Krystyna Matusiak

Krystyna Matusiak

  • Office Hours

    • Office hours for Spring quarter 2017:

      Mon: 4:00 -6:00 p.m

      Wed: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

      Office location: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall, Room 248

  • Biographical Description

    • Krystyna K.  Matusiak is an Assistant Professor in the Library & Information Science Program (LIS) at the Morgridge College of Education. Krystyna’s research and teaching interests focus on the digitization of cultural heritage materials, digital libraries, the indexing and retrieval of digital images, information behavior, and usability studies. She is committed to user-centered principles in information design and is passionate about educating the new generation of information professionals.  

      Krystyna earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the Interdisciplinary Program in Digital Information Design and Organization. Her dissertation is entitled: The Use of Digital Resources in an Academic Environment: A Qualitative Study of Students' Perceptions, Experiences, and Digital Literacy Skills.  She received the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation proposal.

      Prior to accepting her position at the Morgridge College of Education, Krystyna was the Head of the Digitization Unit at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She worked as a Digital Collections Librarian for ten years and has planned and designed over 20 distinct digital collections.  She was an active participant in the NEH grant funded project: Saving and Sharing the AGS Library's Historic Nitrate Negative Images.

      Krystyna also served as a digitization consultant for projects funded by the Endangered Archive Programme at the British Library and assisted digital library projects at the Press Institute of Mongolia in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia and the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem.

  • Best Work

    • Krystyna is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. In 2012 she presented at the EdMedia 2012 – World Conference on Educational Media and Technology where she received an Outstanding Paper Award for “Use of visual and multimedia resources in an undergraduate classroom: A case study.”

      She also presented her paper “Digitization as a preservation strategy” at the UNESCO International Conference: The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation in Vancouver, British Columbia, September 28, 2012.

      In her work as a Digital Collections Librarian Krystyna worked on the design and development of over 20 digital collections. Here are some of her favorite projects: 

      Tibet - From the Collections of the American Geographical Society Library, available at:

      and the award winning March on Milwaukee Civil Rights History Project, available at:

  • Photos

    • IFLA Conference Helsinki 2012.jpg
      IFLA Conference Helsinki 2012.jpg

      At the IFLA conference in Helsinki, August 2012. I'm an active member of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) and participate at the annual IFLA World Library and Information Congress. 

    • At the Library at the National Taiwan Normal University.jpg
      At the Library at the National Taiwan Normal University.jpg

      I visited Taiwan in March to present a paper at the 2011 Taiwan e-Learning and Digital Archives Program (TELDAP) International Conference.  I also gave lectures two guest lectures at the Graduate Institute of Library & Information Studies at the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU).

  • Education

      • Ph.D. in Digital Information Design and Organization, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, August 2010

      • M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 1999

      • M.A. in Polish Studies and Theater History, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 1986

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Publications

    • Books

      Xie. I. & Matusiak, K. K. (2016). Discover digital libraries: Theory and practice.  Amsterdam:  Elsevier.

      Peer-reviewed Journal Publications

      Matusiak, K.K., Meng, L., Barczyk, E., & Shih, C.J. (2015). Multilingual metadata for cultural heritage materials: The Case of the Tse-Tsung Chow Collection of Chinese scrolls and fan paintings. The Electronic Library 33(1), 136 - 151

      Matusiak, K.K. & Johnston, T. (2014). Digitization for
      preservation and access: Restoring the usefulness of the nitrate negative collections at the American Geographical Society Library. The American Archivist 77 (1), 241-269. 

      Xie, I., Joo, S., & Matusiak, K.K. (2014). Digital library evaluation criteria: What do users want? Journal of the Korean BIBLIA Society for Library and Information Science 25 (1), 5-18.

      Matusiak, K. K. (2013). Image and multimedia resources in an academic environment: A qualitative study of students' experiences and literacy practices. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 64 (8), 1577-1589.

      Matusiak, K. K. (2012). Perceptions of usability and usefulness of digital libraries. The International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing 6 (1-2), 133-147.

      Matusiak, K. K. & Myagmar,M. (2009). Newspaper digitization project in
      Mongolia: Creating a digital archive of Mongolian rare periodicals. Serials Librarian, 57(1), 118-127.

      Matusiak, K.K. (2006). Towards user-centered indexing in digital image collections. OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives, 22 (4), 283-298.

      Matusiak, K. K. (2006). Information seeking behavior in digital image collections: Acognitive approach. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 32 (5), 479-488.

      Matusiak, K. K. & Kenny, J. T. (2004). Building a digital collection of photos and maps: Milwaukee Neighborhoods at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. Cartographic Perspectives, 49, 66-73.

      Book Chapters

      Matusiak, K.K., Polepeddi, P., Tyler, A. Newton, C., & Rist, J. (2017). Giving voice to the community: Digitizing Jeffco oral histories. In H. Roued-Cunliffe & A. Copeland (Eds.), Participatory heritage. London: Facet Publishing.

      Matusiak, K. K. & Abu Harb, Q. (2011). Digitizing the historical periodical collection at the Al-Aqsa Mosque Library in East Jerusalem. In H. Walravens (Ed.), Newspapers:Legal deposit and research in the digital era (pp. 271-290). Berlin: De Gruyter.

      Barczyk, E. & Matusiak, K. K. (2004). Expanding access to collections through digitization. In R.Osborne (Ed.), From outreach to equity: Innovative models of library policyand practice (pp.87-89). Chicago: ALA.

  • Copies of Recent Publications

  • Research


      • Digital library development and evaluation
      • Indexing and retrieval of digital images
      • Information design and usability
      • Information seeking
      • User needs and user studies
      • International librarianship

      Krystyna conducted a number of research studies on the use of digital collections in an academic environment focusing on information seeking behavior, user understanding of digital collections, user interaction with digital images, and use of archival primary sources in the digital format. She contributed to the scholarship in these areas by presenting at professional conferences and publishing.

  • Teaching

      • Developed and taught new courses in the University of Denver LIS program:
        • Academic Libraries (Spring 2013; Fall 2015)
        • Digital Libraries (Fall 2013; 2014; 2015)
        • LIS 4700 Usability (Fall 2012)
        • LIS 4700-2 Indexing and Retrieval of Visual and Multimedia Resources (Spring 2012)
        • LIS 4700 Introduction to Digitization (Winter 2012; 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016)
      • Taught core and elective courses in the University of Denver LIS program Fall 2011 – Spring 2016
        • LIS 4010 Organization of Information (Fall 2011; Fall 2012; Winter 2013; Winter 2014; Spring 2014; Winter 2016; Spring 2016)
        • LIS 4301 Information Seeking Behaviors (Spring 2012)
        • LIS 4804 Digital Objects and Collections (Spring 2013)

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