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Arden Kirkland


Arden Kirkland is an independent digital librarian, providing services for digital collections and online learning. She is an Adjunct Instructor for the iSchool at Syracuse University and the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee. As Project Coordinator for the IMLS-funded Design for Learning program, she led the development of a series of online modules about online teaching, released as Open Educational Resources (OER). Her years of work in higher education have included a focus on college students’ active participation in the construction of multimedia digital collections. Recent projects include web development in Omeka for,, the Vassar College Costume Collection, and the Hudson Valley Visual Arts Collections Consortium ( She holds an MSLIS from the iSchool at Syracuse University, along with an MFA from Rutgers University.


  • MSLIS, Syracuse University
  • MFA, Rutgers University
  • BA, Vassar College

Areas of Expertise:

  • Information Organization
  • Digital Collections
  • Online Education
  • Open Access
  • Visual Resources
  • Material Culture

Courses taught:

  • INSC 521 Cataloging and Classification

Professional memberships:

  • VRA (Visual Resources Association)
  • ALA (American Library Association)
  • CSA (Costume Society of America)

Select publications:

  • Kirkland, A. (2019). Costume Core: Metadata for Historic Clothing. VRA Bulletin, 45(2). Retrieved from
  • Qin, J., Crowston, K., & Kirkland, A. (2017). Pursuing best performance in research data management by using the Capability Maturity Model and rubrics. Journal of eScience Librarianship, e1113.
  • Kirkland, A., & Polizzi, M.-A. (2016). ArtOneida: Celebrating public art in Oneida County. Utica, NY: Sculpture Space.
  • Kirkland, A., Martin, K., Schoeny, M., Smith, K., & Strege, G. (2015). Sharing historic costume collections online. Dress, 41(2), 107–127.
  • Lesk, M., Kirkland, A., & Steffman, A. (2010). Context for costumes: Faceted access to historic costumes. In The Digital Museum. London, UK: BCS – The Chartered Institute for IT. Presented by Michael Lesk at Electronic Visualization and the Arts. Retrieved from