Presenter bios

Jonathan Bengtson is the University Librarian of the University of Victoria, Canada; Vice-President of CARL; and Chair of the Digital Preservation Working Group of CARL’s Advancing Research Committee. He is also the Editor-in-Chief and founder of KULA: knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation studies.

A graduate of the school of library and information sciences (EBSI) at the University of Montreal, Maureen Clapperton was responsible for the documentation centre and document management with the provincial police force, the Sûreté du Québec, from 1989 to 2000. From 2000 to 2001, she was coordinator of strategic monitoring with the Ministère de la Sécurité publique. From 2001 to 2005, she was director of acquisitions for the heritage collection, and since 2016 she has been director general of the provincial library and archives, the Bibliothèque nationale at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). From May 2005 to 2016, she was director of the Bibliothèque Myriam et  J.-Robert Ouimet at HEC Montreal. Maureen is on the board of the BTLF, which serves the publishing industry; she is a member of the subcommittee of library directors of the BCI (Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire), which she chaired in 2010-2011, and treasurer and a board member of the AIFBD (Association Internationale Francophone des bibliothécaires et Documentalistes).

Corey Davis is the Digital Preservation Coordinator for the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), where he develops services, infrastructure, and organizational capacity to support long-term preservation. He has been active in academic libraries for 15 years, most recently as Systems Librarian at the University of Victoria, where he oversaw web archiving and digital preservation. He is active in several national preservation efforts in Canada, including as a founding member of the Portage Preservation Expert Group, the Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Digital Preservation Working Group, and the Canadian Web Archiving Coalition.

Kate Davis is Co-Director of Scholars Portal, a shared digital library project of the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) based at the University of Toronto.  She is responsible for digital collections and digital preservation services offered by Scholars Portal to OCUL member libraries. Kate has a track record of successful IT project management, including implementation of the Scholars Portal Books platform, and has wide experience in managing IT project budgets and recruiting and supervising IT staff.

Sarah Dupont, Métis, is the Aboriginal Engagement Librarian at the University of British Columbia, where she coordinates the Indigitization program, among her other duties. Additionally, she serves as the UBC iSchool First Nations Curriculum Coordinator and co-instructor of the Indigenous Information Practices course. She is the convenor of the First Nations Interest Group of the BC Library Association and Chair of the Indigenous Knowledge Standing Committee for the Council of Pacific and Prairie University Libraries.

Jean-François Gauvin (MBSI) is director of architecture and design at the BAnQ. His main area of expertise is information systems for libraries and archives, and major digital issues. His more recent involvement has been with the institution’s digital conservation strategies, and a major digital dissemination project funded by the Plan Culturel numérique du Québec. He lectured for more than five years at the University of Montreal.

Lisa Goddard is the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Strategy at University of Victoria Libraries. She is currently responsible for shaping UVic’s digital preservation strategy, and for developing infrastructure that can address faculty needs for curation support. Lisa believes that digital preservation is the most pressing challenge facing our profession, and that solutions will require sustained, large scale collaboration. Her other research interests include linked data, open access publishing, and digital humanities.

Geoff Harder is Associate University Librarian at the University of Alberta where he feels lucky to work with some great colleagues helping to keep the bits alive. His involvement with regional, national and international DP initiatives includes service as a Board Director for CLOCKSS, membership on CRKN’s national journal TDR working group, membership on the NHDS Steering Committee, and facilitating U of A partnerships with organizations such as Hathitrust, Internet Archive, and several LOCKSS-based networks. He is a member of CARL’s Digital Preservation Working Group, Portage’s Advisory Committee, and a co-chair of the Open Repositories Working Group. Two kids, two kittens, and a two-librarian household complete his profile.

Grant Hurley is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Scholars Portal, the information technology service provider for Ontario Council of University Libraries. He oversees the maintenance of the Scholars Portal Trustworthy Digital Repository and the development of digital preservation services, infrastructure, and learning opportunities for OCUL members. Grant currently serves as lead of the survey subgroup for the CARL Digital Preservation Working Group and on committees for the Archives Association of Ontario and the Association of Canadian Archivists.

Mireille Laforce is Director of Legal Deposit and Preservation of Heritage Collections at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). She has been with BAnQ since 2004 and previously worked in the Quebec law library sector. In addition to a Master of Library and Information Science, she holds university degrees in history, archives and law.

As Manager of the Digital Preservation section for about five years, Faye Lemay leads the development of a comprehensive digital preservation program at Library and Archives Canada. Faye was instrumental in development and deployment of the Strategy for a Digital Preservation Program at LAC in 2017. She oversees the long-term preservation of the LAC Digital Archive: the repository of digital heritage at LAC’s Preservation Centre.

