Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
University of Virginia
May 2011 – Present
Apply and integrate archival practices to an ever-growing corpus of born digital content within the holding of the Small Special Collections Library. Work with multiple staff groups including librarians, archivists, technologists, and student to create new workflows and tools.
Accomplishments and Highlights
- Digital Archivist for the Mellon-funded project Born Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship (AIMS). Worked with fellow Digital Archivists to develop models for processing born-digital material. Co-author and editor of the project whitepaper (http://www.digitalcurationservices.org/aims/white-paper/) and blog (http://born-digital-archives.blogspot.com/).
- Created digital archive of social media and web-based content related to the resignation and reinstatement of the University President in the summer of 2012. The archive includes approximately 80,000 tweets and several thousand web pages, digital images, and video.
- Collaborated in the Library's website redevelopment project. Developed the new architecture and design for all Special Collection pages and ensured that they were integrated with the overall redesign (http://small.library.virginia.edu/).
- Coordinated the Day of Digital Archives blog project on October 6, 2011 and October 12, 2012: an international collaborative project to document a single day in the life of those who work with, steward, create, or preserve born-digital archives.
Digital Initiatives Librarian
J.Y. Joyner Library Digital Collections
East Carolina University
January 2008 – April 2011
Planned, coordinated and established priorities, managed production, and promoted digital library initiatives at East Carolina University. Managed multiple projects simultaneously while supervising staff, students, interns and volunteers.
Accomplishments and Highlights
- Revamp and revitalize library digital collection repository, Joyner Library Digital Collections (http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/), including underlying database infrastructure, metadata standards, and operating procedures
- Lead project to redesign and revise information architecture for Library-wide website (http://www.ecu.edu/lib/)
- Develop policies for collection development, copyright, scanning for hire, and technical workflows and guidelines
- Oversee implementation of production and website design for NC ECHO funded grant: Seeds of Change: the Evolution of Post-War Eastern North Carolina (http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/reflector/), 2010 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services from the RUSA division of ALA
- Manage creation and implementation of dSpace Institutional Repository for East Carolina University (http://thescholarship.ecu.edu) including developing technical workflows, gathering requirements, site architecture and design, and development of metadata standards
- Primary investigator of multi-year, $200,000 digitization grant of LSTA funding for Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access (http://ncgovdocs.org), a collaborative project with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the State Library of North Carolina to digitize some 380,000 pages of state government documents using the Internet Archive's Scribe technology
- Coordinate major redesign of online discovery interface for EAD-encoded finding aids, Joyner Library Collection Guides (http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/special/ead/), a Next-Generation finding aid interface featuring powerful browsing and commenting tools as well as integration of digitized collections from the Joyner Library Digital Collections
- Collaborated with faculty in the School of Art and Design to create an online portfolio tool to facilitate the school’s curricular, administrative, and accreditation needs (http://soad.ecu.edu/portfolio/).
Digital Collections Librarian
Digital Collections and Research (DCR)
University of Maryland
June 2005 – January 2008
Provided primary support and coordination for digital projects including devising digitization workflows, developing metadata schema, and leading projects to design user interaction on multiple web interfaces.
Accomplishments and Highlights
- Work with team to create digital repository infrastructure and design public and administrative interfaces to enable cross-collection searching.
- Perform user testing on a prototype interface for administrative workflows with library faculty members and recommend changes to design based on findings.
- Co-author of Best Practice Guidelines for Digital Collections at UM Libraries outlining standards and best practices for the entire lifecycle of digital projects.
- Author, Digital Imaging Primer: documentation for library staff on digital images and scanning
- Manage the creation of the University AlbUM collection (http://digital.lib.umd.edu/album?pid=umd:3391) and the National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection (http://digital.lib.umd.edu/ntlpostcards?pid=umd:15237) including the migration of data from a relational database into XML records for more than 2000 digital images as well as the design and creation of collection interfaces highlighting themes and history of the collections.
