NISO Virtual Conference: Using Open Source at Your Institution And Training Thursday Session

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Mon Feb 8 13:11:52 EST 2016

*Register Now! NISO Virtual Conference: Feb 17, Using Open Source at Your

*Free Log-In to Follow-Up Training on Feb 25*

Open-source software and systems are a part of the landscape for many
institutions these days. With their significant advantages, open-source
technologies can allow for community priorities to be addressed, allow
flexible implementations, and potentially provide cost savings to the
institution. To attend a NISO virtual conference on this topic, which will
include case studies, register now *and* get a free log-in for a follow-up
training session on Thursday, February 25.

*NISO Virtual Conference: Using Open Source in Your Library*

*Date: Wednesday, February 17*

*Time: *11:00am–5:00pm, EST

Delivered via the WebEx platform

Event Page:

Confirmed Speakers and Topics:

*The Open-Source Landscape*

Beth Camden, Director, Information Processing Division, Van Pelt-Dietrich
Library, University of Pennsylvania

*Working On Open-Source Projects in Academic Environments*

Maureen P. Walsh, Associate Professor and Institutional Repository Services
Librarian, The Ohio State University

*The Real Costs of Free Software*

Demian Katz, Library Technology Development Specialist, Villanova University

*Supporting Services and Care*

Galen Charlton, Vice President, Data Services, Equinox; Lori Bowen Ayre,
Library Technology Consultant, The Galecia Group

*Yes, It Can Be Done!: VIVO, an Open-Source Research Networking System*

Brian Lowe, Scripps Research Institute

*Yes, It Can Be Done!: Open Source-based Web Sites at the National
Agricultural Library*

Ursula Pieper, National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture

*Yes, It Can Be Done!: Libraries and the Long Now: Practices of the Project
Hydra Digital Library Community*

Bess Sadler, Stanford University Library Manager for Application
Development, Stanford University

*NEW!* All registrants to this virtual conference will receive a login to
the associated Training Thursday: *GitHub: How to Use it to Greatest Effect*
<>, on February
25. (Separate registration to the training event only is also
available.) If you are unable to attend the Training Thursday in person,
you can view the recording of the session.

For more information and to register, visit the event page

*GitHub: How to Use It to Greatest Effect Date: February 25Time: 1:00
pm-2:30 pm, EST*

*About the Training*

GitHub is a repository primarily for open-source software. It has become an
important central resource for many open-source projects. Understanding how
to use it, what can be done with it, and how the community uses the service
to share resources is an important fundamental skill for those wanting to
implement an open-source solution. This session will introduce participants
to the GitHub service and describe its key features, providing a foundation
for future work with open-source tools and software.

Maximize the training potential by attending this session as a follow-up to
the *February 17 NISO Virtual Conference: **Using Open Source in Your

*About the Instructors*

*Arfon Smith, Chief Scientist, GitHub*

*Arfon Smith, scientist at GitHub Inc., and co-founder of the Zooniverse,
is a lapsed academic with a passion for new models of open scientific
collaboration. He gained his PhD in astrochemistry from the University of
Nottingham in 2006 and then went on to build DNA sequencing pipelines at
the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute—the site responsible for sequencing
more than a third of the original human genome. In 2008 he moved to the
University of Oxford and co-founded the Zooniverse—a web-based
collaboration that has engaged millions of people in online citizen
science. In October 2013 he joined GitHub, Inc. to work on supporting
researchers who are using the GitHub platform in capturing the process of
scientific discovery.*

*Shawn Averkamp, Manager, Metadata Services Unit, New York Public Library*

*Shawn Averkamp, Manager of Metadata Services, NYPL Labs at New York Public
Library, oversees metadata production and directs the development of
metadata infrastructure for NYPL’s unique digital resources. Prior to
joining NYPL, she supported metadata management, digital humanities,
digital preservation, and data curation at the University of Iowa Libraries
as Data Services Librarian and Interim Head of Digital Research &
Publishing and as a Metadata Librarian at the University of Alabama
Libraries. She earned her MLIS from the University of Iowa and holds a BA
in Music from Luther College, Iowa.*

*Shaun Ellis, Digital Collections User Interface Developer, Princeton
University Library*

*Shaun David Ellis is a full stack developer with more than 15 years of
experience designing web-based software applications. Shaun has managed
website development for Carnegie Hall, JP Morgan Asset Management, and
Redken Cosmetics, among others in the private sector. For the last decade
he has focused his efforts on developing award-winning applications for
academic libraries at both Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Shaun is
currently the Digital Collections User Interface Developer at Princeton
University Library, and a contributor to open-source projects such as IIIF
(International Image Interoperability Framework) and Mirador. He has a BFA
in Media Design and a MLIS in Digital Libraries, both from Rutgers

For more information and to register, visit the event page

*** For assistance with your registration, contact NISO HQ (nisohq at;
for all other questions about this event, please contact Jill O'Neill (
joneill at***


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