Access 2009 Program

Wednesday, September 30th
8:00-9:00Hackfest Continental Breakfast and Registration (UPEI)
9:00-12:00Hackfest Part 1
1:00-5:00Hackfest Part 2
5:00-9:00Registration Desk Open at the Mack (corner of University Ave and Grafton, across from Province House)
Reception Social: Alan Buchanan + Tim Chaisson & Tian Wigmore @ The Mack – live music will start approx 7:30
Thursday, October 1st
7:30-4:30Conference Registration (Murphy Community Centre)
7:30-8:15Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30Opening Remarks, Housekeeping
8:30-9:30Opening Keynote – Copyright vs Universal Access to All Human Knowledge and Groups Without Cost: The State of Play in the Global Copyfight
Cory Doctorow
The Internet promises the realization of two of humanity’s noblest dreams: universal access to all human knowledge and the capacity to form and coordinate groups at virtually no cost. As great as this sounds, it’s bad news for certain kinds of top-heavy organizations and the kinds of companies that got rich on exclusion from information. From the UN to shady back-room “plurilateral” treaty negotiations, from the blogosphere to staid standards-committees, the fight over the future rages, with diplomacy and activism at its core.
9:30-10:15David Binkley Lecture – Will We Command Our Data? Generously Sponsored by Gibson Library Connections
Richard Akerman
This presentation provides an overview of recent drivers contributing to the increasing availability of datasets from four sources: research, government, libraries and individuals.  Libraries now have to be able to manage datasets from the petabyte-sized outputs of big science, down to the small individual data files that may be part of the new cultural record.  The presentation also discusses some recent
activities related to datasets and the implications for libraries. Slides are available online at SlideShare.
10:45-11:30Session – COPPUL’s LOCKSS Private Network / Software Lifecycles & Sustainability: a PKP and reSearcher Update
Mark Jordan & Brian Owen
COPPUL’s LOCKSS Private Network (Mark Jordan)
COPPUL (the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries) has implemented a LOCKSS Private Network to aid members in their digital preservation activities. This presentation will provide an overview of the COPPUL initiative and will focus on some of the technical aspects of preserving various types of contents using LOCKSS.

