From "Along with founding the Library Freedom Project, Alison is a librarian, internet activist, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Alison is passionate about fighting surveillance and connecting privacy issues to other struggles for justice. She believes that a world without pervasive surveillance is possible." Library Freedom is a unique, progressive venture in the privacy sphere, putting on training workshops for libraries and librarians as well as advocating for political change.

Alison Langmead holds a joint faculty appointment between the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches and researches in the field of the digital humanities, focusing especially on applying digital methods mindfully within the context of visual and material culture studies. For the Department of Art History and Architecture, Alison serves as the Director of the Visual Media Workshop (VMW). The mission of the VMW is to develop and encourage the creation of innovative methods for producing, disseminating, and preserving the academic work using digital technologies as a fundamental component of our scholarly toolkit. To achieve these objectives, she directs a technologically-focused environment of collaboration and creativity where students and faculty from a number of departments across the University come together to work on projects that apply digital methods and techniques with focus and intention. For the School of Computing and Information (SCI), Alison researches the relationship between the historical practice of information management and digital computing, both as a historical narrative and also as a complex, changing process in contemporary America. This research, plus all of the theories, concepts, and models that she teaches at SCI, are put into daily practice in her work directing the VMW.


Ashley Evans Bandy recently graduated from UCLA with her MLIS and joined NC State University as a Libraries Fellow in both the departments of Acquisitions & Discovery and Data & Visualization Services. Her research interests include ethics in digital access to information and algorithmic decision making.

Talk: A Journey, Not a Destination: Towards a More User-Centered Library Discovery Experience

Karen Boyd is a PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland's iSchool studying values and ethics in design with Dr. Katie Shilton and the EViD lab. Her proposed dissertation focuses on ethics and ethical sensitivity in Machine Learning engineering, especially as they curate training data.

Talk: Cupper and Leecher, tinman and Shrimp Fiend: Data Science Tools for Examining Historical Occupation Data

Blake Carver is Systems Administrator at LYRASIS Digital Technology Services, where he manages the servers and infrastructure that support their hosted ArchivesSpace, Islandora and CollectionSpace. Blake holds an MLS from SUNY Buffalo, and has worked as an academic librarian, as a programmer at a startup, and as a records manager. He's also known as the guy behind LISNews, LISWire, and LISHost. Blake was one of the first librarian bloggers (he created LISNews in 1999) and is a member of Library Journal’s first “Movers & Shakers” cohort. Blake has presented widely at professional conferences, talking about open source systems, Drupal, WordPress, and IT security for libraries.

Talk: Is My Library in Good Hands?: Security and Privacy Best Practices Your Service Provider Should Follow

Workshop: Practical Privacy And Security For You And Your Library

Yinlin Chen is the Digital Library Architect 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, cloud computing, machine learning, microservice and serverless. He currently has 9 AWS certifications and works on building the next generation of digital library platform using cloud-native infrastructure.

Workshop: Building a full-stack Serverless Web application with React and AWS

Aaron Collier joined the Infrastructure Team at Stanford Libraries as a developer in mid-2017 from the California State University Office of the Chancellor, where he served as Repository Manager for several years. His true passion is judging beer.

Talk: Amplifying Productivity & Joy: Lightweight Tools & Techniques to Help Teams Improve Collaboration & Communication

Jenn is the head of automation and metadata systems at Cornell University Library where she has been part of migration teams for projects involving digital collections, the library catalog, archives, and more.

Talk: Who Will Keep it Running?

Stefano has worked for 6 years at the Art Institute of Chicago as Director of Application Services, where he oversaw the design and implementation of a Museum DAMS based on Fedora. Since November 2018 he is Software Architect at the J. Paul Getty Trust, where he is in charge of media transformation and delivery services via IIIF.

Talk: Brace Yourselves, the Archives are Coming

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: Plaintext, HTML, PDF, and EPUB3: Who wins the Accessibility Games?

Jen works on the application team at UCLA's Digital Initiatives and Information Technology Department. She is part of a team that is building the UCLA Digital Library. She has a background as a community organizer, instructor and an advocate to get more women into the programming world by organizing workshops like Rails Girls Los Angeles, Railsbridge and Kids Ruby.

Talk: The Agile Librarian or The Library Dev Shop - Using Agile Methodology to Build a Digital Library

Kate Dohe is the Manager of the Digital Programs & Initiatives department in the University of Maryland Libraries. Kate’s team oversees day-to-day activities related to digital repository management, digital preservation, research data services, and electronic publishing. Select publications include “Care, Code, and Digital Libraries: Embracing Critical Practice in Digital Library Communities” (In the Library with the Lead Pipe), “Linked Data, Unlinked Communities” (Lady Science), “Lessons from the Field: What Improv Teaches Us About Collaboration” (with Erin Pappas, Library Leadership & Management), and “The Cost of Keeping It: Towards Effective Cost-Modeling for Digital Preservation at the University of Maryland” (with David Durden, iPres 2018 Conference Proceedings).

