Lisa M. Spiro

Twitter: @lisamspiro

Curriculum Vitae


  •  Ph.D., English
    University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 2002
    Dissertation: Bachelors of Arts: Bachelorhood and the Construction of Literary Identity in Antebellum America.
  • M.A.,English                                                                                                                University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. 1995
  • B.A., English and History, Magna cum Laude
    Rice University,
    Houston, TX. 1992.

Awards, Fellowships and Other Recognition

  • “Best of NMC” award for interactives, NMC conference (2010)
  • Shapiro Library Staff Innovation Award (Fondren Library, Rice University, 2009)
  • Frye Leadership Institute Fellow (2003)
  • Rice University Board of Trustees’ recognition for outstanding service (2001)
  • University of Virginia Writing Center Fellowship (1993)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1992)
  • Steed Scholarship, Rice University (1990)

Professional Experience

  • Executive Director, Digital Scholarship Services, Fondren Library, Rice University
    Member of Fondren Library’s executive team, responsible for the oversight and management of scholarly communications, the institutional repository, the Digital Media Commons, the Kelley Center for Government Information & Microforms, and the GIS/Data Center. Work with faculty on digital projects and collaborate in securing grant funding to support digital library and digital humanities research. October 2013-present
  • Part-time lecturer, Rice University
    Co-teach a graduate digital humanities course (3 credits, pass/fail) sponsored by Rice University’s Humanities Research Center. Assist in developing graduate education in digital humanities at Rice. (July 2013-present)
  • Independent consultant and researcher (self-employed)
    My areas of expertise include digital humanities, digital pedagogy, scholarly communications, educational technology, open education, online education, the future of libraries, and software evaluation for cultural heritage organizations. I plan and facilitate workshops, give talks and presentations, author research reports, serve as an external reviewer, and advise on strategy and implementation. April 2013-October 2013.
  • Program Manager, Anvil Academic 
    Manage operations and strategic development of new digital press for the humanities. Oversee budget. Develop workflow. Supervise one FTE. June 2012-March 2013
  •  Director, NITLE Labs, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education
    Explored strategic initiatives aimed at advancing liberal education via inter-institutional cooperation and the use of technology. Created and coordinated the NITLE Innovation Studio, a mostly online leadership development program that drew on design thinking and entrepreneurship training. Co-organized the NITLE Symposium. Conducted research and authored report on open education. Led workshops and gave presentations on topics such as digital pedagogy, digital humanities, and scholarly communications. Consulted on developing a museum internship program at a liberal arts college. Collaborated with colleagues located around the United States in a distributed organization. April 2011-March 2013; half-time position. June 2012-March 2013.
  • Director, Digital Media Center, Fondren Library, Rice University                
    Managed the university’s central service point for digital projects.  Collaborated with faculty and staff on integrating new technology and digital tools into teaching and research. Planned, managed, and secured grant funding for digital projects, often in collaboration with faculty and staff.  Led Educational Technology Research & Assessment Cooperative, a research initiative studying the impact of information technology on higher education. Taught and coordinated workshops on topics such as digital research tools, text markup and digital storytelling. Assisted patrons with scanning, image manipulation, and audio and video editing. Hired, trained, and oversaw staff. Wrote and implemented departmental policies. Managed 1 FTE and 1 PTE (at times 2 PTE); helped oversee over 10 student staff. Promoted to Librarian III in November of 2006. June 2000-April 2011.
  • Digital Media Specialist, Fondren Library, Rice University                                                                                                                                           Promoted the development of digital projects at Rice by pursuing opportunities for collaboration and researching potential resources to be digitized.  Developed best practices for digitization.  Supported using technology in teaching and research. February-June 2000
  • Project Assistant, Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library
    Created, parsed, and proofread searchable electronic texts marked up in TEI Lite. Performed quality control. Produced and manipulated digital images. Contributed to projects such as Early American Fiction and the Poe Letters. 1997-1999
  • Managing editor, Postmodern Culture
    Coordinated the review and publication of essays in one of the first refereed humanities journals to be published on the Internet. 1999    
  • Graduate Instructor, Department of English, University of Virginia                                                                                                                                   Designed and taught or served as teaching assistant for undergraduate courses. 1994-1999
  • Research Assistant, Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, University of Virginia                                                                                                                         Authored case studies and teaching notes.  Copy edited a collection of essays for publication.  Researched ethics, international business, and sustainable business practices. 1998-1999

