Alexandra Chassanoff has joined the MIT Libraries as the software curation postdoctoral fellow. This position is a part of the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellowship Program.
Chassanoff is a recent graduate of the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation examines the information experiences of historians using digitized archival photographs as evidence. Her broad research interests concern the creation, transmission, and reception of scholarly knowledge in the digital age, and the ways in which infrastructures can support emerging practices.
Chassanoff was recently the project manager at BitCurator Access, a Mellon Foundation-funded initiative to develop open-source software providing web based and local access to born-digital content held on disk images. From September 2011 until October 2014, she was the project manager at the BitCurator Project, which consisted of conceptualizing and building an open source digital forensics software environment for archivists working with born digital materials.
At MIT, Chassanoff works to investigate and make recommendations for models and strategies that the Libraries can adopt for managing software as complex digital objects across generations of technology.
Chassanoff received a Ph.D. and an MS in Information Science from UNC Chapel Hill and a BA from Brandeis University.