Andrea Copeland, Ph.D.

Andrea Copeland
  • Chair, Library and Information Science
  • Associate Professor, Library and Information Science


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  • Ph.D., Information Studies, Drexel University, 2009
  • M.A., Geography, Hunter College, 2002
  • M.S., Library Science, Florida State University, 1994


Her research focus is public libraries and their relationship with communities, with a current emphasis on connecting the cultural outputs of individuals and community groups to a sustainable preservation infrastructure. She is the co-editor of a recent volume, Participatory Heritage, which explores the many ways that people participate in cultural heritage activities outside of formal institutions and the possibility of making connections to those institutions to increase access and the chance of preservation for the tangible outputs that result from those activities. The Bethel Archive Project has greatly informed her knowledge in this area. A new project the IUPUI Human Library will continue to inform her work in participatory heritage.  She is active in several professional organizations including the American Library Association, Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Society of Woman Geographers and serves on the editorial boards of The Library Quarterly and Collection Building.

Selected Awards

  • 2014, Trustees Teaching Award, from the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs. Received $2,500.
  • 2014, Highly Commended Paper of 2013, for “Collection Management and the Budget Crunch: Are We Adequately Preparing Library Students for Current Practices?” published in Collection Building.
  • 2013, Outstanding Reviewer 2013, for Collection Building. An Emerald Literati Networks Awards for Excellence.
  • 2013, Digital Humanities Data Curation Institute. Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Travel Award.
  • 2013, Trustees Teaching Award, from the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs.
  • 2005-2009, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Fellowship, Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • 2002-2003, SWG Fellowship, Society of Woman Geographers.


  • 2012-2013, IUPUI, Developing Diverse Researchers with Investigative Expertise. Received $11, 750 to support the following research: The use of personal value estimations to guide the selection of publicly available digital content.


  • Copeland, A. (forthcoming). Community archives. Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics.
  • Copeland, A. (2014). The use of personal value estimations to select images for preservation in public library digital collections. Future Internet, 6, 359-377. Special Issue on Community Archives. Available at:
  • Lipinski, T. & Copeland, A. (2013). Look before you License: The Use of Public Sharing Websites in building Patron Initiated Public Library Repositories. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 42(4), 174-198.
  • Hedlund, O. & Copeland, A. (2013). Collection Management and the Budget Crunch: Are We Adequately Preparing Library Students for Current Practices? Collection Building, 32(4), 128-132 .
  • Agosto, D. & Copeland, A., & Zach, L. (2013). Testing the Benefits of Blended Education: Using Social Technology to Foster Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing in Face-To-Face LIS Courses.JELIS, 54(2), 94-107.
  • Lacy, M. & Copeland, A. (2013). The role of mentorship programs in LIS education and in professional development. JELIS, 54,(2), 135-146.
  • Copeland, A. & Agosto, D. (2012). Diagrams and relational maps: The use of graphic elicitation techniques with interviewing for data collection, analysis, and display. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 11(5), 513-533.
  • Gray, D. & Copeland, A. (2012). E-Book versus Print: A per Title Cost and Use Comparison of a Public Library’s Popular Titles. RUSQ, 51(4), 334-339.
  • Copeland, A. (2011). Analysis of public library users’ digital preservation practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 62 (7), 1288-1300.
  • Copeland, A. & Barreau, D. (2011). Helping people to manage and share their digital information: A role for public libraries. Library Trends, 59(4), 637-649.
  • Mon, L., Abels, E. G, Agosto, D. E., Japzon, A., Most, L., Masnik, M., & Hamann, J. (2008). Remote reference in U.S. public library practice and LIS education. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 49(3), 180-194.
  • Gong, H., Japzon, A., & Chen, C. (2008). Public libraries and social capital in three New York City neighborhoods. Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, 99(1), 65-83.
  • Anderson, N., Hodge, G. & Japzon, A. (2007). Harnessing NASA Goddard’s grey literature: The power of a repository framework. The Grey Journal, 3(3), 154-158.
  • Japzon, A. & Gong, H. (2005). A neighborhood analysis of public library use in New York City.Library Quarterly, 45, 446-463.
  • Cotter, G., Carroll, B., Hodge, G., & Japzon, A. (2005). Electronic collection management and electronic information services. Information Services & Use, 25, 23-34.
  • Williams, C. & Japzon, A. (2005). The impact of technology and a no remediation policy on non- traditional students. Research Strategies, 20(4), 433-441.
  • Japzon, A. & Anderson, N. (2005) Wallops Island balloon technology: Can’t see the repository for the documents. The Grey Journal, 1(2),77-82.
  • Japzon, A. (2004). A narrative history of resource sharing in the state of Maryland. Journal of Access Services, 2(2), 47-52.


