We’re excited to announce that Abigail Potter from Digital Innovation Labs at the Library of Congress will be the keynote speaker for the 3rd Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference, to be held on November 8th-9th, 2018 at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota. She will introduce the topic of using digital collections as data and also discuss new digital initiatives at the Library of Congress.
The Library of Congress (LOC) is launching its first-ever digital strategy, building on the premise of computational access to collections. Ms. Potter will discuss how enabling the use of library collections as data fully leverages the value of digitized materials and creates pathways to revealing new connections and new knowledge in our institutions. The new digital strategy is part of a wider, user-centered, focus at the Library of Congress that seeks to connect our collections, programs and staff to the American public. The LOC's Digital Innovation Labs team facilitates experiments that demonstrate, validate, or inform the digital strategy. With programs like the Citizen Historian transcription and tagging platform, Innovator in Residence, and digital scholarship services, the team is enabling transformational experiences for visitors and users.
About Abigail Potter
Abigail Potter is a Senior Innovation Specialist with the Digital Innovation Labs at the Library of Congress where she leads a team to support new and creative uses of the Library's digital collections that help to realize the Library’s first Digital Strategy. Since joining the Library of Congress in 2006, Abigail has contributed to national and international digital preservation, web archiving, and copyright policy initiatives. Prior to joining the Library, Abigail worked on digital publishing and library programs at National Public Radio, the University of Michigan Library, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and the University of Michigan Press. Abigail earned an MS in 2005 from the University of Michigan, School of Information and a BA in 1999 from Western Michigan University.
About the Conference
The Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference (UMDCC) provides opportunities for digital collections creators and curators in the region and beyond to network, share best practices, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from leaders in digital cultural heritage. Minitex, along with a regional planning committee, are the primary organizers of the Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference. In addition, St. Catherine University Library is the local host and is donating staff time and planning support for this event.