Islandora Community Sprint

Rosie LeFaive (UPEI), Nat Kanthan (UTSC), and Kirsta Stapelfeldt (UTSC) are helping to coordinate a community-sprint for Islandora. The sprint is running November 29th-December 15th. Details for how the sprint is organized and how to join and follow along are available in the global planning document. 

Islandora Foundation Intern

Are you a professional who would like to participate in a vibrant international community?

Join the Islandora Foundation for eight months as our inaugural Foundation Intern. This position provides somebody with excellent organizational skills and the willingness to learn with an opportunity to interact and support a global network of information professionals, developers, librarians, and institutions maintaining digital repository software “Islandora.”

Islandora is a modern/state-of-the art open source framework that supports building digital asset management systems, and is collaboratively developed by an international community. Bringing together the best of modern web technologies for content management and stewardship, Islandora empowers many types of institutions to author, preserve, and disseminate collections using global best-practices and open standards. A

s the Islandora communications intern, you will help coordinate existing communications in Islandora and participate in the development of a revised communication strategy, improved documentation, and the planning of an Islandora conference to be held in summer 2022. This position is anticipated to be entirely remote, although there may be onsite opportunities for work.

The successful incumbent would need to be willing to travel (pandemic pending) for the conference in 2022, expected to be in a North American location, with expenses covered by the Foundation.

This is an excellent opportunity for a GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) professional looking for strong networking and mentorship opportunities, as well as project management experience in the digital library and curation space, but all qualified applications will be considered.

Compensation: An offer will be made to successful applicants for compensation in line with an annual salary of $58,500 - $ 69,356.

Term: January - August 2022

Position Description

  • Reporting to the Secretary of the Islandora Board of Directors the successful applicant will:
  • Author/circulate notes and other communications for key Islandora community groups.
  • Collaborate with active community membership groups to facilitate a renewal of Islandora communication and event planning.
  • Organize the development of a planning committee and the execution of an Islandora conference in the summer of 2022.
  • Organize the website and social media updates for Islandora.
  • Manage some supporting budgets/purchasing in collaboration with the bookkeeper and Islandora Foundation treasurer.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated, strong written and spoken communication skills, including the ability to set and maintain agendas and notes.
  • Technical acumen and ability to learn new technologies.
  • Ability to manage projects.
  • Demonstrated, robust understanding of underlying principles in diversity, equity and inclusion and strategies that enhance equity.
  • Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively across diverse teams. Demonstrated ability to work independently with a high degree of effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated interest in GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) environments and/or Open Source communities
  • Knowledge/awareness of key communications technologies (Google groups, Google calendar, and Slack)

Desirable Qualifications

  • Post-secondary education in a relevant field (communications, information science/studies)
  • Previous experience working in communications, especially for non-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to leverage technology to solve problems.

Application Instructions

Candidates must submit to

  • a statement of interest citing the position name, a full curriculum vitae, and a list of three (3) references including an email address for each by November 21st, 2021.

In addition, a statement on how the candidate will implement the principles of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in their career is to be included in the application package.

An application package including and addressing all of the elements listed above must be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to:

The Foundation wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. Applications shall be assessed by the Islandora Board, and a shortlist of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the shortlist will be contacted. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. The Islandora Foundation is committed to the principle of equity in employment. We encourage applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Questions about the position can also be directed to the Islandora Board of Directors via 

October Open Meeting

Join us for our October Open Meeting, taking place Tuesday, Oct 26th from 10:00-2:00 Eastern! 

The morning theme of our October Open Meeting is ISLE. Stop by for a lesson on the basics of using Docker, as well as an interactive installation demo - we will send out the installation instructions used during the demo in case anyone wants to try or follow along! 

In the afternoon there will be a community discussion focusing on Carving A Path Forward based on the Jamboard exercise from last month’s open meeting. Together, we will create goals and action items. 

See below for the full schedule:


10:00 -10:15

Topic: Welcome and Introductions



Topic: Docker Basics

Topic: ISLE Install

Presenters: Noah Smith and others (TBA)



Open Q&A


12:00 - 12:30

Lunch Break


12:30 - 1:30

Topic: Jamboard Results and Next Steps in Community Health

Presenters: Islandora Open Event Planning Committee


1:30 - 2:00

Open Q&A


All are welcome and encouraged to attend, and no registration is required! Simply contact us at to receive a calendar invite or Zoom password.

September Open Meeting

Our September Open Meeting takes place on Tuesday, Sept 28th from 10:00-2:00 Eastern.

The theme of our September Open Meeting is ‘Islandora Roadmap’, and will be hosted by the Islandora Event Planning Subgroup. Join us in a conversation about community health, and sprint planning and management in service of inclusive, sustainable Islandora codebase and community going forward. Activities include open discussions, sprint planning, and an issue/use-case cleanup mini-sprint!


Here is the full schedule:


Welcome and Introductions

10:00 -10:15

Presenters: Islandora Event Planning Subgroup


Community Health


Have an introductory open discussion about community health.

Goal: Determine the appropriate group(s) or committee(s) to undertake any next steps we decide upon.

Presenters: Islandora Event Planning Subgroup


Sprint planning and management


Present the emerging strategy for sprint management & issue cleanup

Goal: Refine this approach & prepare for issue/use-case cleanup in the afternoon.