Teaching Experience

  • “Introduction to Digital Humanities,” Rice University. Graduate course exploring methods, tools and projects in digital humanities. Sponsored by Rice’s Humanities Research Center. Co-teaching the course with Dr. Melissa Bailar. Fall 2013
  • NITLE Innovation Studio
    Created and facilitated mostly online professional development program in which teams of librarians, information technologists and faculty crafted creative solutions to problems facing liberal education. Participants explored design thinking, entrepreneurship, agile project management, and user studies. February-August 2012.
  • “Digitization for Cultural Heritage Professionals,” Rice University/ UNC-Chapel Hill/ University of Glasgow
    Member of the teaching staff for week-long professional development course on managing and creating digital projects.  Lectured on interface design, digitization of text and images, metadata standards, and managing digital assets. Guided computing labs. Served as co-coordinator in 2001 and assistant coordinator in 2000. Spring 2000-Spring 2003
  •  “The Documentary Across Media,” Hanszen College, Rice University
    This undergraduate seminar used the documentary as a point of focus for examining different types of media, including film, photography, literature, radio, and digital media. Students produced their own “digital documentaries.” Fall 2001
  • Instructor/Teaching Assistant, University of Virginia Dept. of English
    Taught courses including Modern American Authors, Major American Authors, Composition, and Public Speaking.  Head TA for History of English Literature I; TA for History of English Literature I & II and Shakespeare. Summer 1995-Fall 1999
  •  “Whodunit?,” Center for the Academic Advancement of Youth
    Seminar on mystery fiction and films for gifted youths. Summer 1998; Summer 1999

