2020 TCDL Keynote

This year we have the pleasure of welcoming two keynote speakers to TCDL 2020. Our speakers are Lauren Cooper, Digital Scholarship Librarian at University of Delaware and Curtis Small, Coordinator of Public Services for Special Collections at University of Delaware. Together, they work on the Colored Conventions Project (CCP).


Lauren Cooper is the digital scholarship librarian and project manager for the Colored Conventions Project (CCP) at the University of Delaware, a leadership role to facilitate the work of this nationally-recognized digital humanities project led by students, faculty, and librarians. CCP collaborates with partners to make accessible the documents, records, and biographies of 19th-century Black organizers.

For more than 20 years, her professional experience has been in the education and publishing fields at social change organizations who work to amplify underrepresented, buried, and excluded voices. Through this work, and recently as the founding coordinator of the Howard Zinn Education Project from 2009-2018, she experienced how the digital age has transformed the way we record, publish, share, access, and teach historical events and narratives, and the powerful potential to deepen understanding and engagement with U.S. history.

Cooper holds an MLIS degree from the University of Maryland-College Park with a specialization in curation and digital archives, and a BA degree in Visual Sociology: Film and Societal Issues from the University of Redlands.


Curtis Small is Coordinator of Public Services for Special Collections at University of Delaware, where he coordinates the reference, instruction and exhibition programs. He is also a project member of the Colored Conventions Project, a Digital Humanities project that documents the largest African American political movement of the nineteenth century.

Curtis’ research interests include the history of the African-American book, the history of the Colored Conventions Movement, and Caribbean francophone literature. He recently served as co-chair of the Diversity Committee of RBMS, the Rare Book and Manuscript Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

In this capacity, he has helped develop activities and projects aimed at increasing the diversity among professionals in the areas of Special Collections and Archives. He holds a Ph.D. in French from New York University and an MLIS from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.