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Rudo Kemper

Digital Democracy

Rudo Kemper works with Digital Democracy on the programs team, and manages the creation of the Earth Defenders Toolkit. Rudo is a human geographer with a background in archives and international administration, and a lifelong technology tinkerer. He is passionate about co-creating and using technology to support marginalized communities in defending their right to self-determination and representation, and towards other decolonizing and emancipatory ends.

Before joining Digital Democracy in 2020, Rudo worked for 6 years with the Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), most recently serving as mapping and programs manager with a particular focus on the organization’s participatory mapping, community-based monitoring, and intangible cultural heritage work with indigenous and Afro-descendant communities in Suriname and the Guiana Shield. Rudo currently serves on the executive boards of Native Land Digital and the International Society for Participatory Mapping. He is one of the core stewards of the open-source geostorytelling application Terrastories, and its principal representative in charge of community outreach and engagement.

Originally from Curaçao, Rudo has worked with indigenous and other local communities across the Americas from Canada to the Amazon. He is currently based in Springfield, Virginia.

Regina Gong

Michigan State University Libraries

Regina Gong is actively involved in the open education community and has done numerous national presentations and webinars on OER and open education. She is strongly committed to advancing open practices, equity, inclusion, and access to better serve students.

Before coming to MSU, Regina was the OER Project Manager at Lansing Community College where she led and implemented a successful OER program. Prior to her stint at academic libraries, she worked as a systems librarian at Innovative Interfaces Inc. where she provided support for its cataloging, acquisitions, and serials modules.

Currently, Regina serves on the Steering Committee of the Open Education Conference, SPARC Open Education Advisory Group, and past member of the SPARC Steering Committee, and the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) where she served as VP for professional development for three years. She is also the chair of the MI OER Network Steering Committee, a community of practice, and a coalition of OER advocates across P-20 in Michigan. Regina was a recipient of the OER Research Group Fellowship and a member of the Global OER-Graduate Network (GO-GN). She obtained her Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Wayne State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration. Regina’s doctoral research will examine the lived experiences of people of color leading OER projects at post-secondary institutions.


Alex draws on his background in Computer Science, Information Science, Library Science, and Free and Open Source Software to help increase the usage and accessibility of linked open data by working on both documentation and tooling.

Talk: Everyday Linked Data

Alexandria Kalika has worked at OCLC for the past 4 years in a variety of roles involving Big Data techologies and using machine learning to find insights in WorldCat data. She works with Hadoop, python, and Tableau during the day while tinkering with electronics and reading about latest advances in AI during her time off.

Talk: Visually exploring current events and social justice patterns in WorldCat records data

Alicia Fagerving

Wikimedia Sverige

Alicia Fagerving is a developer at Wikimedia Sverige, a Swedish non-profit that supports free knowledge, with a strong but not exclusive focus on Wikipedia and related projects. They specialize in collaborating with cultural heritage organizations on open data and resources on the Wikimedia platforms.

Talk: Wikidata for libraries: the case of the National Library of Sweden

Alison Rhonemus

New York Public Library

Alison is the Digital Archives Assistant at the New York Public Library

Workshop: Committing to Documentation: Git Started

Amy Drayer

University of Minnesota Libraries

Amy has a masters degree in information science and has worked in systems and web development for libraries for over fifteen years in a variety of settings including public, special, military, and academic libraries. Amy's work focuses on developing web interfaces utilizing inclusive design principles, usability, accessibility, and optimization tools to deliver user-oriented experience.

Talk: Ethics in web design

Andreas K Orphandies

NC State University Libraries

Andreas Orphanides is Associate Head, User Experience at the NC State University Libraries. His work focuses on developing high-quality, thoughtfully designed solutions to support teaching, learning, and information discovery. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin College, a Master of Science in Library Science from UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Master of Computer Science from NC State University. His professional interests include human factors, systems analysis, and design ethics. In addition to his UX work, Dre is occasionally an adjunct instructor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science, and teaches people how to hit each other with swords at Mid-South Fencers' Club. Outside of work, he has too many cats.

