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

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 

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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 ThursdayGitHub: 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 25
Time: 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 Institution



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 University.

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