We are thrilled to offer the following keynotes at JCDL 2023.

Sarah Lamdan, The City University of New York (CUNY)

Sarah Lamdan

Professor of Law at The City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law

Data Cartels and the Future of Digital Information Access

Abstract: We've probably all observed how digital platforms and products have changed our jobs as library professionals. We spend less time in the stacks and more time learning how to use electronic information platforms and products. Not surprisingly, the companies that provide our library resources are also changing. Traditional publishers and database providers are, more and more, integrating data analytics tools into their library products, and they are also harnessing the power of research-related data to enhance their products. Sarah Lamdan will discuss the transition of publishers to data analytics, and describe how that shift impacts our work.

Bio: Sarah Lamdan is a Professor of Law at CUNY School of Law who specializes in information law. Her research and advocacy span the spectrum from public information access to personal data privacy. Sarah Lamdan is also a law librarian with a master's degree in library and information science. When she's not teaching, she works with organizations like SPARC, NYU's Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy, and other open access and data privacy advocacy groups.

Oksana Bruy, The Ukrainian Library Association

Oksana Bruy

President of the Ukrainian Library Association


On the way to National Digital Library of Ukraine

Abstract: Digitization of objects belonging to the cultural and scientific heritage and creation of digital libraries is used worldwide as a tool to ensure both long-term preservation of digital copies and convenient search and access to them. In many countries, national memory institutions create National Digital Libraries for this purpose. Since Ukraine's independence in 1992, national, state and university libraries have been digitizing rare and valuable documents and creating digital libraries. However, the percentage of digitized documents is not significant and no national digital library has been created in Ukraine. Since the outbreak of the Russian war against Ukraine in 2014 and the full-scale aggression on 24 February 2022, cultural and scientific heritage in Ukraine has been in great danger of being destroyed. Many of them have already been destroyed and lost to humanity forever. Therefore, the importance of digitization of cultural and scientific heritage has increased significantly and is of vital importance. Ukraine is facing these challenges with the help of international institutions such as UNESCO, IFLA and ALIPH, governments, national institutions, private companies from different countries and voluntary initiatives such as SUCHO. The Ukrainian Library Association, as a professional public organization, is leading the way in uniting the efforts of all stakeholders. On February 14th, the project to create the National Digital Library of Ukraine was announced. The project is coordinated by the Ukrainian Library Association and is implemented under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine with the financial support of UNESCO and in cooperation with IFLA and SUCHO. At the first stage this year we are learning international experience and developing the Concept, Roadmap and Budget of the National Digital Library. Since April 2022 we have held the initiative for archiving documents about the Russian-Ukrainian war. More than 40 Ukrainian librarians are archiving documents on the servers of the Portico. Perhaps this collection will also become part of the National Digital Library of Ukraine.

Bio: Oksana Brui is a Ukrainian librarian and a public activist. She worked at the Library of the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and at the National Medical Library of Ukraine as a Deputy Director for IT. Since 2016, Oksana is the Director of the Scientific and Technical Library of the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute". She received her first education at a pedagogical university. Oksana also received a master degree on Health Care Management for Executives and PhD in social communication (librarianship). She is the author of about 20 publications, more than 15 handbooks and 2 Massive Open Online Courses for librarians. Main sphere of her professional interests: strategic management, open science, knowledge management, IT in libraries. She implements business management approaches and tools into Ukrainian libraries daily work. One of the authors of The Strategy of Development of Ukrainian Libraries for 2017-2025. Since 2018, Oksana is the president of the Ukrainian Library Association.

Jessica Polka, ASAPbio – Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology

Jessica Polka

Executive Director of ASAPbio – Accelerating Science and Publication in Biology


How preprints are changing biomedical publishing

Abstract:Publishing in the life sciences is undergoing rapid change. COVID-19 changed researchers' priorities, and recent funder public access mandates are tipping the balance toward open access. These changes are contributing to a larger cultural shift toward acceptance and recognition for preprints. Jessica Polka will discuss how this way of sharing constitutes the foundation of an emerging review and curation ecosystem in the basic biomedical sciences — and the role that institutions and libraries might play in this new environment.

Bio: As Executive Director of ASAPbio, Jessica leads initiatives related to peer review and oversees the organization’s general administrative and strategic needs. Jessica performed postdoctoral research in the department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School (2013-2016) following a PhD in Biochemistry from UCSF (2012). She lives and works in Somerville, MA.