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University of Michigan School of Information

Speaker Bio for Libby Hemphill

Libby Hemphill (Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information, Research Associate Professor, U-M Institute for Social Research, and Director, ICPSR’s Resource Center for Minority Data and founding Director, ICPSR’s Social Media Archive) studies social computing and digital curation. Her research on social computing has demonstrated the impact of social media on Congressional behavior, has shown how social media platforms shape public discourse in virtual and IRL public spaces, and has developed a natural language processing approach to detecting and intervening to de-escalate abusive online behavior. Her research in digital curation has studied the responsible and ethical use and reuse of datasets in research, the design of infrastructure and technology to support research data archives, the importance of curation for improving the FAIRness of social media and other data, and the impact of data reuse. Her practice of digital curation at ICPSR has made available transformative data such as TransPop, the first national probability sample of transgender individuals in the United States, and SOMAR, a platform for transparent, reproducible preservation and ethical access to social media data. She has worked with the Anti-Defamation League to understand and respond to online hate, and she has created a post-baccalaureate program to diversify the pipeline of students engaged in computational social science research. She is a transformative scholar who has used her expertise and position to democratize data access.

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University of Michigan School of Information

Speaker Bio for Dr. Patricia Garcia

Dr. Patricia Garcia conducts qualitative research on the complex relationship between race, gender, technology, and justice. She is currently partnering with public libraries to study how a computational justice program model can support girls of color (ages 13-16) develop agentic computing identities. This research involves the design of computing education programs that support girls of color in situating their computing identities within broader self-concepts and in ways that highlight how the intersections of race and gender can function as sources of power, rather than simply sites of marginalization. Her other related work examines how harmful data practices perpetuate structural inequities along racialized and gendered lines, and she collaborates with data practitioners to imagine and enact more equitable data futures. Her work spans the fields of computing education, learning sciences, youth studies, and critical data studies.

Talks and Workshops

UCLA

Speaker Bio for Kristian Allen

Talk: Leveraging AI Tools for Automating Metadata Extraction

University of Texas at Austin Libraries

Sacramento State University

University of Toronto, Mississauga Library

Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Library

Speaker Bio for Christopher Berger

Speaker Bio for Albert Bertram

Workshop: Local Discovery Layers

Department of Anthropology, University of Florida

California Digital Library

Speaker Bio for Raiden van Bronkhorst

Talk: Lessons learned: How to get traction with AI and start building

Video Game History Foundation

Speaker Bio for Travis Brown

Talk: Integrating Digital Library Platforms: The DIY Approach

University of Michigan Library

University of North Texas Libraries

James Madison University

University of Alabama

California Digital Library

Speaker Bio for Justin M Coyne

Workshop: Build a recomendation engine using AI

Network of the National Library of Medicine, National Center for Data Services

Speaker Bio for Justin de la Cruz

Talk: Teaching coding online to full-time library workers

University of Texas at Austin Libraries

University of Toronto

NC State University Libraries

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Speaker Bio for Katherine "Kate" Deibel

Talk: Change is Afoot: What WCAG2.2, WCAG3, ..., WCAG9000? Mean for Libraries

James Madison University

Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Drexel Metadata Research Center

Fedora

Speaker Bio for Corey Halpin

Talk: Cleaning metadata in bulk through batch editing

GBH Archives (WGBH Educational Foundation)

Speaker Bio for Ryan "Harpo" Harbert

Talk: Whispering at any volume: Scalable speech recognition for all

University of North Texas Libraries

University of Houston

Speaker Bio for Ben Howell

Workshop: Local Discovery Layers

NYPL

GBH Archives (WGBH Educational Foundation)

Speaker Bio for Michael B. Klein

Workshop: GenAI4Lib: A Practical Introduction to Large Language Models

James Madison University

New York Public Library

Drexel Metadata Research Center

UW-Madison

Speaker Bio for Eric Lease Morgan

Workshop: Modern Alchemy: Hands-On with the Distant Reader

University of Cape Town

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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California Digital Library

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Speaker Bio for Chad Nelson

Tech Lead at California Digital Library. Angeleno. Erstwhile Librarian. Photographer. Aspiring Bassist. Maker of weird web stuff. Real time jingle blaster. Low key gooner.

Talk: Everything old is new again : What we could have learned from a book on COBOL from 1976, but didn’t

Drexel University

Speaker Bio for Robyn Ness

Workshop: Local Discovery Layers

Speaker Bio for Andreas Orphanides

Workshop: Fail4Lib 2024

UCLA

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Systems Librarian

California College of the Arts

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Speaker Bio for Eric Phetteplace

Eric is a Systems Librarian who manages a wide variety of library and learning technology systems. His professional interests include digital preservation, web development, workflow automation, integrating systems using APIs, and user experience. He loves reading, walking in cities and in nature, and worries continuously about climate change.

Workshop: Python{4}Lib

Drexel Metadata Research Center

Speaker Bio for Melani Polutta

Talk: The Last Two Women Standing: libtechwomen's CodeClub

Emory University Libraries

Georgia Southern University

Princeton University Library

Speaker Bio for Bess Sadler

Talk: The Compassion of DevOps

Video Game History Foundation

Speaker Bio for Phil Salvador

Talk: Integrating Digital Library Platforms: The DIY Approach

Drexel University

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Loyola University Chicago, Health Sciences Library

UCLA

University of Chicago

Speaker Bio for Ken Varnum

Workshop: Local Discovery Layers

University of Michigan

NC State University Libraries

Speaker Bio for Meredith Wynn

Talk: Beyond Band-Aids: Rethinking Accessibility Widgets

University of Texas at Austin Libraries

George A Smathers Libraries, University of Florida