2016 Conference Countdown: Plenary sessions

We are two weeks out from the start of the 2016 MLA meeting in Cincinnati!  There is still time to register!

As a part of each MLA conference, a plenary session is scheduled for Thursday and Friday mornings. These sessions bring together the membership to engage in a discussion of interest to the collective. This year our two plenaries address topics related to diversity and linked data. Both will be streamed live on our Vimeo channel!

“Diversity in MLA”

Thursday morning (March 3rd) a panel will discus how the MLA Diversity Committee has approached advancing the organization’s diversity initiatives, particularly as it relates to the overall health of the organization, historic diversity projects, and future efforts of the committee.

Speakers include: Jorge Schement (Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Rutgers University), Mark Puente (Association of Research Libraries), Jonathan Sauceda (Rutgers University), Treshani Perera (University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee), Joy Doan (California State University, Northridge), Patrick Sifuentes (Northwestern University)

“Practical Application of Linked Data”

Friday morning (March 4th) will feature a discussion of how several institutions are using linked data to discover known and new information.  Two music projects will be highlighted, Linked Jazz project and the Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University, in order to showcase ways music libraries can take on projects in their own organizations using Linked Data.

Speakers include: Steven Folsom (Cornell University), Karen Hwang (Linked Jazz Project), James Soe Nyun (University of California, San Diego) and Kimmy Szeto (Baruch College)

Next week’s Conference Countdown will highlight some of the other sessions happening throughout the meeting! Stay tuned as we prepare for #musiclib2016!

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