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  • PhD, French Literature. New York University (NYU). May 2014.
  • MA, French Literature & Certificate in French Studies. NYU. September 2006.
  • MFA, Literary Translation. University of Iowa. May 2004.
  • BA, English & French Literatures (First Class). University of Glasgow. June 2000.

Professional Development

  • The Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit. DeEtta Jones. Virtual. September–November 2019.
  • Library Management Skills Institute I. ARL/DeEtta Jones. Rochester, NY. September 2018.
  • Beyond TEI. Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). June 2017.
  • R, Interactive Graphics, & Data Visualization. DHSI. June 2016.
  • HTML & CSS. CUNY. Fall 2015.
  • Text Mapping as Modeling. DHSI. June 2015.
  • Advanced User Research. New York University. May–July 2015.
  • Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for Digital Humanities. DHSI. June 2013.


Columbia University Libraries

Interim Director, Digital Scholarship, 06/19–present

  • Set vision & measurable, values-first annual goals for the digital scholarship team
  • Manage & mentor diverse digital scholarship team: digital scholarship librarian; digital publishing librarian; institutional repository manager; scholarly communication technologies librarian; teaching & learning technologies librarian; coordinator, research computing program
  • Design & implement rubric for assessing & support open infrastructure initiatives
  • Liaise, consult, & collaborate with library & campus leaders
  • Oversee growth & sustainability of research computing education program
  • Serve on leadership council of the libraries
  • Chair Ivy+ digital scholarship working group
  • Oversee & champion realignment of library publishing, digital scholarship, & 3D-printing programs to have an open-to-all pedagogical & experimental ethos
  • (10% time) Serve as co-PI on Mellon-funded HuMetricsHSS project

Assistant Director, Scholarly Communication & Projects, 02/18–present

  • Propose broad new scope & vision for institutional repository & collaborate across libraries to prioritize & implement a program plan
  • Manage & mentor diverse digital scholarship team: digital scholarship librarian, digital publishing librarian, institutional repository manager, scholarly communication technologies librarian
  • Spearhead & chair Openness Task Force
  • Launch & lead library-wide Scholarly Communication Discussion Group
  • Design innovative forms of scholarly communication outreach: “pitch your diss” workshops; virtual impact challenge; publishing open lab; public events
  • Liaise & collaborate with library subject specialists, research data team, office of research
  • Design & instigate digital project workflow & values-based criteria for sustainable, ethical, usable digital projects & publications
  • Propose, plan, program around, & implement Domain of One’s Own Service to enhance digital literacies
  • Co-organize extensive library programming for undergraduate & graduate cohorts

Modern Language Association

Head of Digital Initiatives, October 2016–February 2018

  • Manage the development, promotion, & launch of major grant-funded projects, including Humanities Commons & Humanities CORE
  • Coordinate project teams & resources to ensure quality, on-time deliverables
  • Design & conduct UX processes & testing
  • Coordinate relationships with high-level stakeholders
  • Represent institution at scholarly communication events
  • Develop & support Open Access publication initiatives
  • Product management, user research, & outreach
  • Communicate project success via presentations, white papers, & reports
  • Write grant narratives & reports
  • Manage and mentor project staff

Project Manager for Digital Initiatives. February 2016–October 2016

  • Project manage major grant-funded projects
  • Coordinate project teams & resources to ensure quality, on-time deliverables
  • Manage relationships with internal & external stakeholders
  • Design & conduct UX processes & testing
  • Represent institution at scholarly communication events
  • Create awareness of scholarly communication issues as they relate to user base
  • Develop & support Open Access publication initiatives
  • Build awareness of interdisciplinary repository & coordinate outreach
  • Communicate project success via presentations, white papers, & reports
  • Write grant narratives & reports

Managing Editor, MLA Commons. December 2014–February 2016

  • Manage major academic social network (increased membership by 150% in first year)
  • Commission & manage content for multiple sites, including Connected Academics (for careers beyond the PhD)
  • Advise users on content strategy & design
  • Conceptualize, organize, & lead engaging outreach events & initiatives
  • Write engaging user-facing documentation, including guides, newsletters, & white papers
  • Develop, coordinate, & integrate usability studies & competitive analyses
  • Design & implement social media strategy & reputation


