Kat Hagedorn is Project Manager for Digital Projects in the Digital Library Production Service (DLPS), and is responsible for managing and maintaining the digital collections in this unit, as well as the projects the unit is involved in. She is heavily involved in HathiTrust in a number of ways, as the MDP-Google Contact for MLibrary Google Digitization and as the Quality Ticket Manager for HathiTrust User Support.
She is also responsible for the University Libraries' OAI metadata provider which includes descriptive metadata of HathiTrust public domain texts and DLPS image and text collections. For the Text Creation Partnership (TCP), she processes the texts for the Early English Books Online (EEBO), Evans Early American Imprint Collection, and the Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) collections as the last step before they are put online.
For 8 years, she maintained and grew the OAIster project, a search gateway for OAI harvested records leading to digital objects, initially Mellon-funded in 2001-2002. As part of a collaborative agreement with OCLC, OAIster was transferred to OCLC in October 2009.
She recently finished an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) NLG grant with Yale University -- Improving Search and Discovery of Digital Resources Using Topic Modeling -- to research the difference between how users would describe images and full-text items vs. how statistical algorithms would do the same.
She chaired the Usability Group from 2005-2007 and is currently a core member of the group. In 2005, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. Her previous experience is in information architecture (with the Argus Associates firm) and ontology and taxonomy consulting (with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome).
Kat received her MLS from the University of Michigan School of Information in 1996.