• Attendees

Aimee Lind Getty Research Library Reference Librarian / Manager Interlibrary Loan As a reference librarian, manager of the interlibrary loan department, and part of our Digitization team at the Getty Research Library, I am deeply committed to access issues and the promise of universally available digitized content. At this conference I hope to learn more about what is possible within a legal framework as well as how we can become more involved and advocate for free, unfettered access to information.
Alan Foster Lore Media Inc CEO I’m working on mixed reality literature (aka holographic books) at MIT, and I’m looking to investigate if it can be applied to the preservation and accessibility of rare and historical documents.
Amanda Wakaruk University of Alberta Copyright Librarian @awakaruk I am the Copyright Librarian at a large research university and hope to learn more about the legal framework underpinning IA’s digitize and lend services.
Amy Mason National Federation of the Blind Access Technology Specialist @turtlecatpurrz I have been working with eBook accessibility since 2011. I have focused on access for the end user, with particular attention to blind and print disabled individuals. I want help to ensure the highest usability and accessibility for this population.
Amy Neeser Research Data Management Program Manager University of California Berkeley @pseudoAMYloid As the RDM Program Manager, I have a split appointment between the library and Research IT wherein I’ll be working to bridge these services to provide a unified RDM program to the UCB campus. I am new to UC Berkeley and looking to meet others working in this area.
Angella Anderson University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Disability Specialist, Accessible Media Services I have been at the University of Illinois for 25 years, working in alternate format production for students with disabilities. I have recently begun working with the Internet Archives, the University Library and hopefully, the Big Ten Alliance schools on a project to share our converted materials with the HathiTrust so that other disability service providers can access the files for their students so that we are not all reinventing the wheel. I’m hoping to learn more about how we can standardize the conversion output for students with disabillities, and learn more about epub production.
Ani Boyadjian Los Angeles Public Library Research & Special Collections Manager Hi, I’m Ani and I’ve worked in public libraries for over 25 years, and at the LAPL for the past 20. I’m super excited about the Internet Archive’s 100&Change project, and would like to make sure our collections are well represented. I’m interested in all things digitization and special collections and hope to pick everyone’s brains and collaborate on new ideas and projects.
Anna Kresmer National Federation of the Blind Archivist @jtblibrarian I have been librarian and archivist for the NFB since 2009, and have focused on making our collections and their management systems accessible to blind and print disabled users. We worked with Internet Archive on digitization and access of library materials in 2010. I would like to explore where the technology has gone and help make a management system for accessing those digitized books.
Annie Rana Getty Research Institute Project Manager I’m the project manager and content specialist for the Getty Research Portal, which is an online platform initiated by the Getty Research Institute that provides global access to free, downloadable and searchable digitized art history texts from a number of contributing libraries around the world. Among other things, I’m looking forward to learning more about how Internet Archive is tackling curation and collection development questions for its Open Libraries initiative, as well as to hear from fellow attendees on their experiences in building digital libraries.
Bethany Nowviskie CLIR+DLF Director, Digital Library Federation @nowviskie I direct the nonprofit Digital Library Federation, which mobilizes working groups across our international membership to advance research, learning, social justice, and the public good through the creative design and wise application of digital library technology. We’re an Open Libraries partner, developing “Inclusive Curation” workflows and platforms. Looking forward to meeting other collaborators and advancing that work!
Brad Turner VP Global Literacy Benetech I run global literacy for Benetech, which includes Bookshare and our Born Accessible initiative. I want to provide accessible books to everyone with a print disability around the world.
Bryant Keller Kirton McConkie Attorney I am in intellectual property attorney, interested in…
Brianna Schofield Authors Alliance Executive Director Brianna Schofield is the Executive Director of Authors Alliance, a nonprofit organization representing the interests of authors who want to take advantage of opportunities of the digital age to share their creations with readers, promote the ongoing progress of knowledge, and advance the public good. Brianna looks forward to discussing these how the Open Libraries project can help promote these interests with attendees at the Library Leaders Forum.
Cherie Bush FamilySearch International Manager I am partnership manager for Book Scanning at FamilySearch. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. Currently we have over 350,000 digital books available on our website at www.familysearch.org. Our website is free. We hope to add 80,000 books to our site over the next 12 months.
Chris Shaffer University of California, San Francisco University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor @ChrisTheCat Open science advocate and health sciences librarian seeking partners in crime. The UCSF Library, publisher of the Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, has a long history of pushing boundaries to share information. I hope to meet and learn from people doing work in support of the mission of the Internet Archive.
Clifford Lynch CNI Director I have been the director at CNI for about 20 years. Much of our mission is focused on preserving and opening up access to scholarship, and to the evidence that supports it.