Workshop: Fail4Lib 2021: The one after 2020

Andromeda Yelton is a software engineer and librarian investigating humanistic applications of machine learning, and adjunct faculty at the SJSU iSchool. Past affiliations include the Berkman Klein Center, the MIT Libraries, the Wikimedia Foundation, boards of the Library & Information Technology Association and the Ada Initiative, and a knitting company.

Talk: Navigating without a map: discovery in a world beyond subject access

Brian Foo

Library of Congress

Brian Foo is an artist and computer scientist working in libraries and museums with a focus on the visualization of large collections of information and media for the public. He is currently a data artist at the American Museum of Natural History and was the 2020 Innovator in Residence at the Library of Congress where he created Citizen DJ, a project that invites the public to make hip hop music using free-to-use audio and video material from the Library of Congress.

Talk: Digging In Our Collective Crate of Sounds

Clara Turp

McGill University Libraries

Clara Turp is a discovery systems librarian at McGill University Libraries. As part of Digital Initiatives, she is involved in managing, configuring, and integrating selected library systems, including, but not limited to the Library's Discovery layers.

Talk: It’s all about perspective! Rethinking how we work with an API-first mindset

Talk: Ethics of AI algorithms: looking into PubMed’s “Best Match” Algorithm

Cristina Shays Springfield

Mt. San Antonio College

Cristina Springfield was the Affordable Learning Solution (AL$) Librarian and the Student Success Librarian at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) and is now a Professor of Library Science at Mt. San Antonio College (Walnut, CA). She is passionate about facilitating equitable access to information and creating environments that support student success for diverse student bodies. Prior to joining the faculty at CSUDH, she spent seven years as an instruction, reference, and technology librarian at a large community college in the Midwest where she collaborated closely with other departments on campus to create an environment that put students first.

David Pixton

Brigham Young University

David Pixton is a subject librarian at Brigham Young University, and is responsible for providing research training and assistance to students and faculty in the engineering and technology fields of study. David holds degrees in mechanical engineering and library & information science. His research interests include technologies and methods that improve learning, including augmented reality and a pedagogical method called Decision-based Learning.

Talk: Machine Learning Apps for Non-programmers

David W. Hodges

Columbia University

David W. Hodges is Special Collections Analyst in the Digital Collections and Preservation Services unit of Columbia University Libraries. He specializes in data pipelines and workflows around archival and digital collections, ebook discovery and delivery, and site usage metrics. He has worked in the Libraries since 2016.

Talk: Backlog Monster! Or, The Virtue of Muddling Through

David Wilcox


David has more than nine years experience managing open source projects, teams, and communities. Working with hundreds of organizations across the Fedora, Islandora, and Samvera communities provides David insight into the use cases and opportunities for open source software within libraries, archives, and museums. As Program Leader David is responsible for setting the vision for Fedora and serving as strategic liaison to the governance groups, members, and other stakeholders. David works together with the Fedora Technical Lead to oversee key project processes and undertakes international engagement through public speaking, developing and delivering workshops, facilitating user group meetings, and pursuing partnerships and grant funding for Fedora-related projects. David graduated from St. Thomas University (BA) and the Dalhousie School of Information Management (MLIS). Prior to joining LYRASIS he was the Program Manager at discoverygarden inc and the Islandora Training and Support Coordinator at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Talk: Mapping Metadata: Cleaning and controlling fields to improve migrations

Dr. Katherine Deibel

Syracuse University

Kate Deibel is the Inclusion & Accessibility Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries in New York. She has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Washington but would much rather talk about web comics, chili peppers, her cat, technology adoption, and changing the world.

Talk: Thinking Beyond the Basics of Accessibility

Ed Hill

Portland State University

Ed is Emerging Technologies Librarian and Head of Library Technologies at Portland State University

Talk: Hello, Goodbye: Starting/Leaving Library Technology Jobs

Edwin Sperr

University of Georgia

Ed has worked in libraries in the Southeast, the Northeast and the Caribbean. His scholarly focus has been on the use of information visualization techniques to present search results through the development of such tools as PubVenn and Members by Interest.

