Arden Kirkland’s bio

Arden Kirkland, MSLIS, MFA (@ardeninred) is a digital librarian working at the intersection of digital scholarship and instructional technology. Her work in higher education has focused on how college students’ active participation in the construction of multimedia digital collections fits at that intersection, especially with regards to representing material culture. That work began years ago with a project to provide online access to a collection of historic artifacts at Vassar College, using the Omeka platform.  Her work on the Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management also reinforced her work to help communities in the Arts and Humanities recognize the value of their research data and make it available for inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional reuse. One such inter-institutional project is, for which she has begun to develop “Costume Core,” a metadata profile for historic clothing artifacts. She is also currently working on a digital public art inventory for Oneida County (NY State) and she is an instructor and systems administrator for “Design for Learning,” a series of online course modules teaching library workers from across the country how to teach online. She holds an MSLIS from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, along with an MFA and a CAS in Digital Libraries. Arden’s work can be explored at

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