Digital Curation for Libraries and Archives
by Stacy T. Kowalczyk
June 2018, 246pp, 7 x 10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-631-9
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Digital materials require substantial effort in the interest of maintaining, preserving, and adding value to digital data throughout its lifecycle.

An up-to-date examination of the evolving field of digital curation and its important place in libraries, covering the major technical, social, and organizational issues surrounding curation for libraries, archives, and other information-based organizations.

This book addresses the evolving field of digital curation and its important place in libraries, covering the myriad issues surrounding curation for libraries, archives, and other information-based organizations. Balancing research, theory, and practice in curation, this book is a valuable resource for students, librarians, and archivists that will help them understand the technology infrastructure that supports curation, develop effective curation plans, and make the best choices when digitizing collections that aid in the long term preservation and curation of their materials. The book can serve as a textbook for graduate courses in digital curation, digital libraries, and informatics as well as be useful to librarians and archivists for individual continuing professional education.


  • Supplies a practical and much-needed guide on an emerging and dynamic field for librarians
  • Gives librarians the skills they need to help patrons and fellow librarians deal with the data deluge
  • Addresses a current and highly relevant topic in library and information science and fills a gap in the existing literature on preservation
Stacy T. Kowalczyk is an associate professor at Dominican University in the School of Information Studies. In addition, she serves as the director of Dominican University's Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) program. She was an associate director of the Indiana University Libraries Digital Library Program, where she managed new projects and services; and the former associate director of software development for the Harvard University Libraries, where she worked the Harvard Library Digital Initiative. Kowalczyk teaches courses in digital libraries, digital curation, systems analysis and design, information architecture, human computer interaction, and library and data management systems. She has published research in leading journals and presented papers at refereed international conferences. Kowalczyk holds a PhD in information science from Indiana University and a master's degree in library science from Dominican University.


"Essential reading for librarians, archivists, records managers, and anyone interested in safeguarding digital data—in other words, just about everyone."—Library Journal, Starred Review, October 1, 2018

"Digital Curation for Libraries and Archives is a useful resource in gaining an understanding of the field, its challenges, and its necessity."—Booklist, October 19, 2018

"Not only can this book be used as an instructional and training guide, it can also be used as an informational lesson to help library employees understand the breadth of digital curation. . . . This publication is a fantastic introductory resource exploring the main components to digital curation and preservation. . . . Kowalczyk has written in a way that the lessons are easy to follow and understand, which similar books should strive to achieve."—ARBA, November 12, 2018

"This book is worthy of a place on a digital curation librarian's shelf."—Technical Services Quarterly, October 7, 2019
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