Manager, Outreach & Community. August 2013–December 2014

  • Design & conduct usability studies, personas, beta testing sessions, surveys
  • Convey researcher needs to executives & board members
  • Set user-facing development priorities & product strategies in scrum meetings
  • Manage community budget in creative & innovative ways to ensure ROI
  • Plan, organize, lead, & assess success of national & international outreach
  • Manage product social media strategy & presence
  • Report on higher education/library trends to company stakeholders
  • Commission, edit, publish, & publicize user-facing content

Rutgers University

Online course developer & lecturer, French & Expository Writing. 2008–2010; 2013–present

New York University

Instructor of French. September 2006–August 2008; September 2011–December 2012

Freelance Translator

June 2004–present

Freelance Journalist

International newspapers & magazines. London & New York. January 1997–December 2005


  • Co-PI, Mellon Foundation Grant 180205550. Humane Metrics in the Humanities & Social Sciences awarded to Michigan State University ($695,000) (June 2019–Dec 2020).
  • Project Partner, IMLS Grant LG-36-19-0133-19, Library Publishing Workflows, awarded to Educopia Institute (August 2019–July 2021).
  • Co-PI, Mellon Foundation Grant 21700691. Humane Metrics in the Humanities & Social Sciences awarded to Michigan State University ($309,000) (June 2017–Dec 2018).
  • Project Manager, Mellon Foundation Grant 21700693, Humanities Commons – Phase III, awarded to Modern Language Association ($310,000) (2017–2018). 
  • Project Manager, Mellon Foundation Grant 21500710, Humanities Commons – Phase II, awarded to Modern Language Association ($225,000) (2015–17)
  • Project Manager, National Endowment for the Humanities Grant HK-250665-16, Humanities CORE, awarded to Modern Language Association ($300,000) (2016–2019)


  • Workshop: “Graduate Education Reform.” Modern Language Association Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA. Jan. 2020.
  • “Driving Institutional Change for Research Assessment Reform.” DORA/HHMI. Chevy Chase, MD. Oct. 2019.
  • Workshop: “Open Knowledge Practice in Universities.” Mauritius. Aug. 2019.
  • Closing Lecture: “Openness, Ethics, & Evaluation: The Evolving Landscape of Scholarly Communication in the Humanities.” Binghamton DHRI. May 2019.
  • Closing Plenary Roundtable: “Big Challenges in Library Publishing.” Library Publishing Forum. Vancouver, CA. May 2019.
  • Virtual NISO Conference & Roundtable. Is This Still Working? Incentives to Publish, Metrics, & New Reward Systems.” NISO. Feb. 2019.
  • Project: Findable, Citable, Usable, Sustainable: A Checklist for Rigorous Digital Publishing. Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute, Oct. 2018.
  • Talk: “HuMetricsHSS: A Values-Based Approach to Transforming the Academy.” Transforming Research. Oct. 2018.
  • Roundtable: “Open Access & Universal Design.” CUNY Digital Humanities Research Institute. June 2018.
  • Workshop: Expansive Digital Publishing. Duke U. Apr. 2018.
  • Workshop: “Integrating Digital Humanities into the Web of Scholarship with SHARE.” Denver, Colorado. Feb. 2018.
  • Seminar: “Humane Metrics & the Value of Values.” ARL Executive Seminar. Denver, CO. Feb. 2018.
  • Meeting: OpenCon 2016. Washington, DC. Nov. 2016.
  • Project: HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities. Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute. Oct. 2018.

Publication Highlights

  • Agate, N. “Managing Your Public Presence.” The MLA Guide to Scholarly Communication. Modern Language Association. Forthcoming 2020.
  • Agate, N. “The Syllabus as Site & Source of Impact.” Syllabus. Forthcoming 2020.
  • Agate, N. & Wilson, M. “From Partner Projects to Pedagogical Program: Integrating the Ethics of Open into Library Publishing.” Open Pedagogy: Varied Definitions, Multiple Approaches. Rebus Publishing. Forthcoming June 2020.
  • Agate, N. Clement, G., Searle, S., Kingsley, D. & Vandegrift, M., 2018. JLSC Board Editorial 2018.  Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication, 6(1), p.eP2261. DOI:
  • Agate, N., Clement, G., Searle, S., Kingsley, D. , Vanderjagt, L. & Waller, J. 2017. From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication. Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication. 5(1), p.eP2196. DOI:
  • Agate, Nicky, & Mark P. Newton. Humanities CORE. White Paper. Washington DC: NEH, 08/15.