- Provide various types of support for the creation of A Treasury of World's Fair Art & Architecture (http://digital.lib.umd.edu/worldsfairs?pid=umd:2) digital collection including designing the visual identity and style; coordinating and proofing TEI XML encoded texts and creating mapping to UMDM and UMAM metadata schemes; and coordinating project to rescan and replace approximately 125 images in the collection.
- Organize and manage a training project to encode a small collection of Civil War letters into TEI XML using the best practices of the UM Libraries for digital collections.
Digital Collections and Research (DCR)
University of Maryland
January 2005 – May 2005
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
University of Maryland
September 2004 – December 2005
Provided project management for The Thomas MacGreevy Archive (http://www.macgreevy.org), a TEI XML-based repository of texts. Duties included encoding and proofing TEI documents, creating HTML and CSS for project web sites, and working on new interface developments.
Accomplishments and Highlights
- Created and implemented controlled vocabulary and design search interface for new collection of documents for an independent study project.
- Created template for encoding personal letters and images using TEI XML, two previously uncollected object types in The Thomas MacGreevy Archive.
- Created and updated encoding documentation for TEI XML encoding of articles and letters in HTML and CSS.
Library Intern / Part-time Librarian
National Public Radio
January 2004 – January 2005
Provided reference services for writing and research staff in fast-paced environment both through an internship position and continuing on a part-time basis.
Horne Engineering Services, Inc.
September 2001 – May 2003
Member of the publication team for a small engineering company that created publications for both print and web, using both in-house and off-set printing. Responsibilities for editing and layout were shared within the department for client projects, official company publications, advertising and marketing materials, the company web site, and a small database of photos for company promotional use.
Dear Reader Press
October 2011 – Present
Owner and designer of a small online business designing wedding invitations and other stationary products.
Master's in Library Science
The University of Maryland
College Park, MD
- Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities Independent Study, May 2004 August 2004
- National Public Radio Internship, January 2004 May 2004
Bachelor of Arts in English
Minor in Anthropology
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA
- Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History Publications Office Internship, June 2000 August 2000
- University of Leeds, Study Abroad Program, January 2000 June 2000
- Printed Books after 1800 (Rare Book School, June 11-17, 2012).
- Computer Forensics with FRED (Digital Intelligence, August 8-9, 2011).
- Born Digital Materials: Theory and Practice (Rare Book School, July 25-29, 2011).
- LITA Web Course: Creating Library Web Services, Mashups and APIs (November 12-19, 2010).
- Introduction to ASP.NET (Pitt County Community College, Winter 2008/2009)
- NC ECHO Grant Writing Workshop (NC ECHO, October 31, 2008)
- Data Dictionary for Preservation Metadata: PREMIS Tutorial (Library of Congress, June 21, 2007)
- Building the Human-Computer Interface (University of Maryland Graduate School, College of Information Studies, Fall 2006)
- Developing Best Project Management Practices for IT Projects (LITA National Forum, October 26-27, 2006)
- Doing Digital History Workshop (Center for History and New Media, George Mason University, October 26-28, 2005)
- Scanning for Print or Web (Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, August 31, 2005)
- Experience with content management systems and ILS systems including Fedora, Dspace, Omeka, Wordpress, Blogger, PBWiki, SirsiDynix Horizon.
- Experience using digital forensic software and hardware including FRED forensic workstation, Forensic Toolkit and Imager, Tableau Imager, Norton Ghost.
- Experience with designing and implementing metadata schemas and bibliographic standards including TEI, EAD, METS, MODS, MIX, PREMIS, MARC, Dublin Core, VRA Core.
- Skilled in the use of design and editing software including Adobe PhotoShop, Acrobat, and InDesign, MacroMedia DreamWeaver, and the Corel Design suite.
- Experience using and training others to use scanning equipment and interfaces by Epson, Microtek, PhaseOne, Silverfast, and Nikon.
Library and Professional Committees
- Research Assistant to the International Council on Archives' Experts Group on Archival Description: October 2012 Ìµ Present.
- LITA JPEG 2000 Interest Group co-chair: June 2010 – October 2011.
- Faculty Information Technology Review Committee at East Carolina University: May 2010 – April 2011.
- LITA 2009 National Forum Planning Committee Member: March 2008 – March 2010.
