Patricia Hswe is Digital Collections Curator at the Penn State University Libraries. Her work is largely about making digital content and data discoverable, accessible, and usable over time, for as long as these materials are useful—toward the related goals of repurposing them and adding value to the Libraries’ collections and data sets. To these ends, she is regularly engaged in activities of assessment, data/content management, and stewardship services planning. In addition, she has research interests in user engagement with special collections and archives and in the challenges of humanities data curation. Patricia is a 2008 graduate of the Master’s degree program at the University of Illinois’ Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is also a former CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow and holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Yale.
Ann Holt is an art education doctoral candidate at the Pennsylvania State University who recently completed a graduate assistantship (2008–2010) in the Penn State University Archives, processing and making preservation assessments on the art education collections. Emphasizing archival research methods and technology-enhanced communication and access, her research focuses on archives and data collection practices (both physical and digital); how scholars interact with archives/data for knowledge and understanding; and how such materials are shared, used, and reused. Her current graduate assistantship (2010–2011) is in the Penn State Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communications, which helps support cross-disciplinary data management needs, including preserving data and making it accessible and usable.