I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Previously, I was a Research Program Officer at Educopia Institute, a CLIR/DLF Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Libraries and a faculty instructor at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC SILS).
My research explores how different communities of practice work with digital cultural heritage. As a fellow at MIT’s Program on Information Science I spent two years leading an investigation into how research libraries can support software preservation services. In my doctoral work, I studied how historians construct visual evidence from digital photographs.
I conduct mostly exploratory research and use holistic approaches in my research design. Drawing on digital preservation, information science, archival studies, and sociotechnical systems, I frequently employ a multi-pronged ecosystem approach that allows me to explore the information needs, uses, and practices of different stakeholders. In my research, I attempt to locate epistemic shifts (or “ways of knowing”) through the study of how communities interpret and use digital cultural heritage. The ultimate goal of my work is to introduce theoretical grounding for building and designing knowledge platforms and services that accommodate dynamic, emergent information possibilities.
For the past ten years, I have worked in embedded settings with library technologists, practitioners, and faculty on the design and development of digital research infrastructure. These grant-funded, applied research initiatives have included the following: