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Digital Commonwealth Committees


Conference Committee

About the Conference Committee

The Digital Commonwealth Conference Committee designs and executes the Annual Conference for Digital Commonwealth. Committee members work collaboratively to develop a theme for the conference; identify and engage speakers; and develop innovative ideas that will maintain membership interest in attending the conference. The Committee meets monthly, usually by teleconference. A professional Conference Manager is contracted to manage the majority of the conference planning details, thereby allowing committee members to focus on the content. Following the conference, attendees are asked to complete an online survey. The committee reviews the survey results, and uses attendee feedback to inform its decisions for the following year’s event. Most committee members have served for several years but new members are always encouraged to join to ensure continuity and, more importantly, to bring new ideas to the table!


Sonia Pacheco (chair), Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, UMass Dartmouth


Graham Goss, Beverly Public Library

Jackie Linksy, Sawyer Free Library

Alex London, Worcester Public Library

Paige Neumann, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Justin Snow, Salem State University

Peter Weiss, Northfield Mount Hermon School

Tiffany Wilson, The Public Library of Brookline

Contact Information: conferencemanager@digitalcommonwealth.org

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Membership Committee

About the Membership Committee

The Digital Commonwealth Membership Committee is dedicated to expanding membership to the Digital Commonwealth while ensuring current members are actively engaged with the organization and aware of the services available to them. The Committee works in conjunction with the Board of Directors and other Digital Commonwealth Committees to carry out events and programs for members in order to build connections and strengthen the Digital Commonwealth community.

Jennifer Belcher (Chair), Brockton Public Library

Kim DeWall, Falmouth Public Library

Paul Engle, Brockton Public Library

Amanda Fowler, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum 

Indira Leisba, North Shore Community College

Danielle Sangalang, MassArt


Contact Information:  membership_committee@digitalcommonwealth.org

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Outreach & Education Committee

About the Outreach & Education Committee

The Digital Commonwealth Outreach & Education Committee is dedicated to creating and maintaining a strong sense of community, engagement, and support among current and prospective Digital Commonwealth members. It achieves these goals by communicating regularly with members and the public, providing programming and other educational opportunities, and promoting Digital Commonwealth collections through the organization’s blog and social media platforms. The Committee also provides resources and support to encourage classroom use of Digital Commonwealth collections.

Matt Amory (co-chair), Canton Public Library

Andrew Begley (co-chair), National Archives at Boston


Anne Berard, Milford Town Library

Brittany Contratto, Museum of Science

Tiffeni Fontno, Boston College, Lynch School of Education

Jodi Goodman, New Bedford Free Public Library

John Healey Jr., Emmanuel College

Jean Maguire, Maynard Public Library

Maureen Mann, Wellesley Public Schools

Leah Niederstadt, Wheaton College

Lenora Robinson, Bridgewater State University

Jake Sadow, Boston Public Library

Caroline Turner, Boston Children's Museum


Contact Information: outreach@digitalcommonwealth.org

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Repository Committee

About the Repository Committee

The Repository Committee facilitates effective communication among the Digital Commonwealth Board, the Boston Public Library development team, and Digital Commonwealth users and members. The Repository Committee provides digitization, metadata, and technology expertise for the Digital Commonwealth as needed.

The Repository Committee is specifically charged with:

• Gathering feedback and input on the Digital Commonwealth website through both formal and informal means. This may include usability testing, surveys, focus groups, bug reporting options, etc.

• Synthesizing this information and using it to provide input on the prioritization of features and functionality.

• Working with the Outreach Committee to promote and provide instruction on new and underused features of the website.

• Providing guidance on how and which national/international digitization/metadata best practices should be applied to partner/member projects.

• Providing expertise on format, metadata, and technical aspects of relevant projects of the Board.

• Helping to connect Boston Public Library’s IT infrastructure with broader digital preservation communications and strategies

Eben English (chair), Boston Public Library

Ben Barber, Boston Public Library
Kate Boylan, Wheaton College
Amber Clooney, Yiddish Book Center

Fellisha Desmarais, Fall River Public Library

Andrew Hahn, Boston Athenaeum

Ken Liss, Brookline Historical Society

Alicia M. Morris, Tufts
Danielle Pucci, Boston Public Library
Jake Sadow, Boston Public Library

Thomas San Filippo, Wheaton College

Nichole Shea, Boston Public Library
Justin Snow, Salem State University
Sarah Sweeney, Nort
heastern University
Lucy Wang, Bridgewater State University


Contact Information: eenglish@bpl.org

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