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I’m delighted to announce that I’m the co-PI (with my colleague Christine Wiseman) on a LYRASIS Catalyst Grant that will run July 2019 – June 2020.

Long story short, we’ll be creating an open dataset of cultural heritage organizations in Georgia, adding the dataset to Wikidata, then building a website for emergency responders to use in cases of disasters. We’ve got partner organizations across the state who will use the website to reach out before and after natural disasters to help rescue collections, and the partners will also help keep the dataset up-to-date with semi-automated annual reviews.

Needless to say, I’m VERY excited!   But we still need a grad student assistant, so if you know of any Atlanta-based MLIS or Archival Studies students who want to work with linked data, tell them to apply here!

Want to know more?  Check out the AUC Woodruff Library press release.

I’m very pleased to announce that my chapter “Linked Open Data in Libraries” has been published as part of Ken Varnum’s book, New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know.

Front cover of the book New Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know.
First page of the chapter Linked Open Data in Libraries by Cliff Landis

I’ve been reading through the book this week, as it honestly has a lot of content that impacts my work as a digital initiatives librarian. Since each chapter has a ton of resources that are new to me, I’ve been bookmarking like crazy to go back and explore the tools that are mentioned.

I’ve made my chapter available for free download in our institutional repository, but it’ll definitely be worth it to buy a copy of the book for your library (shameless plug!). Check it out!

Landis, C. (2019). Linked open data in libraries. In K. J. Varnum (Ed.), New top technologies every librarian needs to know (pp. 3-15). Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman.

Over the last three months, Josh Hogan and I did a three-part series on Linked Data for E-Learning Technologies at the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library.  The slide decks are below — enjoy!

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

I want to thank everyone at the HBCU Library Alliance, especially Sandra Phoenix, for inviting me to speak about our digitization process at the AUC Robert W. Woodruff Library.

I’ve embedded the slides below. Click on the little gear to open the speakers’ notes to see more information for each slide…enjoy!

Lady Epona, High Priestess of the Faerie FaithDr. Patricia “Pat” Marie Zook, DVM, better known to the Pagan community as Lady Epona, passed away at her home in Decatur, GA on Sunday, May 29, 2016, at age 65 after battling cancer, COPD, and congestive heart failure. Epona was known in the Pagan community of the Southeastern United States as High Priestess of the Faerie Faith (

Epona played a pivotal role in the development of the Faerie Faith as we now know it. Between 1979 and 1981, she worked with Mark Roberts, who had previously partnered with Morgan McFarland, the creator of the McFarland Dianics in Texas. Combining teachings and materials from Roberts’ Hyperborean path and his own experiences with McFarland and his earlier studies, Epona explored and expounded upon Faerie Faith. Using the lessons imparted by the Beth-Luis-Nion Celtic Lunar Tree Calendar and the Huna system, Epona emphasized a strong sense of ethics and a focus on personal transformation.

Over the years, Epona impacted many lives. She was the High Priestess of several covens in the metro Atlanta area, including the Coven of the White Horse, the Garden Club, and the Mud Witches. She was constantly exploring alternative practices to see which had merit and could enrich Faerie Faith, and encouraging her students to do the same. As a mystery tradition, Faerie Faith has few dogmas and secrets; rather than shroud our tradition in secret, Epona was quite willing to share lessons of the tradition freely with the Pagan community at large (“scattering seeds” as she called it).  She also recognized that each autonomous High Priest or Priestess would grow the tradition in new ways, and that this growth was necessary to the tradition’s evolution and survival.

Lady Epona, High Priestess of the Faerie FaithEpona birthed many high priests and priestesses, and her legacy of high priest/esses includes (but is not limited to) her student Linda Kerr, and Linda’s students Imré, Marsha, Kryss, and Cliff Landis. For the last two years, Cliff and his partners Adam and Jeremy served as Epona’s caretakers throughout her illness and hospice care. Even though Epona retired as a veterinarian, she never retired as a High Priestess. Epona’s thirst for wisdom and community was relentless, and even in her last weeks of life she was sharing her knowledge as a Reiki Master and passing on lessons to her great-grandchildren in the Craft.  She will be missed and remembered by all who knew and loved her.

A service to celebrate the life of Lady Epona/Pat Zook will be held on Sunday, June 19th at 4:00pm at the Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave., Clarkston, GA 30021.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Gwinnett Animal Hospital’s Good Samaritan Fund, 2184 McGee Rd, Snellville, GA 30078.

A ritual to celebrate the life and work of Lady Epona will be held at the FallFling Festival, October 6-9, 2016, Roxanna, Alabama.

— Co-authored by Linda Kerr and Cliff Landis