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Nicole H. Scalessa

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Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services, Vassar College
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Nicole H. Scalessa
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Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services

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Nicole is Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services at Vassar College Libraries (July 2019-Present) and was previously Chief Information Officer at The Library Company of Philadelphia where she worked for twenty-two years. She has a BA in History from Elmira College, an MBA in IT Management from Western Governors University, and certification in Digital Arts for Print and the Web from Moore College of Art.

Nicole is a member of the Vassar College Committee on Academic Technologies (2019-present), the Vassar College Community Works Committee (co-chair 2022-2023, chair 2023-present), Vassar College Digital Scholarship Services Collaboration (Coordinator 2019-present), Fedora Governance Group member (Sept. 2023-present), Islandora Foundation LAC-GLAM Interest Group co-coordinator (July 2023-present), Digital Library Federation Forum Program and Planning Committees (2020-present), and DLF Born Digital Access Working Group Co-coordinator (2023-2024). She was the Communications Director for Historians Against Slavery from 2011-2022 and Vice President of the Center for Knit and Crochet from 2016-2020 following two years as Secretary. Previous appointments include Islandora Collaboration Group (ICG) Governance (2021-July 2023), the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries board, Philadelphia THATCamp planning committee, DPLA representative, and MARAC Philadelphia Local arrangements committee. She is the author of Historic Reflections in Crochet (Library Company of Philadelphia: 2001) and the curator of the 2001 exhibition “The Hook and The Book: The Emergence of Crochet and Knitting in Early American Culture, 1840-1876.” She has contributed to PieceWork Magazine (Interweave Press) and wrote the historical introduction to Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Sewing.

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