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2004-present Co-Director, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities (CDRH). Received competitive UNL Program of Excellence funding, $1.7 mil, Jan. 2004-2010.

1999-present Chair, Digital Initiatives & Special Collections (DISC) Dept. Responsible for operations comprising Archives & Special Collections, the Electronic Text Center, and (until 2004) Preservation.

May 1980-2000 Various positions in the UNL Libraries’ Serials Department. Chair from 1984-2000.


Sept 1978-Apr 1980 Serials Department, Librarian Assistant.

Aug 1978-Dec 1979 University of Iowa School of Library Science, Iowa Library Information Teletype Exchange (ILITE), On-Call Reference Librarian.


July 1994 Promoted to Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

July 1986 Awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Aug 1978 Master of Arts: Library Science, University of Iowa

May 1976 Bachelor of Arts, Majors: History and English, University of Iowa


National Digital Newspaper Program: Nebraska, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), $271,016, July 2007-June 2009. Principal investigator. Joint project with the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, the UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Interoperability of Metadata, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), $169,651, Nov 2005-Oct 2007. Katherine L. Walter and Kenneth M. Price, co-principal investigators. Joint project of the UNL Libraries, Brown University, and the University of Virginia.
Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online Edition, funded by NEH, $222,177, Sept 2003-Aug. 2006. Katherine Walter and Gary Dunham, co-principal investigators. Joint project of the UNL Libraries, the University of Nebraska Press, and the Center for Great Plains Studies.
Virtual Archive of Walt Whitman Manuscripts, funded by the IMLS, $245,723, Nov. 2002-Oct. 2005. Kenneth M. Price and Katherine Walter, co-principal investigators. Partnership with IATH at Virginia.
Omaha Indian Artifacts & Images: Online Inventory & Web Exhibit, funded by the IMLS, $218,688, December 2001-2005. Principal author. Co-directed by Professors Thomas P. Myers, Univ. of Nebraska State Museum and Dee Ann Allison, UNL Libraries.
Nebraska Newspaper Project, Phases I through III: Planning; Cataloging, and Microfilming, funded by the NEH, $729,336, 1992-2000, principal investigator.
PUBLICATIONS (Selected refereed articles or publications.)

Walter, Katherine L. and Kenneth M. Price, “An Online Guide to Walt Whitman’s Dispersed Manuscripts,” Library Hi Tech, v. 22, no. 3, 2004. See subsequent article by the entire project team, Barney, Brett, et al, “Ordering Chaos: An Integrated Guide and Online Archive of Walt Whitman’s Poetry Manuscripts,” in Literary and Linguistic Computing, v.20, no.2, 2005. Both are refereed.

Walter, Jacox, Moshman, Johnson, et al. A Guide to Nebraska Newspapers: 1854-Present. CD-ROM. (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998).
Giesecke, Dr. Joan R. and Katherine L. Walter, “Adapting Organizational Structures in Technical Services to New Technologies.” In Restructuring Academic Libraries, edited by Charles A. Schwartz. Chicago: Assn. of College and Research Libraries, 1997. Refereed.
Walter, Katherine L. Saving the Past to Enrich the Future: A Plan for Preserving Information Resources in Kansas, Topeka: Kansas Library Network Board, 1993. Refereed.

Proposed and moderated panel at the Digital Humanities 2007 international conference: “Interoperability of Metadata for Thematic Research Collections.”

“Networking Across Campus: Building Collaborative Partnerships through Humanities Computing,” Association for College & Research Libraries 13th National Conference, March 2007.
“Building Collaborative Partnerships: Digital Research in the Humanities,” Coalition for Networked Information, Phoenix, Arizona, December 2005.
“Contextualizing the Cather Archive: Digital Research in the Humanities,” 10th International Willa Cather Seminar, Lincoln, Nebraska, June 2005.
“The Walt Whitman Archive: Archivist-Scholar Collaboration in Description and Representation,” panel presentation, Assn. for Computing in the Humanities/Assn. for Literary and Linguistic Computing, Victoria, BC, June 2005. Subsequently gave presentations on similar topics at the 2005 Society of American Archivists conference (New Orleans) and the 2006 IMLS WebWise Conference (Los Angeles).
“Humanities Computing on the Great Plains: Multiculturalism and Multilingualism,” juried presentation, Assn. for Literary and Linguistic Computing/Assn. for Computing in the Humanities conference, Gothenberg, Sweden, June 2004. Featured Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition Online, Yoruba Proverbs, Omaha Indian Artifacts & Images.
“Czech American Archival Materials in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries,” invited speech, the Working Conference on Czech & Slovak American Archival Materials, co-sponsored by the Embassies of the Czech Republic and of Slovakia, Washington DC, Nov. 2003. Published in SVA Proceedings, 2004.
“Willa Cather Collections in the UNL Libraries,” 9th International Willa Cather Symposium, Bread Loaf, Vermont, June 2003. Also moderated panel on “Collecting Cather.”
U.S. Newspaper Program Annual Conferences, 1997 and 1998, Library of Congress, Washington DC. Invited to make three presentations on Nebraska Newspaper Project initiatives: a video production; a CD-ROM Guide to Nebraska Newspapers: 1854-Present; and reflections on transitioning from a cataloging project to a preservation microfilming project.

Assn for Library Collections & Tech Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, 1981-present; Director-at-Large, ALCTS Board of Directors, 2006-08. Chair, ALCTS 50th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign, 2005-2007.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Div. of Preservation and Access, Panelist, 1995-1999; 2001, 2004, 2007.

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