Talk: The Digital Is Critical: Designing Radical Library Systems

Brian Foo has worked in libraries and museums for nearly a decade, specializing in the visualization of large collections of media for the public. He currently is a data visualization artist at the American Museum of Natural History and previously at the New York Public Library. His multimedia work has been featured on NPR, New York Times, and The Atlantic.

Talk: Visualizing Moving Image Archives

Jeremy Friesen strives to build cross-functional teams. He'd prefer those teams were in his D&D campaigns, but he'll settle for those teams vanquishing the bugaboos of access, description, discoverability, and preservation.

Talk: It’s Gonna Be ME(tadata): Getting Libraries, Archives, and Museums *NSYNC

Alyson Gamble is a PhD student at Simmons University and a research associate at Harvard University. As a fellow through Drexel University’s IMLS-funded program LEADS-4-NDP, under the supervision of Caroline Hayden from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP), Gamble worked with the HSP's Public Schools Admission Records database to normalize and visualize historical data. Their work builds off of a project started by 2018 LEADS-4-NDP fellow Karen Boyd. To learn more about Alyson and their research interests, please visit

Talk: Cupper and Leecher, tinman and Shrimp Fiend: Data Science Tools for Examining Historical Occupation Data

Maura Gerke is an undergraduate student in Computational Media at Georgia Tech graduating in May 2020 and a Student Research Assistant for the Digital Archives. She is currently working to make publicly available software from the digital archive collection as well as the personal oral histories around the creation and use of that software.

Talk: Cohort4Lib

Katrina Gertz has worked in a variety of libraries and archives, creating interactive tools that facilitate information discovery. She developed her analytical skills conducting neuroscience research at the Oregon Health and Science University, received an MLIS from the University of Washington’s iSchool, and is currently a metadata specialist at The New York Public Library.

Talk: Picturing the Digitization Ecosystem

Mike Giarlo has been working in library technology since 1999, holding software development positions primarily in support of digital libraries and repositories at Stanford Libraries, Penn State, the Library of Congress, Princeton University, the University of Washington, and Rutgers University. He earned both a bachelor's degree in linguistics and an MLIS at Rutgers. His top interests are APIs, AIPs, and IPAs.

Talk: Amplifying Productivity & Joy: Lightweight Tools & Techniques to Help Teams Improve Collaboration & Communication

Peggy Griesinger serves as the Metadata Technologies Librarian in the Resource Description & Discovery Services unit. Her responsibilities include the creation, analysis, enrichment, and transformation of MARC and non-MARC metadata in multiple areas throughout the library. Peggy has an M.L.S. and a B.A. in Classical Studies, both from Indiana University Bloomington.

Talk: It’s Gonna Be ME(tadata): Getting Libraries, Archives, and Museums *NSYNC

Wendy Hagenmaier is the Digital Collections Archivist at the Georgia Tech Library, where she leads leads the development of workflows for preserving and delivering born-digital special collections and manages the Library's retroTECH initiative.

Talk: Cohort4Lib

John Hott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Virginia. He has worked on the Social Networks and Archival Context project since 2013 as developer and technical development lead until Fall 2018.

Talk: Using Temporal Network Analysis to Uncover Bias in Collections

Jessica Lange works as the Scholarly Communications Librarian at McGill University. In this role she provides scholarly communications services to the campus community, including preserving and supplying access to the research output of the McGill community and consulting on issues concerning publishing, open access and authors’ rights. She worked previously as a business librarian at McGill. Her research interests include scholarly publishing and author rights.

Talk: Imposter Syndrome, Vulnerability, and Project Management: Leading an Institutional Repository Migration

Dr. Matthew Lincoln is a research software engineer at Carnegie Mellon University Libraries, where he works with researchers to develop computational approaches to the study of history and culture, and on making library and archives collections tractable for data-driven research. He earned his PhD in Art History at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has held positions at the Getty Research Institute and the National Gallery of Art. He is the technical lead of _The Programming Historian_.

Talk: From Supercomputer to Static Site: Boiling Down Big Research Data for Preservation and Usability

Genevieve Milliken is a Research Scientist for the IASGE project at New York University. She recently received her MSLIS with advanced certificate in the digital humanities from Pratt Institute’s School of Information. Her personal and professional interests include web scraping, data analysis, learning Python, and hanging out with her kitty Oshi.

