Diversity, Accessibility, and Technology: Engage at the 2020 Humanities Roundtable!

The theme of this year’s Humanities Roundtable is building better — better diversity, better accessibility, better technology — in order to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable humanities community. From the complexities of controlled vocabularies and thesauri in the humanities to dealing with historically offensive language, and from defining accessibility in a humanities context to designing for it, our speakers will touch on many of the critical changes the digital humanities need. None of this is simple but, at the same time, if we work together to find solutions, it’s not impossible. By bringing together stakeholders from across the information community — librarians, publishers, technology providers — this year’s Roundtable will kickstart a discussion on the practical requirements and implications of delivering a more diverse, a more accessible, a better information environment for the digital humanities community. 

The September 23 event, scheduled to run between 11am and 4:30pm (EDT), includes plenty of opportunity for small group discussions, encouraging attendees to engage productively with one another and to collaborate in identifying next steps.

The Roundtable has brought together an outstanding set of speakers, a cross-section of the stakeholders working in this space:

  • Mark Puente, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Organizational Development, Purdue University
  • Marti Heyman, Executive Director, Metadata Strategy and Operations, OCLC
  • Rebecca Blakiston, User Experience Strategist, University of Arizona
  • Bethan Tovey-Walsh, PhD researcher, CorCenCC/Swansea University
  • Ian Smith, Director, Accessibility Platforms and Solutions, codemantra
  • Michelle Urberg, Metadata Librarian, Proquest 
  • Dave Tell, Ph.D., Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas
  • Susan Doerr, Associate Director, University of Minnesota Press

Registration is now open (see the NISO event page to register online). Due to the generosity of our sponsors, the cost of attendance is even lower than in previous years!

2020 Pricing 

  • NISO Member (Worldwide)
    • $55.00 
  • Non- Member (Worldwide)
    • $75.00
  • Student
    • $30.00

Group Registrations (Minimum 3 attendees)

  • $150.00