• Speakers

Main Speakers:

Lila Bailey

Outside Policy Counsel, Internet Archive

Lila Bailey is outside policy counsel for the Internet Archive. Her solo law practice supports clients who democratize access to information, community, and creativity by harnessing technology. She also teaches Internet Law at Berkeley Law School. Prior to starting her own law practice, she taught in the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley and…

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Sylvain Bélanger

Director General Preservation, Library and Archives Canada

Sylvain Bélanger is Director General, Preservation Branch for Library and Archives Canada since February 2014, where he is responsible for digital preservation, migration, web harvesting, and a host of initiatives related to end to end digital assets management at Library and Archives Canada. He has also led the work on a national approach to Permanent…

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Heather Christenson

Heather Christenson recently joined HathiTrust as Program Officer for Federal Documents and Collections. She is responsible for overseeing the expansion of HathiTrust’s federal documents collection and services that support their discovery, access, and preservation. Heather has been involved in the creation of digital collections and digital library services for over 14 years. In her previous…

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Chris Edwards

Head of Digital Services at the Getty Research Institute

Chris Edwards is the Head of Digital Services at the Getty Research Institute.   Chris began work at the GRI in 2014, leading a team of imaging and digital library specialists to manage the GRI’s digitization program.  The department employs 10 full time photographers, and 3 dedicated repository ingest staff, and is responsible for creating both high-resolution…

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Geoff Harder

Associate University Librarian, Information Resources and Digital Initiatives at University of Alberta

Geoff Harder is Associate University Librarian for Information Resources and Digital Initiatives at the University of Alberta Libraries. In his role, Geoff supports highly engaged teams working in areas such as digitization, archiving, digital repositories, research data management, scholarly communications and publishing, and strategic collection development. Geoff has been directly involved in developing the partnership…

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Polina Ilieva

Head of Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library

Polina is the Head of Archives and Special Collections at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Library. For the past four years she has been directing the activities of the department which consists of Special Collections that include materials in all formats on the history of the health sciences and ancillary disciplines, the University…

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Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

University Librarian, UC Berkeley

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason is UC Berkeley’s University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer, and Professor of the School of Information and Professor of Economics. He was formerly the Dean of the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and a Professor of Information and Computer Science, as well as a Professor in Economics and Public…

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Tom Rieger

Manager, Digitization Services Section, Library of Congress

At the Library of Congress, I am responsible for establishing and ensuring compliance with technical approaches to digital conversion and digital conversion workflows to meet the preservation and access needs of the Library, especially for materials that can be reproduced as still images. I coordinate the Still Image Group of the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines…

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Michelle Wu

Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Michelle Wu is the Associate Dean for Library Services and Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.  She teaches and writes in the areas of copyright, licensing, and library administration. 

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Eric Blossom

Release Manager, Internet Archive

With a passion for books and a commitment to being a beneficial presence on the planet, Eric joined the Archive in January 2016. He’s currently the Release Manager for the Archive CD project, working out a path for preserving our musical heritage as recorded on Compact Discs. In a former life, Eric was the founder…

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Wendy Hanamura

Director of Partnerships, Internet Archive

Wendy Hanamura joined the Internet Archive in 2014 as the Director of Partnerships, where she builds strong strategic alliances around content, policy, and organizational support. Building on a career in journalism and non-profit media, Hanamura uses her storytelling skills to share the remarkable stories locked in the Internet Archive’s 20 petabytes of digital collections. Previously,…

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Brewster Kahle

Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

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…

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Session Leaders:

Len Augsburger

Project Coordinator, Washington University

Len Augsburger is the Project Coordinator of the Newman Numismatic Portal, which is administered by Washington University in St. Louis through the Olin Library. Len was a software engineer and manager in the telecom industry for 28 years prior to joining NNP.

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Cherie Bush

Marketing Manager, FamilySearch

Cherie Bush has been with FamilySearch since 1994. She has been a marketing manager, a reference consultant in the Family History Library and trainer- including creating content and lesson plans. Currently she is a Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer with the assignment of library outreach. She has a degree in business with a minor in marketing….

