Responding to the Call to Curate: Digital Curation in Practice at Penn State University Libraries

This paper describes how the Pennsylvania State (Penn State) University Libraries and the university’s central information technology organization, Information Technology Services, are putting into practice key tenets of digital curation through the newly established Content Stewardship program, a joint strategic initiative to implement stewardship services for the university. First, we provide an account of the planning, preparation, and prototyping that informed the initial year of the program. Second, we report on the hiring of a Digital Collections Curator and a Digital Library Architect and how they are advancing the program by putting digital curation into practice, which includes the work of community building. Finally, we address the organizational context of curation in practice, in particular with respect to the challenges of starting and sustaining a stewardship services program for all of Penn State.



Work Title Responding to the Call to Curate: Digital Curation in Practice at Penn State University Libraries
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  1. Patricia Hswe
  2. Hswe, Patricia
  1. content stewardship
  2. digital collections curator
  3. Penn State
  4. digital curation
  5. digital library architect
License Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States
Work Type Article
  1. Giarlo, Michael J.
  2. Martin, Mairéad
  3. Furlough, Michael J.
  1. International Journal of Digital Curation
Publication Date 2011
  1. English
Publisher Identifier (DOI)
  1. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v6i2.196
Geographic Area
  1. State College, Pennsylvania, United States
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