Curate Thyself PhD Symposium (3/17) and DigCCurr Experts Meeting (3/18-3/19): Faculty Bios

Dr. Suzie Allard is an associate professor in the University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences and is also the acting director of research and acting director of the Center for Information & Communication Studies in the College of Communication and Information. Her research focuses on how scientists and engineers use and communicate information particularly in distributed virtual scientific organizations and in big data projects. Her research examines the sociocultural issues surrounding the full data lifecycle in scientific organizations. Allard is currently the co-lead of the SocioCultural Issues Working Group for the NSF funded project DataONE which enables "new science and knowledge creation through universal access to data about life on earth and the environment that sustains it." Her research has been published in numerous journals and books as well as presented at venues on three continents. Her teaching focuses on science information and science data curation. Allard is PI or Co-PI on projects funded by foundations and government agencies including the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. She is a member of the DataONE Leadership Team and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Board of Directors.

Dr. Ian Anderson is Senior Lecturer and Director of Museum Studies at the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) at the University of Glasgow. His research interests in the field of Digital Heritage focus on digital content creation, the use and development of information systems and information visualisation. He has recently completed digital curation evaluation research as part of the European Union funded 3D Coform project ( that sought to establish 3D documentation as an affordable, practical and effective mechanism for long term documentation of tangible cultural heritage. With Dr Ruggero Lancia he is currently supervising an AHRC Research Fellowship project DEDICATE (DEsign's Digital Curation for ArchiTecture that examines the curation of digital records related to the Built Environment, especially to Built Heritage. With Prof Ronan Deazley in the School of Law he is a partner in CREATe ( an RCUK funded research centre for copyright and new business models in the creative economy. Anderson and Deazley are researching the role that copyright plays in shaping the behaviour of UK archival institutions towards making their collections available online. He has most recently published, with Matt Barr, 'Reflecting on the technical development of the Mapping Sculpture project '. Sculpture Journal, 21 (2), 2012.

Dr. Denise Anthony, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Peter Botticelli has a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S.I. degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan School of Information. His most recent position was at University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, where he directed the School’s Digital Information Management (DigIn) graduate certificate program. In summer 2013, he will be joining the faculty at Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Previously, he held research positions at Cornell University Library, the University of Michigan, and Harvard Business School. He has taught courses on digital curation, digital libraries, scholarly communication, and digital preservation, and he has published research in history and archival studies.

Dr. Kevin Cherry is the deputy secretary of the Office of Archives and History, North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Cherry came to Cultural Resources from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated the nation’s largest competitive grant program for libraries and archives.

Paul Conway is associate professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He teaches courses on digitization, preservation, archives, and the ethics of new technologies. His research encompasses the digitization of cultural heritage resources, particularly photographic archives, the use of digitized resources by experts in a variety of humanities contexts, and the measurement of image and text quality in large-scale digitization programs. He has been a pioneer in charting the challenges and opportunities that digital information technologies present to preservation and archival science. He has extensive administrative experience in the cultural heritage sector and has made major contributions over the past 30 years to the literature on archival users and use, preservation management, and digital imaging technologies. He has held positions at the National Archives and Records Administration (1977-87; 1989-92), the Society of American Archivists (1988-89), Yale University (1992-2001), and Duke University (2001-06). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. In 2005, Conway received the American Library Association's Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award for his contributions to the preservation field. He is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists.

Dr. Costis Dallas is Director of Museum Studies and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information (iSchool), University of Toronto, where he teachs courses in museum digital technologies and media, as well as museological theory and management. In the last fifteen years he has been teaching Cultural Heritage Management and Advanced Technologies in the Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University, Athens (, and helped create and run the first Cultural Management postgraduate degree programme in Greece. He is also a founding Research Fellow of the Digital Curation Unit, "Athena" Research Centre in Athens ( His main research interest is in the digital curation of cultural heritage, as shaped by the import of scholarly, curatorial and interpretive approaches drawn from the field of archaeology, museums and material culture studies, and as manifested both in a professional collection setting and "in the wild". In his major personal writing project, he works on advancing a critical realist theoretical framework for the study and use of material culture which does justice to the agential, performative and biographical aspects of cultural heritage objects and tends adequately to their digital curation. Through his association with the Athens-based Digital Curation Unit, he also works on understanding how researchers interact with material evidence, primary data and information resources as they produce and curate knowledge. Costis is principal co-investigator in the following EU-funded projects: eCloud, investigating the use of digital resources from the European Library and the Europeana digital library by scholars in the humanities and the social sciences, and the usefulness of cloud technologies in enriching the value of these resources for scholarship; LoCloud, working on the requirements analysis, specification and design of a cloud-based infrastructure helping heritage institutions to enhance the value of user experience and the effectiveness of digital dissemination of local heritage resources from archives, libraries, museums and archaeology through the Europeana digital library; and ARIADNE, investigating the use of digital technologies (from 3D visualization to knowledge representation, GIS and data analysis) in the field of archaeological research and cultural resources management. He also serves as co-chair of the "Understanding and expanding digital practice" WG in DARIAH-EU, the major European humanities information infrastructure initiative, working towards defining and implementing a transnational mixed research plan on scholarly information practices and needs, especially with regard to the inception and use of digital tools and services in arts and humanities scholarship, and in developing a registry, annotated bibliography and knowledge base on scholarly information practices and technology use.