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Helge Holzmann

Researcher, L3S Research Center

Helge is a PhD candidate and has worked as a researcher at the L3S Research Center in Hannover, Germany since 2013. His research focus is on the access and analysis of Web archives, which is part of his daily work in the EU project ALEXANDRIA. Helge has published at different international conferences, including JCDL, SIGIR…

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Robert Manley

Robert Manley is the Digital Imaging Specialist for the Newman Numismatic Portal. Robert previously worked at the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis managing a large scale digitization project of St. Louis City Directories. He has a background in fine arts and history and has worked in a number of St….

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Karissa McKelvey

Developer, Dat Project

Karissa McKelvey is a software developer, writer, inventor, and activist supporting an equitable web. Formerly a research scientist at Indiana University, her work studying online political communication resulted in multiple peer-reviewed papers and press in outlets such as NPR and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to an experienced software and web developer, she has…

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Dennis Meldrum

Partnership Manager - Family History Books, FamilySearch.org

Dennis L. Meldrum, MLS has been with FamilySearch since 1981. He has been a Senior Product Specialist for the Pedigree Resource File, PAF Companion, and Freedman’s Bank Records. Currently he is the Partnership Manager for Family History Books, an online collection of over 300,000 genealogy books freely available at FamilySearch.org. He has a B.A. in…

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Max Ogden

Programmer, Dat Project

Max is an open source computer programmer who leads the Dat Project, a grant funded project to support distributed data infrastructure for science and government. He also helps organize community events such as the CSV Conference and Donut.js.

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Jake Orlowitz

Head of Wikipedia Library, Wikimedia Foundation

Jake Orlowitz is the head of the Wikipedia Library at the Wikimedia Foundation. Since 2011 the program has helped Wikipedia editors do research more effectively, helped readers engage more critically with Wikipedia’s content, and helped libraries and publishers share their collections more broadly.

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Katya Pereyaslavska

Accessibility Librarian, University of Toronto

Katya Pereyaslavska (M.I., M.A.) is the Accessibility Librarian at Scholars Portal which is a service of the Council of Ontario University Libraries hosted by the University of Toronto. Katya has recently held the title of the Visiting Program Officer with the Association of Research Libraries and the day before delivering her firstborn in November 2015…

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Merrilee Proffitt

Senior Program Officer, OCLC

Merrilee Proffitt is a Senior Program Officer in OCLC Research. She provides project management skills and expert support to institutions represented within the OCLC Research Library Partnership. Current projects and interests include: improving archival description, increasing access to special collections, the impact of copyright on primary source material, looking at developing better relationships between Wikipedia…

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Alex Stinson

GLAM-Wiki Strategist, Wikimedia Foundation

Alex Stinson is the GLAM-Wiki strategist for the Wikimedia Foundation. A Wikipedia editor and advocate for the community since 2008, he helps Wikipedia’s international communities find the best practices for partnering with GLAMs.

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Drew Winget

Visualisation Engineer, Stanford University Libraries

From his Liberal Arts background, Drew Winget brings a humanist perspective to software design and engineering. As a designer and engineer, he has worked for startups in the publishing and gaming industry. Drew joined Stanford’s Digital Library in 2013 and has since helped shape the future of libraries by leading the development of Mirador, a…

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Michael Wolfe

Executive Director, Authors Alliance

Michael Wolfe is the executive director of Authors Alliance, a nonprofit organization that supports creators seeking to maximize the dissemination of their work. He is also the scholarly communication officer for the University of California, Davis. Formerly a copyright research fellow at Berkeley Law, Michael is an attorney licensed to practice in California.

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Ben Vershbow

Digital Strategist and Product Director

Ben Vershbow is an independent, NYC-based digital strategist and product director passionate about building the cultural heritage layer of the internet. For more than eight years, Ben worked at The New York Public Library, where he founded and led NYPL Labs. Labs began in 2011 as a small digital skunkworks, building experimental web projects aimed…

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Jefferson Bailey

Director, Web Archiving Programs, Internet Archive

Jefferson joined Internet Archive in Summer 2014. Prior to joining IA, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital preservation, archives, and digital collections at institutions such as Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records. He…

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Chris Booth

UK Regional Digitization Manager, Internet Archive

After working in advertising print production, Chris graduated with a degree in history and moved into the museum sector. He worked at London’s Natural History Museum Library & Archives for over five years, digitizing their special collections for projects like Darwin’s Library and the Wallace Correspondence Project. In the middle of this period, he also…

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Richard Caceres

Software Engineer, Internet Archive

Richard is a full-stack engineer on the Internet Archive Books Team. He develops the books editor, online book reader, and contributes to many projects at Internet Archive.