Talk: Looking Beyond the List: Enhancing Search with Interactive Visualizations

Elisabeth Shook

Boise State University

Elisabeth is Head o fScholarly Communications and Data Management at Boise State University

Talk: Wikidata the Nonintimidating Way

Eric Hellman

Free Ebook Foundation

Eric Hellman is Co-Founder and President of the Free Ebook Foundation. After 10 years doing physics research at Bell Labs, Eric got interested in electronic publishing, started an e-journal, started a company, built linking technology for libraries, sold that company to OCLC and worked there a few years, started blogging (at Go To Hellman), and then started working to make free ebooks work for libraries and everyone else. Eric believes that tools for modern cryptography and software engineering must be widely deployed in the library and publishing industries to ensure digital privacy, security and information freedom for all.

Talk: Replacing Worldcat with a GitHub Repo

Eric Phetteplace

California College of the Arts

Eric has been a Systems Librarian at an art and design college for over six years. He maintains a wide variety of web applications, including a Koha ILS, Moodle LMS, Django-based website, and openEQUELLA digital archive. His interests include usability, web design, equity, and automating processes using scripts and APIs. His most recent research projects including investigating full text linking in discovery layers.

Workshop: Learn to Love the Command Line

Eric Pugh

OpenSource Connections

Fascinated by the craft of software development, Eric Pugh has been involved in the open source world as a developer, committer and user for the past fifteen years. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation and an active committer to Apache Solr. He co-authored the book Apache Solr Enterprise Search Server, now on its third edition. He also stewards Quepid, an open source platform for assessing and improving your search relevance.

Talk: How to measure Diversity of Search Results

Genevieve Havemeyer-King

New York Public Library

Genevieve Havemeyer-King is a media preservation specialist and curator in New York City. In her role at NYPL, she oversees inspection, mass digitization, quality control, and workflow documentation for the Library's Audio and Moving Image Preservation Unit. A graduate of NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation program and former National Digital Stewardship Resident, her experience working with numerous archives, libraries, and artists informs her work and advocacy for knowledge and skill sharing across analog and digital preservation fields.

Workshop: Committing to Documentation: Git Started

Hank Sway


Hank Sway is Product Manager for APIs and EZproxy at OCLC.

Talk: It’s all about perspective! Rethinking how we work with an API-first mindset

Hannah Lee

California State University

As the Discovery & Systems Librarian for California State University, Dominguez Hills, Hannah Lee collaborates with other library staff and faculty to develop policies, procedures and workflows that enhance access and discoverability of the library’s collections, web service integrations, and support the curation of the library’s digital content.

Talk: Per My Last Email: Communication Online vs AFK

Hardy Pottinger

California Digital Library

Hardy is a DSpace Committer, since 2011, and works for the California Digital Library as a Publishing Systems Developer. He's currently learning a lot about many different tech stacks, but has been especially enjoying working with the Janeway scholarly publishing platform. Prior to working for CDL, Hardy worked for UCLA Library as a developer on both their services team (back-end stuff), and their applications team (front-end stuff). He is keenly interested in DevOps tools, technologies, and cultures. You may notice Hardy's location says Missouri, which, yes, means he's a remote worker. He loves working at home, and will talk your ear off about it if you let him.

Workshop: Learning as We Go: Decomposing Dev Environments with Lando

Ian Matzen

Westfield State University

Ian is Systems and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Westfield State University

Talk: Hello, Goodbye: Starting/Leaving Library Technology Jobs

Jason A. Clark

Montana State University

Librarian @msulibrary, professor, hacker/developer, metadata geek, author - working under the Big Sky and focused on Semantic Web development, digital library development, metadata and data modeling, web services and APIs, search engine optimization, and interface design.

