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Wayne State Lecturer wins national innovation award

June 20, 2013

Wayne State University School of Library and Information Science Lecturer Kim Schroeder has been awarded one of four 2013 Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Innovation Awards, which recognize contributions to innovation in digital stewardship.

Selected from a large pool of nominations, this year’s winners represent the creativity, collaboration and willingness to explore novel approaches to challenges that define innovation in the preservation and accessibility of digital content. Awards are given in four categories: Future Steward, Individual, Project and Organization. The awards will be presented at the upcoming Digital Preservation 2013 conference, held in Washington D.C. from July 23 to 25, where the winners will also give brief presentations on their projects.

Schroder was the recipient of the 2013 NDSA Individual Award for her work as a mentor to future digital stewards in her role as lecturer in digital preservation at Wayne State. At the WSU School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), she supported a student-lead colloquium on digital preservation, worked to facilitate collaboration between students in digital stewardship and local cultural heritage organizations and created the first NDSA Student Group. This group provides students with opportunities to network, learn and get involved with national digital preservation projects.

“Nearly everything that that we do now exists in the digital world,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System. “The Wayne State School of the Library and Information Science is heavily focused on training the next generation of digital stewards so that we can preserve digital information as we’ve done over the years with its print counterparts.”

Schroeder has taught at the Wayne State SLIS since 1999. She has over two decades of experience as a multi-media archivist, from managing archives and digitization projects for top-tier companies to consulting on digital asset management in museums and academia. She has presented nationally at professional conferences, including the Association of Moving Image Archivists, Society of American Archivists and the American Society for Indexing. As a guest lecturer at San Jose State University, Schroeder taught the first known visual indexing course.

For more information visit or contact Kim Schroeder at (313) 577-9783 or

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