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The Digital Initiatives Symposium focuses on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories.

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Hosted by the University of San Diego’s Copley Library, the Digital Initiatives Symposium is an annual event featuring workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses from leaders in libraries’ digital ecosystems, including open access, institutional repositories, open educational resources, data management, digital scholarship and pedagogy, scholarly communications, linked data, digital humanities, web archiving, copyright, and more. For 2021, the DIS will be entirely virtual using the Zoom Webinar platform. We hope you can join us!

  • $50 registration covers one workshop (Monday, April 26, 2021) and full program (Tuesday-Thursday, April 27-29, 2021).
  • $40 registration covers the full program only (Tuesday-Thursday, April 27-29, 2021). 
  • $20 registration covers a workshop only (Monday, April 26, 2021). 

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Scholarship Opportunity:

If you are a librarian or archivist of color with less than five years experience in the profession you may apply for complementary registration to the full symposium. The first five applicants will be awarded this scholarship. To apply email Jasmin de Unamuno at

This year:

FIVE workshop choices, limited to 30 participants each:

  • SOLD OUT / Cataloging in the Age of RDA: Latest Trends, Issues, and Challenges, Luiz H. Mendes, Chair, Collection Access & Management Services and Cataloging Coordinator, California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Oviatt Library, and Adjunct Faculty, UCLA Department of Information Studies
  • SOLD OUT / Copyright Intersections for Academic Librarians, Sara Benson, Copyright Librarian & Assistant Professor, University of Illinois
  • SOLD OUT / Developing and Articulating Open Access Policies, Principles, and Guidelines: a Hands-On Workshop, Ellen Finnie, Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager, California Digital Library
  • SOLD OUT / Lessons from SPARC’s Journal Negotiation Community of Practice: A Workshop on Aligning Negotiations With Making Scholarship Open By Default, Nick Shockey, Director of Programs and Engagement, SPARC; Caitlin Carter, SPARC's VPO for Negotiations, SPARC; Greg Tananbaum, Consultant, SPARC
  • SOLD OUT / Planning and Managing a Digital Collections Project, Dinah Handel, Digitization Services Manager, Stanford University

Keynote and Featured Speakers for 2021:

  • Reggie Raju, Deputy Director: Research and Learning Services, University of Cape Town, South Africa: "What is Open about Closed: an Ubuntu Perspective of Open Access"
  • Arianna Becerril-Garcia, Executive Director, Redalyc: "Academy-Owned Non-Profit Open Access Publishing: an Approach to Achieve Participatory and Sustainable Scholarly Communications"
  • Ivy Anderson, Associate Executive Director and Director of Collections at the California Digital Library

View the full program at:

Registration closes on April 18, 2021.

Code of Conduct: The DIS affirms OpenCon’s Code of Conduct (CoC), available at: 

Conference Recording Disclaimer: With the exception of workshops, the 2021 DIS will be recorded and made available to registrants after the event.

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