Community Webs Symposium

Chicago, IL | June 27, 2023

Photo of The Bean (Cloud Gate) against Chicago cityscape.

The Community Programs team at the Internet Archive welcomes Community Webs members and invited guests to join us on June 27, 2023 in Chicago, IL, coinciding with the American Library Association Conference. This event will bring program members together for a day of presentations, discussion, and networking.

Community Webs is a community history web archiving program that launched in 2017. The program is designed to advance the capacity for community-focused memory institutions to build web archives documenting local history, with an emphasis on communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the historic record.

Event Details:


Glessner House (Coach House & Courtyard)

1800 S. Prairie Avenue

Chicago, IL 60616


Date: Tuesday, June 27th, 2023

Time: Registration: 9:30am / Main event: 10am – 4:30pm


9:30am – Registration / Coffee & Tea*

10:00am – Welcome and Introductions

10:30am – Internet Archive / Community Programs Updates

11:00am – Morning Keynote Presentation: Stacie Williams, Division Chief, Archives & Special Collections, Chicago Public Library

11:30am – Short break

11:40am – Community Webs Presentations:

  • Sarah Carlin Vermillion, Librarian, Scott County Library (Eldridge, IA)
  • Jacquelyn Oshman, Head of Circulation, New Brunswick Free Public Library (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • Courtney Geerhart, Local History Librarian, Niagara Falls Public Library (Niagara Falls, NY)

12:20pm – Lunch*

1:20pm – Workshop: Intro to, Vault & Archives Research Compute Hub (ARCH)

2:50pm – Tour of the Glessner House

3:20pm – Short break

3:30pm – Breakout Discussions

4:15pm – Wrap up & All-Group Discussion

4:30pm – End

*Meals/Refreshments: Lunch, coffee and light snacks will be provided during the symposium.

Cost: Free. We will have grant-funded travel stipends of at least $800USD available to all US Community Webs members who attend the symposium. US Community Webs members are also welcome to use their annual stipends to cover costs associated with the event and we may have additional funding for those who need a little extra.

Hotels / Accommodation:

The following hotels are in central Chicago. Please note: for those who plan to attend the American Library Association Conference, the ALA is offering discounts on conference hotels for registrants. For more information on ALA Conference hotels, see here

COVID Protocols:

We look forward to seeing everyone in person in Chicago and we want to ensure that all our attendees feel safe. Currently, transmission levels are low in the Chicago area and masks are optional for this event. We ask that you please respect your fellow attendees’ decision to wear a mask. Please reach out to us at if you have any concerns or questions.

This event is made possible with generous support from the Mellon Foundation.