Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian at University of Iowa

Hannah Scates Kettler, Digital Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian at University of Iowa

Hannah Scates Kettler is a Digital Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian in the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio at the University of Iowa. In her role, she leads digital humanities projects from inception to preservation, managing the process of creation as well as providing research, and development support. She is active in concerns regarding 3D creation and preservation, and diverse representations in cultural heritage collections and digital humanities about which she has both published and presented.

She is the founding member and current chair of the Digital Library Federation Cultural Assessment Interest Group which was formed in February 2016 to discuss ways by which one may assess how well digital collection represent, present and allow for the discoverability of cultural artifacts in said collections. The Cultural Assessment group aims to first identify institutional data and practices that may be relevant to building a robust understanding of cultural assessment. Then, the group will investigate and attempt to surface underlying assumptions within these data and practices to help the community better understand the social structures that both influence cultural heritage collection work and result from it. The DLF AIG Cultural Assessment group intends to raise awareness of cultural bias and institutional “blind spots,” as well as recommend a set of data points, to create more inclusive cultures within memory institutions.

Scates Kettler holds a BA from the University of Iowa in Anthropology with minors in Art History and Classics. She also holds a MA from King’s College London in Digital Humanities where she specialized in virtual cultural heritage.