Speakers 2012


Aaron Straup Cope

Friday October 19th @ 9:30-10:30 – Opening keynote: We were Otaku before it was cool

Aaron is Canadian by birth, American by descent, North American by experience et Montréalais au fond. He usually just tells people he is from the Internet.

Aaron is currently Senior Engineer (Internets and the Computers) at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

Before that, Aaron was Senior Engineer at Flickr focusing on all things geo, machinetag and galleries related between 2004 and 2009. From 2009 to 2011 he was Design Technologist and Director of Inappropriate Project Names at Stamen Design, where he created the prettymaps project.

A member of the Near Future Laboratory, Aaron also sits on the advisory board to the Built Works Registry and has served as Co-Director of Revolutionary Technologies for the Spinny Bar History Society since 2010. Once upon a time he was still a painter.

Aaron’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art as well as 20×200. He is a frequent speaker at the Museums and the Web conference. He does not know how to explain the weird Rorschach circus that erupted following The New Aesthetic panel at SXSW 2012 but is proud to have been one of the speakers.

Aaron blogs at thisisaaronland and does not normally speak in the third person. Aaron is happiest in the presence of olive oil.

Alistair Croll

Friday October 19th @ 2:15 – 3:00 –  Big Data, Answers, and Civil Rights

Alistair is an author, entrepreneur, and technology analyst. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One
Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.

Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference, Cloud Connect, and Interop’s Enterprise Cloud Summit. Alistair lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

Art Rhyno

Saturday October 20th @ 9:45 – 10:30 – Open Source OCR for Large Collections of Scanned Documents

Art Rhyno is a Systems Librarian at the University of Windsor. Art has been at Windsor since 1993 and started out on his library systems path at Memorial University of Newfoundland in the late 1980s. A decade after arriving in Windsor, Art and his wife spent almost 10 years as proud owners of The Essex Free Press, Ontario’s second-oldest independently owned family weekly newspaper. Art is also part of the team behind Project Conifer, which operates a shared instance of the Evergreen ILS, and is a Board Member for OurDigitalWorld, the successor to OurOntario, a long standing initiative that supports the digitization of collections of all sizes and formats.

Bess Sadler

Sunday October 21st @ 12:00 – 1:00 – Closing Keynote : Brain Injuries, Science Fiction, and Library Discovery

Bess Sadler is the Manager for Application Development in the digital library group at Stanford University Library. She is one of the co-founders of Project Blacklight and Project Hydra. She cares passionately about free and open source library software, serendipitous discovery, and the act of browsing.

Brianne Selman

Saturday October 20th @ 9:00 – 9:45 – From Zero to 50K in 3 Weeks – Building a Digital Repository from Scratch, Fast

Brianne Selman is an Information and Virtual Services Librarian at the Millennium Library in Winnipeg, but frequently finds herself existing in real life too. Librarian interests include digital repositories, metadata, the semantic web and an enduring interest in Sociology that she can’t quite shake.

Cameron Metcalf

Saturday October 20th @ 3:50 – 4:35 – SPLURGE: The Scholars Portal Library Usage-based Recommendation Engine

Cameron Metcalf is the Head of the Systems Division at the University of Ottawa Library. He is open to considering any good recommendations.

Corey Davis

Friday October 19th @ 11:15 – 12:00 – Locked in the cloud: What lies beyond the peak of inflated expectations?

Corey Davis grew up in small-town Alberta but eventually made his way to the West Coast. After heading up the Technical Services department at Royal Roads University, he is now a Systems Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries.

Daniel Chudnov

Friday October 19th @ 10:45 – 11:00  Ignite : Social Feed Manager

Daniel Chudnov is a hacker/librarian and is Director of Scholarly Technology at George Washington University’s Gelman Library in Washington, DC, USA. Previously, he has worked as a software developer at the Library of Congress, the Yale Center for Medical Informatics, MIT Libraries, and the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library at the Yale University School of Medicine. He has contributed to several free software projects for libraries, and is a frequent speaker and author on technology and service innovation in libraries. From 2007-2011, he wrote a regular column for Computers in Libraries magazine, and he started the oss4lib weblog and listserv in 1999 to promote the use of free software in our community. He can always be found @dchud.

