James David Gwynn Jr., M.L.I.S.

Associate Professor and Digitization Coordinator

Electronic Resources and Information Technology Department
University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
224 Jackson Library, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, North Carolina 27102

ORCID PRofile: https://libres.uncg.edu/ir/clist.aspx?id=4639
NC DOCKS Profile: https://libres.uncg.edu/ir/clist.aspx?id=4639
Web: http://davidgwynn.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TriadHistory
Email: david.gwynn@uncg.edu

Academic Background

  • M.L.I.S. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C., 2009.
  • B.A. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, N.C., Geography/Sociology (Psychology minor), 1992.

Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor and Digitization Coordinator, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (July, 2010 – Present), Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Digitization Consultant, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (July, 2015 – June, 2016), Durham, North Carolina.
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August, 2014 – Present), Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Visiting Professional Librarian and Civil Rights Greensboro Project Manager, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (November, 2009 – June, 2010), Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Craighead Davidson Intern, Greensboro Historical Museum (May, 2009 – June, 2009), Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Digitization Assistant, University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August, 2008 – October, 2009), Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Library and Information Studies, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (August, 2008 – October, 2009), Greensboro, North Carolina.

Other Experience

  • Web Designer, Self-employed (1997-2010), San Francisco, California, and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Trainer and Office Manager, Kinko’s Inc. (1996-2005), San Francisco, California.
  • Branch Operations Manager, Kinko’s Inc. (1994 – 1996), San Francisco, California.
  • Shift Supervisor, Kinko’s Inc. (1989-1994), Greensboro, North Carolina, and San Francisco, California.

Digital Collections

UNCG Digital Collections
Includes over 750.000 digital files from a variety of collections and exhibits, including:

  • Textiles, Teachers, and Troops: Greensboro, 1880-1945 (grant-funded, multi-institution)
  • Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Medical History, 1865-2015 (grant-funded, multi-institution)
  • Civil Rights Greensboro (grant-funded, multi-institution)
  • North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements, 1730-1865 (grant-funded, multi-institution)
  • Women Veterans Historical Project
  • PRIDE! of the Community: Documenting the Triad’s LGBTQ+ Community (faculty research)
  • Well Crafted NC: North Carolina Craft Brewing History and Practice (faculty research)
  • I Wish to Say (faculty research)

TriadHistory.org 
A growing local history portal that will eventually make digital collections from over 30 institutions cross-searchable in one single, unified interface.

Publications and Presentations

Refereed Articles

  • McCarty Smith, K, Gwynn, D., Koelsch, B., & Motszko, J. (2019). “Who’s Driving the Bus?” or How Digitization Is Influencing Archival Collections. Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, 6. https://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol6/iss1/28
  • Gwynn, D., Henry, T. N., Craft, A. R. (2019). Collection creation as collection management: Libraries as publishers and implications for collection development. Collection Managementhttps://doi.org/10.1080/01462679.2019.1579012
  • Craft, A., Gwynn, D., & McCarty Smith, K. (2016). Uncovering social history: An interdepartmental approach to scrapbook digitization. The American archivist 79 (1). http://dx.doi.org/10.17723/0360-9081.79.1.186
  • Gwynn, D. (2016). Community connections, community collections: Building partner support for a large collaborative digitization project. OCLC systems & services: International digital library perspectives 32 (2). http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/DLP-08-2015-0013
  • Gwynn, D., Craft, A., & McCarty Smith, K. (2013). Descriptive metadata for scrapbooks: Interdepartmental collaboration to support efficiency and discovery. Archiving 2013.
  • Chow, A., Shaw, T., Gwynn, D., Martensen, D., & Howard, M. (2011). Changing times, changing requirements: The evolution of an LIS department. LIBRES 21 (1). http://libres-ejournal.info/1038/

Book Chapters

  • Krim, S., Gwynn, D., Lawrimore, E. (in press). Reconstructing history: Addressing marginalization, absences, and silences in the archives through community and collaboration. Diversity and Inclusion in Action.

