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ODNFest 2022

Join Us For Our Free Virtual Conference

ODNFest2022 will take place Tuesday, Oct. 11. Register now and prepare to enjoy a day filled with all things digital collections!

This Year’s Program

Our schedule is listed below.

  • 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.: Mix and Mingle
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.: Housekeeping and Welcome from Wendy Knapp, State Librarian of Ohio
  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Keynote from Dr. Trevor Owens, Library of Congress
  • 11 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Break
  • 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.: TBD
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Lunch (on your own)
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: Reimagine Descriptive Workflows, Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC
  • 2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: Break
  • 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Metadata Mini-Grants Lightning Talks with various speakers.
  • 3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Break
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.: ODN Annual Report, Ohio Digital Network staff

Our Keynote Speaker

About Dr. Trevor Owens

Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator advancing digital infrastructure and programs for libraries, archives, museums, and related cultural institutions.

Owens serves as the Director of Digital Services at the Library of Congress. With nearly 100 employees, Digital Services is responsible for the Library of Congress digital collections, digitization, discovery and metadata management services. This includes internationally-recognized web archiving and crowdsourcing programs. He’s also a Public Historian in Residence at American University, a  Lecturer for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, and a Research Affiliate with the Center for Archival Futures. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, on the review panel for Digitizing Hidden Collections: Amplifying Unheard Voices and as a member of the Services Consultation Committee for Library and Archives Canada.

Owens is the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018 and has won outstanding publication awards from both the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists.

He’s currently working on completing his fourth book, After Disruption: A Future for Cultural Memory, which is under contract with University of Michigan Press. His research and writing has been featured in: Curator: The Museum Journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Journal of Digital Humanities, D-Lib, Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, New Directions in Folklore, and American Libraries.

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Additional Speakers

About Merrilee Proffitt

Merrilee Proffitt works in OCLC Research and provides expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership. In 2014, Merrilee was elected as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. She’s the editor of Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge (ALA Editions, 2018) and a co-author on the recently published report, Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice.

Her current projects and interests include supporting the work of unique and distinctive collections, including working on the NAFAN project, and developing more inclusive descriptive practices for libraries and archives. Before coming to OCLC in 2001, Merrilee was Director of Digital Archive Development at the Bancroft Library, UC Berkeley.

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows is an OCLC project funded by the Mellon Foundation to better understand and address harm caused by cultural institutions’ metadata and collection description practices.

In 2021, the project convened an international group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways of improving descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure, and workflows in libraries and archives. Merrilee will discuss how the convening was constructed, and how it informed a community agenda created with the goal of moving organizations towards descriptive practices that are inclusive and respectful for all.

About Stephanie Bricking

Stephanie Bricking (she/her) is the metadata librarian for the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. Prior to CHPL, she was the Albert Sabin project archivist at the Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions at the University of Cincinnati.

About Larry Richmond

Larry Richmond (he/him) has spent 25 years working in libraries, the last five of which he’s served as the Manager of the Genealogy & Local History Department of the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library. This position oversees reference, digitization, and special collections at the Downtown Main Library.

About Angela O’Neal

Angela O’Neal serves as the manager for the Local History & Genealogy Division at Columbus Metropolitan Library, a position she’s held for nearly 10 years. Prior to her current role, she served in numerous management capacities for over 13 years with the Ohio Historical Society.

About Annamarie Klose

Annamarie Klose is Metadata Initiatives Librarian at The Ohio State University Libraries. She works with digitized and born-digital special collections and archival content in Digital Collections (DC), a Samvera Hyrax repository. She has a BFA in Film & Television from New York University, a MLIS in the digital libraries track from Rutgers University, and a MA in History from William Paterson University.

About Dr. Jodi Kearns

Dr. Jodi Kearns (she/her) is an Associated Research Professor of Bibliography at The University of Akron’s Drs. Nicholas & Dorothy Cummings Center for the History of Psychology. Dr. Kearns serves as Director of the educational arm of the Center, the Institute for Human Science & Culture and as the Manager of Digital Projects for the Center.

One widely-used collection of the Center is a set of 500-plus reports documenting psychiatric institutions from the 1830s-1960s, containing financial records, floor plans, patient statistics, and day-to-day details. Digitized prior to this project, the Metadata MiniGrant was used to hire a specialist to clean up existing records with particular attention to making computer-generated transcripts of full texts accessible to screen readers and other accessibility tools.

The ODN Staff

About Jen Johnson

Jen Johnson is the Digitization Consultant in Library Programs and Development at the State Library of Ohio, and project coordinator of the Ohio Digital Network. Before joining the State Library in 2013, she worked in special, public, and academic libraries. Before she could drive a car, she started a community library in her parents’ garage.

About Peter Kukla

Peter Kukla has been working in and with libraries since he was in high school. After getting his MLS at Indiana University, Peter worked in public and academic libraries before falling into software. He worked at OCLC supporting librarians using the CONTENTdm system before coming to the State Library of Ohio.

About Penelope Shumaker

Penelope Shumaker is the Metadata Librarian at the State Library of Ohio, and prepares the metadata for the Ohio Digital Network. Before working at the State Library, she worked at public and special libraries, and as middle and high school English Educator. When she is not working she enjoys vising historical landmarks, and parks.

About Evan Struble

Evan T. Struble is the Associate State Librarian for Library Development at the State Library of Ohio, having assumed that role in 2018. Prior to that, Evan worked as a Library Consultant with the State Library for more than six years. Additionally, he continues to work part-time for the Upper Arlington Public Library.

Evan has previously worked for the library membership organization Ohionet, Westerville Public Library, Otterbein University’s Courtright Memorial Library, and the Meigs County District Public Library.