Heather Yager

  • Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian
  • Academy Library

Heather's work focuses on digital archival, digital preservation, and database management.  Her Academy projects include managing the Corsi Digital Library and Digitization Lab, directing the Manzanita image project, and serving as a member of the core team implementing an Academy-wide digital asset management system.  

Academy position
Archivist and Digital Collections Librarian
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA  94118
hyager [at] calacademy [dot] org
research.calacademy.org/library
Positions held
2009-2012, Digital Media Archivist, Computer History Museum, Mountain View CA
2007-2008, Database Developer and Linux Sysadmin, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA
2006-2007, Reference Assistant, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
2006, Digital Library Intern, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh PA
2005, Library Technician, Paleontological Research Institution, Ithaca NY
Educational background
2007, MLIS, University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Sciences, Pittsburgh PA
2002, BA, Binghamton University, Binghamton NY
Selected research grants
2014, “Frontier Science” at California Academy of Sciences, funded by Council on Library and Information Resources
2011, Digital repository at Computer History Museum, funded by Google.org
Major ongoing projects
Academy digital asset management system, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CA
Connecting Content IMLS National Leadership Grant, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CA
Manzanita Image Project, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco CA
Past projects
2011-2012, Digital repository project manager, Computer History Museum, Mountain View CA
2009-2010, Exhibition asset coordinator, “Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing History,” Computer History Museum, Mountain View CA
2007-2008, Database technician, MUSSELp, Dr. Daniel Graf
Selected presentations
2013, Yager, H., Dooley, J., Turner, A., Sorensen, L., Brice, J., Perry, S., “Software tools for digital collections management,” Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting
2012, Jabloner, P., Yager, H., “Exploring the digital preservation software stack,” Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting
2011, Jabloner, P., Yager, H., “Digital curation for small institutions,” Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting
2006, Yager, H., Saniski, D., “Cultivating the Database: Information Architecture and Fruit Production Guides,” first prize, non-PhD division, University of Pittsburgh iFest
Selected conferences
2013 Program Committee, Society of California Archivists Annual General Meeting
Affiliations and memberships
University of North Carolina Digital Curation Institute (member of 2012 cohort)
American Library Association (Office for Intellectual Freedom)
Society of California Archivists (Electronic Communications Committee)
Society of American Archivists
USENIX Advanced Computing Systems Association
International Council on Archives
Society for Cinema and Media Studies
Curated Exhibitions
2013  San Francisco 1906 Earthquake Collection (California Academy of Sciences Archives), The Decameron (Oekolos Productions)
2013 Clark, J.M. Papers (California Province Archives), Alcatraz Art Behind Bars (ReDesigning Theater/Oekolos Productions)