Dr. Wendy M. Duff obtained her BA (1979) from the University of King's College, her MLS (1983) from Dalhousie University and her Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Director of the Digital Curation Institute, and teaches archives and records management with a focus on access to archival materials. She is a founding member of AX-SNet, an evolving international team of researchers interested in facilitating access to primary materials. She has also served as a member of the ICA Adhoc Commission on Descriptive Standards, the Encoded Archival Description Working Group, and The Canadian Council of Archives Standards Committee. Her current research focuses on archival users, access to archival material, digital curation, and the convergence of libraries, archives and museums. One of her collaborative projects investigated the impact of technology on museums for the Canadian Heritage Information Network.

Dr. Tula Giannini is Dean and Professor of the School of Information and library Science, Pratt Institute. She holds a PhD from Bryn Mawr College, an MLS from Rutgers University, and bachelor and master degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to Pratt in 1998, she taught at Catholic University, Rutgers University and University of Hawaii, was Curator of Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress, Director of the Talbott Library, Westminster Choir College, and Head, Collection Management at Adelphi University. An interdisciplinary researcher across information science and musicology, her IS work focuses on users and user experience in the digital world and is published widely in peer-reviewed journals. A leading scholar of French musical wind instruments, her book, Great Flute Makers of France, is considered a seminal work. Her 24 articles in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and other Oxford University Press publications also appear in Grove Music Online. She has pioneered programs with prominent New York institutions such as the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She has designed several successful collaborative projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services from 2004 to present, with awards totaling about 3.3 million dollars. Currently she is project director for two IMLS grants, Project CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research & Technology) with the Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum and Brooklyn Public Library, and M-LEAD-TWO (Museum Libraries, Education & Digitization, Technology-Web-Online) with the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick and NYARC (New York Art Resources Consortium) focusing cataloging for their shared catalog with MoMA and linking digitized collections. This March 2013, Project CHART launched the website, Brooklyn Visual

Dr. Karen Gracy is Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University. She teaches in the areas of digital preservation, digital curation, and archival studies, with a particular interest in media archives. Her research interests include audiovisual archiving, preservation and curation of digital media, linked data applications for increased access to cultural heritage, preservation education, and the social contexts of information creation and use, focusing on ethics and values. Her first book, Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice, was published by the Society of American Archivists in 2007. Other recent and forthcoming publications include: "Distribution and Consumption Patterns of Archival Moving Images in Online Environments," American Archivist 75.2 (2012): 422-455; "Exploring Methods to Improve Access to Music by Connecting Library Data to Linked Data: A Report of Methodologies and Preliminary Findings, with Marcia Lei Zeng, and Laurence Skirvin, JASIST (in press, 2013); "Ambition and Ambivalence: A Study of Professional Attitudes Toward Digital Distribution of Archival Moving Images, " American Archivist, 76, no. 2 (in press, fall 2013). "The Evolution and Integration of Moving Image Preservation Work in Cultural Heritage Institutions, " Information & Culture 48.3 (in press, fall 2013); and "Preservation in a Time of Transition: Redefining Stewardship of Time-Based Media in the Digital Age, " Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age, ed. Michèle V. Cloonan. New York: Neal-Schuman, (in press) 2013.

