me at buchanans at missouri dot edu,
221O Townsend Hall, (573) 884-9487


I study the creation and curation of data in the humanities, focusing on the storytelling potential of archaeological collections. I work at the intersection of museum studies, archival science, and digital humanities. In the Council for the Preservation of Anthropological Records (CoPAR) Working Group, my colleagues and I investigate data needs across disciplines.

Current projects include "Developing Extensible Methods for Provenance Research," CT Piloting Network, the Archives of Classical Scholarship (ArCla, with FCLSC and SerSoc), and research spanning museum and archival collection study. With SAAMUSC student leaders I support the Boone County Historical Society records and photograph digitization. I am a faculty advisor for the Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship and its audiovisual archival education activities #AVarchives, as well as Data Archivist in the Venus Pompeiana Project.

Being an archival educator, I am active in the Archival / Preservation Education ALISE SIG, in SAA CORDA and the Missouri Association for Museums & Archives, and in AERI and ASIS&T. As Reviews Editor for Digital Humanities Quarterly, contact me if you are interested in reviewing a book or exhibit. Below is some of my recent writing [my ORCiD].


Buchanan, S.A. "Filmic memory-texts: Seeing America's archaeological turn from salvage to conservation in Spadework for History. Memory Studies (2022).

Hunter, L. and S.A. Buchanan. "Responsive stewardship and library advocacy in dystopian times: Utilizing information from the Civil Rights Movement and 1984 to strengthen libraries." Online Information Review, 45.4 (2021): 853-860. doi:10.1108/OIR-08-2021-565

Adkins, D., Buchanan, S.A., Bossaller, J.S., Brendler, B.M., Alston, J.K., and H. Moulaison-Sandy. "Assessing experiential learning to promote students’ diversity engagement." Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62.2 (April 2021): 201-219. doi:10.3138/jelis.2019-0061.

Pappas, A.M. and S.A. Buchanan. "Native American and land-grant collection praxis since NAGPRA." Education for Information: Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies, 37.1 (2021): 69-95. doi:10.3233/EFI-190350.

Saxon, E.J. and S.A. Buchanan. "Recollecting the archives of artist and Monuments Man Lewis Stanton Williams." Journal of Archival Organization. doi:10.1080/15332748.2021.1962139

Llewellyn, M.E. and S.A. Buchanan. "Will the last archivist in Seattle please turn out the lights: Value and the National Archives." Journal of Western Archives, 11.1 (2020). doi:10.26077/af9d-9587

Adkins, D.C., Buchanan, S.A., and J.K. Alston. "LIS association activities in promoting and sustaining an inclusive profession." The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, 90.2 (April 2020): 162-172. doi:10.1086/707672

Buchanan, S.A. "The Assemblage of Repository and Museum Work in Archaeological Curation." Information Research, 24.2 (June 2019): paper 816.

Buchanan, S.A. and G.R. Bruner. "The Ancient Past: Learning a Language to Connect Materials with Users." Archival Outlook, (May/June 2019): 10, 22.

Buchanan, S.A., Dorey, J., and K. Pierce Meyer. "Traveling Through: Exploring Doctoral Demographics in Archival Studies." Archival Science, 18.2 (June 2018): 143-163. doi:10.1007/s10502-018-9288-5

Buchanan, S., Gruning, J., Gursoy, A., and L. Barker. "Surveying Archivists and their Work towards Advocacy and Management, or 'Enterprise Archiving'." The American Archivist, 80.2 (Fall/Winter 2017): 268-295. doi:10.17723/0360-9081-80.2.268 [Brown Bag selection for ARCHIVES 2017]

Buchanan, S.A., Stratton, C., Sun, Y., and A. Chaudhary. "Survey Research on Tasks and Competencies to Inform Records Management Education." Records Management Journal, 27.1 (2017): 2-18. doi:10.1108/RMJ-11-2015-0041

Rabinowitz, A., Shaw, R., Buchanan, S., Golden, P., and E. Kansa. "Making Sense of the Ways we Make Sense of the Past: The PeriodO Project." Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 59.2 (Dec. 2016): 42-55. doi:10.1111/j.2041-5370.2016.12037.x

Buchanan, S.A. "Curation as Public Scholarship: Museum Archaeology in a 17th-century Shipwreck Exhibit." Museum Worlds, 4 (2016): 155-166. doi:10.3167/armw.2016.040112

Buchanan, S.A. "AERI as a Catalyst for Archival Doctoral Education." Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 45.1 (Apr. 2016): 32–38. doi:10.1515/pdtc-2016-0001

Buchanan, S. "A Primer on Establishing the School Archives." School Library Monthly, 31.3 (Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015): 39-40.

