Dean of Libraries
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado (2019-present)

Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, Associate Librarian, Penn State Libraries
The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania (2015-2019)

Interim Associate Dean for Collections, Research and Scholarly Communication (January 2018-September 2019)

Interim Associate Dean for Learning and Undergraduate Services (July 2018-April 2019)

       Institute for CyberSciences, Associate (2015-2019)

Digital Scholarship Center, Head, Associate Professor/Associate Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2012-2015)

Digital Library Services, Head, Associate Professor/Associate Librarian, University of Oregon Libraries
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2011-2012)

Digital Collections Coordinator, Assistant Professor, University of Oregon Libraries
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (2007-2011)

Digital Technologies, Interim Head, Assistant Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (2006-2007)

Adjunct Professor, Communication Department (Introduction to Web Design)
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (2006-2007)

Technology Instruction Librarian, Assistant Librarian, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (2005-2006)

Graduate Staff Assistant, The Information School
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (2003-2005)

Copyright / Reserves Assistant
Reed College, Portland, Oregon (2001-2003)

Librarian Assistant (Cataloging)
Reed College, Portland, Oregon (2001)


Ph.D. Communication and Society, 2021
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

M.L.I.S. (Master of Library and Information Science), 2005
University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

B.A., Classics (Ancient Greek History), 2001
Reed College, Portland, Oregon

Selected Recent Presentations

“Understanding and Evaluating Business Models for Digital Infrastructure Services” with Rosalyn Metz. Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) fall meeting, December 2022.

“Ada@10: the Shifting Tides of Feminist Digital Publishing” with Sarah Hamid, Bryce Peake, Roopika Risam, Carol Stabile, and moderated by Radhika Gajjala. National Communications Association (NCA), New Orleans, Louisiana, November 2022.

“Libraries, Research, and IT: Optimizing Research Support Together” with Jill Sexton and Hannah Sommers. EDUCAUSE, Chicago, Illinois, October 2019.

“Advancements in the ORCID US Community: Supporting Researchers & Adding Value for Research Institutions” with Sheila Rabun, Carmelita Pickett, and Jason Ronallo. Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) spring meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, April 2019.

“Sustainability of Targeted Open Source Repositories: Open ONI for Newspapers” with Karin Dalziel, Natasha Hollenbach, and Sarah Seymore. Open Repositories, Bozeman, MT, June 2018.

“IIIF, Annotations, and Discourse.” Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, June, 2017.

Active Digital Preservation and Data/Metadata Migration” with Nick Ruest. Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) spring meeting, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April, 2017.

Selected Recent Invited Presentations

“Vision of Self, Serendipitous Collaborations, and Institutional Pride.” Invited Keynote. International Forum on Expert Finder Systems, Miami, Florida, April 2023.

“The Libraries and Security Can Be Friends? Findings of a Survey on Security of Research and Information on Campus.” Panelist with Joe Gridley and Jack Maness, moderated by Sari Frances. Invited by the Scholarly Networks Security Initiative (SNSI) for EDUCAUSE, Denver, Colorado, October 2022.

“Deans Panel — Phases of Partnership: Implementing and Sustaining  Digitization Projects.” Panelist with Janet Bishop and Kelvin Watson. Digital Initiatives Symposium, University of San Diego, Online, April 2022.

“Essentials for Transformative Agreement Publisher Negotiations.” Discussant. 15th Berlin Open Access Conference, Online, September 2021.

“Judy Chicago Research Portal: Collaboration through Feminist Pedagogy Principles.” Presenter and panelist. Schlesinger Library for History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge,  Massachusetts, October 2019.

“Digital Library Service Innovations in an Age of Skepticism.” Invited Keynote. CONTENTdm Users Group Meeting. Columbus, Ohio, August 2018.

“Retrocon.” Invited Keynote. Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians. South Bend, Indiana, May 2018.