  • Crowe, K. M., Crumpton, M. A., Gwynn, D., Harper, J., Lock, M. B. (2019). The status of entrepreneurship in libraries: Content analysis and assessment from the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians. In J. Crum (Ed.), Advances in library administration and organization: Supporting entrepreneurship and innovation (vol. 40). Bingley: Emerald.
  • Gwynn, D. (2018). Working with grant funding and project-based staff. In N. J. Bird & M. A. Crumpton (Eds.), Short-term staff, long-term benefits: Making the most of interns, volunteers, student workers, and temporary staff in libraries. https://www.abc-clio.com/LibrariesUnlimited/product.aspx?pc=A4952P
  • Gwynn, D. (2011). Minimizing privacy and copyright concerns with online local history collections. In C. Smallwood & E. Williams (Eds.), Preserving local writers, genealogy, photographs, newspapers and related materials. Scarecrow Press. https://rowman.com/ISBN/978-0-8108-8358-1

Book Reviews

Recent and Upcoming Presentations

  • Gregory, L., Gwynn, D., North Carolina Museum Council 2020 Conference, “Workflows and tips for conducting successful community scanning days,” North Carolina Library Association (Academic), Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC, United States of America. Accepted. (March, 2020).
  • Gregory, L., Gwynn, D., North Carolina Library Association 2019 Conference, “Workflows and tips for conducting successful community scanning days,” North Carolina Library Association (Academic), Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem, NC, United States of America. (October 15, 2019).
  • Gwynn, D., Triad History Day, “The A&P comes to Greensboro,” TriadHistory.org (Non-Academic), Greensboro History Museum, Greensboro, NC. Invited. (April 6, 2019).
  • Crowe, K., Crumpton, M., Bird, N., Gwynn, D., ACRL National Conference, “Curating Student Employees in Academic Libraries: Developing Workforce Skills for their Future,” Association of College and Research Libraries (Academic), Cleveland, OH. Accepted. (March 2019).
  • Gwynn, D., Smith, K., University Libraries Research and Applications Webinar Series, “Digitizing and using primary sources,” University Libraries, UNC Greensboro (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (March 26, 2019).
  • Gwynn, D., Dollar, P., Mericle, W., Turner, F., Society of North Carolina Archivists Annual Meeting, “What a tangled web we weave: Two data migration projects at UNC Greensboro,” UNC Greensboro (Academic), Wilmington, NC. Accepted. (March 14, 2019).
  • Gwynn, D., Cox, R., Beer School, “History and future of craft beer in NC,” The Beer Growler (Non-Academic), Winston-Salem, NC. Invited. (January 26, 2019).
  • Lawrimore, E. R., Gwynn, D., Smith, K., North Carolina Preservation Consortium conference, “Preserving Community History through Outreach Activities,” Raleigh, NC. (November 16, 2018).
  • Gwynn, D., Conducting Research in the Digital Age: Critical Thinking, Credible Sources, and Document Analysis, “Mining Digital Resources at the Local, State, and National Level,” UNC Greensboro University Libraries, Greensboro, NC. Invited. (September 27, 2018).
  • Gwynn, D., NCLA Special Collections Roundtable/Traveling Archivist Program, “Copyright issues for digital collections,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (September 19, 2018).
  • Gwynn, D., NCLA Special Collections Roundtable/Traveling Archivist Program, “Digitization standards for digital collections,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (August 29, 2018).
  • Gwynn, D., UNC SILS Beta Phi Mu Annual Meeting, “Trends in digitization and community archives,” (Non-Academic), Chapel Hill, NC. Invited. (May 3, 2018).
  • Cox, R., Gwynn, D., Lawrimore, E., Society of North Carolina Archivists Annual Meeting, “Community, documentation, and beer: Hop into History and Well Crafted NC,” (Academic), Durham, NC. Accepted. (March 15, 2018).
  • Craft, A., Gwynn, D., “Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring 2017 Membership Meeting,” University Libraries Lightning Rounds (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Accepted. (2017).
  • Cox, R., Gwynn, D., “Digital Library on American Slavery,” Carolina Consortium Annual Meeting (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (2017).
  • Donnald, E., Gwynn, D., Motszko, J., Prescott, S., North Carolina Library Association Annual Meeting, “Taking care of business: Collaborations between an academic library and the business community,” North Carolina Library Association (Academic), Winston-Salem, NC. Accepted. (October 19, 2017).
  • Motszko, J., Gwynn, D., Prescott, S., University Libraries Lightning Rounds, “Good Medicine: Prescription for a Successful Digitization Project,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Accepted. (May 23, 2017).