Buchanan, S. "Night Lights: Artifacts of the Neon Museum." Museum Archivist: Newsletter of the SAA Museum Archives Section, 23.1 (Winter 2013): 27-29.

Buchanan, S., and K. Richardson. "Representation Through Documentation: Acquiring Student and Campus Life Records through the Bruin Archives Project." The American Archivist, 75.1 (Spring/Summer 2012): 205-224.

Beaudoin, J. and S. Buchanan. "Introduction: Digital Humanities and Information Visualization: Innovations and Integration." Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 38.4 (Apr./May 2012): 14-15. doi:10.1002/bult.2012.1720380404

Buchanan, S. "Designing the Research Commons: Classical Models for School Libraries." School Libraries Worldwide, 18.1 (Jan. 2012): 56-69.

Buchanan, S.A. "The Photography of Roman Freulich from Poland to Hollywood." History of Photography, 35.4 (2011): 416-438. doi:10.1080/03087298.2011.606738

Buchanan, S.A. "Regional Information Science: Education and Disciplinary Precept in the Los Angeles Chapter of ASIS&T, 1961-2011." Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62.11 (Nov. 2011): 2277-2289. doi:10.1002/asi.21603 [ASIS&T History Fund Research Paper Award 2010]

Buchanan, S.A. "Special Collections and Archives Code (SPAC): Preserving Provenance in a Bibliographic Catalog." Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 49.5 (2011): 349-360. doi:10.1080/01639374.2011.580446

Buchanan, S. "Accessioning the Digital Humanities: Report from the 1st Archival Education and Research Institute." Digital Humanities Quarterly, 4.1 (Summer 2010): n. pag.

Books and Chapters:

Moen, M. H. and S. A. Buchanan, editors. Leading professional development: Growing librarians for the digital age. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2020.

Buchanan, S. A. "Experiential learning at the Black Archives of Mid-America." In Leading professional development: Growing librarians for the digital age, eds. M. H. Moen, S. A. Buchanan (Ch. 5: pp. 63-77). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2020.

Buchanan, S. "Insights from Archivists to Educate for Advocacy." In Emerging Trends in Archival Science, ed. K. Gracy (Ch. 5: pp. 95-109). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.

Buchanan, S. "Cross-Institutional Usage of EAD 2002 as an Archival Description Standard." In Studies in Archival Education and Research: Selected Papers from the 2014 AERI Conference, eds. R. J. Cox, A. Langmead, E. Mattern (Ch. 5: pp. 109-131). Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2015.

Buchanan, S. "The Emerging Tradition of Digital Classics." In Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics: 2014 (vol. 2), ed. S. K. Hastings (Ch. 10: pp. 149-163). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.


Buchanan, S.A., Barsan, E., Benoit, E. III, Cocciolo, A., Johnson, A.M., Lima, A., Matusiak, K.K., Poole, A., Post, C., and J. Zhang. "Inventing and implementing future-ready archival education." In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2021, Eds. Y. Choi, M. Harper. Westford, MA: ALISE, 2021.

Gracy, K., Marciano, R., Buchanan, S., and J. Kitchens. "Computational thinking and archival pedagogy: An interim report on the CT-LASER+ Project." In 15th Annual SAA Research Forum Proceedings, Eds. N. McGovern, H. Soyka. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 28 July 2021.

Buchanan, S.A., Sauer, S., Quan-Haase, A., Agarwal, N.K., and S. Erdelez. "Amplifying chance for positive action and serendipity by design." In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science & Technology (vol. 57). Silver Spring, MD: ASIST, 2020. pp. 1-5. doi:10.1002/pra2.288

Roeschley, A., Buchanan, S.A., Burke, M., Graf, A., and O.L. Zavalina. "Considering individual and community contexts within information pedagogy, scholarship, and practice." In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science & Technology (vol. 57). Silver Spring, MD: ASIST, 2020. pp. 1-5. doi:10.1002/pra2.283

Buchanan, S.A., Babalola, N.A. Chelliah, S.L., Kriesberg, A., Pratt, S., Wisser, K.M., and O.L. Zavalina. "Transforming the archival classroom for a connected reality." In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2020, Ed. H.C. Gunderman. Westford, MA: ALISE, 2020. p. 396.

