Heather Ball

Assistant Professor and Student Success Librarian
MLS and Dual Certificate in Archives and Preservation, Queens College, New York 2009MLitt Medieval Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland 2006BA Medieval Studies, New York University, New York 2005

Professor Ball is the Student Success Librarian and Asst. Professor at St. John's University in the University Libraries. Before coming to St. John’s, she held several concurrent jobs: Global Network Research Manager for an advertising agency, Cataloger and Metadata Assistant for the Morgan Library and Museum, and the Coordinating Project Scholar as well as Website Project Manager for Livingstone Online. These experiences and differing roles helped to expose her to diverse projects and teams that could inspire and percolate ideas for future work. She is currently working on several digital humanities projects as well as information literacy projects, and has spoken at conferences and published over the years relating to libraries, digital humanities, and medieval studies.

Research interests include but are not limited to: statistical analysis and insights, database management, XML/TEI encoding, digital humanities, information literacy, 12th-century medieval Britain, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Alexander Hamilton

DNY 1000C, Hamilton’s New York, undergraduate
LIS271, Graphic Novels and Libraries, graduate
LIS221, Planning and Delivering Information Literacy Programs, graduate

“Project Manuals as Zones of Engagement: Working Across Disciplines in the Digital Project” 2019, DH+Lib (with K. Simpson)

“Limitations and Ethical Implications of Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts” 2011, Library Student Journal (Vol. 6)

“Enhancing Archives Curricula to Incorporate Digital Technologies” 2009, Metropolitan Archivist (Vol. 14, No. 1)

Connecting Course Content to the Student Perspective: Incorporating Digital Tools and Media to More Deeply Engage Students 2019 Teaching Narratives Symposium: New York, NY (presentation)

Dissertation Deep Dive: Taking the Plunge to Support Graduate Students 2019 LACUNY Institute: New York, NY (co-presentation)

Erasing Disciplinary Lines and Unifying Scholars Through Code: How a Medievalist Librarian and Postcolonial Literary Scholar Work in Tandem on Victorian Explorer David Livingstone's Expeditionary Writings 2019 Northeast Victorian Studies Conference: Amherst, MA (presentation)

Victorian Expeditionary Literature, the Digital Archive, and Patterns of Editing and Publishing 2018 British Association for Victorian Studies Conference: Exeter, England (co-presentation)

Calculating Canons: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Use of Literature as a Guise for Political Discourse 2018 Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies: St. Louis, MO (presentation)

Fetch, Heel, Sit, Stay: Old Dog/New Dog Mentoring Perspectives 2018 Teaching Professor Conference: Atlanta, GA (co-presentation)

Collaboration to the Core: The Case of the Livingstone Project 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities: Washington DC (co-presentation)

Hypothetical Historians: Geoffrey of Monmouth's Authorial Status Reclassified 2012 International Congress on Medieval Studies: Kalamazoo, MI (presentation)

The Power of the Written Word: Textual Authority and its Veracity in the Middle Ages 2010 Cambridge International Chronicles Symposium: University of Cambridge (presentation)

The Alternate Medieval Medium: Experiencing Medieval Manuscripts through Digital Technologies 2010 The Past’s Digital Presence Graduate Symposium: Yale University (presentation, panel)

How Do We Keep Archives Viable and Digital Surrogates Sustainable? 2009 Society of American Archivists: University of Austin, Texas (poster)

The Ethics of Collection Digitization 2009 International Congress on Medieval Studies: Kalamazoo, MI (presentation, panel)

Medieval Studies