I am an archivist and librarian specializing in digital libraries and technology, working with the Digital Public Library of America. Previously, I have served as Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia, Digital Collections Librarian for Joyner Library Digital Collections at East Carolina University, and have been involved with several digital library and digital humanities projects such as the University of Maryland Digital Collections, the Thomas MacGreevy Archive.

Other sections of this site include my cv [Professional], professional presentations and writings [Readings], links to research projects [Projects: Past and Present], and more personal notes of interest [Personal]. I can be contacted at gretchen.gueguen@gmail.com.

Recent Activities


My article on the basics of managing born-digital materials in a cultural institution titled "Appraising and Acquiring Born-Digital Collections: An Introduction" has just been accepted by The Journal of Digital Media Management. Look out for it in Volume 2, issue 4 later this year.


An announcement of the work being done by the Experts Group on Archival Description (EGAD), a committee organized by the International Council on Archives (ICA), has just be published in The American Archivist. I have been very lucky to have been asked to serve as a research assistant to this esteemed group and have greatly enjoyed the learning experience. A copy of the announcement should be available on the EGAD site in the near future.


Slides from the talk I gave at the Scholar's Lab Speaker Series title "Do Digital Archivist's Dream of Electronic Records?" are now online at slideshare


I'm very excited to post something from my other "job" (meaning that I spend far too much of my free time on it): the Charlottesville Derby Dames. A year-long website revamp is now completed! Compare this screenshot of the site back in 2012 to the brand-new site. I led the redesign project and I am really proud of how dynamic and useful the new site is compared to the old one.


Slides from a presentation to the University of Virginia library on creating a digital archive related to the resignation and reinstatement of UVa president Teresa A. Sullivan are online at slideshare.


UVA Today has a brief press release about some of the work we've been doing related to the Teresa Sullivan controversy here at the University.


My slides from the Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference Spring Conference are now online: Born Digital @ UVa.


Interested in participating in a "Day of Digital Archives"? Check out the info on the blog and drop me a line at: gmg2n[AT]virginia.edu!


Just finished my case study on the Eastern North Carolina Digital Library at RBMS 2011. Check it out!


I have accepted the position of Digital Archivist at the University of Virginia, to begin on May 2nd! I am so excited to be moving to this dynamic and exciting institution and contributing as much as I can to the emerging field of managing born-digital materials in the archives and special collections. Look for me on the Born Digital Archives blog in the near future!


I'm pleased to announce that an article I authored, entitled "Digitized Special Collections and Multiple User Groups," will appear in the Journal of Archival Organization, volume 8 issue 2. I'll post a link to the pre-print when I am able to add it to the Scholarship at ECU.


Digital Collections has just finished a complete overhaul of our EAD finding aids at Joyner Library Collection Guides. The new guides feature enhanced search and browse features, a fixed table of contents, and integration of digital objects from Joyner Library Digital Collections.


We are pleased as punch at Digital Collections to finally announce the launch of our newest big collection Seeds of Change: The Daily Reflector Image Collection. It brings together more than 7,000 images documenting life in eastern North Carolina in the 50's and 60's through images taken for the Greenville, NC local newspaper The Daily Reflector. The collection is the newest addition to Joyner Library Digital Collections, and ever-growing archive of digitized materials from J.Y. Joyner Library's special collections.


The article based on the presentation Ann and I gave almost a year is finally in print. See the latest issue of the Journal of Academic Librarianship or ECU's institutional repository The Scholarship to find the article entitled "A Collaborative Workflow for the Digitization of Unique Materials".


A new article on JLDC has just been published as this issue's "Featured Collection" on D-Lib Magazine. It's so exciting to have our little project get some more attention. I also hope that we continue to get some good feedback as we consider options for creating an open-source version. Something that, despite the ongoing sturm and drang of work and life, I'd really like to see happen.


I'm excited to announce that an article I co-authored with Ann Hanlon of Marquette University based on our presentation at last year's LITA National Forum(see below) will be published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship in September! I'll post a link to the content when it is deposited in ECU's IR.

Of course, all of this happened amidst the launch of Joyner Library Digital Collections, the new digital repository that we've been working on since I arrived at ECU last year. See my blog post over at The North Carolina Digital Collections Collaboratory for some thoughts on that project. We hope to complete the first full-scale "collection" for the repository by June, so be sure to check back for that.


On October 17, 2008, I presented Crowdsourcing Digitization: Harnessing Workflows to Increase Output with Ann Hanlon of Marquette University. Our presentation focused on a project we were both involved in at the University of Maryland that involved a distributed workflow for digitization of special collections and archives materials. As scans were requested by patrons and for other exhibit and publishing needs, they would be added to the digital repository. This allowed us to grow our digital collections in a way that was in some senses organic and systematic, but in other chaotic and unfocused. The presentation centers on the difficulties we had in getting the project off the ground -- although it wasn't exactly a project, it was the addition of a new regular workflow for staff -- and the merits and drawbacks of such a scheme, both from the organizational and product level. The slides from the presentation are attached with updated notes. Ann and I are planning on expanding on this topic to write a paper in the next two months and I hope to be able to link it here soon as well.