I have worked at the UIC Library since 2012. Prior to coming to UIC, I served as a consultant for the Chicago Collections consortium to help found and design Explore Chicago Collections. I was inspired to come to UIC in the course of that project, after seeing the amazing wealth of Chicago historical and cultural resources in the Library's Special Collections and University Archives, and their great promise for digital initiatives.
Prior to my work at UIC, I led the Web-at-Risk initiative at the California Digital Library and funded by the Library of Congress, to develop tools to enable government information specialists to harvest and preserve federal, state and local government agency websites. I've also worked on systems to deliver online research instruction, to track the use of copyrighted materials for electronic reserves, and was the information architect for the first version of the DMP Tool, which helps researchers prepare data management plans for grant proposals.
I hold an MLIS from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master of Arts in Applied Technology from DePaul University.
I lead the Library's Digital Programs and Services department, which is responsible for the design and production of the Library's digital collections. This includes large scale digitization to make the unique materials in our Special Collections and University Archives available to the public, designing and optimizing discovery systems to make those resources easy to find and use, and managing the stewardship and preservation of those digital assets. My work has included taking a leadership role in establishing Explore Chicago Collections, which enables researchers to search across the archives and digital collections of Chicago-area libraries, museums and archives. I also contributed to Remembering Richard J. Daley, which draws from oral histories, documents, film and images in the Richard J. Daley collection to tell the story of his administration.
My research interests are the large-scale management and preservation of digital content, whether produced via digitization or harvested from the web. I am particularly interested in:
Walter, Scott; Sarah Pritchard; Charles Blair; Tracy Seneca. Building 'Full-Stack' Collaboration on a Digital Foundation: Explore Chicago Collections and the Chicago Collections Consortium. Coalition for Networked Information Member Meeting, San Antonio, March 2016.
Seneca, Tracy and Charles Blair. E Pluribus Unum: Melding Manifold Metadata for Use in a Consortial Setting. (conference presentation) Coalition for Networked Information Member Meeting, Washington D.C., December 2014.
Seneca, Tracy and Kate Flynn. Chicago Collections Portal Administrative System Specifications. (Specifications document for digital work). June 2014.
Seneca, Tracy, Abigail Grotke, Cathy Hartman and Kris Carpenter, It Takes a Village to Save the Web: The End of Term Web Archive. DttP: Documents to the People, 40 no. 1 (2012): 16-24, http://wikis.ala.org/godort/images/7/7d/DttP_40n1.pdf
Seneca, Tracy. Archiving The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. International Internet Preservation Consortium, The Hague, Netherlands. May, 2011.
Seneca, Tracy. What Changes with Digital Content? Part 3: Web Archiving. Association of Research Libraries Forum, An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age. Washington D.C., October, 2009.
Seneca, Tracy. The Web-at-Risk at Three: Overview of an NDIIPP Web Archiving Initiative. Library Trends, 57 no. 3 (2009): 427-441.