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Trevor Owens

Current Positions
Chief Research Officer, American Institute of Physics  

Prior to joining AIP, Trevor Owens was the director of Digital Services at the Library of Congress. Over the past decade, Owens has held progressively senior roles, advancing vision and strategies for the future of research organizations. While serving at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), he was responsible for convening representatives from libraries, associations, funders, and technology innovators to establish the National Digital Platform framework. Through his work at the Library of Congress, IMLS, and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, Owens gained extensive experience and background in history of science research, library and archives leadership and management, and applied social science research. He has a particular expertise and interest in the power of digital assets and content, which aligns with AIP’s strategic vision. And in 2023, he served as a member of AIP’s Blue-Ribbon Panel engaged to recommend a strategic vision for the future of AIP’s history, library, and archives programs.

In 2022, Owens served as a Fulbright Specialist with the National Library of Kosovo, leading the development of their first digital collections strategy. In 2021, the American Library Association named Owens the recipient of the Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, an award that recognizes a body of research having a positive and substantive impact on the publication, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information.

Owens is the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018 and has won outstanding publication awards from both the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. His next book, After Disruption: A Future for Cultural Memory, will be published by University of Michigan Press in the spring of 2024.