Due to inclement whether here in the DC area, we need to reschedule tonight’s Re-Envisioning the MLS event. We regret this, and will send out updated event information shortly. Best, John


As part of its year-long Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative, the iSchool at the University of Maryland presents:

Digital Curation: The Future of Archives?

Networked and digital technologies are challenging information professionals to reimagine and reassess traditional ways of providing persistent access to information. Among these changes are the expanding notions of records and archives as well as the necessary skills and responsibilities in managing cultural heritage collections. Part of the recent efforts to re-envision the LIS curriculum, the iSchool’s newly combined specialization in archives and digital curation is an intervention to bring the field of information preservation and access towards a more responsive and relevant future. In this presentation, Ricky Punzalan and Richard Marciano will trace the evolution of archival education and will analyze this trajectory to question the relationships between archives and digital curation. They will also provide an overview of some of the significant, related changes in the iSchool’s curriculum and other recent efforts that contributes to the newly formed archival and digital curation pathways.

When: February 26, 2015, 4:30-5:30pm EST
Where: Hornbake Library South Wing, Room 2119 or online via Adobe Connect:<>
RSVP: Please RSVP at<>

Presenters: Drs. Ricardo Punzalon and Richard Marciano

Dr. Richard Marciano is a professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland and director of the newly formed Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC).  He comes from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he served as professor and director of the Sustainable Archives and Leveraging Technologies (SALT) lab.  Prior to that, he conducted research at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California San Diego for over a decade with an affiliation in the Division of Social Sciences in the Urban Studies and Planning program.  His research interests center on digital preservation, sustainable archives, cyberinfrastructure, and big data.

Dr. Ricardo Punzalon is an assistant professor of archival studies in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. His research  contributes to the growing area of research on the impact of digitization and online access to both archival institutions and the users they serve. He also works to establish the next generation of archival training and to create ways to bring the archival imperative to serve diverse audiences and communities. Dr. Punzalon addresses these topics through three major areas: 1) the intersections between Archives and Digital Access<>; 2) connections between Archives and Social Memory<>; and 3) building an infrastructure for Archival Education and Scholarship<>.

For more information on the Re-Envisioning the MLS events scheduled for the spring semester, see here<>. Overall information on the initiative can be found here<> and in various posts at<>, search on #HackMLS.

John Carlo Bertot, Ph.D.
Professor and Co-Director
Information Policy & Access Center 
MLS Program Director
College of Information Studies
University of Maryland
4105 Hornbake Building, South Wing
College Park, MD 20742
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