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Integrating digital stewardship into library instruction: An argument for student (and librarian) success

“Document(1).docx”, “Untitled Document”, and “exam final final. pdf” are more than just poor file names – they are symptoms of a broader problem that occurs when someone lacks personal digital stewardship skills. At its most trivial, personal digital stewardship is a set of skills that can make our lives easier; at its most critical, it is an equity issue that threatens our ability to access and retain information. As academic librarians, our responsibility is to constantly work to lower the barriers that impede access to information, a goal which is often accomplished through instruction and skill building. In this column, I argue that personal digital stewardship skills are vital to both student and librarian success. Libraries can forward success for both by implementing digital stewardship best practices into regular academic instruction.

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