Assistant University Librarian for Research Data & Digital Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania
Nicky Agate has spent her career exploring the possibilities of open and ethical publishing models; championing the redefinition of scholarly praxis; and rethinking evaluation and assessment in higher education. Currently the assistant university librarian for research data and digital scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania, she has held prior roles at Columbia University, where she was assistant director for scholarly communication, and at the Modern Language Association, where she was head of digital initiatives, responsible for Humanities Commons and CORE. She is a co-PI on the Mellon-funded HuMetricsHSS initiative, which seeks to redefine “excellence” and “quality” in the academy to be more in alignment with the enactment of shared values. She sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication and the steering committee for the Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute. She has a PhD in French Literature from NYU and an MFA in Literary Translation from the University of Iowa.