Devin Higgins

Picture of Devin Higgins, 2012

Digital Library Programmer

Linked Data Librarian

MSU Libraries

Main Library, W-441


  • MS Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • MA English, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BA English, University of Rochester



  • Higgins, Devin. “The Human Belongs to the Inhuman.” The Ontic View: From Digital to Post Humanities. Atropos, 2016.
  • Padilla, Thomas and Devin Higgins. "The Facet Effect: Library Collections as Digital Humanities Data." Public Services Quarterly, 2014.
  • Higgins, Devin. "Reading and Non-Reading: Text Mining in Critical Practice." Top Technologies Every Librarian Needs to Know. ALA Editions, 2014.
  • Mak, Lucas, Devin Higgins, Aaron Collie, Shawn Nicholson. "Enabling and integrating ETD repositories through linked data." Library Management, 2014.
  • Higgins, Devin. “Openly Uncertain / Certainly Open.” Response to the Journal of Library Administration’s special issue on digital humanities, published on dh+lib blog and in e-book Make It New? A dh+lib Mini-Series.
  • Collie, Aaron, Lucas Mak, Devin Higgins, Shawn Nicholson. "Accumulating metadata from tributary workflows for more robust archival records." Archiving 2013 Conference Proceedings. Imaging Science & Technology, 2013.


  • Faulkner, Autumn, Joshua Barton, Devin Higgins, Lucas Mak. “Even Cataloging Sounds Better on Vinyl: Repurposing Metadata from to Catalog Sound Recordings at Michigan State University.” Music OCLC Users Group, Cincinnati, 2016.
  • Higgins, Devin, Thomas Padilla, Arend Hintze. “Patterns of Novelty in Literary Data.” Digital Humanities (ADHO), Sydney, 2015.
  • Barton, Joshua, Autumn Faulkner, Lucas Mak, Devin Higgins. "Cataloging at 33 1/3: Repurposing Metadata from to Catalog Sound Recordings at Michigan State University.” ACRL Technical Services Interest Group, San Francisco, 2015.
  • Ezzo, Anita, Thomas Padilla, and Devin Higgins. "Text Mining the Grange: Computational Techniques to Improve Newspaper Metadata". Mid Michigan Archival Association. Holland, MI, 2015.
  • Higgins, Devin. "A Visual Interface for Browsing ETDs." Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners. Albion, MI, 2015.
  • Higgins, Devin, Thomas Padilla, and Arend Hintze. "Defining Literary Data: An Information-Theoretical Approach." Japanese Association for Digital Humanities. Ibaraki, Japan, 2014.
  • Collie, Aaron, Lucas Mak, Devin Higgins, Shawn Nicholson. “ETD Repository, Drupal, Solr Islandora, and Fedora Commons.” Michigan State University IT Conference. East Lansing, 2014.
  • Higgins, Devin. “Building HathiTrust Worksets at MSU.” Lightning talk at Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners Meeting. Grand Rapids, MI, 2014
  • Higgins, Devin, Matthew Handelman, Sean Pue. “Networking the Literary: A Workset Creation Tool for Tracking Diasporas and Canons Across Space and Time.” Grant proposal presentation to HathiTrust Research Center: not funded. Chicago, 2014.
  • Collie, Aaron, Devin Higgins, Lucas Mak, Shawn Nicholson. “Furthering the Community: Integrating Archivematica and Islandora.” Aaron Collie, Devin Higgins, Lucas Mak, Shawn Nicholson. LITA Forum. Louisville, KY, 2013.
  • Mak, Lucas, Devin Higgins, Aaron Collie, Shawn Nicholson. “Local Data, International Connections: Enabling and Integrating ETD Repositories through Linked Data Models.” Electronic Theses and Dissertations Conference. Hong Kong, 2013.
  • Higgins, Devin, Lucas Mak, Aaron Collie, Shawn Nicholson. “Electronic Theses and Dissertations as Harbingers of Institutional Change.” Devin Higgins, Lucas Mak, Aaron Collie, and Shawn Nicholson. US-ETD conference and MSU Cyberinfrastructure Days. Claremont, CA and East Lansing, MI, 2013.
  • Higgins, Devin. “Text Mining 101: What It Is, How It’s Done and Why Librarians Should Care.” Panel presentation at Michigan Library Association Academic Libraries. Traverse City, MI, 2013.
  • Higgins, Devin. “The Librarian as Programmer: Text Mining.” Paper and lightning talk delivered (virtually) to Digital Libraries Special Interest Group meeting at ASIS&T. Baltimore, 2012.

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