ODNFest 2021 Sessions

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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 June 2020. She has led the library through an extraordinary time of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state funding budget reductions, exponential growth in demand and potential for digital resources, and innovation in library services. Knapp has nearly 20 years of library experience that includes state and public libraries. Before joining the State Library, she was the Deputy Director of Statewide Services at the Indiana State Library, where she oversaw the Professional Development Office, Library Development Office, and Management Information Services Division. Earlier, she served as 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. Her 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.

Jen Johnson – Digitization Consultant, State Library of Ohio (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 – Software Development Specialist, State Library of Ohio

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 – Metadata Librarian, State Library of Ohio (she/her/hers)

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.


Learning from our Past: Archiving and preserving information from historic international health crises


As many of us work to curate collections based in our real time experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic and examine how its impact affects the use and context of our existing collections, we look back to similar events in history to inform us. University of California San Francisco Library’s AIDS History Project and the University of Michigan Center for the History of Medicine’s Influenza Encyclopedia are two projects based on events that while decades apart and experienced in very different ways can illuminate where our digital collections are now and where we want them to go.
Polina Ilieva (University of California San Francisco) and J. Alexander Navarro PhD (University of Michigan) will share their experiences working with these very germane topics and collections, and we look forward to drawing the parallels that will inspire our work in the future.

Polina E. Ilieva – Archivist, University of California San Francisco

Polina E. Ilieva is an Associate University Librarian for Collections, UCSF Archivist, and an Assistant Professor with the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Polina serves as a PI for several collaborative multi-institutional grant projects funded by the National Archives, National Endowment for Humanities, National Library of Medicine that that support expansion and digitization of holdings related to the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and women scientists. Polina actively works with community health organizations in California on issues related to records’ preservation and establishing the UCSF Archives as a trusted repository for diverse community and research holdings with the goal of creating a more inclusive and equitable historical record.

She is active in several groups working on preservation and access to historical patient records and interested in issues related to appraisal of contemporary scientific records.

J. Alexander Navarro PhD, Assistant Director, Center for the History of Medicine, University of Michigan

Dr. Navarro, Assistant Director, received his Bachelor of Arts in History with Honors from Rutgers University, and his Doctor of Philosophy in History from the University of Michigan. A diplomatic, political and intellectual historian by training, Dr. Navarro has taught and conducted research on a wide range of topics, including U.S.-Latin American history and U.S.-Southeast Asian relations, Western labor history, 20th-century urban history, race and racism, and issues of national identity.
Since joining the Center for the History of Medicine in 2005, Dr. Navarro has focused much of his research on the historical, social, economic, and political ramifications of the 1918 and 2009 influenza pandemics. He was a co-principal investigator and the lead researcher on the Center’s landmark study of the use of non-pharmaceutical interventions in the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, and on the Center’s qualitative examination of school closures implemented during the 2009 pA(H1N1) influenza pandemic. He is also the Co-Editor in Chief of the The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918-1919: A Digital Encyclopedia, and was responsible for researching and writing the site’s essays detailing the experiences of 50 American cities during the deadly pandemic.
Dr. Navarro is currently researching the interplay between territorial aggrandizement, disease, and American portrayals of Mexico and Mexicans during the Mexican War.
In addition to supervising the Center’s large research projects, Dr. Navarro assists in developing public programming at the Center and in managing the Center’s daily operations.



Change the Subject Zoom Screening


Change the Subject shares the story of a group of college students, who from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples. In partnership with staff at Dartmouth, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flash point in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. (IMDb)

Brew another coffee and settle in for a virtual screening of this vital and inspiring documentary. We’ll be joined by Jill E. Baron, Oscar Cornejo Casares, and Tina Gross after lunch so be ready for discussion!





Change the Subject Panel Discussion


After our film screening and break for lunch, we’ll spend an hour with 3 folks directly involved with the creation of and work featured in Change the Subject. Jill E. Baron, Oscar Cornejo Casares, and Tina Gross will join us for discussion and Q&A, and we’ll talk about how it relates to our metadata redescription work in digital collections.

Jill Baron is the librarian for romance languages and Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College.  She received her master’s in library and information science from Rutgers University, an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and her BA in French and comparative literature from Bryn Mawr College.  She lives in Vermont with her family.  This is her first feature-length documentary film.

Óscar Rubén Cornejo Cásares is a 5th-year Ph.D. candidate in the department of sociology at Northwestern University, and a co-producer of Change the Subject. He earned his B.A. in sociology and Native American studies from Dartmouth College. His research interests include the sociology of law, race, and migration with a focus on undocumented immigration in the U.S.

Tina Gross is the Metadata and Cataloging Librarian at North Dakota State University. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and just finished an MFA in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She served as chair of the CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee Working Group on the LCSH “Illegal aliens.”



