Dr. Richards research focuses on two key areas in digital curation: (1) organizational factors that influence digital curation success, primarily in governmental and business organizations, and (2) the educational requirements necessary to ensure that successful digital curation occurs in these organizations. She has examined the incentives and disincentives for sustainable digital curation in organizations, as well as other factors such as the integration of curatorial tools and techniques with everyday work practices. She has also examined the ways in which digital curation experts and organizational personnel engage in co-learning of each other's areas of expertise as a means to achieve curation goals. The two key research areas together provide important insights into how education, work practices, and technological innovation affect the ability to curate digital information in organizations.
Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations