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OCLC-LIBER “Building for the future” – Opening Plenary Session

Join LIBER and OCLC for the the first session of the ‘Building for the future’ event series. This multi-year engagement series based on LIBER’s 2023-2027 strategy, will present a vision for the future of research libraries. LIBER and OCLC will host a series of discussions to collectively examine, explore, and ideate around the impacts of the aforementioned disruptions.

Opening Plenary Session

On Thursday 12 October at 15:00 (CEST) LIBER and OCLC Research representatives will host the Opening Penary of the series. During this session, LIBER and OCLC Research representatives will introduce the theme and a panel of thought leaders made up of Courtney C. Mumma (MAS / MLIS, Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library consortium), Thomas Padilla (Deputy Director, Archiving and Data Services, Internet Archive), and Saskia Scheltjens (Head of Research Services, Rijksmuseum) will set the scene for the discussions. The webinar will last for 75 minutes.

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Learn more about the other upcoming sessions in the ‘Building for the future’ series here.


Courtney C. Mumma, MAS/MLIS, Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library consortium
Courtney Mumma is an archivist, librarian, and the Deputy Director of the Texas Digital Library (TDL) consortium, where she provides leadership for many of TDL’s infrastructure services for Texas libraries, including the Texas Data Repository, Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs), digital preservation services, and DPLA harvesting services. Courtney has also worked in web archiving at the Internet Archive and is one of the creators of the Archivematica open-source digital preservation workflow system.

Thomas Padilla, Deputy Director, Archiving and Data Services, Internet Archive
Thomas Padilla has over ten years of experience developing, consulting, publishing, presenting, and teaching about responsible computational use of cultural heritage collections, digital strategy, data literacy, digital scholarship, and data curation. He is the author of Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries, published by OCLC Research in 2019.

Saskia Scheltjens, Head of Research Services, Rijksmuseum
Saskia Scheltjens, as Head of the Research Services department at the Rijksmuseum, provides leadership for the management of information and data about the museum’s collections and the organizations, including the Rijksmuseum research library. She has a background in both academic and museum libraries in the Netherlands and Belgium.


We invite the global library community to attend both plenary sessions. 

How to attend

The plenary sessions are open to all but registration is required.

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This session will be recorded and shared afterwards with those who registered and/or attended.


12 Oct 2023


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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