Keynote Speakers

Monday, June 3
Dr. Patricia Hswe

Title: Innovation is Dead! Long Live Innovation!

Patricia Hswe (“sway”) is the program officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which she joined in August 2016.  In this role she works on a range of grants and initiatives supporting libraries, archives, museums, universities, presses, and other institutions that further the world’s collective knowledge of the humanities.  The areas of focus that Patricia is passionate about in grantmaking include community-based archiving; information and infrastructure maintenance for digital scholarship; collections-as-data approaches for use and reuse of cultural heritage content; and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion principles in capacity building for collections, people, and systems. Previously, Patricia worked in the libraries at Penn State University, where she co-founded the department of publishing and curation services (now the department of research informatics and publishing) and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she was project manager for grant initiatives funded by the Library of Congress and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Originally a Russian literature scholar, Patricia holds a PhD from Yale University in Slavic languages and literatures. She also received an AB in Russian language and literature from Mount Holyoke College and an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois. Patricia is currently a member of the Executive Council of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.

Tuesday, June 4
Dr. Robert Sanderson

Title: Standards and Communities: Connected People, Consistent Data, Usable Applications

Dr. Robert Sanderson is an internationally known information scientist and expert in Linked Open Data and cultural heritage standards. He is the J. Paul Getty Trust’s first Semantic Architect and is a passionate advocate for open digital cultural heritage. He is responsible for the design and direction of cultural heritage data information models and systems spanning the Museum, Research Institute, and Conservation Institute. His main goal is to find the right balance between ease of publication and consumption of data, and the precision of the data’s semantics. He is chair of the JSON-LD Working Group in the W3C, is a specification editor and leader in the IIIF community, and on the advisory boards of many projects in the cultural sector including the American Art Collaborative, Annotating All Knowledge, and Art Information Commons projects. He has previously been a Standards Advocate at Stanford University, a Research Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Research Library, and a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool. He has been involved with numerous digital library standards and projects, and has over 150 publications and invited presentations to his name.

Wednesday, June 5
John Wilkin

Title: How do you lift an elephant with one hand?

John Wilkin assumed the position of Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. In addition, he served as Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Designate at Illinois from February 2017 through January 2018. Previously, Wilkin served as Executive Director, HathiTrust and in a variety of administrative roles (including interim library director) at the University of Michigan. Under Wilkin’s leadership, Michigan’s Digital Library Production Service pioneered a number of large-scale digital library efforts, including Making of America, the Humanities Text Initiative, PEAK (a system delivering Elsevier’s journals), and putting the Middle English Dictionary online.