  • Motszko, J., Gwynn, D., Prescott, S., Society of North Carolina Archivists Annual Meeting, “Good Medicine: Prescription for a Successful Digitization Project,” (Academic), Asheville, NC. Accepted. (March 14, 2017).
  • Gwynn, D., University Libraries Lightning Rounds, “Good Medicine project update,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Accepted. (December 15, 2016).
  • Motszko, J., McCarty Smith, K., Koelsch, B. A., Gwynn, D., Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, “Who’s driving the bus?: How digitization is influencing archival arrangement and description,” (Academic), Pittsburgh, PA. Accepted. (April 15, 2016).
  • Motszko, J., Gwynn, D., Society of North Carolina Archivists Annual Meeting, “Community Connections: Building Relationships through Collaboration and Digitization,” Society of North Carolina Archivists (Academic), Charlotte, NC. Accepted. (March 29, 2016).
  • Gwynn, D., iDEAL Summit (hosted by Dept. of Library and Information Studies), “Hayes-Taylor YMCA Achievers: Digitizing Greensboro History,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (November 14, 2015).
  • Gwynn, D., Motszko, J., North Carolina Library Association, “Making connections: Strategies for funding collaborative community engagement projects with archival and digital collections,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. (October 21, 2015).
  • Gwynn, D., McCarty Smith, K., Motszko, J., “Prioritizing and processing for CONTENTdm: How digitization is influencing archival arrangement and description,” CONTENTdm Users Group Conference (Academic), Nashville, TN. Accepted. (August 6, 2015).
  • Gwynn, D., Catlett, S., ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts (RBMS) Section Conference, “At-risk youths as community history ambassadors: The Young Achievers Digitizing Greensboro History Explorers Program,” (Academic), Oakland, CA. Accepted. (June 24, 2015).
  • Gwynn, D., Koelsch, B. A., Craft, A. R., CONTENTdm Users Group Conference, “Civil Rights Greensboro and the Women Veterans Historical Project,” (Academic), Baltimore, MD, United States of America. (May 2015).
  • Gwynn, D., Society of North Carolina Archivists Annual Meeting, “Community collections: Exploring three distinct approaches to collaboration and outreach through digitization initiatives,” (Academic), Greenville, NC. Accepted. (March 12, 2015).
  • Craft, A. R., Gwynn, D., Smith, K., CONTENTdm Southern Users Group Meeting, “Best Practices for Scrapbook Collections in CONTENTdm: Lessons from the University Archives Scrapbook Collection at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro,” (Academic), Columbia, SC, United States of America. (May 2014).
  • Gwynn, D., Craft, A. R., Smith, K., Society of North Carolina Archivists Annual Meeting, “Paging Through History: Lessons Learned from a Scrapbook Digitization Project,” (Academic), Raleigh, NC, United States of America. (April 2014).
  • Gwynn, D., Craft, A. R., Smith, K., Archiving 2013, “Descriptive Metadata for Scrapbooks: Interdepartmental Collaboration to Support Efficiency and Discovery,” (Academic), Washington, DC, United States of America. (April 2013).
  • Gwynn, D., McCarty Smith, K., ACRL Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) Meeting, “Photo synthesis: Collaboration and compromise on a historic photograph digitization project,” (Academic), Seattle, WA. Accepted. (February 14, 2013).
  • Craft, A. R., Gwynn, D., University Libraries Lightning Rounds, “Thinking Outside the Search Box: Redefining Roles for Catalogers in an Academic Library,” UNCG University Libraries (Academic), Greensboro, NC, United States of America. (December 2012).
  • Gwynn, D., Conference on African American Culture and Experience, “Civil Rights Greensboro and other community-based collaborations at UNCG,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (October 18, 2012).
  • Gwynn, D., The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians Webinar, “Civil Rights Greensboro: A blueprint for ongoing community engagement in digital history projects,” (Academic), Greensboro, NC, United States of America. Accepted. (September 19, 2012).
  • Craft, A. R., Gwynn, D., American Library Association Annual Conference, “Thinking Outside the Search Box: Redefining Roles for Catalogers in an Academic Library,” (Academic), Anaheim, CA, United States of America. (June 2012).
  • Gwynn, D., Friends Historical Collection Docents Meeting, “Digital projects for UNCG and the Greensboro community,” (Non-Academic), Greensboro, NC. Invited. (June 19, 2012).
  • Gwynn, D., CONTENTdm Midwest Users Group Meeting, “Broadsheets on a budget: Low-cost approaches to newspaper digitization projects,” (Academic), Dublin, OH. Accepted. (May 4, 2012).