Talk: Let’s Talk Git!: Investigating and Archiving the Scholarly Git Experience

Sarah Nguyen is a research scientist for IASGE at New York University. She is an advocate for open, accessible, and secure technologies through a couple gigs during her studies as an MLIS candidate at the University of Washington iSchool: Project Coordinator for Preserve This Podcast and archivist for the Dance Heritage Coalition. Offline, she can be found riding a Cannondale mtb or practicing movement through dance.

Talk: Let’s Talk Git!: Investigating and Archiving the Scholarly Git Experience

Natasha is a Librarian and Web Developer at the University of Alberta. She's an avid cyclist and gardener and she gets up a 5:30am to work on her novel (a seemingly never-ending project). She has two cats and three kids.

Talk: Intellectual Freedom and Technology

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. His professional interests include human factors, systems analysis, and design ethics. Outside of work, he has too many cats.

Talk: A Journey, Not a Destination: Towards a More User-Centered Library Discovery Experience

Workshop: Fail4Lib 2020: Hindsight

Amanda Pellerin is the Access Archivist at Georgia Tech. She teaches collection-based instruction sessions, provides access to records of enduring value, and promotes the legacy of Georgia Tech. This work encourages careful evaluation of information sources, sustains knowledge creation, and fosters an inclusive campus culture through shared experiences.

Talk: Cohort4Lib

Eric Phetteplace is a Systems Librarian for California College of the Arts with an MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has presented or written on topics ranging from Wikipedia, data visualization, programming languages, and git. His interests include open source software, statistical analysis, and social justice.

Talk: Everything is Broken but by How Much, Exactly?

Tracy Popp is Digital Preservation Coordinator at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is responsible in part for the development of policies, procedures and workflows related to the long term preservation of born-digital collections and is project lead for the Illinois’ FCoP project.

Talk: Cohort4Lib

Sara Rubinow manages metadata services at The New York Public Library.

Talk: Picturing the Digitization Ecosystem

Amanda’s work focuses on library collaborations between digital humanities researchers and archives. She has held offices in a national forum for literature librarians, and has presented or written on topics like information literacy and instruction, Drupal and website design, post-custodial theatre archives, library special collections and Wikipedia, and inclusive information systems.

Talk: Design for Diversity: Towards More Inclusive Information Systems

Bess Sadler is a Senior Developer at Data Curation Experts. She is a co-founder of the Blacklight and Samvera free software communities, and has been building data repositories and free software for over twenty years.

Talk: Design Sprints for Democratization

Jacob Shelby is the Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies at NC State University Libraries where his unit provides metadata and data management services and supports a variety of systems like the catalog. His professional interests are in practical linked data and metadata reuse. In his spare time Jacob can be found in the World of Warcraft or playing his D&D wizard, Frederick Fizzlebottom.

Talk: A Journey, Not a Destination: Towards a More User-Centered Library Discovery Experience

Eric Shows is the Assistant Director of Digital Collections Services at The New York Public Library where he oversees the Preservation Audio and Moving Image lab, the Digital Imaging Unit, and the Metadata Services Unit.

Talk: Picturing the Digitization Ecosystem

Devin Smith records pop music under the name Miracle Cat, plays in the experimental metal band Onkos, and occasionally writes nonfiction articles and book reviews. He lives in SF and currently works at Green Apple Books.

Talk: No Catalog? No Queries? No Problem! Building a DIY Discovery Service for the Prelinger Library.

Vicky Steeves is the Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University. Vicky supports researchers of all disciplines in creating well-managed, reproducible scholarship. Her research centers on integrating reproducible practices into the research workflow, advocating openness in all facets of research, and building/contributing to open infrastructure.

Talk: Let’s Talk Git!: Investigating and Archiving the Scholarly Git Experience

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: Migrating Clean Data: Two Stories from Mess to Success

Elizabeth Wilkinson is the Archivist in the Description & Access Unit in the Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for the archival processing program.

Talk: Cohort4Lib

Lauren Work is the Digital Preservation Librarian at the University of Virginia, where she is responsible for the implementation of preservation strategy and systems for university digital resources

Talk: Cohort4Lib

Andromeda Yelton is a software engineer and librarian. Currently: Berkman Klein Center; SJSU. Formerly: software at MIT Libraries, the Wikimedia Foundation, Measure the Future,, et cetera; board member at the Ada Initiative and the Library & Information Technology Association.

Talk: That Time We Fought Off a Russian Bot Army (and you can too)

Huma loves to endlessly theorize about bibliographic metadata, programming languages, and the intersection of both.

Talk: A New Approach to Old Metadata