Publications, Reports, and White Papers


  • Invited leader for sessions on online collaboration and adaptive educational systems. International Baccalaureate Heads World Conference. Buenos Aires, Argentina. October 4 and 5, 2013.
  • “Why Digital Humanities?” Invited talk at the kick-off celebration for the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, Texas A&M University. College Station, TX. September 4, 2013.
  • “Introducing Anvil Academic: Developing Publishing Models for the Digital Humanities.” With Fred Moody (presenter) and Korey Jackson. Digital Humanities 2013. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. July 16-19, 2013.
  • “The Future of Archival Information and Interfaces.” Invited Speaker. Ready or Not? Enhancing Digital Resources Management. EABH Summer School for Archivists. Venice, Italy. June 27, 2013.
  • “Making Sense of MOOCs from a Liberal Arts Perspective.” Invited (Virtual) Speaker. ITEC: Where’s the Classroom. Trinity College. May 14, 2013.
  • “Making Sense of MOOCs from a Liberal Arts Perspective.” Invited Speaker. Whitman College. Walla Walla, WA. May 1, 2013.
  • “Collaborate, Create, Organize, Share: Libraries and the Digital Humanities.” Invited Speaker. Texas Library Association conference. Fort Worth, TX. April 25, 2013.
  • “Group and Method: Collaboration in the Digital Humanities.” Invited Speaker. Freedman Center Colloquium: Exploring Collaboration in the Digital Humanities. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH. April 9, 2013.
  • “Access, Explore, Discuss: The Impact (and Potential Impact) of Digital Humanities on Research.” Invited Speaker. Architectural History Research in the Digital Era. Ghent, Belgium. April 2, 2013.
  • “Open Education and MOOCs.” NITLE Webinar. March 8, 2013. (Repeated on March 18, 2013.)
  • “Why and How: Exploring the Significance of Digital Humanities for Philosophy.” Invited Speaker. American Philosophical Association Central Division conference. New Orleans, LA, February 23, 2013.
  • “Perceiving and Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries.” NITLE Webinar.  January 23, 2013.
  • “Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges: An Overview.” EDUCAUSE 2012. Denver, CO.  November 7, 2012.
  • “What If We Give It Away? How and Why to Open Up the Humanities.” Keynote Speaker.  Digitize This: Exploring/Exploiting the Rise of Digital Arts & Digital Humanities. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. November 2, 2012.
  • “Perceiving and Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries.” Invited Speaker. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. November 2, 2012.
  • “Analyzing, Creating and Sharing: Learning in (and through) the Digital Humanities.” Invited Speaker. Allegheny College, Meadville, PA. October 3, 2012.
  • “Using Digital Media to Enhance Learning.” Invited Speaker. Millsaps College, Jackson, MS. September 21, 2012.
  • “Frameworks for Scholarly Communication: The Rationale for Change.” Invited Speaker. Furman University, Greenville, SC. September 5, 2012.
  • “Imagining What’s Possible: Design Thinking and Education.” Invited Speaker. William Jewell College, Liberty, MO. August 8, 2012.
  • “Beyond Boundaries: Humanities Research in a Networked, Digital Age.” Invited speaker, Senior Research Symposium, College of Wooster. Wooster, OH, April 27, 2012.
  • “New Models and Modes for Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age.” Invited speaker. ARL Leadership and Career Development Institute. Houston, TX, March 23, 2012.
  • “Prospects for the Humanities in a Digitized & Networked Age.” Invited speaker. Scientia, Rice University, January 17, 2012.
  • “#alt-ac: Alternative Paths, Pitfalls, and Jobs in the Digital Humanities.” Invited panelist. Modern Language Association conference, January 7, 2012.
  • “Transforming Digital Humanities Education.” Invited virtual speaker. Graduate seminar on Digital Humanities, University of Nebraska, October 27, 2011.
  •  “Knowing and Doing: Understanding the Digital Humanities Curriculum.” Digital Humanities 2011, Palo Alto, CA, June 20, 2011.
  •  “Go with the Workflow: The Impact of Archival Management Systems on the Archival Workflow.” Invited Speaker. Fourth Conference on Archival Information Databases, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. May 6, 2011
  •  “Digitizing Manuscript Collections.” Invited speaker. Texas Library Association conference. Austin, Texas, April 12, 2011
  •  “Good Is Useful? Towards a Humanities Tool Portal.” Invited speaker. Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies 2011, Symposium Two: Digital Humanities, Teaching and Learning. University of Texas-Austin. March 12, 2011.
  •  “ASA Committee on Programs and Centers. Facing New Technologies, Exploring New Challenges.” Invited panelist. American Studies Association conference. San Antonio, TX, November 20, 2010.
  • “Why I’m Excited (and a Little Worried) about the Digital Humanities.” Invited speaker. 2010 Rice Humanities Research Center Undergraduate Lecture Series: Big Questions and Future Directions in the Humanities, October 21, 2010.
  •  “Libraries at the Crossroads: Technology, Policy, Economics and Culture.” With Geneva Henry. Houston Area Forum on the Future of Libraries. Houston, Texas, July 21, 2010
  • “Finding Software: The Digital Research Tools (DiRT) Wiki.” (Interactive.) 2010 NMC Summer Conference. Anaheim, California, June 9-12, 2010.
  • “An Introduction to Scholarly Communication and Open Access.”  Invited speaker. University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Science All School Day, Houston, Texas, April 24, 2010.
  •  “Digital Asset Management for Archivists: Selecting Tools.” Invited speaker. Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative. Austin, Texas, February 5, 2010.