Clifford Lynch has led the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) since 1997. CNI, jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and EDUCAUSE, includes about 200 member organizations concerned with the intelligent uses of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual life. CNI’s wide-ranging agenda includes work in digital preservation, data intensive scholarship, teaching, learning and technology, and infrastructure and standards development. Prior to joining CNI, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California Office of the President, the last 10 as Director of Library Automation. Lynch, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley, is an adjunct professor at Berkeley’s School of Information. He is both a past president and recipient of the Award of Merit of the American Society for Information Science, and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the National Information Standards Organization. He served as co-chair of the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information from 2011-2016; he is active on numerous advisory boards and visiting committees. His work has been recognized by the American Library Association’s Lippincott Award, the EDUCAUSE Leadership Award in Public Policy and Practice, and the American Society for Engineering Education’s Homer Bernhardt Award.

Karin MacLeod is currently the Manager, Published Acquisitions, at Library and Archives Canada.  Karin has held this position since joining LAC in 2015 and is primarily responsible with overseeing and raising awareness of the Legal Deposit Program, acquisition of digital theses and a variety of outreach activities with Canadian publishers and music producers. Karin holds a masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.

Steve Marks is the digital preservation librarian at the University of Toronto. His day-to-day job is to ensure that the library has the planning and technical infrastructure in place to safely preserve the university’s digital stuff – including licensed resources, archival and special collections, data, and whatever else we decide we want to keep. His main research interests are design of information systems, preservation planning and policy, futzing around with obsolete media types, and the preservation of video games.

Pascale Montmartin is a business analyst at the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Holder of a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, she coordinated the implementation of BAnQ’s digital collections management system from 2006 to 2013. Since 2014, she has been a key contributor to the development of a portal for public distribution of BAnQ collections: She is simultaneously participating in the implementation of policies and procedures as well as the development of a sustainable digital document management platform.

Annie Murray is Associate University Librarian for Archives and Special Collections at the University of Calgary, where she oversees The Canadian Architectural Archives, Special Collections, and the University of Calgary Archives. She is a longtime co-applicant in the Spokenweb project to develop web-based interfaces for the exploration of digitized literary audio recordings. She is currently overseeing the preservation of the EMI Music Canada Archive, with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Mireille Nappert has a master’s in information sciences, and is an archivist assigned to the processing of digital archives acquired following the “Archaeology of the Digital” exhibitions (2013-2015) at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Her previous assignments have mainly involved document management, particularly in digital formats, for the Charbonneau Commission inquiry intro construction contracts (Commission d’enquête sur l’octroi et la gestion des contrats publics dans l’industrie de la construction) and for Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.

Dr. Umar Qasim holds a PhD in Information Systems. He has over 20 years of experience in the field of information technology. Since 2012 he has been working as the Digital Preservation Officer at the University of Alberta Libraries with responsibility for its digital preservation program. He is also involved in many collaborative initiatives and shares his expertise with the professional community of practice at large. He is the current chair of Portage’s Preservation Expert Group.

John Richan is a Digital Archivist at the Records Management and Archives department at Concordia University and MLIS graduate from the McGill University School of Information Studies (‘14). Current professional projects include building digital preservation workflows and leveraging open-source tools from digital object transfer through to Archival Information Package (AIP) creation.

Carole Urbain is currently Senior Director, Academic Affairs at McGill University Library. Her career has been marked by numerous projects at the National Library of Quebec, the University of Montreal, and then the McGill University. As a member of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy Steering Committee for two years, she has collaborated on a study to develop best practices for infrastructure to ensure the preservation of digitized material.

Tim Walsh is the Digital Preservation Librarian at Concordia University Library. Prior to joining Concordia, Tim was a Summer Fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab as well as the Canadian Centre for Architecture’s first Digital Archivist. He is the developer of several digital preservation utilities including Brunnhilde, a reporting and characterization tool for digital archives, and METSFlask, a web application for human-friendly exploration of Archivematica METS files.

Jess Whyte is the Digital Asset Librarian at the University of Toronto, where she previously held the position of Digital Preservation Intake Coordinator and obtained her MI. Jess co-authored Building OpenSocial Apps, one of the first books on developing for social networks, and is a member of the Software Preservation Network’s Legal Working Group, OCUL’s Digital Curation Community, and the EaaSI (or Emulation-as-a-Service Infrastructure) Advisory Committee.