Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository

The New York academy of Medicine & DiscoveryGarden present:

Hello Islandora: Building a Digital Repository

General Information

November 30, 2016
Time: 10am – 5pm
Morning Session: 10am – 1pm
Afternoon Session: 2pm – 5pm
Venue: The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, NY 10029

Full day: $60 – both sessions
Half day: $35 – either session

Participants: 30 - 40
Equipment required: Laptop

Audience: Information Professionals (libraries, archives, museums, digital humanities, colleges), historians, grey literature, developers

Register Here!


Morning Session: Developing Islandora Digital Collections (Panel)

This panel discussion will explore multiple uses and implementations of Islandora, an open source digital repository framework.  Panelists will describe their digital projects, how Islandora was utilized and their overall experience.

Afternoon Session: Islandora Demonstration (Hands-on)

Islandora is an OAIS adherent and open source digital repository framework. It combines the Drupal CMS and Fedora Commons repository software, together with additional open source applications, the framework delivers a wide range of functionality out of the box.  

This Islandora demonstration will provide users with an overview of how to ingest content, configure the discovery layer and restrict access to content. If participants wish, they can follow along for a hands-on experience using installation via local virtual machines or an online sandbox.


Erin Tripp (moderator) | DiscoveryGarden, Inc.

Erin Tripp is the Business Development Manager at discoverygarden inc. Since 2011, Erin’s been involved in the Islandora project; a community supported framework of open source technologies for digital repositories. In that time, Erin’s been involved in more than 40 different Islandora projects ranging from consulting, custom development, and data migrations. Prior to coming to discoverygarden inc., Erin graduated from the University of King’s College (BJH), worked as a broadcast journalist with CTV Globemedia, and graduated from the Dalhousie University School of Information Management (MLIS) where she won the Outstanding Service Award in 2011.

Ben Rosner | Barnard College

Ben Rosner is the new Instructional Applications Developer at Barnard College. His work intersects with many of Barnard Library’s departments, especially the Archives. Since he began at Barnard in August 2015, Ben has been smitten by Islandora and has written a custom Islandora+Solr module, helped implement new functionality in close collaboration with archivists, and continually works with systems to upgrade and maintain the repository’s server. Ben previously worked at Adelphi University as the Senior Instructional Technologist in their teaching and learning center, and as an adjunct professor in the math and computer sciences departments and educational technology masters program. Ben holds an MA in Psychology from Adelphi.


Anne Karle-Zenith | Metropolitan New York Library Council

Anne Karle-Zenith is Digital Services Manager at the Metropolitan New York Library Council. Anne manages METRO’s digitization grant program, digital collection hosting service, and digitization and related services. She also serves as the regional liaison for institutions in New York City and Westchester County contributing to the Digital Public Library of America. Before joining METRO in 2012, Anne worked for six years at the University of Michigan Library, where she managed an IMLS grant-funded project to build a copyright review management system (CRMS) for works in the HathiTrust Digital Library. During her first three years at Michigan, she served as project coordinator for the UM/Google Books partnership to digitize the Library’s collections.


Henry Raine | New-York Historical Society

Henry Raine is the Director of Digital Projects and Library Technical Services at the New-York Historical Society, where he has worked since 1997 managing large-scale cataloging, archival processing, and digitization projects. He recently oversaw the migration of the library’s digital collections to Islandora and the development of the N-YHS Islandora site. Prior to working at the N-YHS, he held positions at the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Library of New Zealand, and the Library of Congress. Active in several professional organizations, he was Chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2010-2011 and served on the Board of Directors of the Ephemera Society of America from 2010 to 2015. He holds a BA in History from the University of Maryland, an MSLS from the Catholic University of America, and an MA in the History of Design from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum/Parsons School of Design.

Robin Naughton, PhD | The New York Academy of Medicine

Robin Naughton, PhD is Head of Digital for the New York Academy of Medicine Library. She manages the digital program for the library, including digitization efforts and library systems. Since starting in June 2015, she has worked on migrating the Library’s digital collections to Islandora and is in the early phases of development. Prior to joining the Academy, Dr. Naughton was a Digital Consultant in educational technology and has worked with LearningExpress, an EBSCO company, Oxford University Press, English Language Teaching, and Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. She has managed digital library migrations, interactive educational products (web & mobile) created for public and state libraries, the transition of print to eBooks, and eLearning courses. Dr. Naughton is a user-centered researcher focused on developing interactive systems that are useful, easy to use and enjoyable. She holds a PhD in Information Science from Drexel’s College of Computing and Informatics.

Additional Event Logistics:

  • Registration will be done via the Academy’s event registration. It will be mainly to cover room cost, which is $2000.

  • Panelists will not need to register, but members of their organizations will.

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