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Lorraine Richards

Assistant Professor

Information Science

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.


  • 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.”

Research/Teaching Interests

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

Select Publications

  • Hawthorne, Kisha and Lorraine L. Richards. (forthcoming, 2016). "Personal Health Records: A New Type of Electronic Medical Record." Records Management Journal [Refereed Journal Article]
  • Richards, Lorraine L. (December 2016). "Teaching Data Creators How to Develop an OAIS-Compliant Digital Curation System: Co-Learning and Breakdowns in Support of Requirements Analysis." In American Archivist 79(2) (Fall/Winter 2016). [Refereed Journal Article]
  • Richards, Lorraine. (2016). "Collaborative Access Development Strategies in a Big Data Aviation Research Environment." In Creating Trustworthy Repositories for Digital Records: Theory and Practice. Edited by Philip Bantin. [Invited Book Chapter] (5240 words)
  • Richards, Lorraine L. (2014). “Curation Through the Backdoor: Enabling Data Curation Capabilities in a Non-Archival Organization.” Presentation at Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) 2014, Pittsburgh, PA, Jul 14-18.
  • Richards, Lorraine L., Adam Townes, William C. Regli, and YuanYuan Feng. (2014). “Decomposing the Results Without Burying the Body of Evidence: A Modus Operandi for Developing Metadata and Digital Preservation Requirements.” In Proceedings of ALA Midwinter Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, January 24-28.
  • Beagrie, Neil, Lorraine Eakin-Richards (now Richards), Todd Vision. (2010). “Business Models and Cost Estimation: Dryad Repository Case Study.” In Rauber, Andreas, Rebecca Guenther, Panos Constantopoulos. (Eds.) Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects. Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft: Vienna, Austria, 365-370.

Professional Activities & Associations

  • American Library Association (ALA)
  • American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
  • Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
  • International Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA International)
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC)
  • Society of American Archivists (SAA)
  • Member, Board of Editors. Records Management Journal. 2013-present.
  • Instructor. Special Libraries Association (SLA) Workshop From Big Data to Big Knowledge: Decision Support for C-Suite Clients. February 27, 2014 (Philadelphia, PA) and April 25, 2014 (Washington, D.C.)
  • Doctoral Student Representative. School of Information and Library Science Personnel Committee, August 2011 to April 2012).
  • Peer reviewer. Grant proposals for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), August 2011.