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Elizabeth Yakel

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 734/763-3569


Elizabeth Yakel, Ph.D. is Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Information. Her research interests include digital archives and curation specifically data reuse; teaching with primary sources; and the development of standardized metrics to enhance repository processes and the user experience. Professor Yakel is currently a co-PI on two research projects. The first, “Measuring and Improving the Efficacy of Curation Activities in Data Archives,” funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services, investigates how curatorial actions impact the reuse of digital collection. The second, "Developing Evidence-based Data Sharing and Archiving Policies," funded by the National Science Foundation, answers three key questions: How can data repositories best allocate their limited resources for different aspects of data archiving and processing? What is the most effective way of making data usable by the broadest audience? What data sharing policies most effectively achieve stakeholders' transparency and innovation goals?



Areas of interest

Digital archives; digital curation; Teaching with primary sources

Honors and awards

C. Olivia Frost Collegiate Professor of Information, 2021 - present

Society of American Archivists, Council Exemplary Service to the Profession Award, Archival Metrics Research Project, 2020

Contextualizing Archival Literacy a section of Teaching with Primary Sources selected as the 2016 ‘One Book, One Profession,’ by the Society of American Archivists

International Digital Curation Conference 2013 Best Research Paper Award for “Trust in Digital Repositories” with I. Faniel, A. Kriesberg, and A. Yoon.

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

iConference 2012: Best Paper Award for “Managing fixity and fluidity in data repositories,” with M.G. Daniels, I. Faniel, and K. Fear.

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 M.G. Krause, “Interaction in the Virtual Archives: The Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collections”

Society of American Archivists Fellows' Ernst Posner Award for 2007 for being part of the A*CENSUS Working Group for “Special Section on Archival Census and Educational Needs Survey in the United States” published in American Archivist 69:2.

Honors, Awards and Fellowships (Continued)

Summer Institute for Nursing Informatics at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Sharon Coleman Memorial Scholarship Award 2006 for the paper "The HANDS Project and Vision for Nursing Informatics," co-authored with Gail Keenan and Dana Tschannen.

American Medical Informatics Association 2005 Harriet H. Werley Award for the conference paper “Promoting Safe Nursing Care by Bringing Visibility to the Disciplinary Aspects of Interdisciplinary Care,” by G. Keenan and E. Yakel.


A.B., Brown University, 1980

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

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997



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