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Personal Digital Archiving - Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Dolan-Mescal

Alexandra Dolan-Mescal is an artist, archivist, and user experience designer whose work aims towards exposing new forms of radical knowledge through information design. She currently works as the User Experience Designer for Documenting the Now and Knowledge Designer for metaLAB (at) Harvard. She also advises graduates students in archival studies at the City University of New York, Queens College.

Alexandra pursues her various interests and projects holistically, allowing them to inform and transform each other. Her visual encaustic practice explores the inherent faults in the archive and the danger of narratives built from that fault line. These issues are then brought to life through discussion-based teaching and lecture series within the archival and library fields. As a user experience designer, her research interest is how the design of information affects its consumption and comprehension. She employs human-centered and participatory design models to develop projects that increase social capacity for empathy and cultural understanding while critiquing knowledge-holding institutions. She believes that we can treat ourselves, each other, and our world better, and hopes her work can be one small part of the collective process.

Linda Norris

Linda Norris has been long been a leader in facilitating conversation and action surrounding the ways creativity can transform museums and other organizations, shaping more compelling narratives and creating deeper, more inclusive, authentic community connections. She is the co-author of Creativity in Museum Practice and blogs at The Uncataloged Museum. 

Currently, as the Global Networks Program Director at the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, she leads the Coalition’s programmatic work in Asia, Africa, Russia, Latin America/Caribbean, Europe, North America, and the Middle East and North Africa, helping to build the capacity of members in 65 countries through trainings and workshops, cross-regional exchanges and collaborations.  Current special projects include the revitalization of Maison des Esclaves, Africa’s first World Heritage Site and the coordination of mapping sites of detention and torture in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Alongside her work at the Coalition, she is also an adjunct instructor in the Johns Hopkins University’s online Museum Studies Program and Cultural Heritage Programs. 

Recent publications include “What’s a Small Museum’s Superpower? Creativity!”  Forthcoming fall 2018 in Museum, published by the American Alliance of Museums and ‘ “We as Citizens…” Approaches to Memorialization By Sites of Conscience Around the World’ in Controversial Monuments and Memorials, David Allison, editor, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.
Linda was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to Ukraine in 2009, 2010 and a Fulbright Senior Specialist in 2015, also to Ukraine.  In 2016 she served as a senior expert reporting on the state of Ukraine’s cultural heritage sector for the Culture and Creativity Project of the EU-Eastern Partnership Programme.  In 2018 Linda was co-teacher at the Baltic Museology School in Lithuania. Under the auspices of United States Embassies, she facilitated creativity and dialogue-based workshops for museums in Albania and Romania.

Before joining the Coalition, Linda has brought her curiosity and passion to transformative work with museums, historic sites, and other organizations and businesses. Her clients included the American Association for State and Local History, a number of Coalition members, and other cultural organizations such as the Sir William Coaker Foundation in Newfoundland, Canada and the Akwesasne Cultural Center in New York State.  She has led teams in re-interpretation of historic sites and coordinated exhibition projects from concept to installation.

Full Program Speakers

Harrison Apple

Harrison Apple (pronouns: they/them) is co-director of the Pittsburgh Queer History Project, an ongoing oral history and digital media preservation project in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. They are also a PhD Candidate of Gender and Women’s Studies with a minor in Information at the University of Arizona. Their dissertation focuses on generational memory of sexuality, race, and urban renewal in late 20th century Pittsburgh through the lens of queer after-dark nightclub employees.

Jefferson Bailey

Jefferson Bailey is Director of Web Archiving & Data Services at Internet Archive where he manages Internet Archive's web archiving services including Archive-It, used by over 650 institutions to preserve the web, as well as data and research services, digital and scholarly preservation, and IA’s work with national libraries, archives, and governments around the world. He works closely with partner institutions on data preservation, computational research, collaborative technology development, digital preservation, education, and other programs. He is PI on multiple grants from government and foundation funders and is on the Steering Committee of the International Internet Preservation Consortium. Prior to Internet Archive, he worked on strategic initiatives and digital projects at Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records.

Annalise Berdini

Annalise Berdini is Digital Archivist at Princeton University Library. She manages the University Archives digital curation program and web archives, and works to better educate campus students and staff on digital preservation best practices.

Melissa Catanese

Melissa Catanese works from an inventory of photographic images, both personal and anonymous, to build elliptical narratives that take their shape as artist’s books and wall installations. She has been editing from the vast photography collection of Peter J. Cohen, a celebrated trove of more than 30,000 vernacular and found anonymous photographs from the early to mid-twentieth century. Enfolding photographs from her archive with these found images, she questions the authorship and transparency of a photograph while pursuing readings that drift away from simple typology into something more personal, intuitive and openly poetic. She is the author of "Dive Dark Dream Slow" (2012), "Dangerous Women" (2013), "Hells Hollow Fallen Monarch" (2015), and "Voyagers" (2018).

