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Karen Gracy, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Education

  • Ph.D. (Library and Information Science), University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.L.I.S., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A. (Critical Studies of Film and Television), University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A. (English and French), University of California, Berkeley

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University, Fall 2007-present
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh, 2001-2007

Courses Taught by Dr. Gracy

  • 60600 Foundations of Library and Information Science
  • 60631 Introduction to Digital Preservation
  • 60633 Digital Curation
  • 60654 Preservation Management

Workshops

  • Archival Description: DACS, MARC, and EAD
  • Introduction to Audiovisual Archiving
  • Metadata for Digital Audio and Video

Dr. Gracy has been a member of SLIS faculty since 2007.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Book

  • Film Preservation:  Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2007.]

Book Chapters and Encyclopedia Articles (refereed)

  • "Film and Broadcast Archives." Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences, 3rd ed. (2010).
  • "The Preservation of Moving Images," (with Michèle V. Cloonan), Advances in Librarianship, ed. Frederick C. Lynden, v. 27 (Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2004).

Refereed Journal Articles

  • "Moving Image Preservation and Cultural Capital," Library Trends 55, no. 4 (Summer 2007).
  • "Quo Vadis:  Preservation Education?  A Study of Current Trends and Future Needs in Continuing Education," with Jean Ann Croft, Library Resources and Technical Services 51, no. 2 (April 2007).
  • "Quo Vadis:  Preservation Education?  A Study of Current Trends and Future Needs in Graduate Education," with Jean Ann Croft, Library Resources and Technical Services 50, no. 4 (October 2006).
  • "Documenting Communities of Practice:  Making the Case for Archival Ethnography," Archival Science 4, no. 3-4 (2004).
  • "Documenting the Process of Film Preservation,"The Moving Image 3.1 (Spring 2003).
  • "Coming Again to a Theater Near You:  The Lucrative Business of Recycling Film Heritage," Stanford Humanities Review 7.2 (Fall 1999). Part of special issue: "Inside the Film Archive: Practice, Theory, Canon."
  • "At the Pleasure of the Board:  Women Librarians and the Los Angeles Public Library, 1880-1905," co-authored with Debra Gold Hansen and Sheri D. Irvin, Libraries and Culture 34.4 (Fall 1999).

Selected Presentations

  • "Preservation Education Needs for the Next Generation of Information Professionals," with Jean Ann Croft, American Library Association Annual Conference, Chicago, June 25, 2005.
  • "AMIA and the A*CENSUS (Archival Census and Education Needs Survey in the United States)," poster presentation, Association of Moving Image Archivists, Minneapolis, November 9-13, 2004.
  • "Preservation Education:  New Directions for Archives and Libraries" (with Jean Ann Croft), an interim report on study, "Preservation Education Needs for the Next Generation of Information Professionals," Symposium on Preservation Education, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, April 12, 2004.
  •  "Introducing LIS Students to Moving Image Archiving," Summer Film Symposium, Northeast Historic Film Archive, Bucksport, Maine, August 8-9, 2003.
  • "The Imperative to Preserve:  Competing Definitions of Value in the World of Film Preservation," in acceptance of the 2003 Eugene Garfield "ALISE Doctoral Dissertation Award at the Association of Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 21-24, 2003.
  • "Adding the Social Dimension:  An Argument for a Value-Laden Definition of Preservation," as part of panel:  "Manifold Perspectives on the Definition of Preservation Across Allied Fields," Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, Charleston, South Carolina, October 3-5, 2002.
  • "Curricular Needs for Electronic Media Preservation:  Teaching Digital Preservation at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Library and Information Science," as part of panel:  "Education Needs for Electronic Media Conservation," The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, June 6-11, 2002.
  • "The Imperative to Preserve:  Competing Definitions of Value in the World of Film Preservation," as part of panel:  "Documenting the History and Culture of the Archival Movement:  A Summary of Recent Graduate Research on Moving Image Preservation," at the 10th Annual Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Los Angeles, California.  November 13-18, 2000.
  • "The Imperative to Preserve:  Competing Definitions of Value in the World of Film Preservation," 26th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, Washington, D.C.  October 12-15, 2000.
  •  "Yours, Mine, and Ours:  The Zapruder Film and the Politics of Cultural Appropriation," 25th Annual Conference on Social Theory, Politics, and the Arts, Nashville, Tennessee.  October 7-10, 1999.
Research Areas
  • Digital Preservation, Preservation Education
  • Preservation of Moving Images
  • Social Contexts of Information Creation and Use, Focusing on Ethics and Values
  • Information Policy, Focusing on Intellectual Property Issues
Affiliations
Association of Moving Image Archivists Society of American Archivists
Karen Gracy, Ph.D.
OFFICE
School of Library and Information Science
OFFICE HOURS

LIS 60631:  Tuesdays, 10:30-noon (BB Collaborate)

LIS 60633:  Mondays, 9:00-10:00 AM (BB Collaborate)

In-person or telephone:  By appointment