“Women in Library Technology Leadership.” Panelist with Michelle Fisque, Jenn Riley, Monique Sendze, Brandy A. McNeil, and Evviva Weinraub. American Library Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 2016.

Open Peer Review with Ada” on “Peel Back the Layers of Publishing Opacity: Open Editorial and Peer Review” with Cesar Barrios-Otero and Matthew K. Gold. American Library Association Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, June 2016.

Selected Publications

Stabile, C., R. Gajjala, and K. Estlund, eds. (November 2022). The Ada Journal Reader. R. Risam, series ed. Reanimate Publishing.

Peake, B., and K. Estlund, Special Issue Editors, (May 2014). “Publication and Its Discontents: Peer Review, Publishing, and the Politics of the Open.” Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, 4.

Johnson, T., and K. Estlund. (January 2014). “Recipes for Enhancing Digital Collections with Linked Data.” The Code4Lib Journal, 23.

Briston, H., and K. Estlund. (October 2010). “From Passive to Active Preservation of Electronic Records.” Ariadne, 65.

Estlund, K., K. Hierholzer & J. Simic. (2010). “Supporting Faculty Research with Collaborative Digital Projects.” Collaborative Librarianship, 2(2).

Selected Poster Presentations

“Link It or Don’t Use It: Transitioning Metadata to Linked Data in Hydra” with Tom Johnson. Open Repositories, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, July 2013.

“Guiding a Campus through the Transition to a Paperless Records System” with Heather Briston. International Conference on Preservation of Digital Objects (iPRES), Vienna, Austria, September 2010. Poster presentation and peer-reviewed short paper. https://hdl.handle.net/1794/10756

“Creating a Flexible Preservation Infrastructure for Electronic Records” with Heather Briston. The European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries (ECDL), Glasgow, Scotland, September 2010. Poster presentation and peer-reviewed short paper. https://hdl.handle.net/1794/10755

“New formats for library-faculty collaborations: the African Political Ephemera and Realia Digital Project” with Lori Robare. Association of College & Research Libraries National Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 2009.

Teaching & Workshops

Credit Courses

  • “Introduction to Data Management,” LIB 405/507. Co-Instructor. University of Oregon, spring 2013, spring 2014.
  • “Introduction to Web Design,” COMM 3510. University of Utah, fall 2006, summer 2007.

Selected Conference Workshops

  • Newspapers Community Group and Text Granularity. Co-leader with Glen Robson. International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF): Access to the World’s Images, Washington, DC, May, 2018.
  • Modeling your Repository Objects with the Portland Common Data Model (PCDM)” with Esmé Cowles, Diego Pino, and Nick Ruest. Pre-conference. Open Repositories, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016.
  • “Intro to Hydra and Making it Useful in Your Organization” with Ellen Ramsey and Evviva Weinraub.  Pre-conference. Open Repositories, Dublin, Ireland, June 2016.
  • Newspapers Interest Group with Alastair Dunning. International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF): Access to the World’s Images, Ghent, Belgium, December 2015.
  • “Service Management” with Carolyn Caizzi, Hannah Frost, Patricia Hswe, and Tony Navarrete. Pre-conference. Hydra Connect, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2015.
  • “Linked Data.” Co-leader with Tom Johnson. Pre-conference. code4lib, Portland, Oregon, February, 2015.
  • “Publishing Historic Newspapers with NDNP Tools.” Co-leader with Dan Chudnov and Nathan Yarasavage. Pre-conference. code4lib, Bloomington, Indiana, February 2011.