David Hansen Duke University Libraries Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication @diglibcopyright I work to help the Duke University community tackle the obstacles that copyright and other legal systems pose for achieving free, open distribution of information, including Duke library collections and scholarship, online. I hope to come away from this conference with additional ideas and concrete plans for opening library collections through, e.g., the controlled digital lending model that IA has developed.
David Leonard Boston Public Library President @dleonard Thrilled to be attending and take BPL’s partnership with the Internet Active to the next stage, and tackle new frontiers in digital access, free to all!
David Rosenthal LOCKSS Program Chief Scientist (retired) I’m the recently retired Chief Scientist of the LOCKSS Program at Stanford. I’ve been helping in a small way to put the budget for the 100 and Change proposal on a sound footing.
Deborah Kempe The Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection Chief, Collections Management & Access @Deberli I’m all about open access, so I hope to come away with a much better understanding of the stakes involved and ready to take action with Open Books at my library.
Dennis Massie OCLC Research Program Officer @SHARESGuy I specialize in collection sharing research and will attend on behalf of OCLC VP for Business Development Chip Nilges.
Dennis Meldrum FamilySearch International Manager I am partnership manager for Book Scanning at FamilySearch. FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. Currently we have over 350,000 digital books available on our website at www.familysearch.org. Our website is free. We hope to add 80,000 books to our site over the next 12 months.
Eric Miller Zepheira President, Co-Founder Zepheira @erimille Eric Miller is co-founder and president of Zepheira which provides solutions to effectively integrate, navigate and manage information across boundaries of person, group and enterprise. Dr. Miller serves as an adviser to businesses and other organizations, and as speaker at conferences worldwide providing insights on the evolution of the Web. Looking to work with Internet Archive to bring libraries as an industry into the web of data, bringing together libraries and their providers to tell the Web localized, comprehensive, connection-rich stories.
Erik Mitchell University of California, Berkeley Associate University Librarian @mitcheet I’m a librarian and researcher who studies how we use structured data in our online and daily lives. I’m really excited to hear more about IA’s push to open content and collections.
Erin Berman San Jose Public Library Innovations Manager @mohawklibrarian I am the Innovations Manager for the San José Public Library. My work in the library field has mainly focused on STEAM education and bridging the technology divide. For this conference I hope to help in building the strategy and framework needed to make Open Libraries successful across the world. I also want to discover how our library can plug into Open Libraries to ensure as many books as possible are available, without charge, to our customers.
Frances Sawyer Kahle/Austin Foundation Chief of Staff I have just joined the Kahle/Austin Foundation and have begun to learn more about the digitize and lend model, the future of digital libraries, and the goals of the Open Libraries project. Looking forward to meeting everyone and continuing along this learning curve.
Geoffrey Harder University of Alberta Associate University Librarian @geoffharder Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives, Special Collections, University Archives and Maps at the University of Alberta. Interested in improving discovery and access to information and data resources, long-term sustainability planning, and realignment of resources to better support community and forward-thinking goals.
Ginny Grant Benetech (Global Literacy Program) Senior Product Manager I am the Product Manager for Bookshare, the world’s largest online library of accessible books (albeit tiny in comparison to the IA!), and am excited about meeting all of these other people who are bringing reading materials online AND making them accessible, so Bookshare will be a blip in time. 🙂 In all seriousness, I look forward to sharing our collective knowledge and forging partnerships between digital libraries.
Gregory Eow MIT Libraries Associate Director for Collections I serve as the Associate Director for Collections at the MIT Libraries, providing leadership for an administrative portfolio that includes scholarly communications and collections, digital preservation, metadata creation, and the Institute Archives and Special Collections. I am also a member of the MIT Press Editorial Board. Before joining the MIT Libraries, I held appointments at the Harvard Library, Yale University Library, and Fondren Library, Rice University. My goal for this conference is to explore ways of collaboratively making digital books openly available for a global audience, and to democratize access to information and knowledge in the process.
Hannah Scates Kettler University of Iowa Digital Humanities Librarian @hskettler User and Building of digital resources, interested in diving into the anthropology of information structures, how we use them, how we create (or exculde) identity and the impacts of librarianship on these systems of creation and digital legacies.
James English The New York Public Library Product Manager National Platforms @JamesEnglish Former technology company CEO and now open source library tech evangelist serving as Product Manager, National Platforms at NYPL . I hope to advance reading through the adoption of SimplyE by libraries as a national digital platform for reading.
