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 current research explores how different communities of practice interpret and use digital cultural heritage, in service towards identifying curation criteria for designing information systems. 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. In my research pursuits, I use theoretical work and methods drawn from digital preservation, information science, Science and Technology studies (STS), and archival studies. The ultimate goal of my work is to investigate and understand how different “ways of knowing” are configured in knowledge platforms, and to use that understanding towards recommendations for designing and building platform services for digital cultural heritage 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: