August 1, 2014

Code4Lib 2014 Announces Two Awesome Keynotes

Today the Code4Lib 2014 Conference Keynote Speakers Committee announced the keynote speakers for the upcoming conference in March 2014:

Valerie Aurora is the founder of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit
organization that seeks to increase women’s participation in the free
culture movement, open source technology, and open source culture. Aurora
is also known within the Linux community for advocating new developments in
filesystems in Linux, including ChunkFS and the Union file system. In 2012,
Aurora, and Ada Initiative co-founder Mary Gardiner, were named two of the
most influential people in computer security by SC Magazine. In 2013, she
won the O’Reilly Open Source Award…

Sumana Harihareswara works as the Engineering Community Manager at the
Wikimedia Foundation. She has worked at Collabora, GNOME,
QuestionCopyright.org, Fog Creek Software, Behavior, and Salon.com, and
contributed to the MediaWiki, AltLaw, Empathy, Miro, and Zeitgeist open
source projects. She has been editor and release organizer for GNOME
Journal and is a blogger at Geek Feminism…

Being able to attract two such qualified candidates from outside the library community is no small thing. It’s a good thing to hear from the broader tech community on issues of importance to us all. But then, when I look back at past keynotes I’d have to say that the conference has been blessed with a great line-up:

  • 2013 – Leslie Johnston and Gordon Dunsire
  • 2012 – Dan Chudnov and Bethany Nowviskie
  • 2011 – Diane Hillmann
  • 2010 – Cathy Marshall and Paul Jones
  • 2009 – Stefano Mazzocchi, Sebastian Hammer, and Ian Davis
  • 2008 – Brewster Kahle, Karen Coyle and Jon Udell
  • 2007 – Karen Schneider and Erik Hatcher
  • 2006 – Evergreen Development Team and Thom Hickey

Congratulations to the volunteers to make Code4Lib as awesome as it is every year. See you in Raleigh, North Carolina?

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Roy Tennant About Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. He is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), "XML in Libraries" (2002), "Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial" (1996), and "Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook" (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education. Follow him on Twitter @rtennant.

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