Jake Orlowitz Wikimedia Foundation Head of the Wikipedia Library @JakeOrlowitz, @WikiLibrary I run the Wikipedia Library at the Wikimedia Foundation. After a successful collaboration using the Wayback Machine on Wikipedia to archive several million dead links, I am looking to explore further opportunities between Wikipedia and IA around Open Library, media uploads, and many more areas for potential collaboration.
Javier Gutierrez Multnomah County Library Director of Collections and Technical Services @javrgut I’m the Director of Collections and Tech Services for Multnomah County Library. MCL is relatively new to the world of digitization and a few years ago built our drupal digital platform to host our items. I’m hoping to learn about sustaining and successfully building a digital collection.
Jeff Penka Zepheira VP, Product Management @librarydotlink Vice President of Product Management and Co-Founder of the Library.Link Network. I enjoy working with others to define problems and work toward creating and executing business and product practices, utilizing outcomes-focused processes to rapidly validate and evolve market appropriate solutions. Veteran public speaker, recognized author, trainer, and facilitator.Currently an Instructor of Practice/” Entrepreneur in Residence” at the University of South Carolina.Looking at how our industry partnership can work together to bring library visibility on the web meeting the needs of the global community.
Jim Fruchterman Benetech CEO @JimFruchterman Software and tech for good nerd and social entrepreneur. I want to see all people with disabilities worldwide have the access to books they need for education, employment and full social inclusion.
Joel Richard Smithsonian Libraries Head of Web Services @fauxbrarian With a background in computer science, my work centers around the Smithsonian Libraries’ web presence including our digital library, online books, image gallery, blogs, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. While here, I hope to learn more about the Internet Archives future plans and how we can both take advantage of and support its offerings. As a side note, years ago I improved upon existing work that populated most of the 5.3 million images in the “internetarchivebookimages” collection at Flickr.com.
Jon Worona Multnomah County Library Director of Content Strategy @jonworona I collaborate with and provide guidance for marketing + online engagement, collections + technical services, and creative learning spaces. These workgroups, and the county IT partners that I direct, make up the Content Strategy division for Multnomah County Library. I’m here to learn more about the plans for the 100 & Change.
Karen Keninger NLS, Library of Congress Director As Director for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, with the goal of ensuring that all may read, I hope to gain knowledge in mass digitization of titles and accessibility.
Kyle Courtney Harvard University Copyright Advisor @KyleKCourtney Lawyer, librarian, @FairUseWeek founder, © savvy, author, armchair philosopher, gentleman farmer, soi disant scholar, PhD mixologist, and bowtie enthusiast.
Leah Prescott Georgetown University Law Library Associate Librarian for Dig. Init./Spec. Coll. @leahprescott I would like to both let others know about where we are in our process of digitize and lend, as well as hear about what others are doing, or what obstacles they are facing.
Matthew Davis San Francisco Public Library Digitization and Collections Manager @matthew_t_davis I’m the Digitization and Collections Manager for the Government Information Center at the San Francisco Public Library. I’m new to my position and am interested in seeing how SFPL’s digitization efforts can connect with other stakeholders.
Mark Hall San Francisco Public Library Assistant Chief of Main @markhsf I’m attending to make sure I’m keyed in to the latest developments in the Open Libraries initiative… our library will likely be involved in contributing collections for the project, and the librarians in our special collections and digitization center will also be closely involved.
Mary Minow Harvard Fellow @fairlyused Fellow at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard. Want information to be more readily available to everyone, while respecting rights of content owners.
Martin Kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries / BHL Associate Director / Program Director @udcmrk Foster new collaborations with Internet Archive partners and rekindle existing relationships. Learn about the newest activities of IA.
Mary Lou Jepsen Openwater CEO @mljmljmlj Dr. Mary Lou Jepsen is the founder of Openwater whose goal is a wearable with MRI-plus resolution that can enable telepathy as well as drastically transform diagnostic costs for healthcare. Previously she was an engineering executive at Facebook, Oculus, Google[x] and Intel. In addition Mary Lou has founded 4 startups including One Laptop per Child where she was CTO, chief architect and delivered to mass production the $100 laptop. Her startup CEO experience includes the world’s only fabless display screen company which was based in Taipei. She has been a professor at both MITs: RMIT in Australia and MIT in Cambridge. She is an inventor of over 200 published or issued patents and has shipped billions of dollars worth of consumer electronics on the hairy edge of what the physics will do. She has been recognized with many awards including TIME magazine’s “Time 100” as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and as a CNN top 10 thinker.
Micah May DPLA eBook Consultant I am building the DPLA eBook pilot and Michele Kimpton, acting ED, asked me to attend to represent DPLA, which I am very happy to do!
