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Keynote Speaker: Christine Bannan
Policy Counsel, New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute ~ Washington, DC

Protecting Privacy and Dignity in the Attention Economy

The digital information ecosystem collects personal data about us and uses it to shape our behavior. Learn how the lack of privacy online leads to manipulation and inequitable outcomes for Internet users.

Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia and Inclusive Description in Archival Collections


Annalise Berdini – Digital Archivist ~ Princeton University
Katy Rawdon – Coordinator of Technical Services ~ Special Collections Research Center Temple University.
Valencia Johnson – Archivist for Student Life ~ Princeton University

Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia (A4BLiP) is a loose association of archivists, librarians, and allied professionals in the area responding to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement. As part of this effort, an A4BLiP working group published The Anti-Racist Description Resources, which compiles research and case studies created by archivists across the field into a set of best practice recommendations for an anti-oppressive approach to creating and remediating archival description. The recommendations are intended to combat the racist structures inherent in PWIs and in archival description of underrepresented and marginalized groups, in particular those in the Black community. This project came about to improve our work as [predominantly white] archivists who handle collections about, by, and for people of the Black diaspora. In this presentation, we will discuss the resources, how we have used them at our institutions, tips on how to use them at yours, and upcoming work.


APA Bias-free Language Resource

Resource co-authored by all three presenters:
Archives for Black Lives in Philadelphia: Anti-Racist Description Resources

Presentations & Recordings:
Sunshine State Digital Network’s Conscious Metadata Series Recordings & Slides



  1. Dean, J. “Conscious Editing of Archival Description at UNC-Chapel Hill.” Journal of the Society for North Carolina Archivists 16 (2019): 41-55.
  2. Thomas, T. (2020). A Case Study of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library Conscious Editing Steering Committee.
  3. “The Right to Know”: Decolonizing Native American Archives:


Let’s Learn Tech: IT Training for Low-Income Learners


Alex Carruthers – Learning and Community Engagement Manager ~ Toronto Public Library

While Toronto’s tech sector is booming, the gap between high- and low-income Torontonians is expanding, and traditional formal education isn’t filling the needs of either low-income residents or the tech sector. Toronto Public Library’s Let’s Learn Tech program is working to address these barriers. Learn how unique collaborations, pedagogies, and wrap-around supports are connecting residents to each other and to new careers.


An Introduction to Blockchain Applications in the Information Professions: Hype, Speculations, and Implications


Sandy Hirsh – Associate Dean, Academics ~ San Jose State University

The blockchain investigation coordinated by the San Jose State University iSchool provided clear directives to build use cases that test scalability and usefulness. Many of the blockchain experts who participated in the project contributed short essays for the 2019 ALA Library Futures publication, “Blockchain”. This session will identify the issues, skepticism, and possible applications that involve blockchain technology. The newest blockchain project proposal involving the implementation of a universal library card (ULC) using a specially developed library blockchain protocol that maintains personal identity privacy and security will be discussed. The ULC will support digital inclusion and digital literacy by enabling unencumbered access to library resources for disenfranchised and credentialed users. Libraries will continue to manage users with the existing technology infrastructures already in use in their home organizations with an API that will connect with each organization’s ILS platform.


Blockchain News sites

Articles of Interest

  • Blockchain Reaction,” American Libraries, March 1, 2019
    Understanding Blockchain,” American Libraries, Jan 2020
  • LaFountain, Cal. “Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, and Non-Fungible Tokens: What Libraries Need to Know.” Computers in Libraries, vol. 41, no. 4, May 2021, p. 4+.

YouTube Videos

Library 2.0 held a conference in June 2018 focused on Blockchain; there is a playlist but below is a list of some specific sessions:

Mike Schwartz: The potential of blockchain

Advanced Blockchain Topics:

Igniting a Spirit of Inquiry through Experience and Exploration


Sam Northern – EdD NBCT Library Media Specialist ~ Simpson Elementary School

Students are inherently curious, and their understanding of how things work often begins with a question. How does a tiny acorn become a tree? Why is our playground always muddy? Do you have any books about video games? These inquiries from library users can lead to meaningful learning experiences. Project-based learning (PBL) is a type of inquiry that initiates by posing questions, problems, or scenarios—rather than prescribing a specific path to knowledge. With PBL, learners develop deeper understandings by collaborating, thinking critically, and problem-solving. This presentation explains the design process and implementation of inquiry-based learning in the library or classroom. We will walk through tried-and-true PBL activities where students make connections to science and their environment. Be prepared to discover new ideas, practices, and resources that will help you embrace students’ thirst for knowing “why?”


Author Archives from the Journal of the American Association of School Librarians:


Fostering a Culture of Creativity using Cross Campus Collaboration


Preston Tobery – Coordinator of Maker Technologies ~ University of Maryland Libraries

The University of Maryland’s Makerspace Initiative (MSI) is a consortium of 25+ makerspaces from different departments and units across campus, with the common goal of helping each other provide the best experience possible for students, faculty, and staff.
Maker Spaces are rapidly making their way into schools and libraries as a great way to help people discover solutions to unique problems, try new things that would otherwise be inaccessible to them, and foster creativity. Utilizing various technologies such as laptops, robotics, 3D printers, Virtual/Augmented Reality, and many more, maker spaces give the opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in making their ideas a reality. Preston Tobery is the Coordinator of Maker Technologies for the University of Maryland libraries. He is responsible for the planning and oversight of the John & Stella Graves MakerSpace located in the McKeldin library, as well as serving as the maker technology advisor for the branch libraries on campus. As an expert in these “maker” technologies, he specializes in teaching patrons on how to use these technologies, whether they’re applying their in-classroom learning or engaging in their own self-directed learning environment.


A Makerspace for everyone

TedX Talks:

Makerspaces directory

University of Maryland’s John & Stella Graves Maker Space

Case Study Using a “lean start-up” approach to building a culture of innovation at the John and Stella Graves Makerspace by Andy Horbal and Preston Tobery, from The Savvy Academic Librarian’s Guide to Technological Innovation



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