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Humanities Roundtable 2020 - Building Diversity, Building Accessibility, Building Better - 9.23.20

The theme of this year’s Humanities Roundtable is building better — better diversity, better accessibility, better technology — in order to develop a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable humanities community. From the complexities of controlled vocabularies and thesauri in the humanities, to dealing with historically offensive language, and from defining accessibility in a humanities context to designing for it, our speakers will touch on many of the critical changes the digital humanities need.None of this is simple but, at the same time, if we work together to find solutions, it’s not impossible. By bringing together stakeholders from across our community — librarians, publishers, technology providers — this year’s Roundtable will kickstart a discussion on the practical requirements and implications of delivering a more diverse, a more accessible, a better information environment for the digital humanities community. The event will include small group breakout sessions to encourage attendees from a range of stakeholder communities to engage productively with one another and to collaborate in identifying next steps.
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Bethan Tovey-Walsh

PhD researcher, CorCenCC/Swansea University

Bethan Tovey-Walsh is a PhD research student at Swansea University in Wales, U.K., working as part of the CorCenCC Modern Welsh-language Corpus project. She previously completed a DPhil in Anglo-Saxon literature, before working as a dictionary researcher and then as a content architect for dictionaries and scholarly publishing. She enjoys markup languages, minority languages, alien languages, and textile art; finding a project to combine these interests is her lifelong goal. She can be found online at, and on Twitter as @linguacelta.
2 Videos
Dave Tell

Ph.D., Co-Director, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Kansas

Dave Tell is Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Confessional Crises and Cultural Politics in Twentieth Century America (Penn State University Press, 2012) and Remembering Emmett Till (University of Chicago Press, 2019). Remembering Emmett Till was listed as a 2019 book of the year by the Economist and winner of the Mississippi Historical Society’s 2020 McLemore Prize. Professor Tell is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a codirector of the Emmett Till Memory Project. His writing on the Till murder has been published in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Atlantic Monthly, LitHub and a wide range of academic journals. He is a past president of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and the inaugural Public Humanities Officer for the Rhetoric Society of America. Professor Tell is also Co-Director of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities and a Faculty Fellow in the University Honors Program. He holds courtesy appointments in American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
1 Video
Ian Smith

Director, Accessibility Platforms and Solutions, codemantra US LLC

Ian Smith is an experienced product Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the content lifecycle industry and assisting organizations with digital document compliance strategies and remediation plans. Ian has been a thought leader in document accessibility. He has advised private and public institutions to help them become compliant with various accessibility standards across various document formats. As part of this, Ian has collaborated with industry thought leader4s in web accessibility and has successfully established a digital document accessibility platform and solution program within codemantra US, LLC.
1 Video
Mark Puente

Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Organizational Development, Inclusion, and Diversity, Purdue

Mark A. Puente is the Associate Dean for Organizational Development, Inclusion, and Diversity at the Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies. Previously, he served for over 11 years as the Senior Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). At ARL, Puente directed all aspects of the Association’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership development programs.. Puente has designed and administered numerous programs that seek to recruit people of color into careers in academic and research libraries and archives. He directs and serves on the faculty or advisory groups to numerous leadership development programs such as the ARL Leadership Fellows Program, the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries’ Leadership Fellows Program, and the Southeastern Museum Conference Leadership Institute. A frequent clinician, speaker, facilitator, and writer, Puente also works with numerous organizations (i.e. library, archive, museum, K-12 education) on strategies for accelerating change in organizational culture, inclusion in the workplace, strategic planning, racial equity, diversity recruitment and retention, organizational climate, and numerous other topics.
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Marti Heyman

Executive Director, Metadata Strategy and Operations, OCLC

Marti Heyman has extensive and diverse experience utilizing information science techniques and methodologies to develop effective, sustainable metadata solutions to meet the knowledge organization needs of a broad range of organizations, including manufacturing, e-business, professional services, enterprise software, publishing, and library data & services. She earned her MLIS and MBA degrees from Drexel University in Philadelphia, where she was also an adjunct instructor teaching courses on content representation and management of information organizations. She is currently Executive Director Metadata Strategy & Operations at OCLC in Dublin Ohio. Learn more at:
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Michelle Urberg

Affiliate Associate - Maverick Publishing Specialists

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Rebecca Blakiston

User Experience Strategist, University of Arizona

Rebecca Blakiston is the user experience (UX) librarian and strategist at the University of Arizona Libraries. She consults on UX methods and coordinates user research to help make informed, thoughtful decisions to improve the student and faculty experience. In 2016, Rebecca was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She wrote two practical guides for librarians: Usability Testing (2014) and Writing Effectively in Print and on the Web (2017). Since 2018, she's been editor-in-chief of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience.

3 Videos
Susan Doerr

Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director, University of Minnesota Press

Susan Doerr is Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Director at the University of Minnesota Press. Before joining Minnesota, Susan was marketing director for a book publishing distributor, where she worked with independent and literary publishers on their trade and library marketing efforts. Susan recently completed a three-year term as treasurer on the board of directors of the Association of University Presses (AUP). With a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Susan is leading the team at Minnesota in collaboration with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at CUNY and the digital development agency, Cast Iron Coding, to build Manifold Scholarship (, a free, open-source publishing platform designed for scholarly content.