Richard Higgins

Indiana University

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Indiana University Libraries

Software Engineer

Library Technologies, Web Applications, 2018-present

  • Develop and deploy open-source software solutions supporting the operations of IU Libraries.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues with data-driven, dynamic web applications (PHP, JavaScript, Python, MySQL, Ruby on Rails, and Java).
  • Develop and maintain knowledge in several domains, such as web application frameworks, metadata standards and processes, asset management, XML technologies, and user experience and interaction.
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

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Open Access Publishing Manager

Scholarly Communication Department, 2015-18

  • Managed the IUScholarWorks Institutional Repository (DSpace application)
  • Maintained the open-source OJS web application that supports the Open Access journals program and developed XML-first, full-text publishing solutions
  • IU Libraries' Annual Professional Staff Award Winner (2017)

Adjunct Lecturer

Spring 2018: Z634, Metadata, Information and Library Science

School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering


M.I.S., Information and Library Science, School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, May 2016

Indiana University Bloomington

Core subjects: Digital Libraries and Open Scholarship, Computational Humanities, Digital Preservation, Metadata Frameworks and Standards, Repository Systems and Integration

Ph.D., English, College of Arts and Sciences, Dec 2009

Indiana University Bloomington

Minor in Cultural Studies. Certificate in Victorian Studies.

Core topics: Class and Gender, Histories of Emotion and Affect, Science and Technology, Textualities and Reading Practices. Dissertation title: "Feeling Like a Clerk: The Emotional Economy of the Lower Middle Class in Dickens, Gissing, and Wells"

B. A. with distinction, Literature, June 1994

University of California, Santa Cruz

Capstone paper: "Engendering the Court Lady in Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier"