Please see below for an announcement of a PhD Symposium in digital curation, to be held "down the road" in Chapel Hill, NC next month. Briefly: 1) Funding opportunity for up to $800 for travel (with receipts). 2) No registration fee. 3) Organizers are interested in submissions at any stage of the research process, from idea proposal to completed projects with findings. No one interested in digital curation related research should hesitate to apply.  Applications are due this week (Feb. 15th).

Please feel free to share the announcement with others. I am also happy to answer any question. (Application form is attached).



Curate Thyself: Defining and Cultivating an Academic Trajectory in Digital Curation
Calling all doctoral students!  Are you conducting or planning to conduct research on digital curation?  Do you hope to pursue a career direction that focuses on digital curation?  Then we have an event for you.
Come to Chapel Hill to share ideas, strategies and advice about research and academic life.  Present your work to colleagues and faculty.  Receive mentoring and advice from a set of internationally-recognized experts, and cultivate your social network in this increasingly important area of research and professional practice.
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be hosting “Curate Thyself” on March 17 (8:30 AM – 7:00 PM) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Faculty participants will include:

  *   Ian Anderson, University of Glasgow
  *   Costis Dallas, University of Toronto
  *   Wendy Duff, University of Toronto
  *   Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute
  *   Carolyn Hank, University of Tennessee
  *   Ross Harvey, Simmons College
  *   Cal Lee, University of North Carolina
  *   Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina

This day-long Symposium, followed by a Digital Curation Education Experts Meeting mark the closing of almost 7 years of funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for DigCCurr (Digital Curation Curriculum) projects at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC-Chapel Hill. The DigCCurr team of faculty and Ph.D. Fellows will lead the symposium that will provide an opportunity for current PhD students interested in digital curation research to collaborate, connect, and develop shared resources for research and education. The symposium will provide mentoring and advice on research processes and products. All students will contribute by participating in a poster session highlighting their research (in progress or completed). Some students with participate in panel presentations on their research and their path to conducting that research. Instructional sessions will focus on developing and strengthening a digital curation research agenda. Participants will also discuss strategies for collaboration, publishing, and seeking funding as well as teaching strategies, developing and implementing course materials, characterizing your teaching to employers, and developing programs and curricula. Students will create and share their own plans for further development of their research.
Participants will be encouraged to stay in Chapel Hill on March 18 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM) for a Digital Curation Educator Experts Meeting. Participants will include:
Peter Botticelli, Univ. of Arizona
Seamus Ross, Univ. of Toronto
Tula Giannini, Pratt Institute
Ross Harvey, Simmons College
Kathy Wisser, Simmons College
Caroline Hank, Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville
Nancy McGovern, MIT
Paul Marty, Florida State Univ.
Bill Moen, Univ. of North Texas
Carole Palmer, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Suzie Allard, Univ. of Tennessee Knoxville
Wendy Duff, Univ. of Toronto
Paul Conway, Univ. of Michigan
Costis Dallas, Univ. of Toronto
Ciaran Trace, Univ. of Texas
Ian Anderson, Glasgow Univ.
Karen Gracy, Kent State Univ.
Richard Pearce Moses, Clayton State Univ.

Doctoral students may apply for travel support up to $800 to the program by:
1.     Completing the attached form
2.     Providing an up-to-date Curriculum vitae
3.     Submitting an abstract (500 words maximum) for a poster submission.
Agenda for Ph.D. Symposium:
8:30 Coffee and pastry
8:45 Introductions - Faculty, Fellows, Participants
9:00 Keynote I: Overview of the Current State of Digital Curation Research and Key Challenges (Costis Dallas)
9:30 Student Panel - Successful Paths to the Dissertation)
11:00 Break
11:15 Collaboration/mentoring session
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Keynote II: Developing a personal research agenda (Carolyn Hank)
2:00 Student Panel -Research in a Larger Context: Establishing a Program of Research and Connecting with Relevant Research Communities
3:30 Break
3:45 Collaboration/Mentoring Session
4:30 Closing Thoughts/Next Steps
5:30 – 7:00  Poster Reception with light hors d’oeuvres
Contact for more information:
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Dr. Helen R. Tibbo, Alumni Distinguished Professor
School of Information and Library Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3360
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