Ciaran Trace


Ciaran B. Trace trained and worked as an archivist in Ireland before moving to the United States to pursue a doctoral degree in Library and Information Science at the University of California at Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Ciaran worked as the Associate Director of the Institute on Primary Resources, a program aimed at fostering the use of archival materials in the K-12 classroom. Ciaran joined the School of Information in 2010 and currently teaches courses on archives and records management. Her research interests cross the areas of archives and material cultural, with a particular focus on the nature, meaning, and function of documents in everyday life. Her work has been published in archival and information science journals such as Archival Science, Archivaria, Archives and Manuscripts, Information and Culture, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, and the Journal of Documentation. Her work has also appeared in the proceedings of the International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL), Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), International Conference on Asia-Pacific Digital Libraries (ICADL), and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIST).


Ciaran holds a PhD in library and information science from UCLA.

Areas Of Specialization

Material Culture
Information Creation
Human Information Behavior
Digital Humanities
Digital Curation
Digital Archives
Records Management

Recent Publications

Ciaran B. Trace, Phenomenology, Experience, and the Essence of Documents as Objects, Information Research 22 (1) (2017).

Ciaran B. Trace and Unmil P. Karadkar, Information Management Practices in the Humanities: Scholarly Processes, Tools, and the Construction of Personal Collections, Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 68 (2) (February 2017): 491-507.

Yalin Sun, Yan Zhang, Jacek Gwizdka, and Ciaran B. Trace, "Consumer Evaluation of the Quality of Online Health Information: Systematic Literature Review of Relevant Criteria and Indicators," JMIR: Journal of Medical Internet Research 21 (5) (2019). DOI: 10.2196/12522

Ciaran B. Trace and Yan Zhang, "The Quantified-Self Archive: Documenting Lives through Self-Tracking Data," Journal of Documentation 76 (1) (2019): 290-316. DOI: 10.1108/JD-04-2019-0064.

Ciaran B. Trace, "Maintaining Records in Context: An Historical Exploration of the Theory and Practice of Archival Classification and Arrangement," The American Archivist 83 (1) (Spring/Summer 2020): 91-127.

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Recent Awards

  • Archival Innovator Award, Society of American Archivists with Dr. Luis Francisco Revilla

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabusNotes
2022FallINF 389RIntroduction to Archival Enterprise I
2022FallINF 389EIntroduction to Records Management
2022SpringINF 389EIntroduction to Records Management
2021FallINF 389RIntroduction to Archival Enterprise I
2021SpringINF 389EIntroduction to Records Management
2020FallINF 389SIntroduction to Archival Enterprise II
2020SpringINF 389EIntroduction to Records Management
2019FallINF 389RIntroduction to Archival Enterprise I
2019SpringINF 389SIntroduction to Archival Enterprise II
2018FallINF 389RIntroduction to Archival Enterprise I
2018FallINF 389EIntroduction to Records Management
2018SpringINF 389SIntroduction to Archival Enterprise II
2017FallINF 389RIntroduction to Archival Enterprise I
2017FallINF 389EIntroduction to Records Management
2017SpringINF 389SIntroduction to Archival Enterprise II