Dear Conference Participant,

It is a sincere pleasure to welcome you to central Pennsylvania and Bucknell University for our annual digital scholarship conference. We began conceptualizing this week’s gathering last fall and are very proud of the results of our efforts: Digital Scholarship: Expanding Access, Activism, and Advocacy.  Now in our fifth year, we’re proud that we’ve organized an event where all who are involved in digital scholarship can participate in rich and meaningful ways.  It is unusual to see faculty, administrators, educational technologists, librarians, archivists, graduate and undergraduate students all attending and interacting at the same conference, but at #BUDSC it has become the norm.

We hope that you will experience the next few days as a time to share your research, pedagogy and the experiences you have gained at your home institutions; learn about innovations and advancements developing elsewhere; and participate in the development and growth of this shared intellectual endeavor.  More than anything else, it is our hope that each of us will return to our respective institutions having gained friendships, built new partnerships and increased opportunities for collaboration in this exciting field.

None of this would have been possible without a number of individuals here at Bucknell who have worked tirelessly over the past year to bring us together this week:

Conference Organizers: Ken Flerlage, Nancy Frazier, Jill Hallam-Miller (Co-Chair), Tracy Hower, Susan Musser, Diane Jakacki, Isabella O’Neil, Todd Suomela (Co-Chair), Tam Troup
Event technology support: George Lincoln, Jeff Campbell and Jesse Greenawalt
Events Management: Lindsay Shively
Bucknell Dining: Michelle Kerstetter
Publications, Print & Mail: Kristi Randall

The work of the conference committee was made much easier thanks to the support and guidance from Param Bedi and all of our colleagues in Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship and Research Services.

Again, we are very excited to have you here with us.  If at any time during the conference you are in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the Library & IT team with an orange lanyard.  We are so glad that you are here!

Very Best Wishes,

Matthew Gardzina
Director, Digital Pedagogy & Scholarship