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Gina Costello
Head of Digital Services

Job Description

Gina Costello is head of the Digital Services & Reformatting Department at LSU Libraries Special Collections. In this capacity I supervise the digitization, microfilming, and photographing of materials found in Hill Memorial Library. I serve as the LSU Libraries contact for the Louisiana Digital Library (LDL) and am chair of the LDL committee.  Since 2009 I have served as a Project Director for the Digitizing Louisiana Newspapers Project, a National Endowment for the Humanities funded project through the Library of Congress.


MLIS, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2004)
BA, English Literature, Mississippi College (1997)

Selected Publications

Costello, Gina R. “Digitization and Access of Louisiana Oral Histories: One Oral History Center’s Experience in the Digital Realm” In K. Ng and J. Kucsma (Eds.), Digitization in the Real World: Lessons Learned from Small and Medium-sized Digitization Projects (2010) New York, NY: Metropolitian New York Library Council.

Costello, Gina R. and Alice Daugherty “Analysis of Job Responsibilities of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Human Resource Professionals” In E. Pankl, D. Theiss-White and M. Bushing (Eds.), Recruitment, Development, and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management (2010) Hershey, PA: IGI Publishing.

Blessinger, Kelly and Gina Costello “The Effect of Economic Recession on Institutional Support for Tenure-Track Librarians in ARL Institutions.”  The Journal of Academic Librarianship 37:4 (2011): 307-311.

Costello, Gina R. “Louisiana Coastal Wetlands and Louisiana Coastal Grey Literature: Vanishing Treasures.” Publishing Research Quarterly 23:1 (2007): 19-29.  Reprinted from The Grey Journal.

Selected Conference Papers and Presentations

“A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned: Ways to Maximize your Learning Potential in Tough Economic Times” with Kelly Blessinger at ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute - “Doing Well by Doing Good”: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Librarians, April 21-22, 2010.

“Oral Histories from ‘Analog’ to Louisiana ‘Digital’ Library at LOUIS User’s Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, October 21-22, 2010.

"Digital Archiving and Digital Project Management” at Association for Conservation Information Annual Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, July 16, 2009.

“Creating and Managing Online Exhibits” Pre-Conference workshop (half day) at Rice University, Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Conference, Houston, TX, May 21, 2008.

Memberships & Service

American Library Association (ALA):

ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Association (RBMS)

Library & Information Technology Association (LITA)

Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA)

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