Software Lifecycles & Sustainability: a PKP and reSearcher Update (Brian Owen)
The PKP and reSearcher open source software suites have witnessed a significant expansion and uptake during the past few years. This presentation will address the software lifecycle (e.g. zombieware) and sustainability issues that invariably arise with many software development projects, especially open source initiatives. At the same time, it will provide an update on the status of various PKP and reSearcher modules that are illustrative of these larger concerns.
11:30-12:00Hackfest Report 1
1:00-1:45Session – Chudnovian Stuff 
Dan Chudnov
The Repository Development Group at the Library of Congress builds infrastructure and applications which support digital content transfer, ingest, access, and preservation functions. 
In 2009 we have been active in several areas: Multi-lingual access to rich historical items from around the world in the World Digital Library, historical U.S. newspapers in Chronicling America, and infrastructure development for automating the workflow of content receipt, ingest, validation, inventorying, and deployment.  We also began to release software under Open Source Initiative-approved licenses ( and continued working on specifications such as BagIt ( as well as promoting Linked Data at LC through Chronicling America and the Authorities and Vocabularies service ( 
I’ll review these activities and highlight some lessons we’ve learned along the way, and describe some of the things we’ll be working on next.
1:45-2:30Session – IslandLives: A Flexible Digital Repository Framework
Donald Moses & Paul Pound
In 2008 the Robertson Library received a private donation “to develop a rich repository of the history of the people of Prince Edward Island”. We have completed the first stage of the project – the digitization of all of the published community histories on Prince Edward Island – and have been focused on developing and integrating a storage, search, and discovery system based on Islandora – middleware that connects the Drupal CMS and the Fedora repository framework. We’ll discuss various facets of the project including: digital rights, automating workflows for data processing, developing user tools (image viewer and metadata editor), engaging the community, security and issues we have had along the way.
2:30-3:15Session – Grasping What Is Already Within Immediate Reach: Universal Open Access Mandates
Stevan Harnad
Open Access (OA) means free online access to peer-reviewed journal articles (about 2.5 million articles per year, published in about 25,000 journals across all scholarly and scientific disciplines) in order to maximize the usage and impact of research by making it freely accessible to all potential users and not just those whose institutions that can afford to subscribe to the journal in which it happens to be published.
There are two ways to provide OA: (1) publish in an OA journal, which makes all its articles free online (“Gold OA”); or (2) publish in a conventional, subscription-based journal, but make the peer-reviewed final draft free online by “self-archiving” it in your institution’s OA repository immediately upon acceptance for publication (“Green OA”). Gold OA depends on publishers and entails author publication fees if subscriptions do not cover publication costs. Green OA entails no extra cost, depends only on authors, and can be and is being mandated by their universities and research funders. Yet, for some reason, it is always Gold OA that keeps capturing the imagination and attention of all concerned (“gold fever”). Universal OA is  long overdue even though it is already within the research community’s immediate reach. I will argue that OA’s biggest and most important priority today, and the one that will deliver universal OA swiftly and without certainty, is hence the immediate universal adoption of Green mandates by universities and funders. All the rest (publication reform, copyright reform) will come with the territory, with universal Green OA. But not if we keep failing to grasp what is already fully within our reach.
3:45-4:00Session – ILS in the Sky With Diamonds / OS ILS
Roy Tennant & Mike Rylander
ILS in the Sky With Diamonds (Roy Tennant) / Distributed Cloud resources (Mike Rylander)
RT – Cloud computing has become all the rage, but what does it mean, and how will it impact libraries? What does it mean to move library management services to the cloud? What are the potential benefits and drawbacks? What are some of the emerging options and how do they differ? These questions and more will be explored in a look at cloud computing for libraries, and some specific solutions in particular.
MR – Talking about cloud computing indexing, evergreen and community distributed resource sharing.
4:45-6:00Birds of a Feather – Session #1
6:00-7:00Free time
Social – Pub Nite @ Olde Dublin Pub and Bowling to follow at the Murphy Centre.
Friday, October 2nd
7:30-10:00Conference Desk Open
7:30-8:15Continental Breakfast
8:15-8:30Opening Remarks, Housekeeping
8:30-9:15Session – Applications vs. Capabilities
Peter Rukavina

