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Heather Christenson

Heather Christenson


Collection Development and Management


Manager, Digital Content Development & Strategy


Heather is responsible for developing and overseeing the execution of strategies and activities for the large scale digitization of UC’s physical collections and provides collaborative leadership for large scale digital content initiatives within the UC Libraries system-wide consultative structure. She leads the CDL Mass Digitization group and has major responsibility for identifying and pursuing strategic initiatives and opportunities on behalf of UC, including extramural partnerships and funding opportunities, and participates in policy and program planning, development and administration. She also plays an integral role in the development of services surrounding digitized content including the HathiTrust Digital Library and the UC Library Reprints Service.


B.A. Communications University of California, San Diego
M.L.I.S. University of California, Berkeley


Heather has been involved in the creation of digital collections and digital library services for over 10 years. Previous to her work on the HathiTrust Digital Library and mass digitization initiatives, Heather led the UC Libraries' system-wide ERMS implementation team, as well as the development of a prototype integrated search service. She has also contributed to UC's next generation catalog project, and CDL's early explorations of web crawling and OAI harvesting. For four years Heather led CDL's Resource Liaison Program, a UC-wide program of over 100 librarians charged with assessment of licensed electronic resources for technical performance and utility of user interfaces. Prior to joining CDL, Heather worked in the commercial world on web search tools. She has also served as the Assistant Head Librarian for the San Francisco Examiner, where she was heavily involved in news research and pioneering a digital image archive, as well as contributing to the early development of the SFGate news site. Prior to her work at the Examiner, she worked in government documents, and has been a researcher, law librarian, and a cataloger of collections as diverse as glass negatives and video.

Papers / Presentations

  • Christenson, H. "HathiTrust: UC Collections & Services" [Full Webinar or slides only] UCLAS Webinar, May 12, 2015
  • Christenson, H. & Wilkin, J. "Intellectual Property Rights and the HathiTrust Collection." UNESCO The Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation, Vancouver, BC, September 26-28, 2013
  • Christenson, H. "HathiTrust Update." [PDF] Invited guest presentation at the Google European Libraries Summit, The Hague, Netherlands, October 18, 2012
  • Christenson, H. "HathiTrust: A Research Library at Web Scale." [PDF] Library Resources & Technical Services v. 55 no. 2, April 2011
  • Christenson, H., Wilkin, J., & York, J. "HathiTrust 101." [PPT] Virtual tutorial presented to members of HathiTrust, August 2010
  • Chapman, S., Christenson, H., Fogel, P., & York, J. "HathiTrust: Preservation as a Platform for Collaboration and Expanded User Services." Poster session presented at the International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects, San Francisco, CA, October 2009
  • Christenson, H., Burton-West, T., Chapman, S., Feeman, J., Karle-Zenith, A., & Wilkin, J. "HathiTrust: Building the Organization, Building Services." Presentation at the Digital Library Federation Spring Forum, Raleigh, NC, May 2009
  • Christenson, H. "Mass Digitization and the HathiTrust." [PDF] Virtual presentation to University of California Libraries’ Users Council and Resource Liaisons groups, April 2010
  • Christenson, H. "Google Designated Duplicates: Implications for HathiTrust End User Display." [PDF] Unpublished manuscript, California Digital Library, University of California, Oakland, CA, February 2010
  • Christenson, H. "Mass Digitization at the University of California." [PPT] Presentation at the University of California, Davis, February, 2010
  • Christenson, H., Krueger, B., & Marx, M. "The Open Knowledge Commons and Library Collections: The Other Scan Plan." Panel presented at the American Library Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, June 2009
  • Christenson, H., & Willhite, S. "Working with database and e-journal vendors to ensure quality for end users." In H. Yu (ed.), Electronic Resource Management in Libraries: Research and Practice (pp. 194-212), 2008
  • Anderson I., & Christenson, H. "Massively Digitizing UC Library Collections: Google, Microsoft, and More." Tutorial given as part of the Learning in Retirement Seminar "Libraries: The Intersection of Tradition and Innovation," University of California, Berkeley, April 2008
  • Christenson, H., & Toub, S. "Book Discovery in a Mass Digitized Environment." Presentation at the Digital Library Federation Fall Forum, Philadelphia, PA, October 2007
  • Christenson, H., & Harvell, T. "Verde Consortial Implementation: Best Practices, Data Population and Authority." Presentation at the Ex Libris Users Group North America (ELUNA) Annual Meeting, Spearfish, SD, June 2007
  • Christenson, H., & Tennant, R. "Integrating information resources: principles, technologies and approaches." [PDF] Unpublished manuscript, California Digital Library, University of California, Oakland, CA, 2005
  • Cruse, P., Eckman, C., Kunze, J., & Christenson, H. "Web-based Government Information: Evaluating Solutions for Capture, Curation, and Preservation." Final report of Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant-funded research project, 2003

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