Carolyn Sheffield


Carolyn Sheffield is the Associate Director of Library Technology and Digital Strategies at the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She oversees the Library & Gallery’s technology planning, implementation, and maintenance as well as digital initiatives spanning participation in a consortial digital scholarship repository, digital preservation planning, and web presence. She is currently serving as a PI on the ACRL funded project “A Roadmap to the Future of Promotion & Tenure: Exploring pathways to rewarding diversity, inclusion, equity, and openness in P&T processes in Maryland.” She also leads the Library & Gallery’s implementation efforts for a new innovation lab for emerging and developing technologies. She works in close partnership with the campus Division of Information Technology (DoIT) to ensure systems and computing are operational, reliable, and accessible and to collaborate on new initiatives. She also participates on campus-wide initiatives related to IT Accessibility.

Prior to joining UMBC, Carolyn served as Program Manager for the Biodiversity Heritage Library at Smithsonian Libraries where she managed an international digital library consortium providing open access to biodiversity literature and archives. Carolyn holds a B.A. in Visual and Performing Arts from UMBC and a M.L.S. from University of Maryland, College Park. Her research and professional interests include evolving tools and methods for research, open access, digital preservation, and environmental sustainability in library management and services.