NICKY AGATE nicky.agate@gmail.com | orcid.org/0000-0001-7624-3779

EDUCATION

  • PhD, French Literature, 05/14, Certificate in French Studies, 09/06, NYU
  • MFA, Literary Translation, 05/04, University of Iowa
  • BA, French & English Literature (1st Class), 06/00, University of Glasgow

CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Beyond TEI, June 2017, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • R, Interactive Graphics, and Data Visualization, June 2016, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • Metadata for Digital Collections, Spring 2016, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee
  • HTML and CSS, Fall 2015, City University of New York
  • Text Mapping as Modeling, June 2015, Digital Humanities Summer Institute
  • Advanced User Research, Summer 2015, New York University
  • Out-of-the-Box Text Analysis for Digital Humanities, June 2013, Digital Humanities Summer Institute

EXPERIENCE

Modern Language Association

Head of Digital Initiatives, 10/16–present

  • Manage the development, promotion, and launch of major grant-funded projects
  • Coordinate project teams and resources to ensure quality, on-time deliverables
  • Manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Represent projects at scholarly communication events
  • Develop and support Open Access publication initiatives
  • Oversee development, awareness building, and outreach for interdisciplinary repository
  • Communicate project success via presentations, white papers, and reports
  • Co-author grant narratives
  • Manage project staff

Project Manager for Digital Initiatives, 02/16–10/16

  • Project managed major grant-funded projects
  • Coordinated project teams and resources to ensure quality, on-time deliverables
  • Managed relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Participated in scholarly communication events for outreach and research purposes
  • Created awareness of scholarly communication issues as they relate to user base
  • Developed and supported Open Access publication initiatives
  • Built awareness of interdisciplinary repository and coordinate outreach
  • Communicated project success via presentations, white papers, and reports
  • Researched and wrote grant narratives

 Managing Editor, MLA Commons, 12/14–02/16

  • Managed major academic social network (increased membership by 150% in 1 year)
  • Commissioned and managed content for multiple sites
  • Advised users on content strategy and design
  • Conceptualized, organized, and led engaging outreach events and initiatives
  • Wrote engaging user-facing documentation: guides, newsletters, white papers
  • Developed, coordinated, and integrated usability studies and competitive analyses
  • Crafted network’s social media strategy and nurtured its reputation

ProQuest

Manager, Outreach and Community, 09/13–12/14

  • Planned and created usability studies, personas, beta testing sessions, surveys
  • Served as voiced of user to set development priority and product strategy
  • Managed $60,000 community budget in creative and innovative ways to ensure ROI
  • Planned, organized, led, and assessed success of national and international outreach
  • Managed product social media strategy and presence
  • Reported on higher education/library trends to company stakeholders
  • Commissioned, edited, published, and publicized content using WordPress CMS

Rutgers University

E-course developer & lecturer, French and Expository Writing, 2008–2010; 2013–2016

New York University

Instructor of French, 09/06–08/08; 09/11–12/12

Freelance Journalist

London and New York, 01/97–12/05

GRANTS

  • Co-PI, Mellon Foundation Grant 21700691, Humane Metrics in the Humanities and Social Sciences ($310,000) (2017–18)
  • Project Manager, Mellon Foundation Grant 21500710, Humanities Commons – Phase III, awarded to Modern Language Association ($310,000) (2017–18)
  • 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)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS AND TRANSLATIONS

  • Agate, Nicky, and Mark P. Newton. Humanities CORE. White Paper. Washington DC: NEH, 08/15. http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6FW2W
  • Agate, Nicky et al. “From the Ground Up: A Group Editorial on the Most Pressing Issues in Scholarly Communication. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 5(1). http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2196
  • The Shine by Frédéric Mari, translation Nicky Agate, Libre Edition, 2010

RECENT TALKS AND WORKSHOPS

  • “OER in the DR.” Open Education 2017. Anaheim, CA. 10–13 October 2017.
  • “Open Humanities 101” (course). Force11 Scholarly Communication Institute. 31 July–4 August 2017.
  • “Towards values-based evaluation in the humanities and social sciences.” Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Antwerp, Belgium. 5–7 July 2017.
  • “Humanities Commons: Building an Open Networked Repository for Humanities” Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium. 12 June 2017.
  • OpenCon 2016. Invited participant. 11–14 November 2016.
  • With Mark Newton. “Building Repositories Better Together: Columbia University Libraries and the MLA.” DLF Forum. Milwaukee, WI. 6–9 November 2016.
  • With Rebecca Kennison, Stacy Konkiel, Christopher Long, Jason Rhody, and Simone Sacchi. Team lead, “HuMetrics: Building Humane Metrics for the Humanities.” Workshop participant. Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute. Chapel Hill, NC. 9-13 October 2016.
  • “Scholarly Communication and Collaboration Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Building Humanities Commons,” HASTAC, Tempe, AZ, May 2016.
  • “The Role of Scholarly Societies in Facilitating Social Knowledge and Sharing in the Humanities,” ACLA, Cambridge, MA, March 2016.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

  • AAUP Digital Publishing Committee, 2017–20
  • Founding Editor, The Idealis (current)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (current)
  • Steering Committee, Renaissance Knowledge Network (current)
  • Force2017 Outreach Committee (current)
  • Program Representative, National Digital Stewardship Alliance
  • Force Scholarly Communication Institute Program Committee (2017)
  • Organizing Committee, Digital Preservation 2016
  • Member, Editorial Board, Technoculture, 2013–15

TOOLS & LANGUAGES

WordPress, BuddyPress, CSS, French, Google Analytics, HTML, Moqups, Omeka

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS

ACRL, ALA, FORCE11, HASTAC, MLA, SSP