Digital Commonwealth Conference, April 13, 2021

The Digital Commonwealth Conference Committee and Board invite you to register for their 15th Annual Conference

(If MSP students are interested in attending, we will be able to reimburse the $20 registration fee as long as a receipt is provided.)

“The Politics of Collections”

When: April 13, 2021, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: via Zoom Webinar


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Please join us for this amazing lineup of distinguished speakers from all over the US, for this year’s conference, with discussions and presentations focused on the theme of the Politics of Collections.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS, Live from Los Angeles

“Politics, Power, Ethics, and Inclusion: A Call to Action to Reframe Library Practices?”

Ginny Steel, University Librarian, UCLA



“Digital Public Library of America: Equity, Inclusion in 2021”

John Bracken, Executive Director, DPLA

PANEL A: “Managing the Competing Forces of Agency, Equity and Privacy in Archival Practice”

Richard Chabran, REFORMA, Distinguished Librarian – University of CA

Christine Anne George, J.D., Asst Director for Faculty & Scholarly Services, Cardozo School of Law Library

Natalie Milbrodt, Director of Metadata Services Division, Queens Public Library, NY

PANEL B: “Towards Blackness: Strategies and Approaches in Improving Digital Collections”

Micha Broadnax, Project Manager for the Black Teacher Archives

Shauntee Burns-Simpson, President Black Caucus ALA, Assoc. Director, School Support & Outreach, NYPL

Jaccavrie McNeeley, Digital Services Librarian at Watertown Free Public Library


PANEL C: “The Challenges of Non-English Language Collections”

Roberta Dougherty, Librarian for Middle East Studies, Yale University Library

Amber Kanner Clooney, Web Developer & Digital Projects Librarian, Yiddish Book Center, MA

Additional speaker, TBA


“Digital Commonwealth Repository Systems Update: Looking Back, Looking Ahead”

Eben English, Boston Public Library

 “Results from a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Access Survey of DC Member Institutions”

Justin Snow, President, Digital Commonwealth

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Registration is $10 for individuals from Digital Commonwealth member organizations and $20 for non-members.

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