Registration is Open for the 2023 NETSL Annual Conference!

Passion Into Action: Your Initiative in Technical Services

We are excited to share the schedule of events and introduce our keynote speakers!


Our Metadata, Ourselves: The Trans Metadata Collective

by Bri Watson & Jackson Huang

The Trans Metadata Collective (TMDC) is a group of dozens of cataloguers, librarians, archivists, scholars, and information professionals with a concerted interest in improving the description and classification of trans and gender diverse people, subjects, and resources in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Special Collections (GLAMS) and other information systems. The Collective’s primary goal was to develop a set of concrete, actionable best practices, which was collaboratively authored, reviewed, and released by a smaller subset of the collective as *Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources*. Many members of the TMDC – and the vast majority of the report’s authors and reviewers – fall under the trans umbrella, which makes many of these issues unavoidable for us and addressing these challenges a personal, political, and professional necessity. Approaching our work with TMDC as more than passion, but as necessity, informed both our process of non-hierarchical, collaborative decision-making and our final report as something practical and actionable across institutional context and professional backgrounds.

Bri Watson is a disabled, white, queer & nonbinary settler scholar at UBC’s iSchool. As a Vanier Scholar, they focus on histories of information and the practice of equitable cataloging in libraries, archives, museums, and special collections. They serve on the editorial board of Homosaurus (,an international linked data vocabulary for queer terminology, and are the Director of For 2022-23, they are one of UBC Library’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scholars-in-Residence.

Jackson Huang is a gender variant library technologist whose work focuses on the intersections of structural politics and technological infrastructure in libraries and archives. Their research explores how metadata translation and digital aggregation impact the representation of marginalized communities. They currently work as the digital content and collections coordinator at the University of Michigan.

Congratulations to the new NETSL Executive Board members!

Congratulations to the new NETSL Executive Board member!

The results are in and here is the NETSL 2016-2017 Executive Board. Welcome new members and welcome back to continuing members. The new board term starts in October. Congratulations to all!

  • President – Kari Swanson, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Past Presidents – Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Harvard University & Tachtorn (Wheat) Meier, Yale University
  • Vice President/President Elect – Cason Snow, University of Maine
  • Secretary – Meghan Banach Bergin, University of Massachusetts
  • Treasurer – Yukari Sugiyama, Yale University
  • Archivist – Elise Daniel, University of New Hampshire
  • Outreach Officer – Amy Dittman, Boston College
  • Local Arrangements – Mary Moran, College of the Holy Cross
  • Members-at-Large – Beata Panagopoulos, Suffolk University

The NETSL Board is currently looking to fill a new executive board position: NETSL Student Member At-Large, whose term would begin at the NELA Annual Conference in late October. For a description of this position, please see our , please see our announcement. Please spread the word to library and information science students that you work with, teach, or mentor. Please direct nominations (including self-nominations) to William Shakalis at



Thank You!

It was a pleasure to see so many familiar faces for our conference yesterday. Our keynote speaker got us off to a great start, especially with the Twitter crowd. Can we continue the discussion on local practices, anyone?

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Ready for Tomorrow?

I hope you can join us tomorrow for an exciting day of NETSL 2014! Presentations are already being uploaded. So take a look at our conference webpage to see the latest additions. Over the next few days we’ll be adding more. So stay tuned!

NETSL 2014 Is Almost Here!

Registration is now closed for NETSL’s 2014 Annual Spring Conference. We have an exciting program this year with Marshall Breeding as our keynote speaker. The lightning talks are hitting center stage this year as well. Check out all the details on our conference webpage.

Did you miss registration? There are a few spots still available. Please contact for more information.

Get Ready! Registration Opens Soon!

NETSL is gearing up for its annual conference to be held at the College of the Holy Cross on April 11, 2014. We have a great line up of lightning talks – thanks to all who answered our call for proposals. We also have several exciting breakout sessions this year. Did you know Marshall Breeding is our keynote speaker?

Registration will open very soon. So stay tuned for details!