Sarah Potvin

Professional Responsibilities

The Digital Scholarship Librarian is responsible for consulting on the development and testing of standards and platforms and providing metadata expertise to support and advance new models of scholarship and collections. The Librarian serves as a primary resource on non-MARC metadata design, structure, and standards (descriptive, technical, administrative/preservation) and digital scholarship (including digital humanities and escience) for the University Libraries and assists in developing and implementing strategies for digital curation, working with relevant stakeholders to ensure that digital projects unique to the Libraries are discoverable, usable, and preserved. The Librarian also provides outreach and community support to the University for digital humanities.

As a member of the Preservation Advisory Group, the Librarian evaluates projects slated for inclusion in the Texas A&M University digital repository (OAK Trust) and other platforms; and, in collaboration with colleagues in the Office of Scholarly Communication, Cataloging, and Digital Initiatives, assesses user needs, in order to develop appropriate metadata schemes for complex and heterogeneous collections. The librarian is expected to consult with faculty regarding humanities datasets and research collections, as well as to provide metadata support for OAK Trust. The individual serves on Texas Digital Library (TDL) committees and University working groups as assigned. The librarian is expected to maintain awareness of regional, national, and international metadata, digital humanities, and digital library trends in order to make informed policy decisions, and serve as a general resource for Texas A&M University and its affiliates. This includes providing consultation services, training, and participating on Texas A&M University committees as needed.  


  • Master of Science, Information Studies, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Bachelor of Arts, History & Literature, Harvard College. Magna cum laude.

Research Interests

  • Digital Humanities and libraries
  • The history and evolution of scholarly communication
  • Open access
  • Metadata, policies, and workflows for student work
  • Metadata for legacy collections
  • Metadata reuse
  • DSpace
  • Dublin Core
  • Linked data
  • Data curation, preservation, and stewardship

Select Publications & Presentations

  • Bruce R. Scott and Sarah Potvin. “Capitalism and Democracy.” In Bruce R. Scott, Capitalism: Its Origins and Evolution as a System of Governance. New York: Springer, 2011. Pp. 67-110.
  • Bruce R. Scott and Sarah Potvin. “Creating Capitalism and Democracy in the United States, 1630-1830.” In Bruce R. Scott, Capitalism: Its Origins and Evolution as a System of Governance. New York: Springer, 2011. Pp. 227-276.


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