Assistant Professor at Drexel University’s Department of Information Science, Alex H. Poole received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science (Helen R. Tibbo, director). His research interests include digital curation, digital humanities, archives and records management, and diversity and inclusivity.
Poole received the 2018 Dr. Bob Williams History Fund Best Paper Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology for “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century” (American Archivist) and the same award in 2017 for “’Could my dark hands break through the dark shadow?’” Gender, Jim Crow, and Librarianship during the Long Freedom Struggle, 1935-1955” (The Library Quarterly). He also received the 2018 Arline Custer Memorial Article Award from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference for “Pinkett’s Charges: Recruiting, Retaining, and Mentoring Archivists of Color” (American Archivist).
Poole’s recent articles include “’Be Damned Pushy at Times’: The Committee on the Status for Women and Feminism in the Archival Profession, 1972-1998” (American Archivist), “Interdisciplinary Scholarly Collaboration in Data-Intensive, Publicly-Funded, International Digital Humanities Project Work” (with Deborah A. Garwood) (Library & Information Science Research), “’Natural Allies’: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work” (with Deborah A. Garwood) (Journal of Documentation), “Project Management as Information Management in Interdisciplinary Research: ‘Lots of different pieces working together‘” (Deborah A. Garwood, first author) (International Journal of Information Management), “‘As Popular as Pin-Up Girls: The Armed Services Editions, Masculinity, and Middlebrow Print Culture in the Mid-Twentieth-Century United States” (Information and Culture), “The Conceptual Ecology of Digital Humanities” (Journal of Documentation), “‘A Greatly Unexplored Area’: Digital Curation and Innovation in the Digital Humanities” (Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology), and “The Conceptual Landscape of Digital Curation” (Journal of Documentation). He received the Theodore Calvin Pease Award from the Society of American Archivists for “The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South” (American Archivist).
Poole currently teaches courses in Information Science at Drexel University.