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Hi, I’m Kate.

People know me for being a librarian who is professionally passionate about collaboratively figuring out how to operationalize digital media technology initiatives with educators, researchers, and students. I started working in higher education as an undergraduate student holding down 3-4 part-time jobs and managing full course loads at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. While pursuing undergraduate degrees in art history and photography, I learned digital media could open up a whole new way of seeing and experiencing cultures and the world. It was visual arts education injected with intersectional feminism that strengthened my abilities to analyze, question, reflect, process, and create meaning using digital technologies.

So how did I become a librarian? To be honest, it was a natural path that I didn’t know I was on until I met a librarian who specialized in building visual media repositories and curating digital image teaching collections. My love for art history, feminism, art making, researching, and messing around with computers helped me realize I could specialize in the curation and preservation of data and information and teach people how to think critically about their own praxis.

After completing a library and information science masters degree in 2013 from Simmons University’s College of Library and Information Science, I’ve been a librarian and archivist hybrid who specializes in the ethical access, preservation, creation of digital collections and how to integrate them into technology intense, constructivist project-based learning and research environments. Today you can find me working as a Digital Scholarship Librarian in the University of Oregon Libraries Digital Scholarship Services Department

Curriculum Vitae


Digital Research, Education, and Media Projects

Red Thread: A Journey Through Color, 2019 – Led digital project management and technology instruction for this UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Center Faculty Grant focused on exploring the material historical culture of the color red in objects from across campus and around the world through visits to UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, the UO Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and the UO Jordan Schnitzert Museum of Art through student-researched objects. Technologies used: Omeka S, StoryMapJS.

The March, 2019 – Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant-funded initiative “Leveraging GLAM Assets in Research, Teaching, and Learning: Mellon Faculty Fellowships to Advance Library-Museum Collaboration” at the University of Oregon. Provided support for project management; consulted on many aspects of project design, implementation, and documentation, and technology instruction. Technology used: WordPress, Oral History Metadata Syncronizer, Vimeo

Untold Stories: The Hidden History of the University of Oregon, 2018 – Led digital project management and supported technology instruction for this UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Center digital humanities initiative focused on telling the stories of historically underserved and underrepresented UO community members through digital primary source surrogates. Technology used: Omeka Classic, Curatescape

OHSU Digital Assets Management Program Start-up, 2016 to 2017 – Led the development and creation of digital assets management services at Oregon Health and Science University Technology used: MerlinOne, LibGuides

Public Health in Oregon: Discovering Historical Data, 2016 – Interim digital projects lead overseeing daily project operations, grant funded employee supervision, and development of data redaction workflows for this Oregon LSTA grant initiative Technology used: bepress Digital Commons, Drupal, Adobe Photoshop, Open Refine

Lesley University Taking In Digital Archive, 2015 – Oversaw and managed training of digitization and cataloging of over 10 years worth of student photography to be made accessible only to the Lesley University campus via Artstor Technology used: Artstor SharedShelf (now JSTOR Forum), Open Refine, Google Drive, Epson Expression 11000XL- Photo Scanner, Adobe Photoshop

InFUSION Visual Literacy Project at Lesley University, 2015 – Introduced visual arts and humanities and STEM faculty members to the ACRL Information Literacy Framework and communicated visual and information literacy student competency challenges within curricular designs Technology Used: LibGuides, Prezi

Lesley University Visual Resources Digital Collection and Repository Migration from MDID to Artstor SharedShelf, 2014 – Oversaw, designed, trained, documented, and implemented the data migration and digital assets management system configuration of 2,000-5,000 digital images from an open source digital collection system to a proprietary one. Technology used: MDID, Artstor SharedShelf, Open Refine, Adobe Photoshop

Programs & Services

UO Libraries Digital Research, Education, and Media (DREAM) Lab & Digital Scholarship Projects Operations Management, 2019 to Present – Serves as the operations manager for the DREAM Lab and leads teams of cross-functional library and technology specialists in the development of digital humanities and social science projects.

UO Libraries Oregon Digital Service Manager, 2019-Present – Leads UO Libraries service management for the jointly managed Oregon State University and University of Oregon digital cultural heritage repository, Oregon Digital.

UO Libraries Digital Scholarship Center Faculty Grants Program, 2018-2020 – Led digital project service level agreement development and virtual team project management for digital humanities and social science projects.

OHSU Digital Assets Management Program, 2016 to 2018 – Created and developed the Oregon Health and Science University digital assets management services program.

Lesley University Art & Design Library’s Digital Scholarship & Imaging Services, 2013-2016 – Led library digital repository and imaging services and visual arts community scholarly communications instruction.