Buchanan, S.A. and S. Erdelez. "Information Encountering in the Humanities: Embeddedness, Temporality, and Altruism." In Proceedings of the Association for Information Science & Technology (vol. 56), Eds. C. Blake, C. Brown. Silver Spring, MD: ASIST, 2019. pp. 32-42. doi:10.1002/pra2.58

Buchanan, S., Alkhaledi, R., Copeland, A., Hawamdeh, S., Thayer, J., and A. Yoon. "Archival Learning in a Global Context." In Proceedings of the Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Conference: ALISE 2019, Ed. H.C. Gunderman. Westford, MA: ALISE, 2019. p. 247.

Buchanan, S.A., Bossaller, S., and S. Erdelez. "Information Encountering by an Art Historian: A Methodological Case Study." In ASIST 2018: Proceedings of the 81st ASIS&T Annual Meeting (vol. 55): Building & Sustaining an Ethical Future with Emerging Technology, Ed. L. Freund. Silver Spring, MD: Association for Information Science & Technology, 2018. pp. 762-764. doi:10.1002/pra2.2018.14505501106

Buchanan, S. ... and T. Yule. "Opening Up Audiovisual Archives Education: The Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship." In SAA 12th Research Forum Proceedings, Eds. N. McGovern, H. Soyka. Washington, D.C.: Society of American Archivists, 14 August 2018.

Buchanan, S.A., Bullard, J., Aspray, B., Bailey, D., Barker, L., Carter, D., Clement, T., Gottschlich, N., Howison, J., McLaughlin, S., Ocepek, M., Sholler, D., and C.B. Trace. "Collaborative Syllabus Design for Studying Information Work." In ASIST 2017: Proceedings of the 80th ASIS&T Annual Meeting (vol. 54): Diversity of Engagement: Connecting People and Information in the Physical and Virtual Worlds, Eds. S. Erdelez, N. Agarwal. Silver Spring, MD: Association for Information Science & Technology, 2017. pp. 630-632. doi:10.1002/pra2.2017.14505401094

Buchanan, S. "Show Me Archives and the Community Engagement Legacy of Aurora Davis." In 11th Annual SAA Research Forum Proceedings, Eds. N. McGovern, H. Tibbo. Portland, OR: Society of American Archivists, 25 July 2017.

Barker, L.J., Broussard, R., Buchanan, S., Carter, D., Gruning, J., Gursoy, A., Kazim, N., Moon, E., Ocepek, M., and R. Simons. "21st Century Information Workers: What Core Competencies Should MSIS Students Learn?". In iConference 2015 Proceedings. iSchools, 2015.

Francisco-Revilla, L., Trace, C.B., Li, H., and S.A. Buchanan. "Encoded Archival Description: Data Quality and Analysis." In ASIST 2014: Proceedings of the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting (vol. 51): Connecting Collections, Cultures, and Communities, Ed. A. Grove. Silver Spring, MD: Association for Information Science & Technology, 2014. pp. 1-10. doi:10.1002/meet.2014.14505101043

La Barre, K., Buchanan, S.A., Hahn, T.B., and R.V. Williams. "Preserving and Accessing the History of ASIST and Information Science." In ASIST 2013: Proceedings of the 76th ASIS&T Annual Meeting: Beyond the Cloud: Rethinking Information Boundaries, Ed. A. Grove. Silver Spring, MD: Association for Information Science & Technology, 2014. pp. 1-3. doi:10.1002/meet.14505001027

Trace, C. and S. Buchanan. "Enhancing Evidentiary Work through the Lens of Human-Centered Computing." In 7th Annual SAA Research Forum Proceedings, Eds. N. McGovern, H. Tibbo. New Orleans, LA: Society of American Archivists, 13 August 2013.

Buchanan, S.A. "School Archives in Action: A Practice-Based Research Approach." In SAA Research Forum 2011 Peer-Reviewed Research Papers Proceedings. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2012.


Catalano, S. and S. Buchanan. The archives speakeasy approach to broadening and building community, Midwest Archives Conference (MAC) Annual Meeting "Archivists respond," virtual, 13-14 May 2021.