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Davide Semenzin

Italian by birth and Dutch by adoption, prior to joining the Books team at Archive Davide worked as a back-end web developer, systems engineer and DevOps firefighter. After getting his MSc from Utrecht University, he found and ran a cloud computing business, worked in Digital Humanities and Digital Libraries at UC Berkeley (where he still…

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Brenton Cheng

Senior Engineer, Open Library, Internet Archive

Brenton spearheads Open Library and related services. He joined the Internet Archive in February 2016. Previously, he spent 10 years at NBCUniversal as Principal Engineer for Astrology.com and Stringwire, a live streaming video platform for citizen journalists, guiding product design and leading mobile and web development. He received a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton…

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Jude Coelho

Process Engineering Manager, Internet Archive

It has been Jude Coelho’s pleasure to work for the Internet Archive since 2008, when he started as a Book Scanner. He is the Process Engineering Manager for the Books Group, working out of Archive headquarters in San Francisco, and, before that, he served as Coordinator for the regional scanning center in Princeton. His duties…

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Giovanni Damiola

Software Engineer – Internet Archive Books Team

Giovanni joined the Archive in January 2015 as a full stack engineer for the Digital Libraries Division and he is leading the Full Text Search project. He loves books, traveling, photography, freaks and freedom. He believes in the power of imagination to remake the world.

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Lori Donovan

Senior Program Manager, Archive-It

Lori graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Masters of Science in Information, specializing in Archives and Digital Preservation. She previously studied history and political science at Boise State University. She is very excited to be working at a mission-based organization and helping libraries, archives and other cultural institutions fulfill their…

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Vinay Goel

Senior Data Engineer, Internet Archive

Vinay joined the Internet Archive’s Web Group in 2006. At the Archive, he has run focused crawls, deployed web archive access and index infrastructures and developed automated tools to help improve the quality of web crawls, and to extract and analyze large portions of the Web Archive. He also administers the Web Group’s Hadoop cluster…

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John C. Gonzalez

Director of Engineering, Internet Archive

John joined the Archive in July of 2014. He has over 30 years of experience in business and technology management including Director of Products at the Xerox Content Management Business Unit, VP of Product Management for Clearstory Systems (WebWare), and VP of Corporate Business Development for Getty Images.  He is currently the Chairman of the…

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Mark Graham

Director, Wayback Machine

Mark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. Mark is currently Director of the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive, responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use, more than 1 billion new web captures each week. Mark was mostly recently Senior Vice President with NBC News where…

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Jake Johnson

Collections Coordinator, Internet Archive

Jake joined the Archive in 2009 as an Americorps VISTA volunteer on the NASA Images project. In 2011 he joined the collections team, and has since then added over 2 million items to the Archive Jake also developed and maintains the Internet Archive Python library and command-line tool. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts…

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Jeff Kaplan

Collections Manager, User Support, Internet Archive

Jeff joined the Internet Archive in 2010. Prior to joining the Archive, he worked for as a Creative Director and Senior Designer at several marketing-communication firms in San Francisco. He holds a BFA from California College of the Arts. Outside work, he enjoys playing in local bluegrass bands and surfing along the Northern California coast.

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Mek Karpeles

Software Engineer, Internet Archive

Mek (@mekarpeles on github) is a software engineer, an out-of-necessity serial entrepreneur, a quantified self-er, and most-over a citizen of the world. In 2011 he left his Artificial Intelligence PhD program at the University of Delaware to co-found a e-commerce marketplace for digital works, which was acquired a year later by Hyperink. Mek went on…

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Dimitrios Latsis

Film Curator, Internet Archive

Dimitrios Latsis is film archivist and curator and currently the CLIR-Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Visual Data Curation at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, CA. He received his Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa in 2015 and is currently working on a book chronicling the rapport between early cinema and art in the representation…

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Jillian Lohndorf

Web Archivist, Internet Archive

Jillian joined Archive-It as Web Archivist in 2016. Previously, she held the position of Web Services Librarian for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and has supported the archives of DePaul University and Rotary International. Jillian holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Tom McCarty

Software/Mechanical/Electrical Engineer, Internet Archive

Engineer for the Internet Archive working primarily on book image quality.

