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Director of Digital Government Information
Arizona State Library and Archives
An Arizona Model for Curating Web Publications
Richard Pearce-Moses has been a professional archivist for more than twenty years. Currently he is Director of Digital Government Information at the Arizona State Library and Archives. He works with the agencyâ€™s Law and Research Library, History and Archives, and Records Management divisions to move from the world of paper documents to the world of digital information.
Previously Pearce-Moses has worked as Documentary Collections Archivist and Automation Coordinator for the Heard Museum, as Curator of Photographs at the Arizona State University Libraries, and as a Local Records Management Consultant for the Texas State Library. He has a master of arts in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of science in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Pearce-Moses is President of the Society of American Archivists (2005-2006) and is a Fellow of the Society. In 2002, he won an NHPRC Archival Research Fellowship to write A Glossary of Archival and Records Terminology (Society of American Archivists, 2005). He currently serves on the Research Fellows Advisory Board.
The Arizona model is based on the observation that the organization of Websites parallels the organization of archival collections. This observation suggests that the principles of provenance and original order can help curate and provide access to a large collection of documents published on the web. The University of Illinois and OCLC received a National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Project grant from the Library of Congress to test and refine the model and to develop open-source software tools to support its practical application.