Exploring trends, technologies, e-resource management, and digital services in libraries.

2015 Keynote Speakers

amy bruckman

Amy Bruckman is a Professor and Associate Chair in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on online collaboration. She studies how to create a motivating and supportive context for creation and sharing, and learning through this process.

Bruckman received her Ph.D. from the MIT Media Lab’s Epistemology and Learning group in 1997, her M.S.V.S. from the Media Lab’s Interactive Cinema Group in 1991, and a B.A. in physics from Harvard University in 1987. In 1999, she was named one of the 100 top young innovators in science and technology in the world (TR100) by Technology Review magazine. In 2002, she was awarded the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies.


Opening Keynote: Supporting Online Creative Collaboration: Tools and Social Context

Online collaboration has led to surprising successes like Wikipedia, YouTube, open-source software, and more. Yet we are still in the early days of understanding its potential, and how to deliberately engineer systems to make new things possible. Both tools and social context for collaboration shape what is possible. In this talk, I’ll present research at Georgia Tech on creating new  collaborative systems and deploying them with real users.  Further, I’ll share empirical results on the context for collaboration, particularly how users’ (mis)understandings of copyright law affect their online behavior.

View her session here.


 Robert H. McDonald

Robert H. McDonald oversees the technological infrastructure and innovations that facilitate, support, and enhance the Indiana University Libraries collections and services. As the Associate Dean for Library Technologies, which includes oversight of the statewide Indiana University Integrated Library System, IUCAT, McDonald is the co-principal investigator on several technology-related libraries initiatives including the HathiTrust Research Center, a digital library initiative providing large-scale data access, and the SEAD DataNet Program, focused on enabling data life-cycle management for sustainability science.

McDonald is also the Deputy Director of the Data to Insight Center at Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute, responsible for collaborative projects that utilize mass data storage, data analysis, data curation, and data cyberinfrastructure. In recent years, he has served as Founding Executive Director and now Director of Community Development for Kuali OLE, a multi-institutional initiative to develop open source library management software. He currently serves as a technical advisor to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), as a member of the HathiTrust Program Steering Committee, and as an advisor to the Child Care & Early Education Research Connections Program.

Prior to joining the IU Libraries, McDonald held senior management positions with the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and Florida State University Libraries. He is an active writer and speaker, covering diverse topics in library and information science including open source software, storage systems, data analytics, marketing, metadata, and collaborative digital preservation.


 Closing Keynote: All Things Distributed: Collaborations Beyond Infrastructure 
In the inaugural keynote for ER&L 2006, I spoke about the future: a software-enabled world where computing infrastructure becomes a distributed baseline commodity like electricity, or water. This closing keynote will explore the possibilities inherent in library collaborations built on today’s post-infrastructure reality. The readily-available distributed cloud computing environment simplifies and encourages virtual partnerships/organizations, shared computation and collaborative software development. The degree to which we as the library community, through strategic cultural and monetary investments, embrace and enable this distributed collaboration will shape the destiny of our libraries for years to come.


View his session here.