Arjun Sabharwal joined the University of Toledo Library faculty in January 2009 as Digital Initiatives Librarian responsible for the digital preservation of archival collections, curating the Toledo’s Attic virtual museum, and managing the Open Journal Systems at The University of Toledo.  As Coordinator of Digital Initiatives, he is responsible for the planning and implementation of new digital library and archival projects (including digital publishing support) at The University of Toledo. Current interests include archival sciences, digital humanities, digital history, digital curation, multimodal literacy, and autoethnography.


M. L. I. S., Wayne State University, Detroit, 2003

Graduate Certificate in Archival Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, 2003

M.A. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996; California State University, Northridge, 1994

B.A.  California State University, Northridge, 1994



Sabharwal, Arjun.  “Un-Banning Books, Perspectives, Identities, and Knowledge.” IFLA’s Section on Libraries for Children and Young Adults Newsletter: International Views on Banned Books (Special Edition, October 2023): 13-15. https://repository.ifla.org/bitstream/123456789/2865/1/IFLA_CYA_SpecialEdition_BBW2023.pdf

———. “Digital Scriptures, Material Religion and the Digital Humanities:  An Interdisciplinary Framework for Curating Digitized Sacred Texts Online,” (Chap. 3) in Digital Humanities and Material Religion: An Introduction. Eds. Emily Suzanne Clark and Rachel MC Bride Lindsey. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2022.

———.” Institutional Repository Engagement Framework: Harnessing Resources, Structure, and process for Strategic Plan Support in Higher Education.” Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Vol. 33, no. 3 (2021): 133-155.  https://doi.org/10.1080/1941126X.2021.1949150.

———. “Functional Frameworks for Socialized Digital Curation: Curatorial Interventions and Curation Spaces in Archives and Libraries.” Library Trends, Vol. 69, no. 3 (Special Issue: “Everyday Documentation”), 2021: 672-95. 10.1353/lib.2021.0009

———. “Institutional Repositories and Knowledge Curation: Revisiting Knowledge Conversion in the Academic Environment.” Against the Grain, vol. 31, no. 5 (November 2019):78-80. https://against-the-grain.com/2019/12/v315-optimizing-library-services-institutional-repositories-and-knowledge-curation-revisiting-knowledge-conversion-in-the-academic-environment/.

Napp, John and Arjun Sabharwal.  “Academic Libraries and the Strategic Vision for Diversity in Higher Education.”  Conference Proceedings of the Annual Conference and Exposition of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  Tampa, Florida, June 2019.

Sabharwal, Arjun.  “Digital Humanities and the Emerging Framework for Digital Curation.” In The Digital Humanities: Implications for Librarians, Libraries, and Librarianship.  Ed.  Christopher Millson-Martula and Kevin B. Gunn.  Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 2019.

———.  “The Transformative Role of Institutional Repositories in Academic Knowledge Management,” In Digital Curation: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, edited by Information Resources Management Association, 41-61. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference, 2019: 41-61.

———.  “City, Legacy, and Reform: The Beginnings of the Toledo Humane Society.” Ohio History, vol. 125, no. 1 (Spring 2018).  doi:10.1353/ohh.2018.0003

———.   “Emerging Technologies in Humanities Education” in Humanities: Past, Present, and Future.” Chapter 6.  Edited by Michael Shaughnessy.  New York: Nova Science Publishers (2017).

Sabharwal, Arjun, with Gerald R. Natal.  “Integrating the IR into Strategic Goals at the University of Toledo: Case Study.” Digital Library Perspective, Vol. 33, no. 4 (Fall 2017).  doi:10.1108/DLP-03-2017-0008

Sabharwal, Arjun.  “Digital Humanities and the Emerging Framework for Digital Curation.” College & Undergraduate Libraries, Vol. 24 (July 2017).  doi:10.1080/10691316.2017.1336953

———.  “The Transformative Role of Institutional Repositories in Academic Knowledge Management,” in Bhojaraju Gunjal, Ed. Managing Knowledge and Scholarly Assets in Academic Libraries.  Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2017

———.  “Toledo’s Attic: A Community-Curated Virtual Museum Nears 20 Years Old.” Ohio Genealogy News, vol 46, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 16-19.

———.  Digital Curation in the Digital Humanities: Preserving and Promoting Archival and Special Collections. Oxford, UK: Chandos Publishing, 2015.

———. “Toledo’s Attic: A Collaborative Digital History Project.” Northwest Ohio History, Vol. 81, no. 1 (Fall 2013): 1-23.

———. “Networked Co-Curation in Virtual Museums: Digital Humanities, History, and Social Media in the Toledo’s Attic Project.”  International Journal of Heritage in the Digital Era, Vol. 1, no. 4 (2012): 587-610.

———.  “Digital Representations of Disability History: Developing a Virtual exhibition at the Ward M. Canaday Center, University of Toledo.” Archival Issues: Journal of the Midwest Archives Conference, vol. 34, no. 1 (2012)

———.  “More Than Meets The Ear.” Recorded Sound, Spring 2012. http://www2.archivists.org/groups/recorded-sound-roundtable.

———.  “Knowledge domain navigation in interdisciplinary digital landscapes.” Journal of Library Metadata, vol 11, no. 2 (May 2011): 63-82.



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