Selected Professional Workshops

  • Ms. Fembot Edit-a-thon (facilitated by Sarah Stierch) & Hack-a-thon collaboration between Ms. Magazine and Fembot. Hack-a-thon facilitator. Los Angeles, California, March, 2015.
  • Digital Archives. Organizer and lead instructor. Network Startup Resource Center, Archives du Sénégal, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Dakar, Sénégal, March 25-29, 2013.
  • Tribal Archives Institute. Instructor. Oregon State University Libraries, Corvallis, Oregon, August 2012.
  • “Fembot: an Open Access Journal on Gender, New Media, and Technology.” Co-leader with Carol Stabile and Bryce Peake. Console-ing Passions, Adelaide, Australia, July 2011.
  • Library of Congress, Newspaper Viewer Hackathon sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Organizer and Co-leader with Dan Chudnov, February 2011.

Guest Lectures (Recurring)

  • “Digital Archives.” ANTH/J 427/527: Latino Roots. College of Arts and Sciences / School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, 2011-2015.
  • “Digital Collections.” AAD 410/510: Media Management Praxis. Arts & Administration, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon, 2009-2015.
  • “Copyright and New Media.” J 201: Media and Society. School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, 2010-2012.

Library Instruction

  • University of Utah. LEAP Library Instructor (full year course with 20 library instructional sessions), 2005-2006.
  • University of Utah. Educational Psychology Library Instructor (semester course with five library instructional sessions), 2005.


Project Director

  • Beneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement Digital Project. Co-PI. Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections, January 2017. $239,185.
  • Next Generation Newspaper Digitization. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services & Technology Act. February 2015. $106,000.
  • Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Oregon State Parks Cultural Trust. September 2013. $20,000.
  • National Digital Newspaper Program (Oregon). National Endowment for the Humanities.  July 2013. $235,000.
  • Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services & Technology Act. June 2012. $45,000.
  • National Digital Newspaper Program (Oregon). National Endowment for the Humanities.  August 2011. $325,000.
  • Oregon Digital Newspaper Program: In-house Microfilm Digitization.  Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services & Technology Act. June 2011. $106,000.
  • Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Oregon State Parks Cultural Trust.  June 2010. $36,046.
  • National Digital Newspaper Program (Oregon). National Endowment for the Humanities.  July 2009. $365,393.
  • Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Oregon State Parks Cultural Trust. May 2009. $145,000.
  • Oregon Digital Newspaper Program. Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services & Technology Act. February 2009. $220,763.
  • National Digital Newspaper Program (Utah). National Endowment for the Humanities. July 2007. $247,478.
  • Utah State-wide Institutional Repository. Institute of Museum and Library Services. Library Services & Technology Act. January 2006. $73,188.

Project Team Member

  • Virtual Data Collaboratory: A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science. National Science Foundation. Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure. September 2016. $4,000,000.
  • Petrarch’s Early Manuscripts and Incunabula in the Oregon Petrarch Open Book. ACLS Digital Innovation. September 2012. $85,000.
  • IRNC: SP Cultivating the International Research and Education Network Fabric: An Essential Underpinning of Cyberinfrastructure. National Science Foundation. April 2010. $1,637,838.
  • Petrarch’s Canzioniere: The Oregon Open Book Project. National Endowment for the Humanities. August 2010. $49,978.
  • Planning for Northwest-Wide Access to Digitized Primary Sources. Institute for Museum Library Services Collaborative Planning Grant.  October 2008. $38,844.
  • Digitizing Archaeological Collections from Mongolia’s High Altai Region. National Endowment for the Humanities. July 2007. $316,693.

