Dr. Amber Cushing, SILS alumna, publishes in "JASIST"

September 10, 2013

Dr. Amber CushingThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna Amber L. Cushing (Ph.D. ’12) was recently published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST).  Cushing’s article is titled “’It's stuff that speaks to me’: Exploring the characteristics of digital possessions.”

According to her abstract, “Digital possessions are digital items that individuals distinguish from other digital items by specific qualities that individuals perceive the digital items to possess. Twenty-three participants were interviewed about their definitions of and relationships with digital possessions to identify the most salient characteristics of digital possessions and to inform preservation. Findings indicate that digital possessions are characterized as (a) providing evidence of the individual, (b) representing the individual's identity, (c) being recognized as having value, and (d) exhibiting a sense of bounded control.”

Since receiving her Ph.D. from SILS in 2012, Cushing has worked as Library Director of the Allenstown Public Library in New Hampshire. She was recently a contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, where she won over $25,000.

In addition to her recent publication in JASIST, Cushing’s work has been published in American Archivist, Library Hi Tech News, and more.

Cushing’s recent JASIST article can be viewed online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.22864/full

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