Curriculum Vitae


Doctor of Philosophy in Library and Information Science
Spring 2016
University of Illinois, Urbana, Champaign
Special Student in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation
Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
Master of Science in Education
Pace University
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Barnard College, Columbia University

Research Experience

Research Affiliate
Learning to See Systems, INTERSECT program, Graduate College at the University of Illinois.
  • A small group of students from multiple graduate programs across the Humanities worked under the supervision of an interdisciplinary team of faculty
  • Engaged in a series of new courses and projects that pose a common question: How can we make visible the values and epistemologies embedded in complex technological systems?
  • Hosted workshops and created conference panels with focus on extratextual scholarship and opacity in archives
  • Conducted bibliometric survey of e-waste literature for comparison with physical waste flows
Research Assistant
Institute of Museum and Library Services, Preserving Virtual Worlds II, $1,104,494.00
  • Investigated methods for evaluation and preserving significant properties of educational games and complex interactive environments
  • Conducted interviews with game developers, engaging in knowledge transfer with community partners
  • Reconstructed obsolete technologies for assessing games

Publications and Creative Works
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. (2016). “Where Does Significance Lie: Locating the Significant Properties of Video Games in Preserving Virtual Worlds II Data” International Journal of Digital Curation.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. (2016). “Seeing the Unseen: The Politics and Privileges of Invisibility and Opacity in the Digital Archive” In Rodrigues Ortega, N., Diez-Platas, F., Kuivakari, S. Eds. Airing The Past: Inquiries into Digital Memory. Inter-Disciplinary Press: Oxford, UK.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. "Boxes". (2014). Qualitative Inquiry 20:3. SAGE Publications.
  • McDonough, Jerome; Senseney, Megan; Bettivia, Rhiannon; Evans, Craig; Kraus, Kari; Kirschenbaum, Matthew; Donahue, Rachel; Egert, Chris; Phelps, Andrew; Decker, Adrienne; Lowood, Henry; Rojo, Susan. Preserving Virtual Worlds 2 Final Report. (2013).
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. The Middle Schooler's Debatabase: 75 Current Controversies for Debaters. (2011). with the National Forensics League. International Debate Education Association: New York, NY.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. "A Guided Tour Through the World of One Adolescent's Girl Culture." (1999). Co-authored with A. N. Valdivia. In S. Mazzarella and N. Pecora [eds.] Growing Up Girls: Popular Culture in the Creation of Identities, pp. 159-174. New York: Peter Lang.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. "Gender, Generation, Space, and Popular Music." (1999). Co-authored with A. N. Valdivia. In C. McCarthy et. al. [eds.] Sound Identities: Popular Music and the Cultural Politics of Education, pp. 429-446. New York: Peter Lang.

Conference Presentations, Talks, and Workshops

Conference Presentations

  • Bettivia, Rhiannon and Stainforth, Elizabeth. All and Each: The Dynamics of Scale in Digital Heritage Cultures. Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference. Montreal, Canada. June, 2016.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon and Velez, LaTesha. How green is your valley: investigating LAM+D
    e-waste policies to improve LIS environmental education. ALISE 2016. Boston, MA. January, 2016.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Mapping Significant Properties in OAIS: A case study with video games. ASIS&T Annual Meeting. St. Louis, MO. November, 2015.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon and Stainforth, Elizabeth. All and Each: Dialogues in the Digital Archive. Pararchive Conference, Leeds, UK. March, 2015
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Encoding Power: the Scripting of Archival Structures in Digital Spaces using the Open Archival Information System (OAIS) Reference Model. ALISE Jean Tague-Sutcliffe Doctoral Student Poster Competition. January 2015.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Seeing the Unseen: The Politics and Privileges of Invisibility and Opacity in the Digital Archive.
    Digital Memories 5, Oxford, UK. September, 2014.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Memory and the Archive: New Media Systems of Assembly and Preservation. HASTAC, Lima, Peru. April, 2014.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. The Significance of Time and Place: Preserving Virtual Worlds and Carmen Sandiego. GSLIS Research Showcase, University of Illinois. March, 2013.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Games Grown Up: Gender and Shifting Identities in Game Development. National Communication Association, Orlando, FL. November 2012.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Presentation on open source cataloging tools for small, unaffiliated memory organizations (SUMOs). Illinois Summer Research Symposium, University of Illinois. August, 2011.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Presentation on land use and history in Sonora, Mexico.Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Conference, University of Iowa. July 2004.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Presentation on honor crimes and their cultural origins in the Middle East. CIC Conference, University of Minnesota. July 2003.
  • Bettivia, Rhiannon. Presentation on adolescent girl culture and media studies. International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, Montreal, Canada. 1997.

Invited Talks

  • Engineering the University: An Interview with Julia Flanders for the empyresoft_skinned_space. March, 2015.
  • Reading for Graduate School. Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. September, 2014.


  • Revising the University: Exploring Extra-textual Scholarship. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. April, 2015.
  • On Arriving at the Digital: Describing Critical Paths into the Digital Humanities/Al llegar a lo digital: Describiendo senderos críticos en las Ciencias Sociales Digitales. HASTAC, Lima, Peru. April, 2014.

Teaching Experience

Curriculum Development and Instructor of Record, LIS562 Metadata in Theory and Practice
  • Expanded opportunities for students to engage in practice
  • Reorganized course objects to meet changing standards of practice
  • Formulated assignments to take advantage of online and distance teaching tools
  • Developed course with a team of faculty and student instructors to create balanced instruction that emphasized both the theory and politics as well as the practice of metadata
Instructor of Record, LIS586 Digital Preservation
  • Adapted course according the student feedback to include more hands-on activities
  • Updated course to include most recent standard and tool releases
  • Arranged for students to work on real-life tasks, doing preservation for university, private, and non-profit organizations
  • Customized learning activities to be used with distance teaching software
Lead Teaching Assistant and Discussion Leader, LIS502 Information in Society
  • Worked as primary liaison between faculty lead, student services, advising staff, and teaching assistants
  • Created and standardized teaching materials for use in future semesters
  • Crafted, tested, and revised completely new assignment strand
  • Advised and coached teachings assistants for more effective teaching practice
  • Reorganized course to reflect changes in professional opportunities for students, centering the life-cycle of the information object
Teaching Assistant, LIS562 Metadata in Theory and Practice
  • Graded various metadata assignments including XML submissions in various metadata schema
  • Assisted students with hands-on metadata creation activities
Guest Lecturer, LIS390RGI Race, Gender, and Information Technology
  • Lectured on video games and digital preservation with a focus on politics of race and gender
  • Taught a week's worth of courses as sole instructor and assigned all associated readings

Awards and Fellowships
  • Good Citizenship Award for Service to Underrepresented Minority Students, Educational Equity Programs, Graduate College, University of Illinois
  • Boyd Rayward Doctoral Fellowship, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Ernest J. Reece Fund for Library Research, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Finalist, NYU Reynolds Award
  • Magna cum laude Honors, Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Excellence in Research, Summer Research Opportunities Program, University of Illinois

Training and Certification
  • Training and Certification for ISO 16363 Audits and ISO 16919 Auditor Standards, Primary Trustworthy Digital Repository Training Authorization Body, Ltd

Professional Experiences
  • Artwork Conservator, Alan Berliner's Found Sound.
  • Artwork Conservator, Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  • Film and Video Consultant, Federal Reserve Bank, New York.
  • Archivist and Cataloger, Hemispheric Institute, New York University, New York.
  • President and Founder, Metropolitan Debate League, New York, NY.
  • Teacher, New York, NY.
  • Corp Member, Teach for America/Americorps