Metadata Mini-Grant Virtual Poster Session


You’ve seen the project updates from the State Library, but now you’ll have the chance to hear from a range of Metadata Mini-Grant recipients and learn about their collections and experience with this new project.

Case Western University, Cleveland Play House Production Photographs Collection

Stephanie Becker (she/her), Anne Kumer (she/her/hers)

In 2011, the Kelvin Smith Library acquired the Archives of the Cleveland Play House. Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House is America’s first professional regional theater. The archives include correspondence, photographs, posters, legal and financial records, design drawings, and audio and video tapes from the founding of the Play House through 2011. Spanning nearly 100 years, the CPH Production Photographs collection, numbering over 6,000 still images, has been digitized and is accessible online. The collection offers an expansive look at the development of regional theater productions from the view of the audience, backstage, and during rehearsals. The grant will be used to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Depositing the production photographs, and later, other materials from the CPH collection, into DPLA, will give researchers unfettered access to a comprehensive catalog of theater history, showcasing it alongside similar collections from the New York Public Library, University of Utah, and Tarrant County College. A significant part of Cleveland’s cultural heritage, CPH has long participated in partnerships and collaborations with community organizations. CPH was an early adopter of children’s theater and community-based educational programming and continues to promote and elevate the works of emerging actors and playwrights.

Cleveland State University, The William Wynne Photographic Collection

Marsha Miles (she/her/hers)

William Wynne was a professional photojournalist for Cleveland’s morning newspaper, The Plain Dealer, and in that capacity recorded many of the events of the day. Mr. Wynne donated the collection which consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks (including letters and notes) mostly documenting Cleveland area history and news stories for The Plain Dealer newspaper. Subjects documented within this collection include animals, the arts, celebrities, civil and human rights, industry, nature, as well as political, religious, and sporting figures and events. Additional topics beyond the Northern Ohio area are covered in the collection. The digitization process commenced earlier this year. The grant will be used to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines

Community Library, Local History Archive 

Margaret Arnold

These digital collections are part of Delaware County Memory and include books, Civil War letters, maps, family histories, graduating class photos, glass plate negatives, stereographs, scrapbooks, videos, and public records such as Delaware County marriage, death, tax and will records. Delaware County Memory is an ongoing collaborative project between libraries, governmental offices, local historical societies, and other local archives throughout Delaware County. The Community Library will utilize the grant funding to ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Kent Historical Society and Museum, Oral History Collection

Virginia Dressler, Bryan Kvet

The Kent Oral History Project— started in the early 1980s by the Kent Historical Society as part of its mission to preserve the town’s history— consists of more than 200 recorded interviews with local residents discussing their personal experiences and perspectives on life in Kent, Ohio. The Kent Oral History Project collection is part of Ohio Memory. Grant funding will be used to add metadata to the records and ensure the collection meets the ODN and DPLA metadata application profile guidelines.

Many of the oral history files include experiences around the May 4, 1970 campus shootings at Kent State, in addition to many interviewees that provide rich recollections of Kent, Ohio at the beginning of the 20th century. These recollections also include the experiences around the railroad industry, as the Kent hub was a busy one. They give voice to the day-to-day life experience of individuals who have not been historically prioritized in textbooks. This includes members of the Black community and their unique experiences in the armed forces as well as entrepreneurial women.

King Arts Complex, Photograph Collection

Casey McCarty (he/him/his), Angela O’Neal, Nicole Sutton

The King Arts Complex photograph collection consists of over 6,000 photographs of the African American community in Columbus, Ohio, from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. The photographs were donated to the KAC. Most of the images were used for the Call and Post newspaper. Images that show community events such as the Star Lite Cotillion, basketball tournaments, and community performances bring alive what it was like for African Americans living in Columbus during this time. The Metadata Mini-Grant award will be used for digitization and metadata.

Wright State University, Wright Brothers Collection Photographs

Jane Wildermuth (she/her)

The Wright Brothers Collection at Wright State University Libraries is one of the most complete collections of Wright Brothers material in the world. The more than 2,000 photographs in the collection document the invention of the airplane and the lives of the Wright Family, and they are among the most requested items in our holdings. The images are requested by scholars, school age children, publishers and authors, documentarians and producers, and those simply inspired by the story of two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, who had a dream and changed the world. The Metadata Mini-Grant award will be used to prepare metadata for ODN and DPLA.



ODN Annual Report


 Jen Johnson, Peter Kukla, Penelope Shumaker, Evan Struble – State Library of Ohio (bios above)

We’ll close our day with brief updates and overviews of the ODN highlights from 2021 and a discussion of what’s ahead for 2022.


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