Select Recent Presentations

  • “From Exclusion to Access: Disrupting the Academic Prestige Economy.” Roundtable. 2020 Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. Jan. 2020.
  • “Flipping Open Access Away from APCs.” CNI Fall Forum. Washington, DC. Dec. 2019.
  • “Towards Measuring What We Value, Rather the Valuing What We Measure.” The Future is Open Access, But How Do We Get There? MetroNYC. Sept. 2019.
  • “Findable, Impactful, Citable, Usable, Sustainable: A Rubric for Rigorous Digital Publishing.” Library Publishing Forum. May 2019.
  • “Values-Based Evaluation in the Library.”  Digital Library Forum. Oct. 2018.
  •  “Valuing the Syllabus as Scholarship.” A HuMetricsHSS Workshop. Lansing, MI. Mar. 2018.
  • “Hacking the Scholarly Workflow.” 2018 Modern Language Association Annual Convention. New York, NY. Jan. 2018.
  • “The Value of Values.” A HuMetricsHSS Workshop. Lansing, MI. October 2017.
  • “OER in the DR.” Open Education 2017. Anaheim, CA. Oct. 2017.
  • “Towards values-based evaluation in the humanities & social sciences.” Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences & Humanities. Antwerp, Belgium. July 2017.
  • “Working Out Loud: Identity Building, Digital Networking, & Professional Development.” 2017 Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, PA. Jan. 2017.
  • With Mark Newton. “Building Repositories Better Together: Columbia University Libraries & the MLA.” DLF Forum. Milwaukee, WI. Nov. 2016.
  •  “Scholarly Communication & Collaboration Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Building Humanities Commons,” HASTAC, Tempe, AZ. May 2016.
  • “The Role of Scholarly Societies in Facilitating Social Knowledge & Sharing in the Humanities,” ACLA, Cambridge, MA. Mar. 2016.
  • “Open Humanities 101.” 2016 Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Austin, TX. Jan. 2016.

Scholarly Communication Courses Taught

  • “Rethinking Research Evaluation, or How to Start a Campus Conversation About Measuring What You Value Rather Than Valuing What You Can Measure.” Force Scholarly Communications Institute (FSCI). Aug. 2019.
  • “Inside Scholarly Communications Today.” FSCI. Co-taught with Cameron Neylon. Aug. 2019.
  • “Community, Collaboration, & Impact: Open Scholarly Communication for Humanities & Social Sciences.” FSCI. Aug. 2018.
  • “Open Humanities 101.” FSCI. Aug. 2017.

Selection Consortial/National/International Service

  • Chair, Ivy+ Digital Scholarship Working Group. 2019-20.
  • Co-chair, NERL Transformative Agreement Group. 2019–.
  • Member at Large, ATLA Open Press Advisory Council. 2019-21.
  • Steering Committee, Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute. 2017–present.
  • Program Committee, Force11 2020 Conference. 2019–2020.
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Librarianship & Scholarly Communication. 2017–2020.
  • Research Committee, Library Publishing Coalition. 2018-19.
  • Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee, Library Publishing Forum. 2018–19.
  • Program Committee, Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute. 2017; 2019.
  • Program Representative, National Digital Stewardship Alliance. 2014–2017.
  • Steering Committee, Renaissance Knowledge Network. 2014–2016.
  • Organizing Committee, Digital Preservation Conference. 2016.
  • Founding Editor, The Idealis. 2016–ongoing.

Select Institutional Professional Service

  • Chair, Openness Task Force. Columbia University Libraries. 2019–.
  • Member, Collections Strategy Group. Columbia University Libraries. 2019–.
  • Chair (2018-19); Member. Committee on Teaching & Learning. Columbia University Libraries. 2018-21.
  • Founding Convener, Scholarly Communication Discussion Group. Columbia University Libraries. 2018–.
  • Representative, Council of Columbia Library & Information Professionals. Columbia University Libraries. 2019–2022.
  • Ex-Officio, Provost’s Advisory Committee on the Libraries Research Subgroup, 2019–.
  • Staff Liaison, Committee on Contingent Labor in the Academy. Modern Language Association, 2015–2018.


  • Columbia University Librarian Award 2019
  • Rutgers University Open & Affordable Textbook Award 2018
  • CDC IXIS Award, New York University 2005
  • Iowa Arts Fellowship 2002–04

Current Memberships

  • Association of College & Research Libraries
  • American Library Association
  • FORCE11
  • Library Publishing Coalition
  • Modern Language Association