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Learn about Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation

Posted Oct. 26, 2011

Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science Wednesday Webinars presents:

Digital Libraries and Digital Preservation – What are they, and what are the career opportunities? Virtual open house

In case you missed the live open house on Oct. 26, you can watch the recorded session and download the PowerPoint presentation.

There’s been a lot of buzz about digital libraries, and everyone in the information field is talking about digital preservation. What are digital libraries? What does digital preservation entail? What are the latest developments? What are the career opportunities in these fields? What courses fall within these specializations?

If you have questions after viewing the open house, please feel welcome to contact any of the presenters or our academic program coordinator:

Rhonda Filipan, academic program coordinator, general questions related to admission requirements, application procedures, etc. –
Yin Zhang, Ph.D. – general questions about the courses; digital libraries:
Catherine Smith, Ph.D. – digital libraries:
Karen Gracy, Ph.D. – digital preservation:

For more information about the digital libraries or digital preservation specializations, please visit our website:

Digital libraries:
Digital preservation:


Catherine Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor, SLIS, is Principal investigator on Google Research Award , $76,000, for “A description of domain-independent search expertise,” awarded summer 2011.  She also has numerous publications and presentations to her credit. Read more at

Karen Gracy, Ph.D., assistant professor, SLIS, is the author of “Film Preservation:  Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice (Chicago: Society of American Archivists). She also is co-PI on a Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in the amount of $219,386, to study how libraries and museums can provide greater access to digital content through Linked Open Data. For more information, visit

Yin Zhang, Ph.D., professor, School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State University, has published extensively and delivered presentations internationally on digital libraries. She has led numerous committees in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) and is a frequent presenter at its conferences. Her research has earned grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Research Center for Educational Technology and Ohio Board of Regents/Research Challenge. For more information, visit