(Originally titled Infinite Malleability: Porting What We’ve Learned From the Digital World into Real Life)
Open Air Museum
Brede Vaerk
Danish Royal Library
Danish Art and Design Museum
I’d welcome the opportunity to discuss these ideas further in the comments below.
9:15-10:00Session – Drupal In Libraries
Cary Gordon
Cary will do an overview of Drupal in Libraries, present Drupal as a content management “framework” / web-based application development platform, including where Drupal is going with Drupal 7 and beyond. Cary will also mention Drupal’s community-based development and governance structure.
The presentation is availble at
10:30-11:30Thunder Talks
Thunder talks are presentation of delegates who have been inspired by other delegates to do a 5 – 10 min presentation on something that they have done, are doing or would like to do. Always interesting!
11:30-12:00Hackfest Report 2
1:00-1:45Session – Representing and Managing the Data Deluge
Dorothea Salo
Grab a bucket, it’s raining data! Library data, research data, primary data, mashed-up data, raw data, cooked data, our data, other people’s data… But which bucket should we grab? And can we really, truly fit all the data in one bucket? And don’t we risk turning data into sludge if we mix it all together in our bucket? Finding a bucket is the easy part. Grappling with data acquisition, modeling, discovery, and reuse is hard. How will we do it? Can we?
1:45-2:30Session – Inspecting the Elephant: Characterizing the Hathi Trust Collection
Roy Tennant
The Hathi Trust is a collaborative digital repository that holds millions of items — many of them publicly available at one or more Hathi Trust institutions. This fast growing collection of digital content has the potential to vastly enrich access to information, but copyright issues will shape what we can access for some time to come. Some preliminary work by OCLC Research has sought to characterize the collection by processing the data in various ways. This talk will discuss both the findings as well as the strategies and tools used to perform the analyses.
2:30-3:15Session – Next Gen OPACs
Bess Sadler & Jon Jiras
Bess Sadler: Exposing your Hidden Collections with Blacklight. Jonathan Jiras: eXtensible Catalog Update
More than an OPAC. Blacklight is a vibrant and rapidly growing open source discovery interface that allows seamless discovery and access across traditional library holdings, repositories such as Fedora or DSpace, and many other kinds of digital collections that have typically been siloed. Blacklight provides a method for indexing many heterogenous data sources into a single solr index, and a ruby on rails based front-end for this index. eXtensible Catalog software provides next generation catalog interfaces on a revolutionary extensible architecture that will adapt to changing user needs over time. XC brings opportunities to offer innovative new services to end users in order to grow the role of your library within the community it serves. The discovery interface in XC will integrate with library website content and dynamic web applications. XC includes tools to interface with existing repositories, integrate with the circulation features of an ILS, and aggregate and FRBRize metadata from multiple sources and in various formats.
3:45-4:30Session – Mobile Apps: USask iPhone Application / Mobile Discovery Application
Andrew Nagy & Heather Tones White
Whether it is eating, studying, flirting, or surfing the net, most likely your library patrons are using a mobile device. Either a run-of-the-mill cell phone, a smart phone (blackberry, iPhone) or maybe even a PDA. Because of this, it is essential for libraries and universities as a whole to offer services to their users that are mobile friendly. This presentation will show off some of the latest work in mobile apps for libraries.
4:45-6:00Birds of a Feather #2
7:00-+Social – Fishbones (includes hors d’oeuvres)
Saturday, October 3rd
8:15-8:30Opening Remarks, housekeeping
8:30-9:15Session – Virtual Research Environment – 2 Years Later
Mark Leggott
At the 2007 Access Conference I presented on the early stages of a new project at the University of Prince Edward Island, the VRE. A lot has happened since then – this session will provide an update on the VRE program at UPEI, the underlying software framework called Islandora, and the development of an open source philosophy at the University.
9:15-10:30Session – The Portal to Texas History
Cathy Hartman & Mark Phillips
The Portal to Texas History is a multi-institutional repository for digitized cultural heritage objects hosted by the University of North Texas Libraries. In the past four years the Portal has grown to over 100 members from around the state and contains over 60,000 photographs, books, letters and newspaper issues. Several methods for contributing to the Portal have been established and are taken advantage of by the partners depending on their needs and skills. This presentation discusses the different models for funding the work, adding content to the system, workflows and tools developed to facilitate the digitization process, and finally tools developed for distributed metadata creation and metadata analysis. The models in place are easily adapted to other projects of a similar nature as well as providing guidance to collection building activities such as building an institutional repository at a research institution.
11:00-12:00Session – Zotero: A better way to go?
Gwendolyn MacNairn
Academic libraries continue to expand their collections by providing access to as much digital content as possible. We need to balance these acquisition activities with complimentary teaching and learning activities in order to support the academic integrity policies of our institutions — requiring students to give appropriate credit to the sources used in their assignments. I have spent the past year exploring student behaviour within this digital environment, asking the question: What are we doing to help students collect, manage, annotate and cite the digital sources they find and want to use? At our university, we have a site license for RefWorks. This digital tool can assist both novice and expert researchers. It is comparable but different than Zotero, a new open source research tool developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. This free extension for the Firefox browser enables students to perform a variety of activities which support digital scholarship. This session will present observations from two levels of user behaviours — that of the students conducting their research using digital content and that of the libraries as they navigate between being a purchaser of a commercial product and being a member of an open source community. This presentation will also include an update on the EndNote/Zotero lawsuit.

Gwendolyn MacNairn has been involved in education and the delivery of technology training for more than 20 years. She is currently the Computer Science Librarian at Dalhousie University. Earlier in her career, she worked as an instructional designer and GIS product specialist with Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), in Redlands, California. She has presented at previous annual conferences for the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), the Canadian Library Association (CLA), the Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (DCULT) and the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE).
12:00-1:00Closing Keynote – Hacking as a Way of Knowing
William J. Turkel

Researchers are familiar with the idea of digitization, converting text, images and sound into digital form. New technologies allow us to turn all of those bits back into atoms, through reverse processes of materialization. It’s not quite Star Trek (yet), but desktop fabrication and ubiquitous computing allow us to create artifacts, devices, exhibits and environments that can shape people’s experience of place, community and the past.
1:00-1:10Closing Remarks