Jerome McDonough

Associate Professor

PhD, Library and Information Studies, Berkeley

Research focus

Sociotechnical and social constructionist approaches to design and development of information systems; digital preservation and knowledge curation; metadata and information.


Jerome McDonough has been on the faculty of the School since 2005. His research focuses on sociotechnical aspects of digital libraries, with a particular interest in issues of metadata and description as well as digital preservation of complex media and software. Prior to joining the faculty at the iSchool, McDonough served as the head of the Digital Library Development Team for New York University. He has also been an active participant in metadata standards activities for digital libraries, having served as chair of the METS Editorial Board, as well as serving on the NISO Standards Development Committee and on the ODRL International Advisory Board.

McDonough completed his doctoral studies the U.C. Berkeley School of Library & Information Studies in 2000. His dissertation, "Under Construction: The Application of a Feminist Sociology to Information Systems Design," investigated the construction of identity in graphical, computed-mediated communication systems and the influence that CMC system designers may yield on their users' presentation of self.

Office hours

Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and by appointment

Publications & Papers

Larson, Ray R., McDonough, Jerome, O'Leary, Paul, Kuntz, Lucy, and Moon, Ralph (1996). "Cheshire II: Designing a Next-Generation Online Catalog." Journal of the American Society for Information Science 47(7), pp. 555-567.

McDonough, Jerome (1999). "Designer Selves: Construction of Technologically Mediated Identity within Graphical, Multiuser Virtual Environments." Journal of the American Society for Information Science 50(10), pp. 855-869.

McDonough, Jerome (2006). "METS: Standardized Encoding for Digital Library Objects." International Journal on Digital Libraries 6(2), pp. 148-158.

McDonough, Jerome (2009). "XML, Interoperability and the Social Construction of Markup Languages: The Library Example." Digital Humanities Quarterly 3(3).  Available online.

McDonough, Jerome P. et al. (2010). Preserving Virtual Worlds Final Report. A white paper sponsored by the Library of Congress National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program, Library of Congress, UIeRA#2008-01111-00-00.  Champaign, IL: University of Illinois.  Available online.

McDonough, Jerome (Jan. 2011). "Packaging Videogames for Long-Term Preservation: Integrating FRBR and the OAIS Reference Model." Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, 62(1), pp. 171-184.

McDonough, Jerome, Matthew Kirschenbaum, Doug Reside, Neil Fraistat and Dennis Jerz (Fall 2010). "Twisty Little Passages Almost All Alike: Applying the FRBR Model to a Classic Computer Game." Digital Humanities Quarterly 4(2). Available online.

McDonough, Jerome & Olendorf, Rob (2011). "Saving Second Life: Issues in Archiving a Complex, Multi-user Virtual World." International Journal of Digital Curation 6(2), pp. 89-108.

Decker, Adrienne, Egert, Chris, Phelps, Andy & McDonough, Jerome (2012). "Technical Properties of Play: A Technical Analysis of Significant Properties for Video Game Preservation." Games Innovation Conference (IGIC), IEEE International.

McDonough, Jerome (2013). "A Tangled Web: Metadata and Problems in Game Preservation," in (David Anderson, Janet Delve and Milena Dobreva, Eds.) The Preservation of Complex Objects: Gaming Environments & Virtual Worlds (Vol. 3), Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), pp. 49-62.


McDonough, Jerome. "Is a METS File a Bibliographic Record, and if so, for what – FRBR, Structural Metadata, and the Design of Digital Library Objects." Part of a panel discussion on Theoretical Topics in FRBR, American Society for Information Science & Technology Annual Meeting 2006 (ASIS&T 2006). Austin, TX, November 3-9, 2006.

McDonough, Jerome. "Preserving Virtual Worlds." An invited lecture at the First Digital Lives Research Conference: Personal Digital Archives for the 21st Century, British Library, London, Feb. 9, 2009.

McDonough, Jerome. "'Knee-Deep in the Data: Practical Problems in Applying the OAIS Reference Model to the Preservation of Computer Games.” Proceedings of the 45th Hawaii International Conference On System Sciences (HICSS), Maui, Hawaii, January 4-7, 2012.

McDonough, Jerome. "Some Assembly Required: Reflections on XML Semantics, Digital Preservation and the Construction of Knowledge." Balisage: The Markup Conference 2013, Aug. 6-9, 2013, Montréal, Canada.

McDonough, Jerome. "A Critical eye in the Mirror: Building a North American Research Agenda on the Preservation of Intangible Heritage within Library & Information Science." Proceedings of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies 2016, June 3-8, 2016, Montreal, Canada.