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Karen Gracy

Kent State University
Associate Professor
Kent, OH
Karen F. Gracy, Ph.D., is an associate professor with tenure at the School of Library and Information Science of Kent State University. She possesses an MLIS and PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an MA in critical studies of Film and Television from UCLA. Recent publications have appeared in JASIST, Archival Science, The American Archivist, Journal of Library Metadata, and Information and
Culture. She is also the author of Film Preservation: Competing Definitions of Value, Use, and Practice, which was published by the Society of American Archivists in 2007. Dr. Gracy’s scholarly interests are found within the domain of cultural heritage stewardship, which encompasses a broad range of activities such as preservation and conservation processes and practices, digital curation activities that consider the roles of heritage professionals and users in the lifecycle of objects and records, as well as knowledge representation activities such as definitions of knowledge domains, development of standards for description, and application of new technologies to improve access to cultural heritage objects. She also teaches graduate coursework in archival studies, digital preservation and curation, and preservation of cultural heritage materials.