Author Archives: Katie Gucer

About Katie Gucer

I am a scholar of information networks, past and present. As a member of the ARCLab team, I work on several projects in digital curation for the National Agricultural Library. I am building a Drupal-based digital library of historical materials illuminating the history of the Animal Welfare Act for the Animal Welfare Information Center ( This two-year project incorporates a user study and serves as a catalyst for NAL to review and revise its broader digitization workflows and policies. I also study the production and dissemination if of practical knowledge in early modern England and Europe. My current book project, Web of Exiles, examines cross-cultural information exchange in 1582-1685, a taste of which can be had here:

DrupalCon 2017

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Twice a year members of the worldwide Drupal community convene at DrupalCon.   This year the North American conference was up the street from College Park in Baltimore, so Phil Nguyen and I joined the 3000 participants in this intense 5-day conference. Drupal is an open source content management system that is built, maintained, used, and promoted by millions of web… Read more »

News from the International Digital Curation Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland

The following is a guest post by 2016-2017 NAL Fellow Jennifer Proctor: On my trip to this year’s International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), held in Edinburgh, Scotland, I had the opportunity to attend some excellent presentations. I particularly enjoyed “Rich Information Hides in Missing Data” by Dr. Maria Wolters, which discussed the value of looking for patterns in the absence… Read more »

e- is for Animals: Building a Digital Library for the Animal Welfare Information Center

by Kathryn Gucer Since 1985, the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC, ( at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) in Beltsville, MD, has been fulfilling its mandate under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) “to provide information for improved animal care and use in research, testing, and teaching.”  Under the AWA, investigators must show that alternatives to procedures that cause more than… Read more »