Lori Richards

Lorraine Richards

Assistant Professor
Information Science

Lorraine Richards

Assistant Professor
Information Science

Biography

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.

Research Areas

  • Informatics & Data Science
  • Library & Information Science

Research Interests

Archives, digital curation, electronic records management, information technology and digital collections, cloud computing and record keeping, management of information organizations

Academic Distinctions

  • PhD, Information Science, 2014
    • School of Information and Library Science (SILS), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    • Dissertation Title: “Evidence-as-a-Service: State Government Recordkeeping in the Cloud”
    • Advisor: Christopher A. Lee
  • 1994-1998, The Committee on Social Thought University of Chicago
  • MA, Economics, 1992
    • Department of Economics California State University, East Bay
    • Awarded “Best Graduate Student,” 1992.
  • BA, Economics, 1983
    • Department of Economics University of California, Santa Cruz
    • Awarded “Honors in the Major.”
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