Interim Head, Knowledge Production
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Thomas Padilla is Interim Head, Knowledge Production at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He consults, publishes, presents, and teaches widely on digital strategy, cultural heritage collections, data literacy, digital scholarship, and data curation. He is Principal Investigator of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supported Collections as Data: Part to Whole and past Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services supported, Always Already Computational: Collections as Data. He is the author of the library community research agenda Responsible Operations: Data Science, Machine Learning, and AI in Libraries. He was named ne of Library Journal’s 2020 Digital Developer Movers & Shakers.
Thomas is a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council (2017-2021), the Linked Infrastructure for Networked Cultural Scholarship (LINCS) Technical Advisory Board, the WhatEVery1Says Advisory Board, and the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group.
Previously he was the Practitioner Researcher in Residence at OCLC Research, Humanities Data Curator at the University of California Santa Barbara, and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Michigan State University. Prior to that he was at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign working at the Scholarly Commons and the Preservation Unit of the University Library. Prior to that he was at the Library of Congress doing digital preservation outreach and education.