Mogetta, M. (presenter), Battiloro, I., Muscolino, F., Arbezzano, L., Assaly, J., Buchanan, S., Cullen, N., D’Acri, M., Diffendale, D., Harder, M., Iacomelli, G., Mason, K., Osborne, C., Varriale, I., and P. Wright. Cistern, streets, and sigillata: The Venus Pompeiana Project 2019 season in detail, 121st Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), Washington, D.C., 3 January 2020.

Buchanan, S. Serendipity and the Test of Time in Art History and Archaeology, Serendipity Society 1st International Conference "State of the Art: Serendipity Research as an Emerging Field," City, University of London, 5-6 September 2019.

Bossaller, J., Buchanan, S., Corrigan, J., Haug, E., and T. Inge. 50 Years of Library and Information Science at Mizzou, Missouri Library Association (MLA) Conference "Rooted in Community," Springfield, MO, 6 October 2016.

Buchanan, S. Provenance Research: A Trace Ethnography of Archaeological Curation, Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference "Radical Change: Inclusion and Innovation," ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition, Boston, MA, 7 January 2016. [1st Place, Judged Poster Session]

Buchanan, S. and H. Li. Collection Size Descriptions as Archival Data: The Spectrum of <physdesc>, Texas Conference on Digital Libraries (TCDL) "Engaging Outliers: Context, Collections & Community," Austin, TX, 28 April 2014.

Buchanan, S. Community Archives and Archivists: Thematic Approaches for Documenting and Sustaining Localities, Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) Annual Meeting "Come One, Come All: Archives and the Public in the 21st Century," Student Poster Session, Austin, TX, 23 May 2013.

Buchanan, S. Developing Practice-Based Research in Community Archives, poster at 4th Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI), UCLA, 8-13 July 2012. [1st Place, Juried Poster Session]


Marciano, R., Buchanan, S., Gracy, K.F., and J. Kitchens. "Digging into archival data: How to introduce computational principles and practices to your archives students" at Society of American Archivists (SAA), Archival Educators Section (virtual, 30 July 2021).

Marciano, R., Buchanan, S., Gracy, K.F., and J. Kitchens. "How to integrate computational thinking into the archival studies curriculum" workshop at 12th Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) (virtual, 15 July 2021).

Soyka, H., Gracy, K.F., Benoit, E., Buchanan, S.A., and D.C. Force. "Advancing an agenda for online archival pedagogy" workshop at 12th Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) (virtual, 14 July 2021).

"Organizing in records management from skills to expertise" at the Central Missouri Chapter Meeting of ARMA International (Shelter Insurance virtual, Columbia, MO, 17 March 2020).

"Provenance Research for Teaching Collections" at Kansas City Area Archivists Fall Symposium on Archivists as Teachers (Marr Sound Archives, UMKC, 21 November 2019).

"Grapevines and Throughlines between Museum Studies and Archival Studies" at the Second Biennial Conference of the Council for Museum Anthropology (CMA) (Santa Fe, NM, 19-21 September 2019).

"Storytelling with Digital and Audiovisual Archives" at The Bridge (University of Missouri, 10 September 2019).

Marsh, D.E., Buchanan, S., Punzalan, R., Link, A., and E.J. Leischner. "Approaches to Expanding the Use of Anthropological Archives" at Council for Museum Anthropology roundtable, American Anthropological Association (AAA) 117th Annual Meeting (San Jose, CA, 15 November 2018).

Fraimow, R., Buchanan, S., Jay, J., and T. Yule. "Evolving an A/V Education Infrastructure: The Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship" at Digital Preservation 2018 (Las Vegas, NV, 17-18 October 2018.

"Audiovisual Memory and Narrative in American Archaeology" at 10th Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) (University of Alabama, 9-13 July 2018).

Hansen, K., Buchanan, S., Stack, J., and T. Perry. "The Mizzou Material Culture Group: Convergences among Libraries, Archives and Museums at the University of Missouri" at Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of ACRL/ALA (New Orleans, LA, 20 June 2018).

"Making Audiovisual and Collective Memory Public" at NEH-funded The Primary Source: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Memory and Identity (Fontbonne University, 17 May 2018). [Keynote]

"Expansion of Job Titles Across Archival Practice," presentation at Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference, Archival/Preservation Education SIG (Denver, CO, 6-9 February 2018).

Buchanan, S. and C. Fields. "Representation and Student Research Topics: The Archives of Classical Scholarship (ArCla)," in Digital Pedagogy session, Society for Classical Studies (SCS) 149th Annual Meeting (Boston, MA, 7 January 2018).

