Steven M. Adams
Librarian for The Graduate School (TGS), Communication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology, and Counseling, Northwestern University Libraries
Board Chair, Black Metropolis Research Consortium
Steven M. Adams is currently the Life Sciences Librarian at Northwestern University (NU). In this position, he is responsible for doing collection development, instruction, outreach, and reference to several departments in the biological and behavioral sciences. He is also the library’s liaison to The Graduate School (TGS) and was recently appointed Posse Faculty Mentor for Northwestern’s 7th class of Posse Scholars. Previously, he was the Biological and Life Sciences Librarian (2003-2011) and Interim Psychology Librarian (2007-2011) at Princeton University. Steven received a B.A in Biology in 1998, an M.L.S. in 2000 from Clark Atlanta University, and a certificate in Instructional Design from Langevin Learning Services. Steven is currently Board Chair of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, which provides support to Chicago-area institutions with collections related to African-American Culture and History.
While a college student, Steven was a founding member of Black Men for the Eradication of Sexism (BMES), a student group focused on ending gender bias, sexual assault and domestic violence in communities of color. The group was awarded the Marshall’s Domestic Peace Prize for their work and Steven visited the White House to meet President Bill Clinton when the prize was awarded. This experience sparked an interest in doing the challenging work of addressing issues of intersectionality within himself and in the larger society.
On the Northwestern University campus, Steven has been an active participant in the Change Makers program, an intergroup dialogue initiative meant to heighten and deepen understanding around social identities and privilege for faculty and staff. He has participated in the program twice and has attended the National Intergroup Dialogue Institute. He is in the process of becoming a certified intergroup dialogue facilitator. Steven also participated in a Sustained Dialogue initiative for staff while at Princeton University.
Project Manager, Center for Allergy & Asthma Research, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Laura Alagna currently serves as a Project Manager at the Center for Food Allergy and Asthma Research at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to this, Laura was the Digital Preservation Librarian at Northwestern University Libraries, where she worked as Scrum lead and subject matter expert in digital preservation on the Libraries’ digital collections application development team. Laura received her MLIS from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences and her BA from Amherst College.
Metadata Librarian, Minnesota Digital Library, University of Minnesota
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.
Rebecca Y. Bayeck, PhD
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library
Rebecca Y. Bayeck is a dual-PhD holder in Learning Design & Technology and Comparative & International Education from the Pennsylvania State University. Currently a CLIR postdoctoral fellow at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture where she engages in digital research, data curation, and inclusive design. Her interdisciplinary research is at the interface of several fields including, the learning sciences, literacy studies, and game studies.
Digitization Services Manager, Stanford University Libraries
Dinah Handel is the Digitization Services Manager at Stanford University, where she works across their digitization program to provide quality services to Stanford University patrons and the community at large. Previously, she was the Mass Digitization Coordinator at the New York Public Library, and was a member of the 2015‐2016 NDSR‐NY cohort, as a resident at CUNY TV. She has also worked on community archives projects in New York and San Francisco. She holds an MLIS from Pratt Institute in New York, and a BA from Hampshire College.
Digital Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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.
Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian, University of Kentucky Libraries
Treshani Perera (she/her) is the Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian at the University of Kentucky, and also serves as the Head for the Fine Arts Cataloging Unit. Treshani provides original and complex copy cataloging for all formats in the Fine Arts Library, oversees operations in cataloging and preservation, manages special projects in the Fine Arts Special Collections area, and performs catalog maintenance for all Fine Arts Library materials. In previous positions, Treshani has provided catalog maintenance and technical services support for a consortium of small colleges, worked as an Archives Assistant for a sound archive, and created metadata for various visual and audio-visual digital collections. Treshani is a member of the Music Library Association (MLA), the Visual Resources Association (VRA), and the American Library Association (ALA) – Core division.
Copyright Program Librarian, University of Minnesota
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.
Digital Archivist, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute of Chicago
Molly is the Digital Archivist for the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to this, she was a National Digital Stewardship Resident (NDSR) and lead on archival projects at the Center for the Education of Women in Ann Arbor and the Mayibuye Archives in Cape Town, South Africa. She has a Master of Science in Information from the University of Michigan, which she was inspired to pursue after working for nearly a decade with community-based organizations and seeing an urgent need to manage, preserve, and create access to critical digital resources.