Michael Wolfe UC Davis Scholarly Communications Officer @Mchl_Wolfe I’m a copyright attorney and open advocate working to increase my institution’s contributions to the mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” I’m hoping the conference brings us one step closer to that goal.
Michelle Brennan Institute for Study of Knowledge Management in Education Information Services Manager I work in collection management and information and integration services for ISKME OER Commons platform. I am interested in collaborations that focus on leveraging digital texts in the creation of openly licensed educational content.
Michelle Wu Georgetown University School of Law Assoc Dean for Lib Svcs/Prof of Law Law library director looking for collaboration opportunities with libraries on shared digital collections.
Mike Marlin California Braille and Talking Book Library Director @mmarlinswyrds I’m Mike Marlin, and I’m one of a handful of blind librarians in the U.S. I am an advocate for accessibility, universal design, and the integration of assistive technology and adaptive hardware into the information and library world. Right now is a critical time for readers with print disabilities as the Marrakesh Treaty for cross border sharing of accessible formats moves forward and more resources such as IA, Bookshare, NLS, etc. work toward alleviating the Book Famine for persons with print disabilities. I am looking forward to networking and finding commonalities in my intersection with other esteemed library professionals.
Patrick Yott Northeastern University Associate Dean of Libraries Hi, Patrick here. At Northeastern we are currently working through some thought experiments around what it would mean to remove most (if not all) physical books from our library. What affordances for new services and partnerships would this offer? What would be the right mix between off-site/annex storage and digitization?
Polina Ilieva University of California, San Francisco Head of Archives & Special Collections As Head of the UCSF Archives & Special Collections, I’m responsible for all aspects of planning, collections management, donor relations, and a variety of other programs including digitization and web archiving. I serve as a PI for two grant funded projects that will expand and provide online access to materials preserved at the UCSF AIDS History Project. I’m active in several groups working on preservation, access, and advocacy for records containing PHI and interested in issues related to collection development and preservation of contemporary scientific record.
Sean Redmond New York Public Library Director of Accessibility, Senior Product Manager @rdmond Two decades in tech at major cultural institutions in NYC. I’m responsible for Accessibility at NYPL and taking on product management for some new SimplyE initiatives.
Shellie Cocking San Francisco Public Library Collections and Cataloging Manager I am the Collection and Cataloging Manager for San Francisco Public Library. I hope to have a clear path on how to select what collections we would be able to share with this project.
Terry Carlson San Francisco Public Library North West District Manager My name is Terry Carlson. I’ve been working for 22 years at the San Francisco Public Library which I love and passionate about serving my community through library work. I’m excited that we’ve partnership with many organizations like Internet Archive throughout the City. I look forward to how we can work together to engage and sustain our community to be a stakeholder in our library world.


Alexis Rossi Internet Archive Director of Media & Access @alexisrossi Alexis has been working with the Internet Archive since our first service, the Wayback Machine, was launched in 2001. She currently manages all media for archive.org, including audio, movies, books, software, images. Her past Internet Archive projects include Open Library the Open Content Alliance and the Wayback Machine.
Andrea Mills Internet Archive Digitization Program Manager @MsAndreaMills I am the Digitization Program Manager for Internet Archive Canada. My focus is managing digitization projects with our partners in government, archives and academic libraries. I have the pleasure of working with libraries and users around the world, helping to bring collections of material into the digital public domain. Creating accessible formats for users with perceptual disabilities, and making them freely available is a both a professional and personal focus.
Brenton Cheng Internet Archive Senior Engineer @bfalling I spearhead the technical and product development of Archive.org, Open Library, BookReader, and other book-related services at Internet Archive, having joined the Archive in February of 2016. Before that, I wrangled code and developers at Stringwire, a live streaming video platform for citizen journalists. In addition, I teach actors and dancers in the Performing Arts and Social Justice department at University of San Francisco. This conference I’m looking forward to listening to library needs and learning how we can better facilitate the on-lining of their collections.
Brewster Kahle Internet Archive Founder and Digitial Librarian @brewster_kahle A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999.
BZ Petroff Internet Archive Director of Admin & HR @bzpetroff I am the Director of Administration & HR at the Internet Archive and would like to welcome all our esteemed guests to our library.
Davide Semenzin Internet Archive Engineer Books bits in software and infrastructure
Elizabeth MacLeod Internet Archive Manager of Satellite Digitization Services I was first drawn to the Internet Archive because of my interest in expanding access to information. I grew up in love with public libraries, volunteering in information and referral services alongside my mother. I now manage a remote team of Scribe operators working within the libraries they serve. I want to understand and undertake the next steps in opening 20th century resources to 21st century learners.
