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CESTA & CIDR welcome Alix Keener

May 6 2021

The Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and Stanford Libraries' Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research (CIDR) are delighted to announce that Alix Keener will be joining both organizations starting May 24, 2021, as the Digital Scholarship Coordinator, a new joint role.

Keener holds a BA in English and Communication Studies and an MS in Information from the University of Michigan. From 2015 to 2018 she worked as the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Michigan, providing leadership, strategic input, and engagement with the digital scholarship activities of the institution. In that role, she chaired UM's libraryText and Data Mining Task Force, which developed a library service model for text and data mining that addressed text acquisition, delivery, storage, and access needs, along with consultation and training for users. She is a certified Data Carpentry and Software Carpentry instructor and has used Carpentry instruction as a means of building community through fostering diversity and inclusion.  Keener has particular experience with digital publishing, having previously worked as a Digital Conversion Assistant for Michigan Publishing, and as the project manager for an initiative to roll out ORCID unique scholarly identifiers to all researchers at UM Ann Arbor.

Keener has engaged with the Digital Humanities community in several formal roles, serving as an Executive Committee Member-at-large of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Executive Council from 2017-2019, and was elected co-convener of the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group in 2016. Since 2015, Keener has volunteered as an editor-at-large for both dh + lib and DHNow, two major aggregators of DH work. Her publications include "The Arrival Fallacy: Collaborative Research Relationships in the Digital Humanities" (DH Quarterly, 2015) and "Library (Publishing) School: Training and Competencies for the New Publishing Professional" (The Journal of Electronic Publishing). 

As the CESTA/CIDR Digital Scholarship Coordinator, Keener will be supporting the work of CESTA-affiliated researchers in numerous ways, with a focus on the digital publication and dissemination of the center's scholarship. Her responsibilities in CIDR will include being the Digital Humanities Librarian where she will be the selector for the DH collection, work with our archiving and subject specialist teams, and foster the rich and growing partnership between CESTA and CIDR.

“We are delighted for Alix to join us at CESTA in this new role, providing crucial support for our digital humanities work and creating an essential bridge with CIDR and the Libraries. I am excited for what Alix’s experience and caring will bring to our growing field of research.” Giovanna Ceserani, Associate Professor Classics and Faculty Director of CESTA.

“Given her deep experience with supporting the Digital Humanities, we are excited for Alix to hit the ground running here in the Libraries. I am thrilled for Alix to be joining us.” - Matt Marostica, AUL for Collections and Public Services, Stanford Libraries

CESTA and CIDR will be holding a welcome event for Alix soon after her arrival.  Please keep an eye out for an announcement later in the month.