Richard Urban received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with honors from Pennsylvania State University in May 1993. He received his Masters in History with Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware in May 1997.
Currently, he is a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He serves as a graduate research assistant for the IMLS Digital Collections and Content project and as project assistant for the Metadata for You & Me: A Training Program for Shareable Metadata.
Richard began his career in Washington, DC at the Junior Fellow Library of Congress Manuscripts Division in 1993. He worked as a Library Technician at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries from 1993 to 1995. In 1997 Richard was Assistant Curator for the Historical Society of Delaware where he wrote The City that Launched a Thousand Ships: Shipbuilding in Wilmington 1644-1997. In 2002 Richard worked briefly as Web Site Coordinator for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and with the ECHO DEPository Project. Prior to returning to his graduate studies, Richard served as the Operations Coordinator for the Collaborative Digitization Program (aka Colorado Digitization Project), which assisted libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations providing online access to their collections.