- Library Faculty Research Fund Committee at the University of Maryland Libraries: July 2007 – January 2008.
- Reviewer of conference paper proposals for the annual Digital Humanities Conference: January 2007 to the present.
- Organizing Committee for the digital library symposium The Library in Bits and Bytes: A Digital Library Symposium: September 27 – 28, 2005.
- Initiator of the Day of Digital Archives in both 2011 and 2012, an annual international collaborative project to document a single day in the life of those who work with, steward, create, or preserve digital archives.
Training and Educational Activities
- Presented Management of Incoming Born-Digital Special Collections for the Association of Southeastern Research Library's (ASERL) digital preservation webinar series on April 16, 2013.
- Organized Roadmap to JPEG2000 webinar for LITA with JPEG2000 IG co-chair and presented "Evaluating JPEG2000 for Cultural Heritage Organizations" on September 13, 2011.
- Co-developed and facilitated half-day workshop as part of the AIMS grant project for SAA 2011 entitled "CREW: Collecting Repositories and E-records Workshop."
- Developed and facilitated full-day workshop for the November 2007 Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference on "Digital Imaging and Scanning Workflows."
- Developed half-day scanning workshops for UM Libraries special collections department in October 2006 and August 2007 covering properties of digital images, metrics for evaluation, and best practices for capture.
- Managed training project to create a digital collection of transcribed, searchable Civil War era letters helping participants with metadata and description standards, encoding design and templates and interface design.
- Instructed "Introduction to XML and the TEI" workshops with Susan Schreibman for the UM Libraries August 2005 and at The Library in Bits and Bytes: A Digital Library Symposium 27-28 September 2005.
Guest lectures at the College of Library and Information Studies at the University of Maryland
- "Information Structure in the Digital Library Environment," in Information Structure, instructed by Dagobert Soergel, September 2006.
- "Digital Image Repositories," in Seminar in Information Access, instructed by Marilyn White, April 2006.
- "Metadata for Digital Repositories," with Jennifer Roper in Digital Repositories, instructed by Susan Schreibman, April 2006.
Professional Volunteer Experiences
- Web and Social Media Coordinator, Charlottesville Derby Dames, January 2012 – present.
- Volunteer, National Geographic Society Archives, September 2004 – March 2005.
- President, Special Library Association (SLA), Student Chapter at the University of Maryland, May 2004 - May2005; Marketing Coordinator, October 2003 – April 2004.
Publications and Presentations
Articles, Book Chapters, Book Reviews, and Edited Proceedings
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Archive 360° Roudtable." Archive. (forthcoming).
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Review of Evaluating and Measuring the Value, Use and Impact of Digital Collections." Literary and Linguistic Computing. (forthcoming).
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Review of Digital Curation: A How-to-Do-It Manual." Journal of Web Librarianship. 5:2 (2011): 161.
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Review of Special Collections 2.0: New Technologies for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archival Collections." Journal of Web Librarianship. 5: 1 (2011): 72-73.
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Digitized Special Collections and Multiple User Groups." Journal of Archival Organization. 8:2 (2010): 96-109. [Link to pre-print]
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Review of Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web." Journal of Web Librarianship. 4: 2 (2010): 292.
Gueguen, Gretchen and Ann Hanlon. "A Collaborative Workflow for Digitization of Unique Materials." Journal of Academic Librarianship. 35:5 (2009): 468-474. [Link to pre-print]
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Featured Collection: Joyner Library Digital Collections." D-Lib Magazine. 15:7/8 (2009).
Gueguen, Gretchen. "Review of: Women and Information Technology: Research on Underrepresentation." Journal of Web Librarianship. 3:2 (2009): 159-161.
Clement, Tanya, and Gretchen Gueguen. "Annotated Overview of Selected Electronic Resources." A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens. Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2008. 577-96.
Schreibman, Susan, Jennifer Roper and Gretchen Gueguen. "Cross-collection Searching: A Pandora's Box or the Holy Grail?" Literary and Linguistic Computing. 23:1 (2008) 13-25.