Talk: Green Digital Libraries: Progressive Web Apps, Sustainable Design, and Coding for the Greener Good

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Talk: Wikidata the Nonintimidating Way

Jonathan Rochkind has been developing software for over 20 years, in libraries for almost 15. He has made lots of commits to Umlaut, Blacklight, Blacklight Range Limit, traject, and others. He's interested equally in producing software that meets real user needs efficiently, and designing code for low-maintenance (which it turns out helps achieve the former).

Talk: Code that Lasts: Sustainable And Usable Open Source Code

Kelsey George

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

I am the Cataloging & Metadata Strategies Librarian for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Over the years, I have worked on cataloging and metadata projects as an intern, library staff member, and project manager in academic libraries. My current role has me cataloging both print and electronic resources. I strive to incorporate process management and ample documentation in my work as a cataloging and metadata librarian. I also serve as a series editor for the Library Juice Press’ Series on Critical Information Organization in LIS.

Talk: Where to Start? Developing a Metadata Management Lifecycle

Kevin Schlottmann

Columbia University

Kevin Schlottmann has been Head of Archives Processing at Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library since 2018. Among his first tasks was spearheading migration into ArchivesSpace. Previously, Kevin was Digital Archives Manager at the New York Philharmonic and Archival Processing Manager at the Center for Jewish History.

Talk: Backlog Monster! Or, The Virtue of Muddling Through

Lucy Kiester

McGill University

Lucy Kiester is the liaison librarian for undergraduate medical education at McGill University, teaching students how work with (instead of against) PubMed. She is interested in how unrecognized AI could effect Evidence-Based Decision Making in a medical context, and how information professionals can educate users on potential effects of algorithms.

Talk: Ethics of AI algorithms: looking into PubMed’s “Best Match” Algorithm

Michael Bolam

University of Pittsburgh

Michael Bolam is the Head of the Metadata and Discovery Unit for the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh. Michael has been working with digital collections metadata for nearly fifteen years, contributing to large-scale digitization projects such as the Historic Pittsburgh and Documenting Pitt projects.

Talk: Where to Start? Developing a Metadata Management Lifecycle

Nick Krabbenhoeft

New York Public Library

Nick is the Digital Preservation Manager at the New York Public Library.

Workshop: Committing to Documentation: Git Started

Paige Morfitt

Whitman College

Paige is the Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian at Whitman College

Sam Wilairat

San Jose State University

Sam Wilairat is an MLIS student at San Jose State University. She is currently a Frictionless Data Reproducible Research Fellow at Open Knowledge Foundation and a Graduate Assistant for Strauss Health Sciences Library at CU Anschutz. She has an interest in data librarianship and education and research.

Talk: An LIS Student’s Intro to Open Source Frictionless Data Tools

Sheila Rabun


Sheila Rabun has worked in the academic library field since 2010, with a focus on digital workflows, agile project management, communicating technical information to diverse audiences, and advocating for interoperability in research and scholarly communication ecosystems. Learn more about Sheila at

Talk: Data Interoperability via Persistent Identifiers: Libraries Leading the Way

Wei Ma

California State University

Wei Ma is the Electronic Resources Librarian and Assistive Technology Librarian for California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). She worked as the Systems, Electronic Resources Librarian, and Web Librarian for CSUDH Library from 2006 to 2017. She helped CSUDH Library build a solid technology infrastructure and transit from print based to digitally based collections. Prior to CSUDH, she was the Electronic Resources Librarian & Associate Professor for Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (1996-2004).

Talk: Not just for "those" students: assistive technology for users with & without disabilities

Yinlin Chen

Virginia Tech

Dr. Chen is a Digital Library Architect and Assistant Professor at the Virginia Tech Libraries, Blacksburg, VA. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science and Applications from Virginia Tech. His professional interests include Digital Libraries, Machine Learning, Cloud Computing, and Serverless. He leads a team at the University Libraries building reliable, resilient, and scalable Library services in the cloud environment (AWS).

Talk: A serverless journey: How we develop reliable, resilient and scalable Library services