Professional Service

National/International Service

  • SPARC Steering Committee, Association of Research Libraries Elected Representative Member, 2021-present
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Research and Analytics Committee, Member, 2021- 2023
  • US Repository Network Initiative Expert Group, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Member, 2021-2022
  • Leadership and Career Development Program, Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Coach, 2020 – present
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) / Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Research Data Task Force, Member, 2020 – 2021
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Code of Conduct Implementation Committee, Member, 2020
  • Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Member representative, 2019- present
  • Applied Research Working Group, OCLC, Member, 2019-2020
  • International Image Interoperability (IIIF) Code of Conduct Committee, Member, 2017-2019
  • ECAR Working Group on Data Management, EDUCAUSE, Contributor, 2017-2018
  • Technical Services Directors of Large Research Libraries Interest Group, ALCTS, ALA, Member, 2016-2018
  • International Image Interoperability (IIIF) Coordinating Committee, Member, 2016-2019
  • International Image Interoperability (IIIF) Newspaper Interest Group, Co-chair, 2015-2019
  • Europeana and Digital Public Library of American Rights Statements Technical Working Group, Member, 2014-2019
  • Portland Common Data Model, Contributor, 2014-2018
  • Hydra/Samvera Steering Committee, Member, 2015-2018
  • Hydra/Samvera Hydra Helper, 2016-2018
  • Hydra Connect Program Committee, Member, 2015, 2016
  • Hydra Metadata Working Group, Facilitator, 2015
  • Hydra Developers Meeting,Portland, Oregon, February 12-13, 2015, Organizer & Facilitator
  • Newspaper Lite Specification Working Group, Chair, 2014-2015
  • Hydra Developers Making Progress Meeting, Portland, Oregon, November 6-7, 2014, Organizer & Facilitator
  • Beyond NDNP, “Aggregating Data,” Co-facilitator with Kirk Hess, Washington, DC, September 15, 2014
  • Hydra RDF Working Group, Member and Convener, 2014
  • The Yemeni Manuscript Digitization Initiative. Advisory Board, Member, 2013-2015
  • Ada: a Journal of Gender, New Media & Technology. Editorial Board, Librarian, 2012-2016
  • code4lib 2012, Seattle, Washington. Local Organizing Committee, Member, 2011-2012
  • code4lib 2011, Bloomington, Indiana. Program Committee, Member, 2010-2011
  • The Sheet Music Consortium. Advisory Board, Member, 2010-2012

Regional Service

  • University Press of Colorado Board, Trustee, 2021 -present
    • Finance Committee, member, 2022- present
  • Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries Board, Chair (2022-present) Vice-chair (2021 – 2022), Member, 2020 – present
  • Library Fees Subscription Committee, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Member, 2020 – 2022
  • Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Member representative, 2019 – present
  • Greater Western Library Association (GWLA), Member representative, 2019 – present
  • GeoSpatial Portal Advisory Board, Big 10 Academic Alliance, Member, 2017-2019
  • Collection Management Resources Task Force, Big 10 Academic Alliance, Member, 2017-2019
  • Library IT Directors, Big10 Academic Alliance, Member, 2015-2019
  • Library Technical Services Directors, Big10 Academic Alliance, Member, 2015-2019, Chair 2016-2018
  • Pacific Northwest Digital Summit, Planning Task Force, Member, Salem, Oregon, 2014-2015
  • Oregon Library Services & Technology Act Task Force on Grant Funding of Digital Projects, Member, 2014
  • Pacific Northwest Digital Public Library of America Metadatathon, Portland, Oregon, Co-Organizer, 2014
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance, Digital Services Team, Chair, 2010-2011
  • Online Northwest Conference Planning Committee, Member, 2008-2010
  • Orbis Cascade Alliance / Northwest Digital Archives, Digital Program Working Group, Member, 2007-2009
  • Greater Western Library Association, Digital Collections Committee, Chair, 2009-2011, Member, 2007-2011
  • Greater Western Library Association, Cooperative Access Task Force, Member, 2006-2010
  • Utah Academic Library Consortium, Digital Collection Committee / Mountain West Digital Library, Co-chair, 2006-2007
  • Utah Library Association, Health Education Round Table, Member, 2006-2007
  • Utah State Library, Pioneer – Utah’s Online Library Subcommittee, Member, 2006-2007

Institutional Service

Colorado State University

  • Courageous Strategic Transformation Sustainability Work Group, Chair, 2021
  • Office of Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion Search Committee, Chair. 2021
  • Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, Co-chair, 2020 – 2021
  • Student Life Continuity and Recovery Work Group, Co-chair, 2020 – 2021
  • Council of Deans / Executive Leadership Team, Member, 2019 – present

