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Rebecca D. Frank accepts call to University of Tennessee-Knoxville

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After three years as ECDF Professor of Information Management at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Einstein Center Digital Future, Prof. Rebecca D. Frank accepts the call of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Effective August 1, 2022, Prof. Frank will be an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville

As a tenure-track Assistant Professor, Rebacca D. Frank will join the faculty of a premier library and information science program. She will continue research she began at ECDF, focusing on the social construction of risk in digital curation and preservation, as well as issues related to open data and public service infrastructure. Frank will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in information science, including the new interdisciplinary Data Science program and the new Research Data Management certificate program. 

"I am very much looking forward to this new professional role, where I will build on the successes I have achieved here at ECDF and at the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin," says Prof. Frank. "The opportunities created by the ECDF have allowed me to build a strong research portfolio and create valuable collaborations with colleagues here in Berlin and internationally. I am incredibly grateful to my wonderful colleagues, the other ECDF professors, and the ECDF staff who work tirelessly to create all of these opportunities. I look forward to staying connected to ECDF as an associate member and continuing the projects I started with ECDF colleagues as I take the next step in my career."

Prof. Rebecca D. Frank holds a PhD and Master's degree from the University of Michigan School of Information, with a specialization in information preservation, and a BA in organizational studies from the University of Michigan. Her work has been supported by the Einstein Center Digital Future, InfraLab Berlin, the National Science Foundation (United States), and the Australian Academy of Science. Her research examines the social construction of risk in the testing and certification of trusted digital repositories. She also conducts research in the areas of open data, digital preservation, digital curation, and data reuse, focusing on social and ethical barriers that limit or prevent the preservation, sharing, and reuse of digital information.