May 17, 2022

New Journal Article: “Software Curation in Research Libraries: Practice and Promise”

The following article was published online today by the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication.


Software Curation in Research Libraries: Practice and Promise


Alexandra Chassanoff
MIT Libraries

Yasmin AlNoamany
UC Berkeley Libraries

Katherine Thornton
Yale University Libraries

John Borghi
California Digital Library


Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication
DOI: 10.7710/2162-3309.2239



Research software plays an increasingly vital role in the scholarly record. Academic research libraries are in the early stages of exploring strategies for curating and preserving research software, aiming to facilitate support and services for long-term access and use. 

Description of Program

In 2016, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) began offering postdoctoral fellowships in software curation. Four institutions hosted the initial cohort of software curation fellows. This article describes the work activities and research program of the cohort, highlighting the challenges and benefits of doing this exploratory work in research libraries.

Next Steps

Academic research libraries are poised to play an important role in research and development around robust services for software curation. The next cohort of CLIR fellows is set to begin in fall 2018 and will likely shape and contribute substantially to an emergent research agenda.

Direct to Full Text Article
18 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.