  • “Community Collections as Documentary Archaeological Sites.” Library Research Seminar VI in Champaign, IL, October 7-9, 2014.
  • “Is the Licensing of Grey Literature Using the Full Palette of “Contractual” Colors?” Paper presentation with Tomas Lipinski at the Sixteenth International Conference on Grey Literature in Washington, D.C, December 8, 2014.
  • “Who’s turning the page? Librarian career development, from intern to leader.” Panel presentation with Rachel Applegate, David Gray, and Robin Crumrin at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference, in Indianapolis, IN, November 17, 2014.
  • “The Social Life of Personal Information.” Keynote address at the Personal Digital Archives 2014 meeting in Indianapolis, IN, April 10, 2014.
  • “Questioning the Visual: Research Methods and the Problem of Perception.” Panel presentation with Joan Beaudoin and Elaine Ménard at the the Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 1-6, 2013.
  • “Bragging Writes: How to Publish your Heroic Acts of Librarianship.” Panel presentation with Rachel Applegate and Kristi Palmer at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN, October 23, 2013.
  • “Growing Local: Partnering Libraries and Library Schools to Expand the Profession and Develop Professionals.” Poster Presentation with Meagan Lacy. Association of College and Research Libraries April 2013, Indianapolis, IN.
  • “Collection Development and the Budget Crunch: Are We Adequately Preparing Library Students for Current Practices?” Panel Presentation with Rick Anderson, Stephanie Chase, Olivia Hedlund, and Michael Santangelo. Collection Development & Community Expectations: Managing collections and balancing resources in an era of budgetary constraints. American Library Association Annual Meeting, June 29, 2013, Chicago, IL.
  • “Preserving Imaged-Based Cultural Heritage: Valuation, Negation, or Desertion.” Panel presentation with Joan Beaudoin, Chris Landbeck, and Steven Puglia at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology in Baltimore, MD on October, 2012.
  • “Art Libraries Society of North America, Collaboration, Access, Sustainability: The Future of Image Research Collections” Panel presentation with Inge Reist, Ann Whiteside, Joan Beaudoin at the 100th Annual Conference of the College Art Association in Los Angeles, CA on February 24, 2012.
  • “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Readers Advisory.” Panel presentation with Carri Genovese, David Gray and Maurice Rembert at the 2011 Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference in Fort Wayne, IN on November 16, 2011.
  • “Hands On with the State of the Art” (SIG VIS Workshop). Workshop presentation with Sam Hastings, Elaine Menard, Joan Beaudoin, Chris Landbeck at Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology in New Orleans, LA on October 12, 2011.
  • “Our Cultural Heritage: A Framework of Motivations for Sharing Digital Images.” Paper presentation with Joan Beaudoin at the 9th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Granada, Spain on June 11, 2011.
  • “Using technology to prepare LIS students for an increasingly collaborative workplace.” Paper presentation with Denise Agosto, Lisl Zach, and Erin Milanese at the at Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education in San Diego, CA, January 5, 2011.
  • “People of Auburn: Public Libraries and Co-create Community Repositories.” Paper presentation with Gregg Williamson, Erin Milanese, and Alaina Ring at the Indiana Library Federation Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN, November 16, 2010.
  • “Negative and Positive Affect: Intentional and Unintentional Influences on Digital Preservation Practices.” Poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology in Pittsburgh, PA, October 24, 2010.
  • “People of Auburn: Public Libraries and Co-create Community Repositories.” Paper presented at Library Research Seminar V in College Park, MD, October 7, 2010.
  • “Shared personal space: Meeting the needs of multiple users and multiple purposes.” Panel presentation with Deborah Barreau, William Jones, and Jamie Teevan at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology in Vancouver, BC, November 9, 2009.
  • “Digital curation vignettes: Personal, academic, and organizational digital information.” Panel presentation to be given with Joan Beaudoin and Maria Esteva at the DigCCurr Symposium in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, April 2, 2009.
  • “Matrices and maps.” Panel presentation with Denise E. Agosto at the Annual Conference of the Association for Library and Information Science Education in Denver, Colorado, January 22, 2009. [32% Accepted]
  • “Values and information: An interdisciplinary examination.” Presentation with Denise E. Agosto, Kenneth R. Fleishchmann, Michael Khoo, and William A. Wallace at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Information Science && Technology in Columbus, Ohio, October 28, 2008.
  • “A model of and support for a digital preservation infrastructure that connects individuals to libraries.” Paper presented at the World Library and Information Congress: 74th General Conference and Council in Quebec City, Canada, August 11, 2008.

Research Interests

Community Collections & Archives, Personal Information Management, Digital Preservation, Public Libraries, Information Behavior, Reference & Information Services, Information Literacy.

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