The Pennsylvania State University

  • University Research Council, Member, 2018-2019
  • Open Access Policy, Co-Chair, 2018-2019; Member, 2017-2019
  • Security Policies Review Task Forces, Member, 2017-2019
    • IT Security Risk Management
    • Security Log Collection, Analysis, and Retention
  • Driving Digital Innovation Steering Committee, Member, 2016-2019
  • Research Computing & Cyber-Infrastructure Committee, Member, 2016-2019
    • Data Governance Working Group, Member
    • Access and Archiving Task Force, Co-chair
  • Institute for CyberScience Advisory Board, Member, 2017-2018
  • Unizin Engagement Advisory Board, Member, 2016-2018

University of Oregon

  • Wayne Morse Center “Media & Democracy” Steering Committee, Member, 2013-2015
  • Research Cyberinfrastructure Advisory Group, Member, 2013-2015
  • Faculty Senate, Senator, 2011-2013
  • Digital Scholars, Training Subcommittee, Member, 2009-2011

University of Utah

  • Cyberinfrastructure, Knowledge Management Committee, Member, 2006-2007
  • Library Policy & Advisory Committee, Member, 2006-2007

Library Service

Penn State Libraries

  • Diversity Committee, Member, 2016-2019
  • Libraries Administrative Team, Member, 2015-2019
  • Dean’s Library Council, Member, 2015-2019
  • Space Steering Committee, Member, 2015-2019
  • Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Member, 2015-2019
  • Library Leaders, Coordinator, 2016-2018

University of Oregon Libraries

  • Online User Interfaces Group, Chair, 2015
  • Assessment Team, Ad-hoc member, 2013-2015
  • Scholarly Communications Initiative, Member, 2008-2009, 2010-2015
  • Programmers Group, Member, 2012-2013
  • Library Council, Member, 2011-2015
  • Data Management Team / Data Services Team, Member, 2011-2013
  • Digital Collection Development Board, Chair, 2008-2011
  • Digital Collections User Interface Initiative, Member, 2007-2009
  • Digital Infrastructure Group, Chair, 2007-2008
  • Digital Images in Instruction Initiative, Member, 2007

J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

  • Systems Advisory Committee, Member, 2006-2007
  • Institutional Repository Committee, Chair, 2005-2007
  • The September Project Committee, Event organizer, Web designer, 2005-2007
  • Web Advisory Committee, Member, 2005-2006
  • Inline: University of Utah Library Newsletter, Contributor, 2006-2007

Trainings and Certifications

  • “Recruiting and Retaining Librarians from Underrepresented and Minoritized Groups.“ Library Juice Academy, spring 2022.
  • Campus STEP UP: Rise up for Racial Justice. Student Leadership, Involvement & Community Engagement, Colorado State University, spring 2022.
  • Allyship Training. White solidarity group of Fort Collins BIPOC Alliance, 2020.
  • Inclusive Manager’s Toolkit, DeEtta Jones & Associates, 2020
  • Essential of Cultural Competence, DeEtta Jones & Associates, 2019, 2020
  • Reducing the Impact of Negative Bias in the Workplace, DeEtta Jones & Associates, 2019
  • Leadership Program, EDUCAUSE, 2019
  • Department Executive Officers Leadership Seminar, Big10 Academic Alliance, 2017-2018
  • “Building Multicultural Allies: An Ally Training Workshop” facilitated by Dr. Carlos Zalaquett, Penn State University. Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Central PA, 2017.
  • Certified ScrumMaster ®, Scrum Alliance, 2014-2016

Professional Associations

  • Colorado Alliance of Libraries, individual member, 2020-present
  • Pennsylvania Library Association, 2016-2019
  • American Library Association, 2005-2007, 2012-present
  • Utah Library Association, 2005-2007