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University of Michigan School of Information

Elizabeth Yakel

Elizabeth Yakel

C Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Information, School of Information and Faculty Associate, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research Email: Phone: 734/763-3569
Office: School of Information/4323 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes


Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information where she teaches in the areas of digital archives and digital preservation. Her research interests include data reuse, teaching with primary sources, and the development of standardized metrics to enhance repository processes and the user experience. One of Dr. Yakel’s research projects is “Dissemination Information Packages for Information Reuse” where she is studying research data reuse and digital preservation in three academic communities: quantitative social scientists, archaeologists, and zoologists. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the goal of this research is to identify the significant properties that support both preservation of the bits as well as the preservation of meaning overtime. Her current project, Qualitative Data Reuse: Digital Records of Practice in Education, is exploring the reuse of classroom video by researchers and teachers. This project is also funded by IMLS.

Areas of interest

Digital curation, data reuse, and preservation,

Data reuse,

Archival Metrics and Impact Measures,

Archival and Preservation Education,

Honors and awards

International Digital Curation Conference 2013 Best Research Paper Award for “Trust in Digital Repositories” with Ixchel Faniel, Adam Kriesberg, and Ayoung Yoon, International Journal of Digital Curation, 8(1), 143–156. doi:10.2218/ijdc.v8i1.251. URL:

Michael D. Cohen Outstanding Service Award, School of Information, University of Michigan, 2012

iConference 2012: Best Paper Award for “Managing fixity and fluidity in data repositories,” with Morgan G. Daniels, Ixchel Faniel, and Kathleen Fear, Proceedings of the 2012 iConference ‘12, Toronto: ACM Press, pp. 279-286. URL: http://dl.acm.orgcitation.cfm?id=2132212

Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Academic Leadership Program Fellow, 2008 – 2009.

Society of American Archivists, Fellows' Ernst Posner Award for 2008 American Archivist best paper, with Magia Krause, Interaction in the Virtual Archives: The Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections,” American Archivist 70/2: 282-314.


A.B., Brown University, 1980

A.M.L.S., University of Michigan, 1982

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997



Elizabeth Yakel
Elizabeth Yakel appointed C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information

Elizabeth Yakel, UMSI’s Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, has a new title to add to her signature: C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information.

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ICHORA 2020: Archives and the Digital World, October 26-30
UMSI to host 2020 ICHORA conference

A keynote address from UMSI Professor Margaret Hedstrom and a book launch for Senior Associate Dean Elizabeth Yakel are highlights of the International Conference on the History of Records and Archives.

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