Presentations

You just can’t shut me up.

I enjoy presenting. You read that right. I have fun putting together a snappy poster or slide deck and presenting my ideas to groups of smart people. I like it even more when they ask me challenging questions to help me polish that idea until it’s bright and shiny. Here are some of those happy occasions:

Most recently I spoke on a panel at the Society of California Archivists 2019 Annual General Meeting. Our panel, Entertainment Born Digital Archives: Challenges and Limitations, focused on the issues we face preserving born-digital assets and providing access to a global user base. I spoke with three other archivists and librarians who manage collections for Hollywood studios. My presentation was based in my particular role – governing cross-platform metadata and working with our engineering team to help our users make the most of it. A brief intro is available here.

In May of 2016 I spoke on a panel at one of the largest Digital Asset Management conferences in the world, DAM NY: The Art & Practice of Managing Digital Media. My panel, Decoupling of Digital Content: A Case Study on Collaboration, focused on my work as a metadata specialist with Allied Vaughn. Allied Vaughn had been working with two other consulting companies to decouple a client from their agencies by creating a unified DAM. I spoke about the challenges of migrating assets from multiple systems into a unified taxonomy and creating a metadata schema that makes sense to everyone, from packaging to marketing. It was a packed house.

Click here to download a PDF of my Lightning Talk presentation for QuasiCon 2014. It’s called ‘ Moving Beyond Preservation Week: Digital Preservation Workshops in Public Libraries’ and it was the first iteration of an idea I’ve been working on for over a year, wherein we partner a public library with local cultural heritage institutions to teach the community about digital preservation. It was my first presentation in a conference setting and while my design skills are a bit more polished these days, I’m pretty proud of it. If you would like more information about this idea, please contact me.

Photo of Meg at MLA

This is me at my first big conference, the Michigan Library Association’s annual affair in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I presented a poster of my digital preservation workshop idea. The librarians who took interest had the best questions, and their perspectives have helped me shape my idea further. I took this picture for my mom. It’s on her fridge!

Since there was so much interest from the library side in my partnership idea, I presented it to the preservation community at the Mid Michigan Digital Practitioners’s meeting on March 27, 2015. Their questions and suggestions have helped immensely, and I hope to move forward on the next step in making this idea a reality soon.

I moved on to my next big idea, which I presented at UMSI 2015 ExpoSItion On March 30, 2015. I showcased my semester project for a course on research methods. I developed a research proposal studying libraries in prisons. The goal is to analyze rates of recidivism in various counties in Michigan in comparison to the presence of a general collections library staffed by an ALA-accredited librarian. Since the initial presentation, the American Library Journal expressed interest in the study as well as a handful of researchers. It’s my hope that someone can pick up where I left off and get funding to find out more about librarian impact on recidivism. Please contact me if you are interested.