David Fiander

Friday October 19th @ 3:15 – 4:15 – A Library in a Box

David Fiander is the web services librarian at Western University, Canada. This is not as technical as you might think, so he tries to maintain his skills by programming in his so-called spare time. He recognizes the open source movement as a nascent anarcho-syndicalist movement, and is still trying to figure out how he feels about that.

Graham Stewart

Saturday October 20th @ 11:15 – 12:00 – Cooking with Chef at the University of Toronto Libraries: Automated Deployment of Web Applications in a Library Context

Graham Stewart has been working in libraries since 1976. He is currently Network and Storage Services Manager for Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries. His interests include: planning large scale, automated computing systems; maximizing reliability and availability for online services; open source operating systems and applications; the creative use of technology in the academic environment; improving users’ experiences of technology.

Heather Cunningham

Friday October 19th @ 11:00 – 11:15 – Discovering the hard to find: new media in traditional journals

Heather Cunningham is a reference and research librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre of the University of Toronto. She is the web coordinator for the Gerstein Library as well as a liaison librarian for biology, genetics, environmental sciences and various medical departments. Her research interest include personas as a web design tool, green initiatives such as paperless research within academic research, and characteristics of physical libraries conducive to research.

Hugh McGuire

Sunday October 21st @ 1:30 – 2:30 – David Binkley Memorial Lecture : Keeping Books Open

Hugh McGuire has been exploring new book publishing models since founding LibriVox — the largest online library of free, public domain audiobooks in the world — in 2005. His current focus is PressBooks, a simple online book publishing tool, though he also keeps an eye on some other projects including Iambik Audiobooks – a commercial version of LibriVox. Hugh has started or helped organize BookCamps in Toronto, New York, Melbourne and Montreal. He is the co-editor with Brian O’Leary of “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto: Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing” (O’Reilly). You can find Hugh on Twitter at @hughmcguire, and on the web at hughmcguire.net.

Janet Rothney

Saturday October 20th @ 4:35 – 4:50 – Ignite : Sharing the Unshareable – Dental Clinic Images in a University Image Repository

Janet Rothney is the Dentistry Librarian at the University of Manitioba. In addition to the regular liaison roles of trainer, reference advisor, purchaser and general research enthusiast she works closely with the faculty and students at the Faculty of Dentistry and School of Dental Hygiene on projects related to education and technology. She is never bored.

John Durno

Friday October 19th @ 11:15 – 12:00 – Locked in the cloud: What lies beyond the peak of inflated expectations?

John Durno has been head of systems at the University of Victoria Libraries since 2006. Prior to that he worked for the British Columbia Electronic Library Network as a project coordinator and web developer.

Kim Martin

Sunday October 21st @ 2:50 – 3:35 – Question Answering, Serendipity, and the Research Process of Scholars in the Humanities

I am a second year PhD student in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario. My interests include the use of digital tools by humanist scholars, the role of serendipity in the information seeking process of scholars, and the communication networks of digital humanists via social media.

Lisa Goddard

Friday October 19th @ 1:30 – 2:15 – Adventures in Linked Data: Building a Connected Research Environment

Lisa Goddard is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Memorial University. During a recent sabbatical she completed course work towards an MA in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta. Lisa was previously the Head of Systems and Acting AUL IT for Memorial Libraries. She holds degrees from Queen’s, McGill, and Memorial. Current professional interests include open access evangelism, semantic web technologies, digital publishing & preservation, and humanities computing.