  • “Feasibility of a Primarily Digital Research Library.” With Geneva Henry.  CNI Fall Membership Meeting. Washington, D.C., December 14, 2009.
  • “Emerging Technologies that Hold Promise for Education.” Invited speaker. Lone Star College E-Learning Symposium. Houston, TX, November 12, 2009.
  •  “Our Americas Archives Partnership: Charting New Cultural Geographies.” Digital Humanities 2009. University of Maryland, June 24, 2009.
  •  “’Methodology for the Infinite Archive’: Exploring the Implications of Digital Resources and Tools for Literary Scholarship.” Invited speaker Texas A&M Digital Humanities Commons. College Station, TX April 2, 2009.
  • “Archival Content Management Systems Web Seminar,” Society of American Archivists. March 31, 2009.
  • Connexions Authors Panel. Invited panelist. Connexions Conference. Houston, TX, February 5, 2009.
  • “Dishing the Dirt on the DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Wiki.” Project briefing with Eric Frierson and Tyler Manlovitz. Educause Learning Initiative. Orlando, FL, January 22, 2009.
  •  “Dissertation 2.0: Remixing a Dissertation on American Literature as Work of Digital Scholarship Using Google Books.” Modern Language Association Conference. San Francisco, CA, December 29, 2008.
  • “A Proposal to Enhance Information Fluency at Rice University.” With Debra Kolah, Jane Segal, and Sandi Edwards. Library Committee, Rice University, November 2008. [Also given to the Committee on the Undergraduate Curriculum]
  • “Feasibility of a Primarily Digital Research Library.” With Geneva Henry. Books Online Workshop, CIKM 2008. Napa, California, October 30, 2008.
  • “Visualizing Texts, Modeling History: Possibilities for Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.” Invited speaker. Humanities Research Center Undergraduate Lecture Series, Rice University, October 9, 2009.
  • Panelist on Academic Blogging panel, Rice University, October 2, 2008.
  • “Doing Digital Scholarship.” Digital Humanities 2008. Oulu, Finland, June 26-28, 2008.
  • “Why TEI?: How Text Encoding Facilitates Research and Analysis.” Society of Southwest Archivists Meeting. Houston, Texas, May 22, 2008.
  • “Implementing DSpace at Rice: Lessons Learned.” Digitization 101: Texas Library Association Pre-conference. Dallas, TX. April 2, 2008.
  • “Becoming a Digital Scholar.” Digital Discovery. Houston, Texas, March 27, 2008.
  • “Digital Storytelling.”  Invited speaker.  Texas Music Library Association.  Rice University, September 2007.
  • “Travelers in the Middle Archive (TIMEA) and Geography.” Geography and the Humanities Symposium. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, June 22-24, 2007.
  • “O Pioneers: Scholars’ Usage of Digital Archives in American Literature.” With Jane Segal. American Literature Association. Boston, MA, May 26, 2007
  • “Using DSpace for Digitized Collections.” With Marie Wise, Geneva Henry, and Sid Byrd. DSpace Users’ Group, Open Repositories 2007. San Antonio, TX, January 23-26, 2007.
  • “Digital Humanities Initiative at Rice University.” (Poster.) Digital Textual Studies, College Station, TX, October 19-21, 2006.
  • “Introduction to Blogging.” Fondren IT Series. Rice University, July 25, 2006.
  • “Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA): Integrating Texts and Images in DSpace with GIS and Teaching Resources.” (Poster.) With Marie Wise (presenter).  Digital Humanities 2006, Paris, July 5-9, 2006.
  •  “Enabling Exploration: Travelers in the Middle East Archive.” With Marie Wise, Geneva Henry (presenter), Chuck Bearden, Sid Byrd, Eva Garza and Michael Decker. Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2006), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, June 11-15, 2006.
  • “The Shoah Visual History Archive: Experience from the Classroom.” With Janice Bordeaux, Diane Butler (presenter), Andrea Martin, Chris Pound, Aniko Sandor, and Geneva Henry. World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (ED MEDIA 2005), Montreal, June 27-July 2, 2005.
  • “Integrating a Massive Digital Video Archive into Humanities Teaching and Research.” With Diane Butler and Chris Pound. Association for Computers and the Humanities/ Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing Annual Conference. Victoria, BC, June 14-18, 2005.
  • “Tracking Innovations in Pedagogy and Technology: Learning Science and Technology Repository, LESTER.” Invited Speaker. Teaching and Learning Regional Conference, Houston, TX, 2004.
  • “Digital Documentaries.” Invited speaker.  Humanities Informatics Working Group, Texas A&M, College Station, TX, 2003.
  • “Marketing Marvel.” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing Annual Conference, Claremont, CA, 2003.
  • “Creating a Research Roadmap for Learning Science and Technology.” World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (ED MEDIA 2003), Honolulu, 2003.
  • “XML Explained.” Invited speaker. Visual Resources Association 2003 Conference, Houston, 2003.
  • “Tracking Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology: Learning Science and Technology Repository (LESTER).” NLII Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA (2003)
  • “Reading with a Tender Rapture.” Early American Fiction Conference, Charlottesville, VA, 2002.
  • “The Documentary Across Media.” Rice Ideas in Teaching & Education Showcase, Rice University, 2002.
  • “Lightnin’ at the Crossroads.” Texas American Studies Association conference, Huntsville, TX, 2001.
  • “Planning the Future of the Electronic Text Center.” Committee on the Digital Environment, Rice University, 2000.
  • “Intellectual Property and Electronic Publishing.” Rice Bookstore Committee, 2000.

