DigCCurr Professional Institute: Curation Practices for the Digital Object Lifecycle

Instructor Biographies

Carolyn Hank. 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.

Cal Lee Dr. Christopher (Cal) Lee. Dr. 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 McGovern. 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. Lorraine (Lori) Richards. Lorraine (Lori) Richards is an assistant professor at Drexel University’s School of Information Science and Technology, focusing her teaching efforts on Electronic Records Management and Archives. She is in the final stages of her doctoral program in the School of Information & Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, entitled “Evidence-as-a-Service: State Government Recordkeeping in the Cloud” examines the ability of state governments to satisfy their electronic recordkeeping requirements in cloud computing environments. Lorraine has taught courses at UNC, Chapel Hill in electronic records management, management of information organizations, and understanding information technology for managing digital collections. She has bachelors and masters degrees in economics and taught economics for ten years at several San Francisco Bay area universities including California State University East Bay, University of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University. In her capacity as a manager and consultant at Deloitte & Touche, she specialized in data quality and integrity and on implementing business knowledge systems. She also managed the implementation of data warehouses and metadata repositories at several organizations. In addition, across the course of her professional life, she developed successful business cases for the funding of a $1.1 billion automated medical record system, a $600,000 business process redesign, a $100,000 ID card quality improvement project, and a $500,000 online credit card payment system.

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 (www.ils.unc.edu/digccurr). 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.

Kam Woods. Dr. 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 currently works with Dr. Cal Lee developing techniques and tools to assist in long-term archiving and educational support for digital forensics datasets. His research interests include the development of software and risk-management tools to support access, migration, and accurate rendition of legacy digital materials. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from Indiana University and a B.A. with a special major in Computer Science from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. At Indiana University he worked on a broad range of issues in long-term digital preservation with Dr. Geoffrey Brown.


Alex H. Poole
A native of Connecticut, Alex H. Poole was educated at the Loomis Chaffee School (cum laude), Williams College (BA, Highest Honors, History), Brown University (MA, History), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MSLS, Beta Phi Mu). A DigCCurr fellow and a third-year doctoral student, he focuses on digital curation, Big Data, and the digital humanities.

Ayoung Yoon
Ayoung Yoon is a third-year doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interests include usersÕ trust in data and data repositories, data curation, and personal digital archiving on the Web. She has an MSI in both preservation and archives and record management from the University of Michigan School of Information, and BA in history from Ewha Womans University, South Korea. She is currently a Carolina Digital Curation (DigCCur) Doctoral Fellow.

Assisting (past years)

Angela Murillo
Angela Murillo is a third-year doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina. She received her bachelor’s degrees in Geosciences, English, and Spanish and her MLIS (Beta Phi Mu) from the University of Iowa. During her master’s program she was an IMLS Digital Libraries Research Fellow. She also worked at Digital Library Services and Special Collections and University Archives. Some of her research interests include digital curation; scientific data - specifically how scientists seek and use information, reuse of data and collaboration; social and cultural aspects of information seeking behavior; and effects of digital environments on globally/multilingual or underrepresented communities. Her website is: http://amurillo.web.unc.edu.

Heather Barnes
Heather L. Barnes is a third-year doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, she received her MSLS from UNC and her BA in sociology from Smith College. She is currently a DigCCurr Fellow, with research interests in multimedia preservation and personal archiving.

Timur Uckun
Timur Uckun is a second-year doctoral student at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is currently a DigCCurr Fellow, with research insterests in information assurance, risk management and data governance.Timur has over fifteen years of experience in providing technology-related professional services across domestic and international markets, with direct experience in process improvement,information technology governance and enterprise risk management. Prior to beginning the doctoral program, Timur was a senior manager at Ernst & Young, LLP, where he provided risk advisory services to Fortune 500 companies. Timur holds a master of business administration degree, a bachelor of arts degree in computer science, and is a certified information systems auditor. 

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.