ODNFest 2020 Sessions



Center: Wendy Knapp. Clockwise from upper right: Peter Kukla, Evan Struble, Penelope Shumaker, Jen Johnson.

Wendy Knapp – Director, State Library of Ohio (she/her/hers)

Wendy Knapp is the State Librarian of Ohio, beginning her tenure as the head of the State Library of Ohio in early-June of this year. Knapp has 18 years of library experience that includes state and public libraries. She had been the Deputy Director of Statewide Services at the Indiana State Library since 2012, where she oversaw the Professional Development Office, Library Development Office, and Management Information Services Division. Knapp’s statewide library service began at the Indiana State Library in 2006 as an Indiana Planning Consultant responsible for helping libraries with long-range and technology planning, administering a statewide public library consortium, and serving as State E-Rate Coordinator. Prior to being the Deputy Director of Statewide Services, she was Supervisor of the Professional Development Office. During her tenure at Indiana State Library, Knapp led initiatives such as founding Indiana Memory, inaugurating the Indiana Librarian Leadership Academy, and establishing Indiana’s role as a hub in the Digital Public Library of America.

Jen Johnson – State Library of Ohio, Ohio Digital Network (she/her/hers)

Jen 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.

Peter Kukla – State Library of Ohio, Ohio Digital Network

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.

Penelope Shumaker – State Library of Ohio, Ohio Digital Network

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.

Evan Struble – Associate State Librarian for Library Development, State Library of Ohio (he/him/his)

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.


Keynote: Wholeness Is No Trifling Matter: Documenting Black Women and the Ethical Consideration of Digital Collections


Holly Smith – Archivist, Spelman College (she/her/hers)

Holly A. Smith serves as the College Archivist at Spelman College. Previously she served as African American Materials Specialist in the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in History and Black Studies from The College of William and Mary, an M.A. in History from Yale University, and her M.S. in Library and Information Science, with a concentration in Archival Management, from Simmons College. Ms. Smith has served as chair of the Society of American Archivists Diversity Committee, and co-chair of the Women’s Collections Roundtable. Additionally, she is the proud co-author of the article “This [Black] Woman’s Work: Exploring Archival Projects that Embrace the Identity of the Memory Worker” (KULA Journal) and author of the piece “Radical Love: Documenting Underrepresented Communities Using Principles of Radical Empathy” (Journal for the Society of North Carolina Archivists). She is passionate about community archives and archival advocacy related to collections for historically underdocumented communities.



Where They’re At: Enriching the Wikiverse with DPLA


Dominic Byrd-McDevitt – Data Fellow, Digital Public Library of America (he/him)

Dominic is DPLA’s  data fellow. Dominic is working to integrate DPLA’s collections into Wikimedia projects and make them more readily accessible and reusable online. Most recently, Dominic worked at the National Archives and Records Administration where he was a digital content specialist, helping to design the catalog’s crowdsourcing features and launch the agency’s first catalog API, as well as being the world’s longest-serving Wikipedian in Residence. Dominic also served as Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution. Dominic currently serves as a cultural partnerships advisor at Wikimedia District of Columbia and has been an active Wikipedia editor since 2004. He has a B.A. from Reed College and has studied library science at Simmons College.

John Dewees – Supervisor of Digitization Services, Toledo Lucas County Public Library (he/him)

John is the Supervisor of Digitization Services at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and project manager for digitization and digital projects. Prior to coming to Toledo, John worked in the circulation department of Thompson Library at Ohio State University. He has been responsible for the first harvest of TLCPL’s records into DPLA, collaborating to build data visualizations utilizing CONTENTdm records, digital library creation based around an extensive collection of architectural records, and most recently, partnering to duplicate repository records into Wikimedia Commons using DPLA and then enriching Wikipedia articles for greater reach and access.




Breakout activity session


After fueling up at lunch, we’ll take all that great Wikimedia Commons information that Dominic and John shared and explore how easy it is to use media files on Wikimedia Foundation sites.

Wikipedia editor account not required, but it will allow you more insight into the process and more opportunity for engagement in the session.
If you’d like to sign up for one now, Wikipedia’s got you covered.



DPLA’s Black Women’s Suffrage Collection


Audrey Altman – Developer, Digital Public Library of America

Audrey is one of DPLA’s software developers. She works on many projects, including the metadata ingestion system, data analytics and reporting, and most recently the Black Women’s Suffrage collection. Past projects include developing the Primary Source Sets and Hub Analytics Dashboard applications. She holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa, and an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Alabama. Home base: Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Shaneé Yvette Murrain – Community Manager, Digital Public Library of America

Shaneé Yvette Murrain is DPLA’s community manager. She identifies and develops services, partnerships, and products to support our national network. Previously, Shaneé was the university archivist and an assistant professor at the University of West Georgia. Shaneé holds a B.A. in Religion and Philosophy from Bethune-Cookman University, a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School, and a Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. As former Director of Library Services and Archivist at Payne Theological Seminary, she curated the Payne Theological Seminary and African Methodist Episcopal Church Digital Collection. Shaneé is also a past president of the Society of Georgia Archivists, serves on the Board of Directors of Atla (formerly known as the American Theological Library Association), and is a member of the Society of American Archivists. Home base: Atlanta, Georgia




ODN + DPLA annual report and Q&A sessions


3:15-4:00: Jen Johnson and Penelope Shumaker – State Library of Ohio

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John Bracken – Executive Director , Digital Public Library of America

John is DPLA’s executive director. Previously John worked for nearly two decades as a philanthropic investor in digital media, media policy, and innovation. He most recently served as vice president for technology innovation at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, where he oversaw the Knight News Challenge, Knight’s Prototype Fund and other efforts to improve the creation, curation, and accessibility of information. He previously managed technology and civic innovation programs at the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He has a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Pitzer College. He serves on the board of the Illinois Humanities Council. Home base: Chicago, Illinois

Michael Della Bitta – Director of Technology, Digital Public Library of America

Michael is our director of technology. Michael has worked in software development and publications and in the startup, library, and education space for nearly 20 years. Michael most recently worked as a data and analytics developer, architect, and engineering manager at the marketing company ScribbleLive. Prior to that, Michael worked as a developer and architect on the repository and digital gallery teams at the New York Public Library, and built content management, online learning, and semantic metadata applications at Columbia University. Michael holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Bates College. Home base: Providence, Rhode Island

Wrap Up