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5b9774cebc4311e180c9123138016265_7Amelia Acker, PhD
School of Information Sciences,
University of Pittsburgh
aacker [at] pitt [dot] edu

I am an assistant professor of Library and Information Science at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.

I study the material production and transmission of records created with mobile phones and their archival consequences. I am interested in the emergence and standardization of new information objects.

I graduated with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of California, Irvine. I received my M.L.I.S., specialization in archives from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2008. In 2014, I received my doctorate in Information Studies from UCLA. Before beginning my position at SIS, I worked in archives and libraries in Southern California. My dissertation is a history of the text message as an emerging digital record format. In the dissertation I examine the archival implications of born networked records created with mobile ICTs, including the creation and collection of mobile telephony metadata, the automatic deletion of text message traces by mobile devices, and the possibilities for text messages as records in personal digital archives.