Catanese is Studio Arts faculty at University of Pittsburgh and the founder of Spaces Corners, an artist-run photography bookshop and project space located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014, she and co-founder Ed Panar, published "A People's History of Pittsburgh" from a crowd-sourced initiative that began as a digital archive of over 1,500 images illustrating the ways in which the conventions of snapshot photography are used to document ordinary, everyday lives while more broadly, attempting to unearth a city’s cultural history through the photographs of it’s inhabitants. 

Zakiya Collier

Zakiya Collier is a queer, black archivist and librarian dedicated to recognizing and documenting black life and survival as revolutionary. She is a MA candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU and recently received her MLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Interfacing cultural and information studies, her research and writing draws on black studies to interrogate the archives’ historically exclusionary relationship with communities of color, and study the self-curated, collaborative, digital archival practices that have developed in resistance to that antagonistic relationship. Zakiya currently works as a Processing Specialist at Barnard College and Digital Archivist at the Weeksville Heritage Center where she is working on projects involving African-American legacies, digital heritage, and cultural memory.

Melody Condron

Melody Condron is the Resource Description & Management Coordinator at the University of Houston Libraries, where she manages data organization and record quality control projects. She is passionate about information organization and personal digital archiving methodology. Previous to her time in Houston, Melody worked at the Montana State Library and Lincoln County Public Libraries in Montana, where she did everything from technology training to genealogy research. She holds an MLS from the University of North Texas and a BA in Communications and Media Studies from Penn State, the Behrend College. At home Melody is a vegetable gardener, Lego enthusiast, Scrabble player, family archivist, and animal rescue volunteer.

Natalie DeRiso

Natalie DeRiso is a library assistant for Adult Services at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Carrick. She previously served as the youth services coordinator for CLP-Sheraden, as well as working as the Heinz History Center's affiliate program for local historical societies and developed educational and  outreach programming connected to History Center exhibits.

Virginia Dressler

Virginia Dressler is the Digital Projects Librarian at Kent State University. She holds a Master of Art Gallery and Museum Studies from the University of Leeds (2003), a Master in Library and Information Science from Kent State University (2007), and an advanced certificate in digital librarianship from Kent State University (2014). Virginia has worked in both the museum and library settings managing digital initiatives since 2005, specializing in digital preservation and digital content management. Her recent research interests include linked data, The Right to be Forgotten and privacy.

Jackie Esposito

A Special Projects Librarian/Archivist, Jackie has been actively engaged in the management and preservation of University archival collections for over thirty years. She began serving Penn State in the fall of 1986 as a Project Archivist and was promoted through the ranks to her current position as Full Librarian. In addition to working with University’s archival collections, she currently is overseeing an extensive oral history project for the University Libraries entitled Library Legacies. As the former University Archivist, she managed permanent University records, the Sports Archives, Fred Waring’s America, an extensive Audio-Visual collection and both born-digital and electronic records. She is the author of numerous articles on archives management, higher education legislation and records issues as well as co-author of The Nittany Lion: An Illustrated Tale.

Alison Falk

Alison is a tech thought leader, the founder of Women In Tech PGH and SexTechSpace platforms, and a front-end software engineer with experience in startup and corporate environments. She is a cybersecurity master’s candidate at the George Washington University and a recipient of the the (ISC)2 Center for Cyber Safety Education award. She has also been awarded the RedChairPgh scholarship for leadership as a mid-career woman in IT. 

She has been featured in WIRED, WomenInTech, Female Tech Leaders, WiTech, 96Boards, the University of Pittsburgh’s Women In Tech panel, a speaker at Girls in STEM at CISCO, and more.

Robert Gradeck

Bob Gradeck manages the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center at the University of Pittsburgh’s University Center for Social and Urban Research.

Chelsea Gunn

Chelsea is a PhD candidate in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information. Her dissertation research explores the impact of digital infrastructure on personal archives and professional approaches to digital preservation. She currently co-facilitates Sustaining DH, an Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities with Dr. Alison Langmead and Aisling Quigley.

S.E. Hackney

S.E. Hackney is a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where their research focuses on information infrastructural and standards-making in digital realms. They have been leading workshops about personal privacy practices for over two years.

Siobhan Hagan

Siobhan C. Hagan is the Project Manager of the Memory Lab Network at DC Public Library.  She holds her M.A. in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked in a variety of collecting organizations throughout her career, including the UCLA Library, the National Aquarium, and the Smithsonian Institute. Siobhan is the founder, CEO, and President of nonprofit organization MARMIA (the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive). She is an active member of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA): currently co-chair of the Local TV Task Force, acting previously as chair of the Regional Audio-Visual Archives Committee from 2013-2018, and holding the title of an AMIA Director of the Board from 2015-2017.

Ruohua Han

Ruohua Han is a PhD candidate at the iSchool, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Management Science with a focus on records management and archives administration at Renmin University of China, and has conducted and published research on archival terminology and memory projects. Her current research interests are in personal and family archiving/archives, and personal and collective memory.

Suresh Jagarlamudi

Suresh Jagarlamudi is a PMP certified and working on Personal Lifecycle Management (PLM) concept for more than 7 Years. He is founder and CEO at iPublish Adavnced Technology Solutions Pvt Ltd from Hyderabad. He is solution architect for Publishat product developed based on Personal Lifecycle Management  concept. Publishat product demo organised at PDA 2017, Stanford University, USA and PDA 2018 at University of Houston Libraries, USA.

