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Connect and Reflect: How Library Technical Services Can Engage and Represent the Communities We Serve

When: Friday, October 13, 2023, 10 AM - 4 PM
Where: Leonardtown Public Library (ample FREE parking available)


Katrina Fenlon (keynote speaker) | Presentation

Dr. Katrina Fenlon is an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she co-directs the MLIS program and previously served as founding director of the Center for Archival Futures. She is also an affiliate of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Her research focuses on digital modes of knowledge production, maintenance, and preservation. She studies how information practices among researchers across disciplines are changing, and what those changes mean for the infrastructures that serve knowledge and communities within and beyond the academy. She earned her Ph.D. ('17) and MLIS ('09) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Title: Resilient processes: Centering communities in collaborative digital collections

Abstract: What does it mean to put communities at the center of how we collaborate to build and maintain digital collections? The effectiveness, endurance, and equity of collaborations between communities and institutions increasingly governs the future of the cultural record—especially the massive and growing swath of records and evidence living outside of libraries, archives, and museums. This talk will explore trends and emerging opportunities in community-institutional partnerships, particularly focused on community-based digital collections and description. Our goal is to illuminate how resilient approaches to community-institutional collaboration can help sustain a more equitable, more complete digital cultural record.

Anita Kazmierczak-Hoffman | Presentation

Anita Kazmierczak-Hoffman, originally from Poland. Slavic linguist and since 2007 metadata librarian. Went to Library School in New York with a concentration on rare books and special materials. After library school, she first worked at Columbia University, Burke Library, and then follow the metadata and cataloging path as a consulting librarian and metadata expert on various projects and assignments for institutions, to name a few: MOMA, MET, MIT, Yale, and Harvard University, Boston Public Library. She worked for several years in New Orleans in the Historic New Orleans Collection and Tulane University. Since March 2021, she is the Head of the Bibliographic Control Section at the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled in Washington, DC.

Diana Marsh & Ia Bull Presentation

Diana Marsh is an Assistant Professor of Archives and Digital Curation at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool), PI on the IMLS-funded IndigenizingSNAC project, and a Member of the Society of American Archvists’ Archival Repatriation Committee. Her applied research focuses on improving discovery and access to colonially-held archives for Native American and Indigenous communities. Her recent work has appeared in The American Archivist, Archival Science, Archivaria, and The Public Historian, and her book, From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time was released in paperback in 2022 with Berghahn Books.

ᎠᏴ ᎪᎳᏄ ᏓᏆᏙᎠ, ᏥᏄᏓᎴ ᏥᏎᎩᏳᏍᏗ ᏥᎦᏚᏩᎩ ᏥᎾᏥᏃ. ᏌᎶᎵ ᎤᎾᏓᏢ ᏂᎦᏘᏲ ᎠᏆᎨᎵ ᎠᏂᏌᎰᏂ ᎨᏟᏙᎯᏃ. Ia is a UMD PhD student & Research Assistant on the IndigenizeSNAC project. Past work includes Gilcrease Museum, Natchez Indigital, Cherokee Heritage Center Archive, and American Philosophical Society. Long-term research goals focus on evaluating the use of Information institutions like archives for Indigenous language and cultural revitalization efforts. Ia earned an MLIS, Archives focus, from University of Oklahoma and a BA in Cherokee Language Revitalization at Northeastern State University.

Title:Piloting Reparative Description via the IndigenizeSNAC Project

Abstract: Work in Indigenous data sovereignty and Indigenous ontologies (e.g., Littletree et al. 2020; Christen 2011; Duarte & Belarde-Lewis 2015; Kukutai & Taylor 2016) has expanded community and professional interest in creating more culturally responsive and community-driven approaches to describing and representing Indigenous knowledge. New unified Indigenous terminologies, such as the Xwi7xwa (or Brian Deer) system and soon-to-be-released National Museum of the American Indian ethnonym thesaurus, have great potential for responsive Indigenous curation across content management systems. In this presentation, we share our work with IndigenizeSNAC and the Indigenous Description Group that seeks to 1) pilot approaches for description in SNAC, including 2) collaborating with the Library of Congress on revisions to existing standards such as the alpha-3 MARC codes for languages and 2) implementing a Tribal Nation Authority File created by the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

Jen Froetschel & Jackie Saavedra Presentation

Jen Froetschel (she/her) is the Metadata Services Librarian at the George Washington University, as well as an instructor for the Fundamentals of Cataloging course offered by the CORE Division of ALA. Prior to joining GW, she worked as the Digital Asset Management Librarian in a government public affairs office. During the pandemic, she fostered kittens and learned how to fold a fitted sheet.

Jacqueline Saavedra is the Consortial Network Zone Manager for the Washington Research Library Consortium, where she works collaboratively with Metadata and E-Resources staff on consortial policy, projects, etc. She graduated from Florida State University with an MLIS in 2012, and has worked in academic libraries for almost a decade.

Agenda (PTPL 99th Annual Meeting Schedule.pdf)

09:00 - 10:00

Registration and coffee

10:00 - 10:10  Welcome and Speaker Introduction – Mimi Games, PTPL Chair
10:10 - 11:05 Katrina Fenlon (Keynote Presentation)
11:05 - 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Anita Kazmierczak-Hoffman
12:00 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 01:30 Business Meeting
01:30 - 02:15 Diana Marsh & Ia Bull
02:15 - 02:25 Break
02:25 - 03:10 Jen Froetschel & Jackie Saavedra
03:10 - 03:55 Panel discussion
0:355 - 04:00 Closing and Passing of the Gavel

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is elected from our membership, and we have several open positions this year:

  • DC representatives (1 and 2 year terms available)
  • Maryland representatives (1 and 2 year terms available)
  • Virginia representative (2 year term)
  • Vice-chair (3 year term)

If you’d like more information on the positions, or if you’d like to nominate a colleague or yourself, please contact Caroline Saccucci (

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