Change is the only constant in digital collections work. Evolving technologies, resources, and needs require a constant flexibility in not only what work is done, but how and by whom. Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, Grand Valley State University Libraries held a series of facilitated conversations to analyze the workflows, organizational structure, and overall support for the management of digital collections and repositories. This article summarizes the facilitation process and highlights areas of opportunity, aspirations, and future directions.


participatory change, digital collections, reorganization, archives, special collections, institutional repositories


Archival Science | Library and Information Science | Scholarly Communication | Scholarly Publishing


First published in Against the Grain.

Original Citation:

Benefiel, A., Rander, J., Ruen, M., & Rupinski, L. (2018). Exploratory Evolution: Using Participatory Change to Rethink and Reorganize Digital Collections Services. Against the Grain, 30 (5).