Exploring Consumer Roles in Digital Curation

Tuesday, September 18, 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Avenue, 11th floor

Speaker: Nancy McGovern

Engaging users allows us to understand who our consumers are and to better address their needs, norms, and expectations. The presentation will consider relevant trends in research libraries and incorporate information and findings from the Dissemination Information Packages (DIPS) for Information Reuse (DIPIR) project.

Nancy Y. McGovern has been the Head of Curation and Preservation Services at MIT Libraries since February 2012.  Her responsibilities include ensuring long-term access to the digital and physical assets of the Libraries and developing appropriate long-term strategies for the expanding range of social science digital content ICPSR collects. For the previous five years, she was the Digital Preservation Officer (DPO) and a Research Assistant Professor at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), a social science data archive at the University of Michigan that was established in 1962.

Her research interests include the organizational infrastructure for life cycle management and the means for organizations and communities to continually respond to the opportunities and challenges of evolving technology. She has more than 25 years of experience with the long-term management of digital content, including a decade working on electronic records at the U.S. National Archives and five years of experience at Cornell University Library. She completed her PhD on technology responsiveness for the digital preservation community at University College London in 2009. She was designated a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) in 2009 and a Digital Preservation Pioneer by NDIIPP in 2010.

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