Michael Groenendyk

Saturday, October 20th @ 4:50 – 5:35 – Discovering New Dimensions

Originally from Saskatchewan, Michael began his career as chef working at a number of French restaurants and consulting for the Radisson hotel chain, before switching direction and taking a job with the Regina Public Libraries system. He has an educational background in both Computer Science and English Literature. He is currently enrolled in Dalhouise University’s Masters of Library and Information Studies program where his main research interests are digital libraries, marketing research, data mining, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Marc Comeau

Saturday, October 20th @ 4:50 – 5:35 – Discovering New Dimensions

Marc is the Director, Library IT at Dalhousie University. He joined the Dalhousie Libraries in 2007 after spending five years as the Webmaster/DBA at the Dalhousie Faculty of Computer Science. His interests vary from automating library processes, to tinkering in the garage and occasionally building cardboard castles for his daughter.

Marc Pillon

Sunday October 21st @ 9:30 – 10:15 – Why is it so hard to give away free books?

Marc Pillon is an IT professional with over 15 years of experience. Recently as Manager IT at Windsor Public Library, he headed a project that won a national technology innovation award and has been requested to speak at conventions across the U.S. and Canada. Marc hopes to change the face of public service in libraries to enhance the way libraries provide access to its community.

Mike Kastellec

Saturday October 20th @ 11:00 – 11:15  Ignite : New Means to New Ends

Mike Kastellec is a Libraries Fellow at NC State University, working in IT and Access & Delivery Services. Much of his work is related to communications and improving business practices. He was member of the team that planned services for the James B. Hunt Library, the new library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus, scheduled to open in 2013. Prior to NCSU, he provided IT services at the Athens Regional Library System. He writes at EvolvingLibraries.comTwitter, and Facebook.

Riel Gallant

Saturday, October 20th @ 4:50 – 5:35 – Discovering New Dimensions

Riel is a Prince Edward Islander in his final year of the Library and Information Studies program at Dalhousie University. On top of playing around with 3D printing and scanning, he’s primarily interested in digital libraries and the history of early Acadian print. Now a resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Riel spends his time working on class projects, volunteering in student societies (SIMSA and DJIM), working at the Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, and trying to get through the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Robert Zylstra

Sunday, October 21st @ 10:15-11:00 – We Can Do Better! Integrating APIs to improve the user experience

Robert Zylstra is the Music and Performing Arts Librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. His background as a systems librarian and his current work in reference and instruction inspire him in his quest to bridge the gap between core library technologies and front line library service.

Sarah Severson

Saturday October 20th @ 10:45 – 11:00 – Ignite : Dead easy data visualization for libraries

Sarah Severson is a hybrid archivist & librarian at Moment Factory, a multimedia production studio in Montreal. She spends half her time helping the team of designers, directors and producers manage the information that goes into each project and the other half sorting through the terabytes of born-digital content that comes out. You can find her all over the Internet as @sarah0s.

Sonya Betz

Sunday, October 21st @ 10:15-11:00 – We Can Do Better! Integrating APIs to improve the user experience

Sonya Betz is the newly minted User Experience Librarian at MacEwan University in Edmonton,Alberta. After several years embedded at the front lines of librarianship as a liaison librarian for MacEwan’s English department, she’s now moved the side-of-her desk “web stuff” to the forefront and is eagerly seeking out new opportunities to improve the online experience for MacEwan’s students and faculty. Over the past few years she’s led several teams though redesigns, implementations, and very long bike rides.

William Denton

Saturday October 20th @ 3:50 – 4:35 – SPLURGE: The Scholars Portal Library Usage-based Recommendation Engine

William Denton has been web librarian at York University in Toronto since 2007. His work centres on the library’s web presence: what the site looks like, what the library offers over the web, how people use it and how other librarians can do more anywhere on the web. William studied at the University of Toronto, where we completed his Master of Information Studies in 2005. Prior to that, he worked as a web developer and programmer for a decade. He also has experience working with the Toronto Public Library and the Hospital for Sick Children. His current research is focused on information visualization and augmented reality. Web site: www.miskatonic.org. Twitter: @wdenton