Research Grants

  • Lawrimore, E. R. (Principal), Gwynn, D. (Co-Investigator), Cox, R. (Co-Investigator), Byrd, E. T. (Co-Investigator), Bucknall, T. M., McCloskey, J., Szymankiewicz, J., “A Marketing and Tourism Partnership with the Triad Brewing Industry,” Sponsored by UNCG Office of Research and Economic Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, $16,000.00. (2022).
  • Gwynn, D. (Principal), Gwynn, J. D. (Principal), “Digital Library on American Slavery Research Fellowship,” Sponsored by Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), $175,500.00. (August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2021).
  • Koelsch, B. A. (Principal), Gwynn, D. (Co-Principal), “Women Who Answered the Call: Digitizing the Oral Histories of Women Who Served in the U.S. Military and the American Red Cross,” Sponsored by Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), $10,908.00. (May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020).
  • Motszko, J. (Co-Principal), Gwynn, D. (Co-Principal), Krim, S. (Co-Principal), “Pride! of the Community,” Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities, $12,000.00. (January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).
  • Gwynn, D. (Co-Principal), Cox, R. (Co-Principal), Tolbert, L. C. (Co-Principal), Bird, N. J. (Co-Principal), “Strategic Seed Grant – Community-Engaged Research and Creative Activity,” Sponsored by UNCG Office of the Provost, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, $20,130.00. (February 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018).
  • Gwynn, D. (Principal), Gwynn, J. D. (Principal), “People Not Progress: Slave Deeds of North Carolina,” Sponsored by National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), $294,603.00.
  • Cox, R. (Co-Principal), Lawrimore, E. (Co-Principal), Gwynn, D. (Co-Principal), “Well Crafted: A History of Downtown Greensboro Brewing,” Sponsored by UNCG University Libraries, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, $2,500.00. (July 2017 – June 2018).
  • Gwynn, D. (Principal), Gwynn, J. D. (Principal), “PRIDE! of the Community: Documenting LGBTQ+ History in the Triad,” Sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), $11,229.00. (2017).
  • Motszko, J., Gwynn, D., “LSTA Access and Digitization Grant,” Sponsored by State Library of North Carolina, $0.00. (2016).
  • Gwynn, D. (Principal), Gwynn, J. D. (Principal), “Good Medicine: Greensboro’s Hospitals and Healers, 1865-2015,” Sponsored by North Carolina State Library, $66,713.00. (2015).
  • Gwynn, D., Catlett, S., “IMLS Sparks! Ignition Grant,” Sponsored by Institute of Museum and Library Services, $23,522.00. (2014).
  • Gwynn, D. (Principal), Gwynn, J. D. (Principal), “UNCG/Hayes-Taylor YMCA Digital Explorers,” Sponsored by Institute of Museum and Library Services, $23,522.00. (2014).
  • Gwynn, D., “Community-Based Research Grant,” Sponsored by Office of Leadership and Service Learning/The Graduate School (UNCG), $3,000.00. (2013).
  • Gwynn, D.,”Textiles, Teachers and Troops, Year 2 of 2″ LSTA Digitization Grant, Sponsored by LSTA/State Library of North Carolina, $103,333.00. (2013).
  • Gwynn, D.,”Textiles, Teachers and Troops, Year 1 of 2″ LSTA Digitization Grant, Sponsored by LSTA/State Library of North Carolina, $102,660.00. (2012).
  • Gwynn, D.,”North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements,” LSTA/NC ECHO Digitization Grant, Sponsored by LSTA/State Library of North Carolina, $40,356.00. (2011).

