Networking Day 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Boston Library Consortium invites all members to the BLC's Annual Networking Day to meet new colleagues and catch up with old ones.  We are delighted to have Dan Cohen, Executive Director of Digital Public Library of America and Chris Bourg, Director of MIT Libraries as our featured speakers this year.

Program Details & Schedule

Location: Sherman Function Hall, Brandeis University

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Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 10:00 am (Registration and Continental Breakfast start at 9:30 am)


9:30 am - 10:00           
Registration & Continental Breakfast
10:00 - 10:15    
Welcome: John Unsworth, President of the BLC Board and Susan Stearns, BLC Executive Director
10:15 - 11:15           
Keynote: Dan Cohen
11:30 - 12:15 pm     
Keynote: Chris Bourg
12:15  - 12:30         
Update on the BLC
12:30 - 1:30            
1:30 - 3:00            
Lightning Talks: What's New at BLC Libraries 

  • Jeanne Antill, UMA: Providing services through the Makerbot Innovation Center
  • Linda Plunket, BU: An update on the SHARE project
  • Rachel Lewellen, UMA: Data visualization with Tableau
  • Donna Mullen and Margaret Manion, UML: Using Jeopardy in library instruction
  • Sarah Hutton and Jessica Adamick, UMA: Transforming the learning commons with microclimates
  • Giordana Mecagni, Northeastern: The YMCA GrandMarc project
  • Charlotte Roh, UMA: Open educational resources
  • George Depres, Brandeis: University records management
  • Alicia Morris and Alex May, Tufts: Creating metadata for images in the Trove institutional repository
  • Diann Smothers, Northeastern: Using screencasting for online instruction
  • Elliot Brandow, BC: The Digital History Initiative

3:00 - 3:30            
3:30 - 4:30           
Breakout sessions for COIs and working groups 


Please register for the Annual Networking Day HERE. Last day to register is Friday, May 15th by 5:00 pm.

About the Featured Speakers:

Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Prior to his tenure, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital Histroy: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving and Presenting the Past of the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Dan was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top "tech innovators" in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, his master’s degree from Harvard, and his PhD from Yale.
Chris Bourg is the Director of Libraries at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she also has oversight of the MIT Press. Prior to assuming her role at MIT, Chris was Associate University Librarian for Public Services at Stanford University. Chris has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University, and spent 3 years on the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is keenly interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education; and in the role libraries play in advancing social justice and democracy.