Digitization, Discovery, and Use

Virtual Conference


Stakeholders across the information community have poured significant resources into the creation of digitized collections, with varying degrees of success. Since the final resources do get used by both students as well as researchers, what steps are needed to improve and support swift discovery of these resources at the point of need? Are they properly accessible? What technologies were used in creating the digital forms, and how well are they working? Where do “digitize-and-return” projects fit into all this? The speakers at this virtual conference will share case studies from a variety of institutions and organizations.

Confirmed speakers include Julia Corrin, University Archivist, Carnegie Mellon University; Nicole Finzer, Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian, Northwestern University; Mike Furlough, Executive Director, HathiTrust; Edward Galloway, Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections, and Jeff Wisniewski, Director of Communications & Web Services, both of University of Pittsburgh; Jon Shaw, Associate Vice Provost and Deputy University Librarian, University of Pennsylvania; and Karin Wulf, Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library and Professor of History, Brown University.

Event Sessions

12:00 Noon - 12:15 Welcome


Recommended Reading:

Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization, by Deanna Marcum and Roger Schonfeld (2021, Princeton University Press

Book Review — Along Came Google: A History of Library Digitization by Jill O'Neill

12:15pm - 12:45pm Opening Keynote


Karin Wulf

Director and Librarian, John Carter Brown Library and Professor of History
John Carter Brown Library, Brown University

12:45 pm - 1:15pm Perspective on Needs and Concerns


Jon Shaw

Associate Vice Provost and Deputy University Librarian
University of Pennsylvania

1:15 - 1:45 Case Study - Carnegie Mellon University


1:45 pm - 2:30 pm Comfort Break

2:30pm - 3:00pm Case Study - University of Pittsburgh


Edward Galloway

Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections
University of Pittsburgh

Jeff Wisniewski

Director of Web Services & Communications
University of Pittsburgh Library System

3:00 - 3:30 Case Study - Northwestern University


Nicole Finzer

Digital Projects and Outreach Librarian
Northwestern University

3:30pm - 4:00pm Vision Interview with Mike Furlough

Mike Furlough is Executive Director of HathiTrust, an organization that contributes to research and scholarship by collaboratively collecting, preserving, and sharing the scholarly record.  HathiTrust stewards more than 17 million digitized books and journals digitized on behalf of nearly 200 supporting member libraries.  Furlough leads the strategic development of HathiTrust’s programs and services, including its digital library, access for print disabled users, copyright research, innovative support for text and data mining, and the establishment of a distributed print archive among its members.  His career has long taken place at the intersection of emerging technologies and scholarly practices and in the past he has worked in various roles in the libraries at Penn State University Libraries and the University of Virginia. 

Additional Information

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