Gueguen, Gretchen, and Ann Hanlon, eds. The Library in Bits and Bytes: A Digital Publication. University of Maryland Libraries. March 2006.
Peer-reviewed and Invited Presentations and Posters
Glendon, Ivey, and Gueguen, Gretchen. Evaluating PREMIS in an Academic Research Library. Association of College and Research Libraries conference. (Indianapolis, IN, April 13, 2013).
Gueguen, Gretchen. Do Digital Archivists Dream of Electronic Records? Scholar's Lab Speaker Series. (Charlottesville, VA, February 13, 2013).
Gueguen, Gretchen. "The AIMS Framework Approach to Born-Digital Archives at UVa. Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) 2012 Spring Conference (Cape May, NJ, April 13, 2012).
Matienzo, Mark, Gueguen, Gretchen, Wilson, Simon and Chan, Peter. Born-Digital Archives in Collecting Repositories: Turning Challenges into Byte-Size Opportunities. Society of American Archivists (SAA) 2011 Annual Meeting (Chicago, IL, August 27, 2011).
Gueguen Gretchen. Digital Curation, Round One. ACRL's Rare Book and Manuscript Section (RBMS) Pre-conference (Baton Rouge, LA, June 22, 2011).
Gueguen, Gretchen. Just Keep Clicking Till You Find It: Building a Library Digital Collection with Browsing in Mind Library Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum (Salt Lake City, UT, October 2, 2009).
Gueguen, Gretchen. The Sustainable Digital Library: An Ecosystem (poster session). Librarians' Association at UNC Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH) 2009 Research Forum (Chapel Hill, NC, May 20, 2009).
Gueguen, Gretchen and Ann Hanlon. Crowdsourcing Digitization: Harnessing Workflows to Increase Output Library Information Technology Association (LITA) National Forum (Cincinnati, OH, October 16-18 2008).
Gueguen, Gretchen, and Jennifer Roper. Not so Different After All-Creating Access To Diverse Objects in Digital Repositories Library Information & Technology Association (LITA) National Forum (Nashville, TN, October 27-29, 2006).
Schreibman, Susan, and Gretchen Gueguen. teiPublisher and The Thomas MacGreevy Archive (poster session). The Library in Bits and Bytes: A Digital Library Symposium (University of Maryland, September 29, 2005).
Schreibman, Susan, Gretchen Gueguen, Amit Kumar, and Ann Saddlemyer. Letters and Lacunae: Editing an Electronic Scholarly Edition of Correspondence. Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH)/Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC) Conference (Victoria, British Columbia, June 15-18, 2005).
Grants and Awards
- Digital Archivist for the University of Virginia for the final 6 months of Born-Digital Collections: An Inter-Institutional Model for Stewardship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The University of Virginia Library has joined with Stanford University, the University of Hull, and Yale University process and preserve thirteen born-digital collections of noteworthy individuals and/or organizations in order to develop best practices, workflows, and technical guidance for stewardship in this new frontier for collecting institutions. Awarded the 2012 National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Working Group Award.
- Primary investigator of $200,000 2009-2012 NC ECHO funded grant for Ensuring Democracy through Digital Access, a collaborative project with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the State Library of North Carolina to digitize some 380,000 pages of state government documents using the Internet Archive's Scribe technology.
- Oversee implementation of production and website design for 2008-2010 NC ECHO funded grant: Seeds of Change: the Evolution of Post-War Eastern North Carolina, 2010 recipient of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services from the RUSA division of ALA.
- Library Faculty Research Fund. Developing and Evaluating a Matrix for Searching on a Collection with Multiple Parts and Delivering that Content in a Meaningful Way. Susan Schreibman, Jennifer Roper, and Gretchen Gueguen. December 2005.
- University of Maryland, College of Information Studies' Dean's Award for Designing Search Parameters and Interface for the Letters of George Yeats and Thomas MacGreevy (A Collection of The Thomas MacGreevy Archive). May 2005.
- Association of Literary and Linguistic Computing Travel Bursary Award for the 2006 Joint Conference of the Association for Computing in the Humanities and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing. June 2005.