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 the social contexts in which we use born-digital cultural heritage artifacts and infrastructures, with an eye towards understanding how these changes in form and practice introduce new epistemic challenges and concerns. As a postdoctoral fellow at MIT’s CREOS / Program on Informatics I spent two years leading an investigation into how research libraries can support software preservation services. As a PhD student at UNC SILS, I helped to develop the BitCurator environment, on open source archival software to assist in digital preservation activities. My dissertation explored the information experiences of historians as they interacted with digital photographs. This work prompted an ongoing exploration and commitment to developing new empirical approaches for studying born-digital information in the context of use.
I conduct mostly exploratory research and use mixed methods in my research designs, drawing on theoretical work and methods from cultural heritage, information science, Science and Technology studies (STS), and archival studies. For the past decade, I have worked in embedded settings with library technologists, practitioners, and faculty on the design and development of digital cultural heritage infrastructure. These grant-funded, applied research initiatives have included the following:
- OSSArcFlow, Educopia Institute, 2018-2019
- CLIR/DLF Software Curation Postdoctoral Scholar, MIT Libraries, 2016-2018
- BitCurator and BitCurator Access, UNC SILS, 2011-2016
- Policy-Driven Repository Interoperability, RENCI, 2009-2011
- Carolina Digital Curation Fellow, Carolina Digital Libraries, 2008-2009