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NISO Virtual Conference, That Cutting Edge: Technology’s Impact on Scholarly Research Processes in the Library

Recent years have introduced a variety of new technologies into the mainstream, such as artificial intelligence, data science, and virtual and augmented reality. As the research community increasingly uses these tools and techniques to generate findings, what are the needs of the library in supporting the research activity as well as the resulting output? This virtual conference will explore technologies supported by the modern research library and the impact on both workflow and workforce. The first block of the day will consist of discussions of the administrative view of new technologies impacting on the library with the rest of the day given over to case studies.

Alicia Peaker


Director of Digital Scholarship, Critical Making, & Digital Collections Management, College of Bryn Mawr

Alicia Peaker (Ph.D., Northeastern University) is the Director of Digital Scholarship, Critical Making, and Digital Collections Management at Bryn Mawr College. Formerly a Mellon CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury College, she has also served as the Co-Director for Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive and the project manager for the Women Writers Project.

Darby Orcutt


Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, North Carolina State University

Darby Orcutt is Assistant Head, Collections & Research Strategy, NCSU Libraries, Faculty, University Honors Program, Affiliated Faculty, Center for Innovative Management Studies, and Affiliated Faculty, Genetic Engineering & Society Center, as well as recently served as the Associate Chair of the Faculty of NC State. A national leader in developing business models for data access for content mining and computational research, his current work revolves primarily around support for interdisciplinary research teams. His regular column in Against the Grain, “It’s High Time,” addresses the future of academic libraries.

Demian Katz


Director of Library Technology, Villanova University

Demian Katz is a Library Technology Development Specialist at Villanova University’s Falvey Library, primarily responsible for maintaining the open source VuFind discovery project. He holds a B. S. in Computer Science from West Chester University and an M. L. I. S. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jack Maness


Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication and Collections Services, University of Denver

Jack Maness joined the University of Denver Libraries as an Associate Dean in 2017. Prior to joining DU, he was Director of Sciences and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, where he was PI on a Council on Library & Information Resources grant that won the 2016 Data Rescue Award from the International Earth Data Alliance. He has written on many aspects of libraries and information technology, including work that has been translated into several languages and recognized by the Johns Hopkins University Press and the Reference & User Services Association.

Jeremy Frumkin


Executive Director, Research Technologies, University of Arizona

Jeremy Frumkin is Executive Director of Research Technologies at University Information Technology Services (UITS) at the University of Arizona. In that role, Jeremy collaborates with senior administration, academic leaders, researchers, and the campus IT community to strategically develop and deliver research technology services for the University. He oversees the development and integration of research computing services, including high performance and high throughput computing, statistical consulting, visualization and other established and emerging research technology consulting services. Jeremy has more than 20 years of experience holding various positions of increasing leadership in Information Technology and Libraries, in addition to his research with digital libraries. Prior to his appointment, Jeremy served as associate dean of Technology Strategy for University Libraries. During his tenure, Jeremy established multiple tri-university collaborations, led efforts that developed the Campus Repository and Data Management/Planning services, and served as a liaison to the Faculty Senate ad-hoc technology committee, among other accomplishments.

Mita Williams


Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Windsor

Mita Williams is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at the Leddy Library of the University of Windsor and is the (Acting) Head of its Information Services Department. She writes occasionally on her blog, Librarian of Things and regularly publishes a newsletter called University of Winds every Saturday morning. She is a certified Data Carpentry Instructor.

Emerging Technologies Informationist, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan

Patricia F. Anderson is the Emerging Technologies Informationist at the Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan — Ann Arbor. In this position she has made apps, comics, a video game; taught workshops and built a library collection (with alien and animal costumes!) in a virtual world; 3D printed cool stuff, and soldered chips on circuit boards, which officially makes this the coolest job ever. Her job lets her hangout with the microbiome researchers, precision medicine folk, and get to talk about her explorations in personal genomics. She publishes on social media (especially in cancer communities), online health and search engines, wearables, text mining and tech mining (which are different things), textual analysis, and systematic reviews. In other words, she happily revels in geekery of many sorts.

Rick Johnson


Head, Data Curation and Digital Library Solutions, The University of Notre Dame

Rick Johnson is the Director of Digital Initiatives and Scholarship at Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame. In this role, he directs the design and development of the libraries' digital curation solutions, and directs data management consulting services. He serves as a Visiting Program Officer for the Association of Research Libraries for the SHARE project as a technical advisor and in development of partnerships to improve data sharing and foster a tighter network of research repositories, databases, and information systems. He has contributed to several data collaborations such as DASPOS (, Data and Software Preservation for Open Science), and the Samvera community (formerly known as Hydra) as both a code committer and technical manager on several projects. He spearheaded the implementation of the University of Notre Dame’s institutional repository, CurateND (, and he is actively working with the broader community on integrations between repositories and research computing environments.

Susan Ivey


Research Data & Infrastructure Librarian, North Carolina State University

Susan Ivey is the Research Data & Infrastructure Librarian at North Carolina State University Libraries, where she collaborates with the Office of Information Technology to support research data storage services, helps advance library-wide efforts to support research data management for faculty and students throughout the research lifecycle, and communicates with stakeholders across campus to determine and investigate evolving data needs. Prior to joining NCSU, she was a Digital Repository Content Analyst at Duke University Libraries and the Digital Initiatives Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Libraries. She received a M.S. in library and information science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a M.A. in English and a B.A. in communication media from North Carolina State University.