Gibson, T., Hearne, J., Bitsicas, K., Bossaller, J., Buchanan, S., Marra, R., and N. Potter. "Storytelling in Data and Digital Media: Research and Curricular Innovations," at 7th Annual University of Kansas Digital Humanities (DH) Forum on Digital Storytelling (Lawrence, KS, 28-29 September 2017).

"Visualizing Inclusive Arrangement and Description," in "Reaching In to Reach Out: Examining the State of Inclusivity Across Libraries, Archives, and Museums" Open Forum: SAA/ALA/AAM Joint Committee on Archives/Libraries/Museums (CALM), Society of American Archivists (SAA) Annual Meeting (Portland, OR, 27 July 2017).

"Landscapes and Prospects for Archaeological Curation," at 9th Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) (University of Toronto, 10-14 July 2017).

"Insights from Archivists to Educate for Advocacy," at 8th Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) (Kent State University, 8-12 July 2016).

Rabinowitz, A. (presenter), Shaw, R., Golden, P., and S. Buchanan. "Periods Organized (PeriodO): A Linked Data Period Gazetteer and Approach to the Modeling of Scholarly Assertions," in "What Do We Mean by 'Digital Curation'?" symposium, Society for American Archaeology (SAA) 81st Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL, 9 April 2016).

Hastings, S., Buchanan, S.A., Ibekwe-SanJuan, F., and A. Pepitone. "Different Paths to ASIS&T Leadership: Perspectives from Award-winning ASIS&T Leaders," panel at 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting (Seattle, WA, 2 November 2014).

Buchanan, S., Dorey, J., and K. Pierce Meyer. "Charting the Archival Enterprise in Doctoral Education through AERI," presentation at Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) Annual Conference, Archival/Preservation Education SIG (Philadelphia, PA, 21-24 January 2014).


University of Missouri. I teach the Archival Studies emphasis in our MLIS Program (more at SAA Directory of Archival Education and at ACA), among other courses:

IS_LT 9492 Data & Records Management (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Spring 2021).

IS_LT 9491 Appraisal & Archival Systems (Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2020, Spring 2022).

IS_LT 9490 Archival Practice (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020, Fall 2021).

IS_LT 7313 Collection and Access Management (Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2022)

IS_LT 7305 Foundations of Library & Information Science (Fall 2019, Fall 2020)

IS_LT 9410 Archives in Context (2017).

IS_LT 4361 / 7361 Introduction to Digital Media (Fall 2016, Fall 2017).

GN_HON 1050H Get Real, Go Places! Let Objects Take You There (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021)

The University of Texas at Austin:

INF 304 Introduction to Information Studies (Spring 2015).


As an archivist, I enjoy working in and around archival science. Below are some collections I have described.

Serving as faculty advisor to Society of American Archivists at University of Missouri student chapter (SAAMUSC), since spring 2017.

Boone County Historical Society, Hank Waters III Historic Records and Photography Digital Lab collaboration, since spring 2017.

With students, the histories of our LIS Program and College of Education, which marked anniversaries in 2016 and 2018 respectively.

Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP) Archives, UT Department of Classics: William C. Brice Collection, Emmett L. Bennett Offprint Collection, Elizabeth J. Wayland Barber Collection, Jeremiah "Jerry" Egbe Ifie Collection (2013-16).

UT Department of Classics: Cuneiform Collection. Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) images in InscriptiFact and in CDLI (fall 2014).

Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC): Officer Records accruals, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution (summer 2014 & summer 2015).

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History and INF 392K Digital Archiving and Preservation: University Communications (UC) Digital Video Archives (spring 2015).

ZACH Theatre Archives (spring 2014).

The Neon Museum Archives.

Los Angeles Chapter of American Society for Information Science & Technology: Oral History Interview with Robert M. Hayes (2010-11), Finding aid, 1961-- (2010).

Bruin Archives Project, UCLA University Archives: March of Dimes Collegiate Council at UCLA (RS 790).

Simon Wiesenthal Center: Roman Freulich Collection (Archives 1993-010), Collection of Roman Freulich photographs (Archives 1995-078).

Braun Research Library: Hector and Laurena Alliot Manuscript Collection, 1903-1919 (MS. 216), Mary Hunter Austin Collection, 1868-1954 (MS. 605).

Penn Museum Archives: William H. Davenport Papers (1133.2005.20)

Ward Goodenough Papers (1070.2003.12).

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