensible and shareable, as well as ongoing efforts around migrating metadata to Linked Data RDF. In addition, this session will also revisit usage statistics and user behavior patterns for the Digital Commonwealth site in an attempt to further explore user behavior, site traffic sources, popular content, and the impact of metadata quality on discoverability.

Conference Location & Timing

The conference will be held at the Hogan Center at the College of Holy Cross in Worcester. 

Registration will open at 8:00 am and sessions will run until 4:00 pm.

Getting To and From Conference

Are you looking for a ride to or from conference or willing to provide one? 
We have set up a google form to help people wanting/offering rides a place to connect.

There is also a form for people who are interested in a shuttle to/from the commuter rail station.
If there is sufficient interest we will schedule a shuttle.

Parking directions will be sent prior to conference.

Conference Program

Click here for the full program including keynotes and breakout sessions.

Registration Information

Reduced conference registration is a benefit of Digital Commonwealth membership. Not sure if your organization is a member?  You can check our  membership directory online.  Members and non-members alike can take advantage of early registration rates through March 28th. Regular registration rates are available through April 4th and at the conference site. 

   Member  Non-Member
 Early Registration

 $110 $145
 Regular Registration  $125 $160

Please note that registration rate are transferrable but not refundable. 

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