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Amber Cushing

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School of Information & Communication Studies
C117 Newman
School of Information and Communication Studies
University College Dublin
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 017168441
Email: amber.cushing@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Amber L. Cushing's main area of study concerns how individual perceptions of value in digital collections can influence institutional practices in cultural heritage institutions.  She is currently a Lecturer (assistant professor) at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin in Ireland.  In addition, she serves as the Director of the Msc and Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation as well as the PhD Programme Coordinator for ICS.  She previously served as Director of the Allenstown, NH Public Library while managing her consulting business, Cushing Information Consulting.  She has taught graduate courses in Digital Curation, Information Resources and Services, Archival Access and Technology Issues in Archives.  Cushing holds a PhD in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MLIS with a concentration in Archives Management from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and a BA in History from Mount Holyoke College.  

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2012.
Title: Doctoral Student Scholarship to Archival Education Research Institute
Year: 2011.
Title: Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Award
Year: 2011.
Title: Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: Margaret Kalp Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: Doctoral Student Scholarship to Archival Education Research Institute
Year: 2011.
Title: Glass Summer Research Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: Future Faculty Program Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: Lester Asheim Fellowship
Year: 2010.
Title: Doctoral Student Scholarship to Archival Education Research Institute
Year: 2009.
Title: Elfreda A. Chatman Research Proposal Award
Year: 2009.
Title: Doctoral Student Scholarship to Archival Education Research Institute
Year: 2007.
Title: Margaret Kalp Fellowship
Year: 2003.
Title: Victoria Schuck Scholarship
Year: 2002.
Title: Laurel Scholarship for Study Abroad
Year: 2001.
Title: Union College Leadership Award
Year: 2001.
Title: Wessel T. Van Orden Prize for Excellence in English
Year: 2000.
Title: Target All-Around Scholar Award

Associations

Association: Society of American Archivists, Function/Role: Member
Association: Beta Phi Mu, National Library Honor Society, Function/Role: Member
Association: Association for Information Science and Technology, Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

Cushng, AL (2010) Investigating Individuals¿ Conscious Decisions to Maintain Digital Possessions. [Oral Presentation], Archival Education and Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI , 20-JUN-10 - 25-JUN-10.
Cushing, AL (2009) Survey report: Feedback from current and recent students about the SAA Directory of Archival Education. [Oral Presentation], Committee on Education Forum, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Austin, TX , 11-AUG-09 - 16-AUG-09.
Cushing, AL (2009) Sense of self in digital objects and personal digital archiving: How we see ourselves in our stuff. [Oral Presentation], Archival Education and Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA , 06-JUL-09 - 09-JUL-09.
Cushing, AL (2009) Understanding interest to inform recruitment: what characteristics of digital curation interest computer science and computer engineering students?. [Poster Presentation], Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC , 06-NOV-09 - 11-NOV-09.
Cushing, AL & Fox, A (2008) Career satisfaction of young archivists: preliminary results. [Poster Presentation], Society of American Archivists¿ Second Annual Research Forum, San Francisco, CA , 26-AUG-08 - 26-AUG-08.
Yoon, A; Punzalan, R; Cushing, AL (2010) Economic impact of archives in local communities. [Poster Presentation], Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC , 10-AUG-10 - 15-AUG-10.
Cushing, AL (2011) Self extension and the desire to preserve digital possessions. [Poster Presentation], Proceedings of the Society of Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA , 09-OCT-11 - 13-OCT-11.
Cushing, AL (2011) Possession and self extension in digital environments. [Oral Presentation], Society of Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA , 09-OCT-11 - 13-OCT-11.
Cushing, AL (2011) Information-as-possession: Implications for maintaining digital possessions. [Oral Presentation], Archival Education and Research Institute, Boston, MA , 10-JUL-11 - 15-JUL-11.
Cushing, AL (2012) ¿Archival logic¿: The identification of archival principles in maintaining digital possessions for a digital legacy. [Poster Presentation], Archival Education and Research Institute, Los Angeles, CA , 09-JUL-12 - 13-JUL-12.
Cushing, AL (2012) Possession and self extension in digital environments: Implications for maintaining personal information. [Poster Presentation], Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX , 17-JAN-12 - 20-JAN-12.
Cushing, AL (2013) How to identify and receive grants and donations. [Invited Oral Presentation], CLIF 2013 Rural Libraries Conference, White River Junction, VT , 20-SEP-13 - 20-SEP-13.