Valencia Johnson

Valencia L. Johnson is the Project Archivist for Student Life at Princeton University. She created the Amp Up Your Archives outreach program to empower students to preserve their records and learn more about the archival field.

Tammy Hepps

Tammy Hepps is a local historian who focuses on topics within American Jewish history, especially small towns and synagogues. Her projects combine research techniques from genealogy and history and draw heavily upon her technology expertise to break new ground in data gathering and interpretation. She earned her AB in computer science from Harvard. For more about her research, please see

Kate Joranson

As an artist and a librarian, Kate Joranson enjoys the accidental nature of looking for one thing, and finding something else. She cultivates creative modes of discovery through collaborative projects such as What Does it Mean to Be Curious? and I’m Wondering if You Can Help Me With Something. Through these projects, as well as collaborative studio work with her daughter, she activates the intersection of art-making and the often gendered labor of teaching, caregiving, and service work. She documents artifacts produced by this labor, and constructs situations where she and her collaborators produce artifacts through this labor. She is currently Head Librarian at the Henry Clay Frick Fine Arts Library at the University of Pittsburgh.

Sai Krishna Maddineni

Sai Krishna Maddineni is pursuing an MS from Florida Institute of Technology, USA. He is an APP-iOS and Android developer for Publishat.

Kari May

Kari May began her work in libraries as a student assistant at Marshall University. She later received her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky and has held professional positions in libraries and archives since 2001. Her career began in Ohio where she worked as a Reference Librarian in public libraries. Next, she moved into archival work at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Her work in Kentucky allowed her to dive into digital archiving and focus on digital preservation. She now holds the newly formed position of Digital Archivist and Preservation Librarian here at the University of Pittsburgh.

Justin McHenry

Justin McHenry is the Archives Director for Franklin County. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Shepherd University and his master's degree in Appalachian History from West Virginia University. He has been working at the Franklin County Archives to index, digitize and make available online the County’s historical records and finding and telling as many of the County's stories that he runs across.

Mark Middleton

Mark has given technology based lectures to genealogy organizations for the past 8 years. He has spoken at many local chapters in Ohio, State Conferences in Ohio and Florida and the National Conference in Genealogy hosted by the National Genealogical Society including their 2018 Conference held in Grand Rapids Michigan.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master's in Information Systems. He has been employed in the IT industry for over 25 years. He has been a certified IT Project Manager (PMP) since 2001. Major Middleton is a retired US Army officer.

Laura Murray

Laura J. Murray is Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada. Currently she leads two projects to augment knowledge and activate community engagement concerning 1) Indigenous and treaty histories of Southern Ontario and 2) immigrant and working class history of the city of Kingston.

Lindsay Ogles

Lindsay Ogles has a Masters of Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently the Collection Curator at Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources in Sarasota, Florida where she maintains a large collection of community heritage and is actively involved in developing outreach policies that assist community members in preserving their legacy for future generations.

Zoë Faye Pickard

Zoë is a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information.

Lee Pretlove

Lee Pretlove is a doctoral candidate at the Information School, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. In 2018 he completed a two year collaborative project between Bodleian Libraries, Oxford and Cambridge University Library as one of six Polonsky Fellows in Digital Preservation.

Prior to this project, he has worked for over a decade as a corporate information compliance officer, records manager and digital archivist. He has witnessed many changes in information technology and its management and has continued to developed an interest and understanding of the relationship between people and information use. He holds a postgraduate diploma from the University of Dundee in Records Management and Information Rights.

Aisling Quigley

Aisling is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation, "Striving to Persist: A Study of Museum-Based Digital Scholarship Practices," investigates the significance of socio-technical infrastructures and project management approaches, and how museums have struggled to adapt these practices to produce new information outputs. Since September 2018, Aisling has helped to prepare and co-facilitate a number of NEH-funded Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. Last year, she co-produced an online exhibition about botanical dioramas at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

Richard Story

Richard Story is a media artist & filmmaker with over 20 years experience.  For the last nine years his media practice has focused on Community Digital Archiving and Personal Digital Archiving.

In addition to his digital media work, Richard has worked on 6 major film archive donations through Heritage Canada (Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board) for: Alliance Atlantis; Rhombus Media; Breakthrough Productions; Insight Productions; Primitive Entertainment; and Shaftesbury Films.  Richard has also created numerous personal digital archives for private clients in Canada and the US.

Richard is a professor in the Digital Cinematography programme at Canadore College.  Richard has also taught digital filmmaking at Ontario College of Art & Design and George Brown College in Toronto, Canada.Richard is of Coast Salish and Kanaka-Hawaiian descent.  He is based in North Bay, Canada.

Amy Welch

Amy  Welch is the lead librarian in Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s local history & genealogy department and serves on the board of Manchester Historic Society, a neighborhood historical society that is developing its first oral history project. Ms. Welch developed two oral history projects during her time as archivist at Washington & Jefferson College, and continued work with existing interviews to make them more accessible to researchers.

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