Keynote Speakers

Photo of Jefferson BaileyJefferson Bailey is the Director of Web Archiving Programs at the Internet Archive. Jefferson joined Internet Archive in Summer 2014 and manages web archiving services and programs, which works with national and international libraries, archives, museums, and other organizations to preserve the web. Prior to joining IA, he worked on strategic initiatives, digital preservation, archives, and digital collections at institutions such as Metropolitan New York Library Council, Library of Congress, Brooklyn Public Library, and Frick Art Reference Library and has worked in the archives at NARA, NASA, and Atlantic Records. He has an MLIS in Archival Studies from University of Pittsburgh and a BA in English from Oberlin College. He once flew NASA's Space Shuttle Simulator and caused, according to the flight engineer, "minor landing gear damage." He has deaccessioned all records of this event from his personal archive.

Picture of Abbie GrotkeAbbie Grotke is Lead Information Technology Specialist on the Web Archiving Team at the Library of Congress. She joined the Library in 1997 to work on American Memory digitization projects, and led the effort to digitize the Hannah Arendt Papers. Since 2002 she has been involved in the Library’s web archiving program, and in that time has managed the technical team which is helping build a Library-wide understanding and technical infrastructure for capturing web content. In her role, she has helped develop policies, workflows, and tools to collect and preserve web content for the Library’s collections. She has worked on a variety of collaborative web archive collections and projects, including the End of Term Government Web Archive.  Grotke currently serves on the Steering Committee of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, and is co-chair of a newly formed Collections Development Working Group, which is building collaborative global IIPC collections.


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Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, July 2014). He also authored Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and many other books. He has translated works of Lebanese-American author Kahlil Gibran. He has appeared on PBS's Lehrer News Hour, ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, the Today Show, Charlie Rose, Anderson Cooper 360, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes' All Inn, the Colbert Report, Democracy Now! and many others. He has given many radio and press interviews. He has written widely about Egypt, Iran, Iraq, and South Asia. He has written about the upheavals in the Arab World since 2011, including about Sunni extremist groups and Shiite politics. He has regular columns at The Nation and Truthdig. Cole commands Arabic, Persian and Urdu and reads Turkish, knows both Middle Eastern and South Asian Islam. He lived in various parts of the Muslim world for more than a decade, and continues to travel widely there. A bibliography of his writings may be found here. 

Photo of Ian MilliganIan Milligan (PhD, York University, 2012) is an assistant professor of digital and Canadian history at the University of Waterloo. He is principal investigator of the Web Archives for Historical Research Group (https://uwaterloo.ca/web-archive-group), which is supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation Early Researcher Award. Ian has published several articles looking at the impact of born-digital sources on historians and has a forthcoming co-authored book on digital methods with Imperial College Press, in addition to his first book on 1960s Canadian youth culture which appeared from UBC Press. 

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