Kristen Mapes portraitI am the Assistant Director of Digital Humanities in the College of Arts and Letters at Michigan State University and a librarian and medievalist by training. My day-to-day work involves teaching and advising in the undergraduate and graduate DH programs at MSU, consulting on projects with faculty, librarians, and graduate students, leading workshops and community building activities on campus, organizing the annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium, and advocating for public and open scholarship around campus.

My research interests are currently focused on social media adoption by academics, especially Medievalists. I am interested in discovering how scholars interact (or don’t) online in this interdisciplinary field. I am looking to contribute to the field by fostering community in whatever ways seem useful.

I am also exploring visualization techniques and image analysis in a project that seeks to enhance the Roman de la Rose Digital Library by providing new avenues for exploring and analyzing the collection.


I talk about bridging communities, breaking down institutional boundaries, and cycling fandom on Twitter @kmapesy. Please connect with me there or at kmapes [at] msu [dot] edu.


  • MLIS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • MA Medieval Studies, Fordham University
  • BA Humanistic Studies & International Affairs, John Cabot University

Current Leadership Activities

  • American Library Association
    • Digital Scholarship Section (DSS)
      • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, Chair
    • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section¬†(RBMS)
      • Diversity Committee, Member
      • Digital Special Collections Discussion Group, Co-Convener
  • Michigan Academic Library Association (MI-ALA)
    • Communications and Marketing Committee, Member

Membership in Professional Organizations

  • Association of Computers and the Humanities
  • Medieval Academy of America
  • American Library Association
  • Association of College and Research Libraries
    • Michigan Association of Academic Libraries (MI-ALA)
  • Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
  • Beta Phi Mu, International Library & Information Studies Honors Society