Practice Article

Software Curation in Research Libraries: Practice and Promise

  • Alexandra Chassanoff (MIT Libraries)
  • Yasmin AlNoamany orcid logo (UC Berkeley Libraries)
  • Katherine Thornton (Yale University Libraries)
  • John Borghi (California Digital Library)


INTRODUCTION Research software plays an increasingly vital role in the scholarly record. Academic research libraries are in the early stages of exploring strategies for curating and preserving research software, aiming to facilitate support and services for long-term access and use. DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAM In 2016, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) began offering postdoctoral fellowships in software curation. Four institutions hosted the initial cohort of software curation fellows. This article describes the work activities and research program of the cohort, highlighting the challenges and benefits of doing this exploratory work in research libraries. NEXT STEPS Academic research libraries are poised to play an important role in research and development around robust services for software curation. The next cohort of CLIR fellows is set to begin in fall 2018 and will likely shape and contribute substantially to an emergent research agenda.

Keywords: software preservation, digital curation, research libraries

How to Cite:

Chassanoff, A., AlNoamany, Y., Thornton, K. & Borghi, J., (2018) “Software Curation in Research Libraries: Practice and Promise”, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 6(1), eP2239. doi:

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Published on
25 Oct 2018
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