Selected Workshops Facilitated

  • “Digital Pedagogy.” University of Michigan, November 1, 2013.
  • Presented at and assisted with planningthe “Innovation in Teaching and Learning Symposium and Workshop III: Inspiring Pedagogical Innovation,” William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, August 7-8, 2013.
  • “Exploring Digital Pedagogy.” Whitman College. Walla Walla, WA. May 1, 2013.
  • “Introduction to Zotero.” Architectural History Research in the Digital Era. Ghent, Belgium. April 3, 2013.
  • “Visualization: Tools and Perspectives.” With Kirsten Ostherr. Rice University’s Digital Humanities Bootcamp Series. March 21, 2013.
  • Digital Pedagogy.” Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA. March 2, 2013.
  • “Doing Things with Text.” Rice University’s Digital Humanities Bootcamp Series. January 24, 2013.
  • Assisted with planning and facilitating the “Innovation in Teaching and Learning Symposium and Workshop II: Leveraging Learning Environments,” William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, August 8-10, 2012.
  • Facilitated Ohio 5 Digital Humanities workshop. Wooster, OH, April 26, 2012.
  • Developed and facilitated the NITLE Innovation Studio, January-August 2012.
  • Participated in planning and moderating the DH Commons workshop at the MLA Conference, January 2012.
  • Served as speaker and mentor for Great Lakes Colleges Association Digital Humanities Workshop, Hope College, Holland, MI October 7-8, 2011.
  • “How (can) we use technology to enhance learning?” and “Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Learning.” Innovation in Teaching Symposium and Workshop: Integrating Digital Resources. William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, May 17-19, 2011.
  • “Digital Storytelling.” Series of workshops for several sections of Communication 103. Rice University, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • “Creating a Personal Web Site.” Pedagogy for philosophy graduate students course. Rice University, November 3, 2009.
  • “Digital Tools for Anthropology.” Rice Anthropology Department Symposium. October 27, 2009.
  • “Managing Bibliographies with Zotero.” DMC Training Series. October 10, 2007. (Offered several times subsequently, most recently in 2011.)
  • “Digital Tools for History.” Rice History Barrel. October 19, 2009.
  • “Research Skills for English Graduate Students.” With Jane Segal. Rice University, August 21, 2009.
  • “Introduction to Blogging.” Digital Media Center Training Series. February 18, 2009.
  •  “Using the Web to Conduct and Manage Research.” DMC Training Series. September 24, 2007 and February 6, 2009.
  •  “How Technology Can Enhance Learning.” Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Teaching Assistant Workshop, Rice University, November 14, 2008.
  • “Information Visualization.” Teaching with Technology Brownbag Series. Rice University. October 15, 2008.
  •  “Web 2.0 for Philosophers.” Workshop for graduate course on pedagogy in philosophy. Rice University, September 20, 2007.
  • “Teaching with Digital Images.” With Mark Pompelia. ERC/IT Teaching with Technology Series.  Rice University, January 18, 2006.
  • “Using Electronic Resources to Teach History.” Community in History Seminar, Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Rice University, 2003.
  • “Introduction to XML.” Rice Information Technology Series, 2002.
  • “Teaching with Technology in the Humanities.”  Community in History Seminar, Rice University, 2000.

