Trevor Owens

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Trevor J. Owens (born February 21, 1985) is an American librarian and archivist. He currently serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress.[1] He previously served as the Senior Program Officer responsible for the development of the National Digital Platform portfolio at the Institute of Museum and Library Services.[2] Before that, he worked as a Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program.[3] In 2014 the Society of American Archivists granted him the Archival Innovator Award, presented annually to recognize the archivist, repository, or organization that best exemplifies the “ability to think outside the professional norm.” [4]

Owens was raised in West Allis, Wisconsin. He studied the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison where he wrote his undergraduate honors thesis on the history of children's books about Albert Einstein and Marie Curie.[5] While studying digital history at George Mason University he was awarded the C. W. Bright Pixel Prize for the Best History and New Media Project.[6] He completed a Ph.D. at George Mason where his doctoral thesis focused on the history of online community software systems.[7] His dissertation work became the basis of his book Designing Online Communities.[8]


  • Owens, Trevor (2009). Fairfax county. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub. ISBN 978-0-7385-6631-3.
  • Gibbs, Fred; Owens, Trevor (2013). "The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing". In Kristen Nawrotzki; Jack Dougherty (eds.). Writing History in the Digital Age. University of Michigan Press. hdl:2027/spo.12230987.0001.001. ISBN 978-0-472-07206-4.
  • Owens, Trevor (2015). Designing online communities: how designers, developers, community managers, and software structure discourse and knowledge production on the Web. New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-1-4331-2847-9.
  • Owens, Trevor (2013-01-01). "Digital Cultural Heritage and the Crowd". Curator: The Museum Journal. 56 (1): 121–130. doi:10.1111/cura.12012. ISSN 2151-6952.
  • Owens, Trevor; Gibbs, Fred (2012-10-12). "DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: Building Better Digital Humanities Tools: Toward broader audiences and user-centered designs". Digital Humanities Quarterly. 006 (2). Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  • Phillips, Megan; Bailey, Jefferson; Goethals, Andrea; Owens, Trevor (2013-01-01). "The NDSA Levels of Digital Preservation: Explanation and Uses". Archiving Conference. 2013 (1): 216–222.
  • Gibbs, Fred; Owens, Trevor (2012). "The hermeneutics of data and historical writing". Writing History in the Digital Age. 159.
  • Mir, Rebecca; Owens, Trevor (2013). "Modeling indigenous peoples: Unpacking ideology in Sid Meier's colonization". Playing with the Past: Digital Games and the Simulation of History: 91–106.
  • Owens, Trevor (2009). "Going to school with Madame Curie and Mr. Einstein: Gender roles in children's science biographies". Cultural Studies of Science Education. 4 (4): 929–943. Bibcode:2009CSSE....4..929O. doi:10.1007/s11422-009-9177-6. S2CID 145243125.


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