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Edward Benoit, III

Associate Director & Associate Professor in the School of Library & Information Science

PhD: Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2014

Master's Degree(s): MLIS, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009; MA (History), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2009

Bachelor's Degree(s): BA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2006

Phone: 225-578-1469


Office: 269 Coates Hall

Edward Benoit, III is Associate Director and Associate Professor in the School of Library & Information Science at Louisiana State University. He is the coordinator of the archival studies and cultural heritage resource management programs. He received an MA in History, MLIS and PhD in Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His research focuses on participatory and community archives, non-traditional archival materials, climate change, and archival education. He is the founder and director of the Virtual Footlocker Project, which examines the personal archiving habits of the 21st century soldier in an effort to develop new digital capture and preservation technologies to support their needs.


LIS 2000 Introduction to Information & Society

LIS 7000 Information & Society

LIS 7008 Information Technologies and Systems

LIS 7408 Introduction to Archival Theory, Principles & Practice

LIS 7504 Preservation Management of Physical Records

LIS 7506 Preservation & Digitization of Audiovisual Materials

LIS 7702 Seminar in Advanced Archival Appraisal

LIS 7704 Archival Arrangement & Description 

Research Areas

Community Archives, Participatory Archives, Archival Pedagogy, Non-traditional Archival Materials, Climate Change

Selected Publications

Wright, Trudi and Edward Benoit III. “Technology Use in Designing Curriculum for Archivists: Utilizing Andragogical Approaches in Designing Digital Learning Environments for Archives Professional Development.” Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture 48, no. 2 (2019): 85-94.

Benoit, Edward, III, and Alexandra Eveleigh, eds. Participatory Archives: Theory & Practice (London: Facet Publishing, 2019).

Benoit, Edward, III and Donald C. Force. "One Size Does Not Fit All: Graduate Archival Education in the 21st Century." American Archivist 82, no. 1 (2019): 24-52.

Benoit, Edward, III and Amanda Munson. “Proceed with Caution: Deepening Concerns about Social Tagging within Digital Collections, 2010-2016,” portal: Libraries and the Academy 18, no. 4 (2018): 759-779.

Benoit, Edward, III. “#MPLP Part 1: Comparing Domain Expert and Novice Social Tags in a Minimally Processed Digital Archive.” American Archivist 80, no. 2 (2017): 145-176.

Benoit, Edward, III. “Digital V-Mail & the 21st Century Soldier: Preliminary Findings from the Virtual Footlocker Project.” Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture 46, no. 1 (2017): 17-31.

Selected Presentations

Buchanan, Sarah A., Erin Barsan, Edward Benoit III, Anthony Cocciolo, Aisha M. Johnson, Amanda Lima, Krystyna K. Matusiak, Alex Poole, Colin Post and Jane Zhang. “Inventing and Implementing Future-Ready Archival Education.” Association for Library and Information Science Education, Online, September 2021.

Martell, Allan, Edward Benoit, III, and Gillian Brownlee. “Love Me Binders: Personal Information Collections for the Modern Soldier.” Society of American Archivists Research Forum, Online, July 2021.

Benoit, Edward, III and Roxanne Guidry. “Dispatches from the Front: Findings from the Virtual Footlocker Project Phase 1.” Society of American Archivists, Austin, TX, August 2019.

Benoit, Edward, III. “Missing Tapes and Deleted Tweets: The Presidential Records Act & Democracy.” Presentation for the Presidential Symposium Behind the Ballot: Examining the Influences and Trends Driving Modern Elections at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 2018.

Benoit, Edward, III and A. Mackenzie Roberts. “Louisiana, The State We’re In: Challenges, Collaboration, & Opportunities.” Presented at the Association of Moving Image Archivists, New Orleans, LA, November, 2017.

Benoit, Edward, III. “Moving Image Social Tagging: Professional vs. Amateur Production Comparison.” Presented at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, July, 2017.

Benoit, Edward, III. “Temporal and Format Influences on Social Tagging of Moving Images.” Presented at the Society of American Archivists, Atlanta, GA, August, 2016.

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

Benoit, Edward, III. "Virtual Footlocker Project: Developing a User-Centered Framework for Digital Preservation of Active Duty and Veteran Personal Records.” Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2018. $390,706. Funded.

Benoit, Edward, III. “Social Tagging of Amateur and Professionally Produced Moving Images.” Society of American Archivists Foundation. 2016, $2,400. Funded.

Benoit, Edward, III, Maccio, E.M., & Lacher-Feldman, J. (2015). “An International Perspective of LGBTQ Archives and Social Justice: Workshops & a Public Lecture with Dr. Rebecka Sheffield.” College of Human Sciences & Education Dean’s Internationalization Program. 2015, $1,404. Funded.

Benoit, Edward, III. “Virtual Footlocker Phase 1: Exploring the Personal Archiving and Recordkeeping Habits of the 21st Century Soldier.” College of Human Sciences & Education Peabody Society Dean’s Circle Grant. 2015, $2,000. Funded.

Professional/Community Services

Editorial Board Member & Book Reviews Editor, Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 2019-present.

Graduate Archival Education Subcommittee, Society of American Archivists, 2018-2019 (member), 2019-2020 (vice-chair), 2020-2021 (chair).

Steering Committee, Archival Educators Section, Society of American Archivists, 2016-2018 (member), 2018-2019 (chair).

Board of Directors, Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association, 2014-2017.

Awards and Honors

Advocate for Diversity Award, College of Human Sciences & Education, Louisiana State University, 2019.

TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award, Louisiana State University, 2018.

Distinguished Alumni Award, School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2017.


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Twitter: @eabenoit