Grant-Funded Projects

  • “Feasibility of a Primarily Digital Research Library.” Co-PI for research study funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) .
  • “Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA).”  Co-PI on project to develop web archive of materials documenting Western interactions with the Middle East, along with GIS maps and teaching and research guides. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and by Rice’s Computer and Information Technology Institute. (2003-2007)
  •  “Enriching Education through New Media: A Proposal to Establish the Fondren Library Electronic Resources Center.” Funded for $45,000 by Friends of Fondren to enhance facilities for supporting multimedia development.  (2002)
  • “Learning Science and Technology Repository.” Developed web database inventorying leading educational technology innovations and innovators.  Funded by Microsoft Research. (2001-2003)

Projects Supported

  • Knowledge and Skill Capacity for Digital Scholarship.” Consultant for Mellon-funded study benchmarking the skills important to digital scholarship in a global context. (2013-2014)
  • Academic 15. Member of research team investigating trends in academic technology. (2011-2013)
  • Our Americas Archive Partnership. Assisted with text encoding, project planning, and assessment.
  • Thresher Archive. Performed quality control and project management for digital collection of back issues of the campus newspaper. (2001-2010)
  • Shepherd School Archive: Performed quality control and project management for digital collection of performances by students and faculty at the Shepherd School of Music. (2009-2011)
  • Digital Research Tools (DiRT).  Founding editor of well-known directory of software supporting research. (2008-present)
  • Shoah Visual History Archive.  Part of a team that assisted instructors in using digital video of Holocaust testimonies to support their teaching through a collaborative, multi-institution project funded by the Mellon Foundation.  Contributed to project planning and assessment. (2003-2008)
  • “Changing the World While Living in It: Iris Greer Sizemore.”  Short documentary film about prominent feminist activist in Houston produced as a class project.  With Kayte Young. (2003)
  • Via Gabina.  Oversaw development and maintenance of web pages and digital images related to archaeological dig in suburbs of Rome. With Dr. Walter Widrig.  (2001-2011)
  • The Galileo Project.  Directed overhaul of design for award-winning web site on Renaissance science. With Dr. Al Van Helden.  (2001-2011)
  • Sarmatian Review. Oversaw web publication for journal of Central European studies. (2000-2011)
  • Jingban tianwen quantu. Coordinated digitization and delivery of rare 18th century Chinese map. With Dr. Rich Smith. (2000)
  • Online Critical Edition of Donald Grant Mitchell’s “Smoke, Flame, and Ashes.” Adjunct to Early American Fiction Project. (1999)


  • External reviewer for prospective digital studies program at a liberal arts college (2013)
  • Provide research support for Knowledge and Skill Capacity for Digital Scholarship: A Global Benchmarking Study (2013)
  • Consultant on prospective museums internship program at a liberal arts college (2012)
  • Consultant on sustainability and governance strategies for ArchivesSpace, an open source archival management system (2010-2011)
  • Moderator, Archon/Archivists’ Toolkit Integration webinar (2009)