HankDr. Carolyn Hank is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Her dissertation research looked at scholars who blog, and how blog characteristics and blogger behaviors, preferences, and perceptions impact digital preservation. Currently, she is PI on an OCLC/ALISE grant funded study,“The Biblioblogosphere: A Comparison of Communication and Preservation Perceptions and Practices between Blogging LIS Scholar-Practitioners and LIS Scholar-Researchers.” She is also PI on another ALISE-funded study looking at information and library science faculty and student interactions via Facebook. She serves as the North American academic expert on BlogForver, a co-funded European Commission project on blog preservation. Previously, she served as project manager for the DigCCurr I project (2007-2009) and program manager for the UNC-CH Digital Curation/Institutional Repository Committee (2005-2008),and Carolina Digital Repository (2008-2009), and was an assistant professor at the School of Information Studies at McGill University (2010-2012). She teaches in the areas of digital preservation and access, digital curation, human information interactions, and research methods.

Dr. Ross Harvey is a visiting professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston. He has held positions at universities in Australia, Singapore and New Zealand. His current research and teaching interests focus on the stewardship of digital materials in libraries and archives, particularly on its preservation. His most recent books are Preserving Digital Materials, 2nd ed. (Munich: De Gruyter, 2011) and Digital Curation: A How-To-Do-It Manual (New York: Neal Schuman; London: Facet, 2010), winner of the 2011 Society of American Archivists Preservation Publication Award 2011.

Lee Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee (Co-PI) is Associate Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He teaches classes for graduate and undergraduate students, as well as continuing professional education workshops in archival administration, records management, digital curation, understanding information technology for managing digital collections, and the construction of digital repository rules. His primary area of research is the long-term curation of digital collections. He is particularly interested in the professionalization of this work and the diffusion of existing tools and methods into professional practice. His research projects have included CAMiLEON, which examined migration vs. emulation as digital preservation strategies; an in-depth case study of the development of the Reference Model for an Open Archival Information System (OAIS); VidArch, which investigated the curation of collections of digital video; DigCCurr and DigCCurr II, which have designed curriculum materials and a set of field experiences to prepare students for careers in digital curation; and Educating Stewards of Public Information for the 21st Century (ESOPI-21), which is a joint initiative with the School of Government at UNC to prepare public sector professionals. Dr.Lee is also one of the leaders of an effort to design and built a long-term institutional repository at UNC. A major focus of his work is personal digital archives.

Dr. Nancy Y. McGovern is Head, Curation and Preservation Services, at MIT Libraries, a role that encompasses the long-term management of analog and digital content. Her responsibilities include developing and promulgating policies that reflect prevailing standards and practice for managing digital content over time and developing appropriate long-term strategies for an expanding range of digital content. Her research interests include the organizational infrastructure for life cycle management and the means for organizations and communities to continually respond to the opportunities and challenges of evolving technology. Prior to MIT, she was Digital Preservation Officer (DPO) and a Research Assistant Professor for five years at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a social science data archive at the University of Michigan that was established in 1962. She has twenty-five years of experience with the long-term management of digital content, including a decade working on electronic records at the U.S. National Archives and five years as Digital Preservation Officer and Director of Research and Assessment Services at Cornell University Library. She completed her PhD on technology responsiveness for the digital preservation community at University College London in 2009. She was designated a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2009 and a Digital Preservation Pioneer by the National Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP) of the Library of Congress in 2010.

Dr. William E. Moen received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has been a faculty member at the University of North Texas since 1996. Her serves as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Information. In addition, he is the Director of the Texas Center for Digital Knowledge, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Library and Information Sciences. He is currently Principal Investigator on an IMLS-funded grant to develop four graduate courses to address digital curation and data management.

Dr. Carole L. Palmer is Director of the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research investigates problems in scientific and scholarly information work, aimed at advancing large-scale digital research collections and the curation of research data for interdisciplinary inquiry and innovation. She currently leads research teams studying data curation needs and the reuse value of data in the sciences, and aggregation and access problems for digital cultural heritage collections. She is PI on the Site-Based Data Curation at Yellowstone National Park project and the Data Curation Education in Research Centers grant, both funded by IMLS. She served as co-PI on the NSF Data Conservancy initiative and has been PI on the IMLS Digital Collections and Content project since 2007. Palmer has been leading education initiatives in data curation at GSLIS since 2005, including a specialization in data curation and a biological information specialist program.

