Hannah Scates Kettler


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 published and on which she has taught and presented widely.

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. In 2017, Hannah and her colleagues Jennifer Moore (Washington University in St. Louis) and Adam Rountrey (University of Michigan Museum of Palentology) were awarded a Institute for Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant for the Libraries to hold two national forums dedicated to the issue of 3D data preservation. From 2016-2017 she co-convened the ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group with Krista White (Rutgers), and is also an Advisor to the Internet Archive’s Library2020 project.

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. She is also on the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA), and a member of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) and the American Library Association (ALA/ACRL).


My Favorite thing about what I do; it is wonderfully multifarious which is why I can be a gamer, an archaeologist, a web developer and art historian with no fear of anyone asking ‘too much?’ It is also magnificently metamorphic, exciting, and challenging, and I will continue to evolve and change with DH. I am often asked what “Digital Humanities” is without regard to what DH could be. I find little point in arguing for a definitive and perfect definition of DH, “it would leave no room for developments, and I intend to develop in many directions.”