Professional Service

  • Invited participant, THATCamp Leadership (October 10, 2013)
  • Book proposal reviewer, University of Michigan Press (2013)
  • Communications Officer, Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) (2012-present)
  • Member, CLIR Hidden Collections review panel (2012-present)
  • Member, Bamboo DiRT (Digital Research Tools) Advisory Board (2012-present)
  • Reviewer, Scholarly Editing (2012)
  • Member, Advisory Board for “Digital Pedagogy Reader and Toolkit” (2012-present)
  • Member, DH Commons Board (2011-present)
  • Member, Text Analysis Portal (TAPoR) Advisory Board (2011-present)
  • Co-organizer, THATCamp Texas. With Andrew Torget and Anita Riley Dryden. (2011)
  • Member, Executive Council, Association for Computers and the Humanities (2011-2014)
  • Reviewer, Literary and Linguistic Computing (2010)
  • Grant reviewer for the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (2010)
  • Book proposal reviewer, University of Chicago Press (2010)
  • Member of nominations and outreach subcommittees, Association for Computers and the Humanities (2009-210)
  • Reviewer, Digital Humanities Quarterly (2008-2011, 2013)
  • Reviewer, Digital Humanities conference (2008-present)
  • Judge, Cliopatria Awards for best historical blog, History News Network (2008)
  • Member, EAD Creation and Editing Tools working group, RLG (Research Libraries Group) (2008-2009)
  • Member, Horizon Report Advisory Board, NMC (2008-2011)
  • Book proposal reviewer, NYU Press (2008-2009)
  • Editor, IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries Bulletin (2007-2010)
  • Reviewer for the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Participant, Summit on Digital Tools for the Humanities (2005)
  • Book proposal reviewer, Focal Press (2004)
  • Program committee member, Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (2005-present)
  • Reviewer, Library track, Educause Conference (2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010)
  • Reviewer, Teaching and Learning track, Educause Conference (2004)
  • Tutorials chair & web master, 2003 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries

Rice University Service

  • Member of President’s Lecture Committee (2008-2011)
  • Member of ad hoc committee on E-Portfolios (2010)
  • Member of Information Technology Advisory Committee subcommittee on Educational Technologies (2009-2011)
  • Member of Second Life at Rice planning group (2007)
  • Communications co-chair, Rice University Staff Advisory Committee (2004-2006)
  • Various officer positions (Secretary, Historian, Senator) in Rice Phi Beta Kappa (2003-2011)
  • Member of Rice Web Steering Committee (2001-2003)
  • Researcher & web publisher for Committee on Digital Environment, Rice University (2000-2001)
  • Hanszen College Associate (2000-present)
  • Interviewer for Rice Alumni Volunteers for Admission (1992-2010)

Library Service

  • Co-organizer, Fondren Retreat on ARL Scenario Planning (2010)
  • Member, Librarians’ Assembly Executive Committee (2008-2010)
  • Co-convener, Research Group on mobile technologies (2009-2011)
  • Member, Information Fluency team (2009-2011)
  • Convener, Research Group on improving library services for students (2008-2009)
  • Member, e-Reserves Committee (2008-2009)
  • Member, Committee for the Emerging Library (2005-2011)
  • Member, Fondren Research and Education Committee (2007-2009)
  • Member, Scholarly Communications committee (2007-2011)
  • Member, Fondren Student Staff Committee (2006-2011)
  • Member, Fondren Web Advisory Group (2001-2003)
  • Member, Fondren Staff Travel and Development Committee (2002-2004)
  • Member of search committees for Assistant University Librarian for Public Services, Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, GIS-Data Center director, Woodson Research Center director, and archivist (2001-2008)
  • Member of Fondren Digital Resources Steering Committee (2000-2007)

Media Mentions


  • Experience in conducting user studies.
  • Experience in project development and management.
  • Expertise in social media, blogging, and wiki development.
  • Extensive experience identifying, evaluating, using, and teaching others to use digital tools and resources.
  • Proficient in TEI, HTML, Dublin Core and scanning and image manipulation software.
  • Experienced with graphics, video and audio editing software.

Selected Training Received

  • Houston Startup Weekend
  • Undergraduate Research Behavior Workshop (CLIR)
  • Faculty Research Behavior Workshop (CLIR)
  • Digital Storytelling (Center for Digital Storytelling)
  • FinalCutPro (Southwest Alternative Media Project/Houston Community College)
  • Hyperion Content Management System (SIRSI)
  • Managing Computer Centers (3 credit graduate course, University of Houston)
  • Documentary Filmmaking (3 credit undergraduate course, Rice University)
  • Library Project Management (ARL)
  • Creating a Culture of Assessment (ARL)
  • Library Management Skills I and II (ARL)
  • Facilitation Skills (ARL)
  • Positive Assertiveness (Rice HR Series)
  • Fair Use (University of Maryland online course)
  • Connexions Open Content Licensing Workshop (Rice University)


Available upon request.


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