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 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 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.”
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.
- Five Questions with Digital Archivist Trevor Owens
- Trevor Owens’ First Five.
- New Digital Archivist Joins NDIIPP – News Archive – Digital Preservation
- ScienceOnline2012 – interview with Trevor Owens, Scientific American
- Doing Digital History
Mentions/Quoted in the Press & Media
- Why archivists are scrambling to back up the internet By Lauren Fields @lfieldsa Published: Desert News, Feb. 24, 2017
- WhiteSpace Project Could Grow Rural Broadband Access, Library Journal, Jan 2017
- How Adobe Flash, once the face of the web, fell to the brink of obscurity—and why it’s worth saving, Quartz, December 2016
- The Death and Life of Digital Archives: Preserving the present doesn’t always work in the future. Slate, Nov. 4 2015
- IMLS Hires Trevor Owens to Lead National Digital Platform Program, Infodocket, Jan 2015
- Books meet bytes At Radcliffe, thoughts on the future of digital library collections, Harvard Gazette, April 4, 2014
- The Future of Saving the Past Archival Technologies in the Digital Era, Radcliffe Magazine, April 2014
- Another Push for Embargoes Second history organization comes out against requirement that all dissertations be made available online. Inside Higher Education, Dec, 2013
- Embargoes for Dissertations? American Historical Association wants universities to permit blocking of online access to doctoral students’ work for six years, saying such rules will protect new Ph.D.s seeking to publish. Not everyone wants to be protected. Inside Higher Education, July 2013
- Breaking Down Menus Digitally, Dish by Dish, The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 2012
- Research Librarians Consider the Risks and Rewards of Collaboration, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct 2011