January 22, 2022

Article: "Responding to the Call to Curate: Digital Curation in Practice at Penn State University Libraries"

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Responding to the Call to Curate: Digital Curation in Practice at Penn State University Libraries


International Journal of Digital Curation
Vol 6, No 2 (2011)


Patricia Hswe, Michael J. Furlough
University Libraries
Pennsylvania State University


Michael J. Giarlo, Mairéad Martin
Information Technology Services
Pennsylvania State University


This paper describes how the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University Libraries and the university’s central information technology organization, Information Technology Services, are putting into practice key tenets of digital curation through the newly established Content Stewardship program, a joint strategic initiative to implement stewardship services for the university. First, we provide an account of the planning, preparation, and prototyping that informed the initial year of the program. Second, we report on the hiring of a Digital Collections Curator and a Digital Library Architect and how they are advancing the program by putting digital curation into practice, which includes the work of community building. Finally, we address the organizational context of curation in practice, in particular with respect to the challenges of starting and sustaining a stewardship services program for all of Penn State.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.