Teaching Activities

As Instructor of Record

Library and Information Studies,The University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

  • LIS 644 – Digital Libraries. Department of Library and Information Studies. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Spring 2016).
  • LIS 644 – Digital Libraries. Department of Library and Information Studies. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Fall 2014 and Spring 2015).

As Guest Lecturer

English, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

  • ENG 363 (Gender and the Language of Health and Medicine)

History, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

  • HIS 212 (United States History since 1865)
  • HIS 391 (Historical Skills and Methods).
  • HIS 511 (Seminar in Historical Research and Writing: Runaway Slaves and Digital History)
  • HIS 626 (The Practice of Public History)
  • HIS 627 (Museum and Historic Site Interpretation: Principles and Practice)
  • HIS 631 (Digital History)

Library and Information Studies,The University of North Carolina at Greensboro:

  • LIS 600 (Foundations of Library and Information Studies)
  • LIS 630 (Computer-related Technologies for Information Management)
  • LIS 640 (Organizing Library Collections).
  • LIS 643 (Metadata).
  • LIS 644 (Digital Libraries).
  • LIS 653 (Archives Management).
  • LIS 688 (Preservation Management).

Service

Department Assignments

Member

  • 2009-present: ERIT Development Team

Library Assignments

Chair:

  • 2018-present: Mentoring Program Coordinator
  • 2017-2018: Content Management System Task Force
  • 2012-2014, 2018-2019: Elections Committee
  • 2015-2016: Diversity Resident Search Committee
  • 2013-2014: Manuscripts Archivist Search Committee

Member:

  • 2018-present: STARS Task Force
  • 2018-present: Community Engagement Task Force
  • 2016-present: Digital Partners Grant Team
  • 2013-present: Social Media Committee
  • 2012-present: Elections Committee
  • 2013-present: Preservation and Disaster Recovery Committee
  • 2011-present: Grants Oversight Committee
  • 2010-present: Digital Projects Priorities Team
  • 2018-2019: Community Digital Archivist Search Committee
  • 2018: Scholarly Communications Librarian Search Committee
  • 2016-2019: University Libraries Peer Evaluation and Tenure Committee
  • 2015-2016: First-year Instruction Librarian Search Committee
  • 2013-2018: Diversity Committee
  • 2013-2014: Research Support Coordinator Search Committee
  • 2011-2013: Preservation Committee
  • 2010-2018: Student Worker Supervisors Group
  • 2010-2011: Metadata Cataloger Search Committee
  • 2010-2011: University Archivist Search Committee

University Assignments

Chair:

  • 2013-2015: Interdepartmental committee to create a UNCG copyright information website

Member:

  • 2012-2014, 2018-present: Faculty Senate Elections and Appointments Committee
  • 2012-2018: Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee
  • 2014-2015: UNCG Digital Humanities Research and Teaching Network Steering Committee
  • 2010-2012: Web Accessibility Text Transcript and Closed Captioning Product Selection Team

Professional Service

Chair:

  • 2017-present: Triad Digital History Group, Greensboro, North Carolina.

Member:

  • 2018-present: Statewide Leadership Project: Digital Preservation Exploration. Planning committee.
  • 2017-present: MetaArchive Cooperative, Indianapolis, Indiana.   Institutional representative.
  • 2011-present: Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians.  Conference planning committee.
  • 2014-2016: UNCG LIS Alumni Association, Greensboro, North Carolina.  Communications liaison.
  • 2011-2012: Piedmont Triad Digital Humanities Initiative, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • 2011-2012: NE ECHO Digitization Guidelines Review Committee.

Other:

  • 2013-present: Proceedings of the Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians.   Managing editor of conference proceedings.
  • 2009-2016: Journal of Backcountry Studies.  Managing editor of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Technology Skills

  • Operating systems: Microsoft Windows 10, MacOS High Sierra, some limited UNIX experience
  • Content management systems: WordPress, Drupal, CONTENTdm, Islandora, Joomla
  • Adobe Creative Cloud 2017 (Photoshop, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Acrobat)
  • Microsoft Office 2016
  • Familiar with XML, EAD, HTML
  • Some experience with PHP, MySQL
  • OpenRefine
  • Audacity, video editing tools, batch file editing and manipulation tools