We’re very excited to announce this year’s keynote speakers at the DLF Forum, HBCUs/Liberal Arts Colleges Forum Pre-Conference, and NDSA’s Digital Preservation 2017!

2017 DLF Forum Keynoter: Rasheedah Phillips

Rasheedah Phillips

Rasheedah Phillips (photo by Florian Cramer)

Rasheedah Phillips, Esq. will open this year’s DLF Forum with an exciting keynote talk (title TBD) on community-driven documentation, cultural memory and conceptions of time, and the potential of digital libraries to support and be shaped by marginalized people’s work to imagine alternate futures. Phillips will draw on her practical perspectives and experiences as a public interest attorney and activist, working against forces of gentrification and eminent domain in North Philadelphia — and on her conceptual ones, as an artist, science fiction writer, and co-founder of a community center designed around principles of Afrofuturism and Black Quantum Futurism.

Phillips is a 2008 graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. She serves as managing attorney for the housing unit at Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Creative Director of an arts-based grassroots organization called The Afrofuturist Affair, which she founded in 2011. As part of the Black Quantum Futurism collective, she collaborated with Camae Ayewa (who tours and performs as Moor Mother) to found and direct the Community Futures Lab. That work, originally supported by a Blade of Grass fellowship for a community archives project on “Time & Memory in North Philly,” is outlined here:

Phillips and Ayewa describe the lab as a “community gallery, resource and zine library, workshop space, recording booth, and time capsule recording oral histories/futures in North Philly.”

Rasheedah Phillips is author (among other works) of the “Future” entry in Keywords for Radicals: the Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Read her full bio here.

DLF Forum Pre-Conference Keynoter: Loretta Parham

Loretta Parham

Loretta Parham

We’re very pleased to announce Loretta Parham as the distinguished keynoter of this year’s DLF Forum liberal arts pre-conference,  which is being organized in partnership with the HBCU Library Alliance, representing White House-designated Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Please join us for her talk, which will examine the theme of “Staffing for Our Digital Library: The Promise, the Plan and Our Response.”

Parham helped to establish the HBCU Library Alliance in 2002, serving as its co-founding director and founding Board Chair. She is presently the CEO and Director of the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Robert W. Woodruff Library— an independent academic library that serves four HBCUs: Morehouse College, Spelman College, the Interdenominational Theological Center, and Clark Atlanta University. Prior to joining AUC, Parham directed the Hampton University Harvey Library, served as deputy director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and served as District Chief of 20 urban branch libraries for the Chicago Public Library. She has also served in influential leadership roles on a variety of committees and boards, including at the Georgia Humanities Council, ACRL, ALA, OCLC, SOLINET, ARCHE (the Atlanta Regional Council of Higher Education-Library Council), and the Oberlin Group Consortium. Among her publications is a 2006 guide book, co-edited with Barbara Dewey, on Achieving Diversity: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians.

Loretta Parham received her MLS from the University of Michigan School of Information, which honored her with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016. Earlier this year, she was named 2017 Academic/Research Librarian of the Year by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Digital Preservation 2017 Keynoter: Eira Tansey

Eira Tansey

Eira Tansey (Photo by Cassandra Zetta)

Eira Tansey will open Digital Preservation 2017  with a talk (title TBD) that will explore the relationship between environmental policy and the preservation of records, and what implications this has for the future of climate justice.

Tansey is the Digital Archivist/Records Manager at the University of Cincinnati, where she is responsible for institutional records management, developing digital preservation policies, and working with born-digital archives. She previously worked at Tulane University Library’s Louisiana Research Collection, and has a B.A. in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University’s School of Information.

Tansey’s research and writing focuses on the intersection of archives, the environment, and climate change. Her 2015 article “Archival adaptation to climate change” called for a broad response from the American archivist community to consider the impact of climate change on the profession and documentary cultural heritage. Her current work focuses on the relationship between records, land ownership, and environmental policy. She is also working with colleagues from Penn State University to map American archives’ exposure to climate change, and is collaborating on a Society of American Archivists Foundation grant to develop a comprehensive open  database of archival repository location data to aid future spatial analysis.

She currently serves as the vice-chair of the Society of American Archivists Records Management Section, as co-chair of the Midwest Archives Conference 2018 meeting program committee, and is resident caretaker for ProjectARCC (Archivists Responding to Climate Change). Tansey is a member of the 2017 Archives Leadership Institute cohort.