Helen Tibbo Dr. Helen R. Tibbo. Dr. Tibbo (co-PI) is an Alumni Distinguished Professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and teaches in the areas of archives and records management, digital preservation and access, appraisal, and archival reference and outreach. She is also a Fellow and former President of the Society of American Archivists (SAA). From 2006-2009, Dr. Tibbo was the Principal Investigator (PI) for the IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services)-funded DigCCurr I project that developed an International Digital Curation Curriculum for master’s level students ( She is also the PI for DigCCurr II (2008-2012) that extends the Digital Curation Curriculum to the doctoral level. In 2009, IMLS awarded Prof. Tibbo two additional projects, Educating Stewards of Public Information in the 21st Century (ESOPI-21) and Closing the Digital Curation Gap (CDCG). ESOPI-21 is a partnership with UNC’s School of Government to provide students with a Master’s of Science in Library/Information Science and a Master’s of Public Administration so that they can work in the public policy arena concerning digital preservation and curation issues and laws. CDCG is a collaboration with the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and the Digital Curation Center (DCC), both of the United Kingdom, to explore educational and guidance needs of cultural heritage information professionals in the digital curation domain in the US and the UK. Dr. Tibbo is a co-PI with collaborators from the University of Michigan and the University of Toronto on a National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC)-funded project to develop standardized metrics for assessing use and user services for primary sources in government settings. This project extends work that explored user-based evaluation in academic archival settings funded by the Mellon Foundation. Prof. Tibbo is also co-PI on the IMLS-Funded Policy-Driven Repository Interoperability (PoDRI) project led by Dr. Richard Marciano.

Dr. Ciaran B. Trace is an assistant professor at the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin where she teaches courses on archives and records management. Her research interests flow across the areas of archives and material cultural. An ongoing research focus is the study of the nature, meaning, and function of everyday writing, recording, and recordkeeping (with a particular focus on organizational document creation and use, and the role of written literacies in the lives of children and young adults). Another research strand looks at how and why individuals and institutions collect material culture, the intersection of material culture and information behavior, and digital materiality including the study of the artifactual nature of computers, computer systems, and digital objects. Ciaran also studies the nature of archival work and work practices (including how technology can help support the work of curating and providing access to archival collections).

Dr. Kathy Wisser is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. She received a BA in History from Bates College in 1989, completed a MA in History from the University of New Hampshire in 1997, an MSLS in 2000, and a PhD in Information Science in 2009, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her dissertation focused on classification theory and discourse. Wisser spent five years as the Metadata Coordinator for NC ECHO, a statewide program that encourages and supports use of appropriate metadata by member institutions to ensure online access to cultural heritage information facilitation, workshop instruction and individual institutional consultation. Prior to that, she spent two years as a Libraries Fellow in the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries Cataloging and Special Collections departments. Beginning in 2000, she served as a teaching fellow at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, and from that time has taught a number of courses in the organization of information and metadata, archives and archival description, and the history of libraries. In the 2008-2009 academic year, she also served as Director of Instructional Services for SILS, which included running the field experience program for the school. She has advised over twenty master's papers. In addition, Wisser taught numerous workshops both locally and nationally on metadata, Encoded Archival Description, and related topics. She has served as Chair of the SAA EAD Roundtable 2003-2004 and the SAA Description Section 2004-2005, and is currently the Chair of the Archival Educators Roundtable and co-Chair of the Technical Subcommittee for Encoded Archival Context.

Kam Woods is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently Technical Lead on the BitCurator project, and works with Dr. Cal Lee developing techniques and tools to assist in long-term archiving of born-digital data. Kam's research focuses on long-term preservation of born-digital materials. He is interested in interdisciplinary approaches that combine technologies and expertise in the areas of archiving, computer science, and digital forensics for the purpose of enabling and maintaining access to digital objects that are at risk due to obsolescence. Prior to his current work at UNC, Kam worked with Cal Lee on the development of educational materials to support the use of realistic forensic datasets in professional training and to identify and explore novel uses of forensic data and tools in the context of digital archives.

Dr. Jane Zhang. Jane Zhang is an assistant professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She holds a PhD in Library and Information Science with an archival concentration from Simmons College, Boston, and a joint Master of Archival Studies and Library and Information Studies from University of British Columbia, Canada. Her teaching and research areas include records and recordkeeping, archival theory and practice, electronic records and digital archives, digital curation and preservation, information organization theory and application. She worked at Harvard University Archives and University of Calgary Archives before joining the faculty at Catholic University.

For more information, e-mail Dr. Helen Tibbo at [tibbo (at) email (dot) unc (dot) edu] or
Dr. Cal Lee at [callee (at) email (dot) unc (dot) edu].


Dr. Helen R. Tibbo
Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee

The Digital Professional Institute was initiated as part of the DigCCurr II project, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Grant Award #RE-05-08-0060-08). Additional support has been provided by the School of Information and Library Science, UNC-Chapel Hill.