Evan Minto Internet Archive Software Engineer @VamptVo I’m an engineer and designer at the Internet Archive and I’m particularly interested in exploring ways we can make our content more accessible to people of varying abilities, technological access, economic class, and more.
Gemma Batson Internet Archive Program Manager I’m Gemma, and have worked for the Internet Archive for 9 years. I used to work in Books, but have this year moved over to web, where I am helping institutions with web archiving.I hope to hear more about what our partners are working on, and how we can help them reach their goals.
Giovanni Damiola Internet Archive Software Engineer Software Project Engineer at Internet Archive. Working on Search and Discovery projects like the Full Text Search for our 35M texts, documents and books.
Hank Bromley Internet Archive Principal Engineer, Cluster Storage & Computation The team I lead at the Internet Archive is responsible for the back-end infrastructure that will support (1) linkage of library holdings with copies of those books that we have previously digitized, and granting of access to those copies, and (2) where we lack such previously digitized copies, post-upload processing of newly digitized books (performance of OCR, creation of PDFs and EPUBs, etc.)I hope for the conference to yield a fuller mutual understanding of, on the one hand, the services our library partners desire, and, on the other hand, the Archive capabilities that may support those services.
Jacques Cressaty Internet Archive Director of Finance Overseas all aspects of financial tasks from forecasting, funding, grant management, banking, etc…
Jefferson Bailey Internet Archive Director, Web Archiving Director, Web Archiving
Jeff Sharpe Internet Archive Senior Digitization Manager My name is Jeff Sharpe. I am the Senior Digitization Manager at the Midwest Regional Digitization Center located at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana. I would like to assist our partners and potential partners to achieve their digitization goals.
Jim Michalko Internet Archive Senior Strategist @mrjpm I would like to understand the requirements for The Internet Archive to launch a viable, scalable, Digitize and Lend Service.
Jim Nelson Internet Archive Cluster Operations Engineer @_jimnelson_ As part of the Petabox team, we strive to maintain high data availability as well as provide services for data and metadata storage and transformation. My goal is to learn more about what kind of services attendees are seeking and understand better the challenges of accessibility for all people.
John Gonzalez Internet Archive Director of Engineering @jgonzalez159 John is the Director of Engineering at the Archive, and is coordinating Accessibility activity for book and lending. Please connect with John regarding how Accessibility for people with visual disabilities is a cornerstone of the Open Libraries initiative.
Jude Coelho Internet Archive Process Manager I manage the engineering for books digitization at the Internet Archive. I hope to answer questions about our book digitization technology and take feedback on how we can make it better.
Katie Barrett Internet Archive Development Manager My name is Katie Barrett and I am Development Manager at the Internet Archive. I worked very closely with Wendy Hanamura on the 100&Change grant and I am excited to meet partners and potential partners who can help us make the digitize and lend model a reality.
Kristy Headley Internet Archive Digitization Manager, San Francisco @kristy.headley Kristy Headley works for Internet Archive as their Digitization and Test Manager at IA Headquarters in San Francisco, working closely with hardware and software development teams to streamline operations. She runs a small boutique scanning setup in San Francisco as well.
Lila Bailey Internet Archive Policy Counsel I look forward to meeting new partners, and engaging in a lively discussion about the legal and policy issues surrounding our digitize and lend services.
Mark Graham Internet Archive Director, the Wayback Machine @markgraham Manager, the Wayback Machine. Committed to development and use of Open Educational Resources and high quality epubs.
Manuel Dennis Internet Archive Digitization Manager I’m the Digitization Manager for IA in Washington DC. Looking forward to meeting more of our team and partners and planning for another great year!
Mek Karpeles Internet Archive Citizen of the world @mekarpeles I maintain open library. Figuring out how libraries can work together to make more books digitally accessible.
Richard Caceres Internet Archive Engineer @rchrd2 I am an engineer at Internet Archive who works on the technology behind many books related projects including our lending system and our book reader.
Stacy Argondizzo Internet Archive Senior Digitization Manager Senior Digitization Manager for the East Coast Region for the BooksGroup. Been with the Archive for over 10 years and LOVE it!
Tim Bigelow Internet Archive New England Regional Digitization Manager I am Tim Bigelow, the New England Regional Digitization Manager for the IA center in the Boston Public Library.
Wendy Hanamura Internet Archive Director of Partnerships @whanamura For the last year and a half, my singular focus has been developing the Open Libraries project and applying for $100M in MacArthur’s 100&Change. Win, lose or draw, I am excited to make Open Libraries a reality with you!