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JDG completes search for the Director of Digital Services for the Library of Congress

JDG and LOC are pleased to announce the selection of Trevor Owens as its new Director for Digital Services.

Over the last five years, as the first Head of Digital Content Management, Mr. Owens has played a key role in supporting and building organizational capacity for acquiring, preserving and enabling access to digital collections. Most recently, he co-chaired the working group that produced the Library of Congress Digital Collections Strategy, 2022-2026. Through this work, he has worked consistently to support learning and collaborations around digital collections.

Mr. Owens brings a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge to this position. Before his current role, he worked as Senior Program Officer and as Associate Deputy Director for Libraries at the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). At the IMLS, he led the National Digital Platform initiative, which invested more than $30 million in 110 projects to advance digital infrastructure for libraries across the nation. Before that, he worked on a range of collaborative digital initiatives in the Library of Congress NDIIPP program and leading outreach efforts for digital humanities projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media.

Along with direct experience leading teams and projects, Mr. Owens also has been widely recognized for innovative research, writing and teaching. He is the author of multiple books and nearly a hundred articles on digital preservation, crowdsourcing, and other digital library issues. In recognition of the quality of that research and writing, he has won multiple awards from the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. Along with this work, he brings over a decade of experience teaching graduate seminars in digital curation and digital history for the University of Maryland’s College of Information and American University’s Public History Program. He earned his Masters in American History from George Mason University.

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