Presenters: Rosie LeFaive, Kirsta Stapelfeldt, and Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan



12:00 - 12:30


Issue/use-case cleanup

12:30 - 2:00

Facilitators: Rosie LeFaive, Kirsta Stapelfeldt, and Natkeeran Ledchumykanthan


All are welcome and encouraged to attend, and no registration is required! Simply contact us at to receive a calendar invite or Zoom password.

Can't wait to see you there!

Welcome to the Summer of Islandora

Today we are officially announcing a summer-long series of specialized Open Meetings we are calling “The Summer of Islandora”. Each month we will be giving our regularly scheduled Open Meetings a theme and bringing together demos & presentations from community members all centered around said theme.

As COVID travel restrictions are still making travel difficult in some areas, and in light of the time of year, we have decided to postpone Islandora Online or IslandoraCon until we are more confident in our ability to host an event at the caliber we as Islandorians have come to expect. The Summer of Islandora will replace these events for this year and we hope that showcasing our progress over the past year will get people excited for our next in-person event!

What to Expect:

Open Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month from 10:00 - 2:00pm Eastern online. The dates for the Summer of Islandora sessions will be:

  • June 29

  • July 27

  • August 31

Registration is not required to attend, we just ask that you email for a calendar invite or password for the zoom session as we do not want it publicly available for privacy reasons.

The theme for June will be: Intro to Islandora

Subsequent themes for July and August will follow as we iron out speak we details and agendas, so stay tuned!

As always, there will be time to bring your questions and specific use cases to the Open Meetings. We encourage you to join us for any or all parts of the session as part of what makes our community strong is our willingness to help one another! See you all there.

Upcoming Testing Sprint

We're excited to announce that we've got a testing sprint coming up!  It will run from June 23rd to July 7th.  By setting it up this way we can utilize the regular tech calls to kickoff and wrap up the sprint.

If you're interested in helping out, please consider signing up here! Also, here is the list of test cases we'll be working through, which will be cleaned up this week for accuracy.

This is a pretty easy way to help out and get your hands on Islandora 8 if you haven't tried it already.  Time commitment, as always, is as much or as little as you want.  We're not asking for your entire work week here, just whatever you can give during your usual juggling of work, life, family, etc...

Islandora Open Meeting - May 25, 2021

This month's Open Meeting will be held on May 25, 2021 between 10:00 - 2:00pm Eastern. As always, it is a drop-in style session open to anyone to attend. We will be live to answer questions, give updates on the state of the software and updates from community members. Please join us and bring your questions or just pop in to see what's up! The more the merrier. More details can be found here.

Registration is not required, but if you would like an invite, please email

Documentation Interest Group Upcoming Sprint

The Islandora Documentation Group is holding a writing/editing sprint as part of the next release of Islandora. From May 19 - June 2, 2021 we will work together to review and update the Islandora documentation. If you can help, please sign up and join us for our Kick-Off on May 19th at 2:00pm Eastern during the regularly scheduled DIG meeting, where we will go over the plan and parcel out some of the work. Can't wait to see you there!

Documentation Interest Group Sprint Wrap Up

The Islandora Documentation Interest Group (DIG) held a sprint from April 19-30, 2021 in order to audit the current Islandora documentation in preparation for a second sprint aimed at editing and improving those docs for the upcoming release. After two weeks of work, almost all of the docs have been audited and reviewed, and the DIG has plans for the sections that remain incomplete. 

Big thanks to our team of volunteers, especially the University of Texas at Austin, which was very well represented!

  • Melissa Anez (LYRASIS)

  • Amy Blau (Whitman College)

  • Melanie Cofield (University of Texas Libraries)

  • Katie Coldiron (UT Austin School of Information)

  • Morgan A. Colbert (University of Texas Libraries)

  • Cary Gordon (Cherry Hill Company)

  • Mirko Hanke (University of Texas Libraries)

  • David Kwasny (University of Toronto Scarborough)

  • Mandy Ryan (University of Texas Libraries)

  • Yamil Suarez (Berklee College)


Next up will be a sprint focussed on writing and editing those audited docs, and will run from May 19 - 30, 2021. Please sign up now to join us!

Code Sprint Wrap Up

This past week we had the pleasure of wrapping up a 2-week code sprint where we accomplished a massive list of things and made great headway toward release! I'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who took part. Y'all turned on the fire hose for contributions and we made out like bandits. 

Here's a breakdown of everything we received:

And as if that weren't enough amazing contributions, we're still sitting on a pile of more very valuable ones that haven't been merged yet, specifically:

I know we were supposed to freeze the code on Monday, but I'd like to give folks some more time to review and respond to feedback on these outstanding issues. We will revisit at the end of the week to wrap things up. It feels foolish to leave such great contributions on the table when they could be part of the software in the upcoming release.

Regardless, when you step back and take a look at the volume and quality of contributions that we received in such a short time frame, it's pretty staggering. I'd like to give a BIG thanks to everyone involved and their employers who graciously allowed them to work on Islandora while on the clock.

  • Eli Zoller (Arizona State University)
  • Willow Gillingham (Arizona State University)
  • Seth Shaw (University of Nevada Las Vegas)
  • Alan Stanley
  • Don Richards (Born Digital)
  • Mark Jordan (Simon Fraser University)
  • Alexander O'Neill (University of Prince Edward Island)
  • Nigel Banks (Lyrasis)
  • Kristina Spurgin (Lyrasis) and the Metadata Interest Group, whose recommendations are being implemented

Thanks a million!