“We All Own This”: Creating a Culture of Information Stewardship at Bryn Mawr College

  • When: 10:45-11:45 AM, ¬†Wednesday, June 17, 2015
  • Where: Room 104, Kirby Hall of Civil Rights
  • Presenter: Gina Siesing, CIO & Director of Libraries, Bryn Mawr College

In Fall 2014, we launched the Information Stewardship Council (ISC) with representatives from across academic and administrative areas at the College. The goals of the ISC are to enable broad adoption of best practices in data handling and to mitigate risk of data breaches, data loss, and/or negative impacts to our mission and work at the institution. The ISC focuses on shared investment in improving our understanding and practices College-wide, including awareness and education programs, development of enhanced policies and practices, and investment in tools and approaches that improve our information stewardship capabilities.

The ISC benefits from strong support from the Board of Trustees, President, and senior staff of the College. The ISC’s charge includes not only information security (effective handling of data that are regulated, sensitive, and/or confidential), but also planned stewardship of assets that are unique to the institution and of enduring value. We are building on models at other institutions, largely R1’s, and we welcome the chance to share this emerging model and to learn from others in the CLAC community.

About the Presenter

Gina Siesing is CIO and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries at Bryn Mawr College. At Bryn Mawr, Gina leads a multi-disciplinary Library and Information Technology Services organization that supports faculty and students in maximizing the benefits of technology for learning and scholarship, that enables discovery and analysis of research materials and rich special collections, and that facilitates administrative functions College-wide.

Gina’s work focuses significantly on strengthening our partnerships within the Tri-College Consortium and our collaborations across the higher education community. Gina is a strong advocate for the critical benefit of liberal arts education in the 21st century, both in terms of graduates’ preparedness to contribute and lead in diverse professional fields and in terms of the values of mindful and engaged citizenship that are core to liberal arts learning and practice.