Committees

Committee : Society of American Archivists Committee on Education
Committee : Carolinas Chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
Committee : NH State Library Preservation Committee
 

Education

Year 2012 Institution: Univ of North Carolina
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year 2005 Institution: Simmons College Boston Massachusetts
Qualification: MSc Subject:
Year 2004 Institution: Mount Holyoke College South Hadley Massachusetts
Qualification: AB Subject:
 

Consultancy

Client: Steven Scudder
Client: Weare, NH Public Library
     

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Cushing, AL (2016) 'Applying Q Method to Archival Research: A Quantitative Approach to Qualitative Study' In: A. Gilliland, A. Lau & S. McKemmish (eds). Research in the archival multiverse. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Publishing. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Cushing, Amber L. (2016) '¿If it computes, patrons have brought it in¿: Personal information management and personal technology assistance in public libraries'. Library and Information Science Research, 38 (1):81-88. [DOI] [Details]
Cushing, AL (2013) 'A balance of primary and secondary values: Exploring a digital legacy'. International Journal of Knowledge Content Development and Technology, 3 (2):67-94. [Details]
Yakel, E.; Duff, W.; Tibbo, H.; Kriesberg, A. & Cushing, A. (2012) 'The economic impact of archives: A survey of users of government archives in Canada and the United States'. American Archivist, 75 (2):297-325. [DOI] [Details]
Cushing, AL (2010) 'The preservation of personal digital information from the perspective of the archives and records management tradition'. Library Hi Tech, 28 (2):301-312. [Details]
Cushing, AL (2010) '¿I just want more information about who I am¿: The search experience of sperm donor offspring, searching for information about their donors and genetic heritage'. Information Research, . Available Online [Details]
Cushing, AL (2010) 'Career satisfaction of young archivists: A survey of professional working archivists, age 35 and under'. American Archivist, 74 (2):600-625. [Details]
Cushing, AL (2013) '¿It¿s the stuff that speaks to me¿: Exploring the characteristics of digital possessions'. Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology, 64 (8):1723-1734. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

Cushing, AL (2012) Exploring the potential for Q method in the study of personal information management Personal Information Management workshop at Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) Seattle, WA, [Details]
Clemens, R & Cushing, AL (2010) Beyond everyday life: Information seeking behavior in deeply meaningful and profoundly personal contexts Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology [Details]
Kelly, D., Cushing A., Dostert, M., Niu, X. & Gyllstrom, K. (2010) Effects of popularity and quality on the usage of query suggestions during information search Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Atlanta, GA, [Details]
Cushing, AL (2010) The extension of self to digital possessions: Implications for personal archiving Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research Oxford, UK, [Details]
                                                 

Book Reviews

Cushing, AL (2015) Review of Personal Archiving: Preserving our Digital Heritage, by Donald Hawkins. Book Reviews [Details]
Cushing, AL (2009) Review of Theorizing Digital Cultural Heritage: a Critical Discourse, by Fiona Cameron and Sarah Kenderdine. Book Reviews [Details]
                                                                                   

Research

Research Interests

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : EastAR Rising: Curating, designing and evaluating the effectiveness of a mobile Augmented Reality walking tour application for the Easter Rising Commemoration (EastAR_rising)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-15 / 01-NOV-15
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Visualization, media, digital humanities and preservation: Developing curation ready projects
Start Date / End Date : 16-JAN-15 / 15-JAN-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : The UCD College of Human Sciences Research Funding Scheme
Start Date / End Date : 19-MAY-15 / 30-JUN-16
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : _Experiencing value in participatory cultural heritage: Perspectives from community members, volunteers and professional staff
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-16 / 31-DEC-16
Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Women of the EastAR Rising: Curating, Designing and Developing an Augmented Reality Mobile Walking Tour Application Commemorating the Role Women Played in the 1916 Easter Rising (EastAR Women)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-16 / 22-DEC-16
Sponsor : Enterprise Ireland (EI)
Title : Data risk analysis audit and disaster plan
Start Date / End Date : 17-JUN-16 / 16-JUN-17
   

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

As an Information and Library Science educator, my goal is to prepare future ILS scholars and professionals to address information needs, while adapting to changes brought about by evolving technologies.
   

Review and Enhancement of Curriculum

Director, Msc and Graduate Certificate in Digital Curation

Developing as a Teacher

In my experience, several students approach an ILS degree with career aspirations of stereotypical library and archival work: reference as question and answering, and archival description as traditional paper processing. In response, I first explain theories and concepts that underpin an area of ILS work, and then utilize the case method to tie theory to practice. Throughout this process, I strive to use cases that diverge from stereotypical library and archival situations. For example, in L&I SCI 891, I utilized readings and lecture to teach students about actions of the digital curation lifecycle and associated practices. After posting to the online discussion board, it was evident students grasped the model, but could only apply it in the traditional framework: in work at an archival institution. I then assigned a personal preservation policy plan that required students to apply the lifecycle to a case: themselves. Students were required to apply the model to one of their own personal digital collections. I followed this experience by explaining that digital curation can be applied in many circumstances and students¿ knowledge of digital curation practices can be utilized in a variety of careers.