Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator working on digital infrastructure for libraries.

Owens serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management for Library Services at the Library of Congress. In addition, he teaches graduate seminars in digital history for American University’s History Department and graduate seminars and digital preservation for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, where he is also a Research Affiliate with the Digital Curation Innovation Center. He also currently serves on the board of Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc, as a founding board member of Digital Cultural Heritage D.C., and as a member of the Digital Library Federation Advisory Committee.

He previously worked as a senior program administrator at the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). At the IMLS, he led the establishment of the National Digital Platform initiative, which under his leadership, invested more than $30 million in 110 projects to advance digital infrastructure for libraries across the nation. Prior to that, he worked on digital preservation strategy and as a history of science curator at the Library of Congress. Before joining the Library of Congress, he led outreach and communications efforts for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Owens is the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, is in press with Johns Hopkins University Press. His research and writing has been featured in: Curator: The Museum Journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Journal of Digital Humanities, D-Lib, Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, New Directions in Folklore, and American Libraries.

In 2018 Library Journal recognized him as one of the “top changemakers who are transforming what it means to be a librarian.” In 2014 the Society for American Archivists granted him the Archival Innovator Award, presented annually to recognize the archivist, repository, or organization that best exemplifies the “ability to think outside the professional norm.”

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The best way to get a hold of me is email (trevor dot john owens at gmail dot com) or twitter (@tjowens).  I am happy to do interviews and offer opinions to the press. If you are a journalist on tight deadlines it will likely work best if you can email me a specific set of questions.

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