Greetings everyone and Happy Holidays!

The Keynote Speakers Committee is pleased to announce that Alison Macrina and Alison Langmead will serve as keynote speakers at the 2020 Code4Lib Conference.

Alison Macrina will be the opening keynote speaker on March 9 and Alison Langmead will provide the closing talk on March 11. We are very excited and we hope that you will join us! For more information on the speakers, see their brief bios below:

Alison Macrina:
From "Along with founding the Library Freedom Project, Alison is a librarian, internet activist, and a core contributor to The Tor Project. Alison is passionate about fighting surveillance and connecting privacy issues to other struggles for justice. She believes that a world without pervasive surveillance is possible." Library Freedom is a unique, progressive venture in the privacy sphere, putting on training workshops for libraries and librarians as well as advocating for political change.

    "DHS (Department of Homeland Security) fought to stop libraries from using privacy technology, but @LibraryFreedom beat them. Librarians are badass." - Edward Snowden


Alison Langmead:

Alison Langmead holds a joint faculty appointment between the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh. She teaches and researches in the field of the digital humanities, focusing especially on applying digital methods mindfully within the context of visual and material culture studies. For the Department of Art History and Architecture, Alison serves as the Director of the Visual Media Workshop (VMW). The mission of the VMW is to develop and encourage the creation of innovative methods for producing, disseminating, and preserving the academic work using digital technologies as a fundamental component of our scholarly toolkit. To achieve these objectives, she directs a technologically-focused environment of collaboration and creativity where students and faculty from a number of departments across the University come together to work on projects that apply digital methods and techniques with focus and intention. For the School of Computing and Information (SCI), Alison researches the relationship between the historical practice of information management and digital computing, both as a historical narrative and also as a complex, changing process in contemporary America. This research, plus all of the theories, concepts, and models that she teaches at SCI, are put into daily practice in her work directing the VMW.
                University of Pittsburgh site<>
"Extracting Meaningful Data from Decomposing Bodies," one of her many publications showing her interest in the intersection of cultural studies and computing<> The Digital Library Federation's 2019 conference website for her keynote announcement<>

The official dates for the Code4Lib Conference will be March 9 - March 11 2020 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Westin Pittsburgh.

For additional information and to register for the conference please visit the Code4Lib website:

Thank you,
On behalf of the Code4Lib 2020 Keynote Committee.

Clara Turp
Discovery Systems Librarian| Bibliothécaire des systèmes de découverte
McGill University | Université McGill
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