Assistant Professor at Drexel University’s College of Computing and Informatics, Alex H. Poole received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His dissertation dealt with digital curation in digital humanities; his committee included Drs. Helen R. Tibbo (Chair), Christopher A. Lee, Ryan B. Shaw, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, and Costis Dallas.
Poole’s research interests include digital curation, digital humanities, archives and records management, and diversity and inclusivity. He recently received the Dr. Bob Williams History Fund Best Research Paper Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology for “’Could my dark hands break through the dark shadow?’” Gender, Jim Crow, and Librarianship during the Long Freedom Struggle, 1935-1955.” His recent articles include “’Natural Allies’: Librarians, Archivists, and Big Data in International Digital Humanities Project Work” (Journal of Documentation, forthcoming), “Project Management as Information Management in Interdisciplinary Research: ‘Lots of different pieces working together‘” (International Journal of Information Management 41 (2018): 14-22) (both with Deborah A. Garwood), “Harold T. Pinkett and the Lonely Crusade of African American Archivists in the Twentieth Century” (American Archivist 80, no. 2 (2017): 296-335), “‘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 54, no. 2 (2017): 462-486), “Pinkett’s Charges: Recruiting, Retaining, and Mentoring Archivists of Color” (American Archivist, 80, no. 1 (2017): 103-134), “The Conceptual Ecology of Digital Humanities,” (Journal of Documentation 73, no. 1 (2017): 91-122), “‘A Greatly Unexplored Area’: Digital Curation and Innovation in the Digital Humanities” (Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 68, no. 7 (2017): 1772-1781), and “The Conceptual Landscape of Digital Curation” (Journal of Documentation 72, no. 5 (2016): 961-986). 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 77, no. 1 (2014): 23-63).
Poole currently teaches courses in archives and digital curation at Drexel University.
From 2010 to 2013, Poole worked under the aegis of the Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded DigCCurr II project (PIs: Helen R. Tibbo and Christopher A. Lee).