DCHDC Seeks Board Members: Get Involved!

It’s hard to believe, but the Digital Cultural Heritage D.C. Meetup is coming up on its 6th Birthday. Starting in September of 2012, the Meetup has hosted more than 60 events with more than 100 speakers. What started out as an event launched and coordinated by four folks shifted over time to be coordinated by …

Advance Praise for The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation

I’m in the hope stretch for the book to come out! It’s got a cover and it’s up on the Johns Hopkins University Press site. You can even pre-order it today, and it should get to you some time in November. All told, this is bringing to fruition a project that I started back in …

Student Digital Preservation Consultants Looking for Small Cultural Heritage Organizations

I’m revising  my digital preservation graduate seminar for the University of Maryland’s iSchool for this coming fall. I am a firm believer in learning-by-doing. I also think talking about digital preservation in the abstract, outside the very real resource and time constraints of organizations largely misses the point. So, as I did when I taught the …

Catching up to the Present: Join the Born Digital Community of Practice

I was thrilled to have the chance to write the forward to Heather Ryan and Walker Sampson’s new book The No-Nonsense Guide to Born Digital Content. I wrote it last year, but the book just rolled out last month. It’s full of hands on practical guidance that I think complements my own forthcoming book The Theory and …

Reading and Working the Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network

I’m working my way toward my goal of reading 30 books this year (here’s my list so far). I wanted to share the one so far that keeps rolling around in my mind. Forms: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network, by Caroline Levine is a book about formal literary criticism that focuses spends a lot of time talking …

Parsimony and Elegance as Objectives for Digital Curation Processes

I’m increasingly convinced that parsimony and elegance are key values for the socio-technical systems that enable long term access to information. This post is me starting to try and articulate what I mean by that and connecting that back to a few ongoing strands of work and thinking I’m engaged in. Now that the book …

Digital History Methods Grad Seminar Launching

I’m excited to kick off 2018 teaching my digital history course for American University again. I’ve been increasingly interested in the methodological aspects of digital history (the how not the what of history).  Given that this course is on the books as a tool of research course for AMU history grad students it seemed to …

Reflecting on 2017: Moving and Being Moved

I’ve made it a habit to reflect on each year and post about it here. You can see my reflections at the end of 2015,  2014, 2013, and 2012 . I didn’t do that last year. The end of 2016 was hard. I half- wrote that post. I tried to tell an optimistic story about where I’d been and where …

Reading up on Organizational Theory, Care, Emotional Intelligence & Resonance

I’ve been on a kick recently to read a lot of work on organizational theory, management, and leadership. What follows here is some of my rough notes on some of the books I’ve been reading. I’m interested/eager to talk with more folks about various takes on how these areas of work connect/don’t connect with libraries. …

When Going back is Going Forward: On Returning to the LC

I am overjoyed to announce that I will serve as the first Head of Digital Content Management in Library Services at the Library of Congress. For the first time in my career I’m going to be an official librarian. In Gov speak, this job is a 1410, I’ve previously been a “information technology specialist (2210) …