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Roger MacDonald

Director, Television Archive, Internet Archive

Roger joined the Internet Archive to help create an open digital public library of TV news, providing a means to thoughtfully reflect upon the most pervasive and persuasive medium of our time. Certainly no coincidence that he had spent the previous eleven years helping to manage the nation’s largest independent noncommercial TV network, Link TV….

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Elizabeth MacLeod

Satellite Digitization Services Manager, Internet Archive

Elizabeth joined the Internet Archive as a Scribe operator in 2010 at her beloved Wilson Special Collections Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before the IA, Elizabeth had digitized audio and video material for the Southern Folklife Collection of UNC and catalogued specimens at the North Carolina Insect Museum in Raleigh….

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Jim Michalko

Advisor, Internet Archive

Jim retired from his position as VP, Research Libraries at OCLC in March 2016. Prior to joining OCLC in 2006, Jim was the CEO of the Research Libraries Group (RLG) for nearly 16 years. Before directing RLG, Jim held positions in private industry (medical technology, merger and acquisition analysis), the University of Chicago libraries and…

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Andrea Mills

Digitization Program Manager, Canada, Internet Archive

I am the Digitization Program Manager for Internet Archive Canada. I hope to help make new and exciting connections between our partners and supporters. Let’s think nationally and globally to build The Library of 2020 together!

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Courtney Mumma

Program Manager, Web Archiving Programs, Internet Archive

Courtney joined the Internet Archive in September of 2015 as Program Manager, with a focus on collaborative partnerships, grants management, community development, research initiatives, new services and sustainable innovation in web archives. Her career has been dedicated to building and fortifying the digital cultural heritage preservation sector. Courtney helped to build the Archivematica open source…

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Karl-Rainer Blumenthal

Web Archivist, Archive-It, Internet Archive

Karl joined the Archive-It team at the Internet Archive in 2015 to help all partners build their collections through application support, testing, training, and documentation. His boundless enthusiasm for all things web archiving developed during his term as a National Digital Stewardship Resident and Archive-It partner with the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). Originally…

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Sylvie Rollason-Cass

Web Archivist, Partner Services

Sylvie is happy to be supporting Archive-It partner institutions’ web archiving programs. She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she focused on Special Collections and Preservation. Before coming to the Internet Archive, she worked as a Graduate Project Assistant in the preservation department…

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Alexis Rossi

Director of Media & Access, Internet Archive

Alexis has been working with the Internet Archive since our first service, the Wayback Machine, was launched in 2001. She currently manages all media and access for archive.org, including audio, movies, books, software, images, mass web crawls, the Wayback Machine and the archive.org web site. Her past Internet Archive projects include Open Library and the…

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Jeff Sharpe

Senior Digitization Manager, Midwest Region, Internet Archive

Jeff’s work experience in administration and research led him to the Coordinator position at the digitization center in the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana. He’s proud of his role in assisting to put well over a hundred thousand books online for universal access, including over fifteen thousand items digitized by volunteers at…

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Jason Scott

Free-Range Archivist & Software Curator

Jason Scott fills the singularly unique role as the Free-Range Archivist & Software Curator at the Internet Archive. He likes long walks on the beach and exploding paradigms. He is attempting to collect everything, at which point he will retire and make folder tags.

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Nancy Watzman

Managing Editor, Television Archive

Nancy Watzman manages editorial content and relationships for the Television Archive. She’s worked for a number of political watchdog and reform organizations, including the Sunlight Foundation, Every Voice, the Center for Responsive Politics (opensecrets.org), and the Center for Public Integrity. Nancy is co-author, with Micah Sifry, of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington…

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Jessamyn West

Community Technology Librarian - Open Library, Internet Archive

Jessamyn West is a librarian and community technologist and a Harvard Library Innovation Lab Fellow for 2016-2017. She helps run the Internet Archive’s Open Library project and writes a column for Computers in Libraries magazine. She works with small libraries and businesses in Central Vermont to help them use technology to solve problems.

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