Curate Thyself: Defining and Cultivating an Academic Trajectory in Digital Curation

February 18, 2013


Calling all doctoral students!  Are you conducting or planning to conduct research on digital curation?  Do you hope to pursue a career direction that focuses on digital curation?  Then we have an event for you.

Come to Chapel Hill to share ideas, strategies and advice about research and academic life. Present your work to colleagues and faculty.  Receive mentoring and advice from a set of internationally-recognized experts, and cultivate your social network in this increasingly important area of research and professional practice. 

The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be hosting “Curate Thyself” on March 17 (8:30 AM – 7:00 PM) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Faculty participants will include:

Ian Anderson, University of Glasgow

Costis Dallas, University of Toronto

Wendy Duff, University of Toronto

Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute

Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee

Ross Harvey, Simmons College

Cal Lee, University of North Carolina

Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina


This day-long Symposium, followed by a Digital Curation Education Experts Meeting, marks the closing of almost seven years of funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for DigCCurr (Digital Curation Curriculum) projects at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC-Chapel Hill. The DigCCurr team of faculty and Ph.D. Fellows will lead the symposium that will provide an opportunity for current Ph.D. students interested in digital curation research to collaborate, connect and develop shared resources for research and education.

The symposium will provide mentoring and advice on research processes and products. All students will contribute by participating in a poster session highlighting their research (in progress or completed). Some students with participate in panel presentations on their research and their path to conducting that research. Instructional sessions will focus on developing and strengthening a digital curation research agenda. Participants will also discuss strategies for collaboration, publishing, and seeking funding as well as teaching strategies, developing and implementing course materials, characterizing your teaching to employers, and developing programs and curricula. Students will create and share their own plans for further development of their research.

Participants will be encouraged to stay in Chapel Hill on March 18 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) for a Digital Curation Educator Experts Meeting. Participants will include:

  • Peter Botticelli, University of Arizona
  • Seamus Ross, University of Toronto
  • Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute
  • Ross Harvey, Simmons College
  • Kathy Wisser, Simmons College
  • Caroline Hank, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Nancy McGovern, MIT
  • Paul Marty, Florida State University
  • Bill Moen, University of North Texas
  • Carole Palmer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Suzie Allard, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Wendy Duff, University of Toronto
  • Paul Conway, University of Michigan
  • Costis Dallas, University of Toronto
  • Ciaran Trace, University of Texas
  • Ian Anderson, Glasgow University
  • Karen Gracy, Kent State University
  • Richard Pearce Moses, Clayton State University

Doctoral students may apply for travel support up to $800 to the program by:

1. Completing the form

2. Providing an up-to-date Curriculum vitae

3. Submitting an abstract (500 words maximum) for a poster submission.

Agenda for Ph.D. Symposium:

8:30 Coffee and pastry

8:45 Introductions - Faculty, Fellows, Participants

9:00 Keynote I: Overview of the Current State of Digital Curation Research and Key Challenges (Costis Dallas)

9:30 Student Panel - Successful Paths to the Dissertation)

11:00 Break

11:15 Collaboration/mentoring session  

12:15 Lunch

1:15 Keynote II: Developing a personal research agenda (Carolyn Hank)

2:00 Student Panel -Research in a Larger Context: Establishing a Program of Research and Connecting with Relevant Research Communities

3:30 Break

3:45 Collaboration/Mentoring Session

4:30 Closing Thoughts/Next Steps

5:30 – 7:00  Poster Reception with light hors d’oeuvres 

For more information contact Dr. Helen Tibbo via e-mail at: