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SEI 2018 Instructors

Greta Bahnemann
Greta Bahnemann

Greta Bahnemann, Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, University of Minnesota
Classes: Metadata for Cultural Heritage Materials + Embedded Metadata | Let’s Get Practical: Metadata + Activities

Greta Bahnemann is the Metadata Librarian for the Minnesota Digital Library, a position she has held since 2010. At the Minnesota Digital Library, Greta is responsible for implementing current metadata standards and best practices for the Minnesota Digital Library’s primary project, Minnesota Reflections, a cultural heritage collection of more than 280,000 items. She has also spearheaded a number of innovative projects the Minnesota Digital Library, including the creation of the MDL Primary Source Sets project and the implementation of new Geospatial metadata standards. Greta holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and a MLIS from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. She has already been involved with SEI: as a co-chair in 2014-16, and now as a presenter.


Stephanie Beene
Stephanie Beene

Stephanie Beene, Fine Arts Librarian, Art & Architecture & Planning, University of New Mexico
Class: Capstone Session: Bringing the entire week together!

Stephanie Beene is the Fine Arts Librarian for Art, Architecture and Planning for the University of New Mexico (UNM) Libraries. Her research interests include mapping the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Educationand has focused more recently on the threshold concept Authority is Constructed and Contextual, especially within communities of artistic practice and the fields of architecture and planning.

Stephanie holds an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Art History from the University of California, Riverside. Previously the Visual Resources & Arts Librarian at Lewis & Clark College, she implemented campus-wide visual literacy instruction and programming as the director of the Watzek Library’s Visual Resources Center from 2009-2015. She has served on the Association of College & Research Libraries Visual Literacy Advisory Group and the Executive Board of the Visual Resources Association. She currently serves on the Executive Board for the Association of Architecture School Librarians, as well as within the Art Libraries Society of North America.


Kevin Comerford

Kevin Comerford, Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication, University of New Mexico
Classes: Digital Preservation 101 | Let’s Get Practical: Digital Preservation, Activities

Kevin J. Comerford is the Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communication and Director of IT Services at the University of New Mexico Libraries. Professor Comerford has implemented a variety of web resources for UNM using open source applications like Drupal and OJS. These include the Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive (, Tony Hillerman Portal (, the Searchable Ornithological Research Archive ( and Celebrating New Mexico Statehood ( He also teaches a graduate course in Digital Information Management, and was the founding chair of the library’s Research Data Services program. Professor Comerford holds a Master of Information Science degree from the University of North Texas and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, and has completed additional graduate study in Anthropology and Information Science. Prior to UNM he was a Group Manager at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington (1995-2008), a Systems Developer for the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas (1995), and the Visual Resources Library Manager and IT Manager for the Dallas Museum of Art (1990-1995).


Jesse Henderson

Jesse Henderson, Digital Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Classes: Workflow, Digitization Standards, & Process Monitoring | Let’s Get Practical: Digitization, Activities

Jesse is a Digital Services Librarian at the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections Center (UWDCC) where she manages the production of digital assets for the collections. She has been in this position since late 2013. Previously she was the Visual Resources Curator at Colgate University from 2006 through 2013. At UWDCC Jesse manages a production team and the majority of projects that flow through their shop. She is responsible for working with stakeholders, upgrades and maintenance of reformatting equipment, as well as setting and implementing digitization standards. Additionally, her love of FileMaker Pro has helped to influence the way their team keeps track of projects as they flow through their shop, how handoffs are communicated, and how they gather statistics on tasks associated with digital production, which help to create cost estimates and production timelines.

Jesse has an MLIS from McGill University and a BA in Art from the University of Iowa. She has already been involved with SEI in many ways: as an attendee in 2007, as a co-chair in 2015-17, and now as a presenter.


Justin Schell

Justin Schell, Learning Design Specialist, University of Michigan Library
Classes: Project Design 101 | Let’s Get Practical: Reverse Engineering Digital Projects

Justin Schell is a filmmaker, writer, and director of the Shapiro Design Lab for the University of Michigan Library. He holds a PhD in Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society from the University of Minnesota, where he completed an online and multimodal dissertation. In addition, he helped found the Minnesota Hip-Hop Archive as part of the University of Minnesota Libraries. As a documentary filmmaker, he has completed a number of short and feature-length films, including We Rock Long Distance, which weaves together the sounds and stories of three Twin Cities hip-hop artists (M.anifest, Maria Isa, and Tou SaiKo Lee) as they journey home to Ghana, Puerto Rico, and Thailand to create unexpected collaborations across generation and geography. His other video work has been shown in the Walker Art Center, Twin Cities Public Television, online at the Huffington Post and the Progressive, and screened in the Twin Cities Film Fest, Twin Cities Underground Film Festival, and the Qhia Dab Neeg Hmong Film Festival. He regularly teaches courses on documentary production, interviewing, and editing.


Nancy Sims

Nancy Sims, Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota
Classes: Intellectual Property Modules | Let’s Get Practical: Intellectual Property, Activities

Nancy Sims is the University of Minnesota Library’s subject specialist on copyright issues.  She is both librarian and lawyer, has long experience working in academic libraries, and is fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life.  Her role is to help individuals and groups throughout the University community understand how copyright affects their work.  She provides education on the copyright website and through workshop programming.  Nancy advocates for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and wide public cultural participation.



Kate Thornhill

Kate Thornhill, Digital Projects Librarian, University of Oregon
Classes: Digital Stewardship 101 | Digital Assets Management & Digital Repositories: User-Focused Access & Preservation Services | Let’s Get Practical: Problem Solving Digital Library Sustainability

Kate Thornhill is the Digital Projects Librarian for University of Oregon (UO) Libraries. At the UO Libraries, she plans, executes, and finalizes digital scholarship projects and other digital initiatives such as digital collections and digital systems implementation. She works across Library departments and with University-wide clients to assess complex digital project requirements and provide quality technical solutions.

 Kate holds a library and information science master’s degree from Simmons College where digital stewardship became her focus. She also holds bachelor degrees in fine art photography and art history. Prior to working at UO, Kate was the Interim Director of Curatorial Services and Repository Librarian for Oregon Health and Science University where she provided leadership and management for special collections and archives and collaborated with internal and external library partners to solve digital repository and digital assets management problems. She has served as the Digital Library Federation Assessment Interest Group’s User Experience Working Group facilitator, the Visual Resources Association’s Social Networking Coordinator, ARLIS/NA New England Vice-President, and is an active librarian in the Orbis Cascade Alliance Consortium. Overall, Kate works to develop digital repository and digital assets management programs and services with partners that focus on empowering library users to create, manage, and reuse unique and locally produced digital assets.


Mary Wise

Mary Wise, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of New Mexico
Class: Demystifying Digital Humanities

Mary Wise is the Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of New Mexico. At the University of New Mexico, she is working on several digital projects. She believes that Digital Humanities has much to offer library and information science professionals and is excited to share her knowledge of DH with others this summer! Mary comes to UNM from the University of Iowa where she completed graduate work in History. Mary also has a Master of Arts in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Ohio University.