I try to make things discoverable


Discovery, Metadata Services, and Government Documents Librarian
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California

Discovery and Metadata Services Librarian
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California

Metadata and Cataloging Librarian
Humboldt State University
Arcata, California

Metadata Librarian
Hope College
Holland, Michigan


Master of Library Science
Indiana University-Indianapolis

Bachelor of Arts, German
Indiana University-Indianapolis

Research Interests

Metadata, Cataloging, Games, Gamification, Information Literacy, Epistemology, Academic Libraries, Aboutness, Open Access


CONTENTdm Photo Transfer Project 2021

Working with Special Collections, helping to build CONTENTdm databases to help with the transfer of over 13,000 photos from Access Database, including Dublin Core support, batch transfer (utilizing Project Client) support, and descriptive expertise

Primo VE Testing Group 2021

Working along with 23 campuses in CSU to test viability of move from Primo Back Office to Primo VE

HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access (ETAS) Implementation

During COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, integrated digital access to over 200,000 otherwise inaccessible print titles in library catalog

Selected Bibliography

Articles, essays, book chapters, book reviews

Miller, Tim, Kimberly Stelter, Garrett Purchio, Brianne Hagen. 2020. “Make Your Escape: Experiences with Gamified Library Programming.” In Games and Gamification in Academic Libraries, edited by Stephanie Crowe and Eva Sclippa.

Hagen, Brianne. “Book Review: Managing Metadata in Web-Scale Discovery Systems.” Library Resources & Technical Services 61, no. 3 (July 14, 2017): 172.

Hagen, Brianne (As Downton Stabbey). “Opening Access to Roller Derby.” Fiveonfive, no. 35 (Spring 2017): 8–9.


Ruiz, Marisol, Leslie Rossman, Nicola Walters, and Brianne Hagen. “CFA and Push Pause.” Panel presentation presented at the Post-Capitalism Conference, Online, April 24, 2021.

Hagen, Brianne, and Kimberly Stelter. “Digging Into OneSearch: Teaching through the Transition.” Presentation presented at the SUNYLA 2019, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY, June 13, 2019.
Hagen, Brianne. “HTML to MARC: Webscraping Using Googlesheets.” Presentation presented at Online Northwest, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, March 29, 2019.

Marino, Carly, Brianne Hagen, Sarah Godlin, Alex Childers, Hartford Johnson, and Karin Anderson Grantham. “Researching the Redwoods: A New Approach to Archival Internships.” Presentation presented at the Society of California Archivists – AGM 2018, Yosemite, California, April 12, 2018.

Slaughter, Gloria, and Brianne Hagen. “Lightning Round: Moving Those MARCs: Workflows For Loading Library Catalog Holdings To A Discovery Layer.” Presentation presented at the Innovative Users Group Conference, Detroit, Michigan, May 7, 2014.

Hagen, Brianne. “Citations in a Cinch: From Bibliographies to Faculty Engagement.” Poster presentation, Digital Commons Great Lakes User Group Annual Meeting, August 9, 2013.

Teaching experience

  • From News to Peer-Review (Offered Spring Semester, 2019)

    • Each workshop in this series will explore a different type of information, how to find it, and what role it can play in your research and how it can support your information needs:

News Sources: Tuesday, February 19

Social Media and Web Sources: Wednesday, February 27

Scholarly and Peer Reviewed Sources: Thursday, March 7

Audiovisual Sources: Wednesday, March 13

  • Dank Research Skills (Offered Spring semester, 2018)
    • Turn a new leaf with your research by learning about strategies and tools for searching. We’ll focus on why you should use OneSearch as a starting place for your research and how these strategies also work in other databases. You’ll learn how to use OneSearch more effectively to find different types of resources in the HSU Library, including books and articles, and how to access other resources from libraries worldwide. This SkillShop is good for learning basic research skills.
  • Burrow into OneSearch (Offered Fall semester, 2017)
    • Description: Avoid falling down the research rabbit hole by taking this SkillShop. We’ll focus on why you should use OneSearch as a starting place for your research. You’ll learn how to use OneSearch more effectively to find different types of resources in the HSU Library, including books and articles, and how to access other resources from libraries worldwide. Take this if you’re new to OneSearch, the new Library search tool.
  • Digging Deeper into OneSearch (Offered Fall semester, 2017)
    • Avoid falling down the research rabbit hole by taking this SkillShop. We’ll focus on how you can use OneSearch to get started researching. You’ll learn how to use OneSearch more effectively to find different types of resources in the HSU Library and about more advanced search techniques.
  • Introduction to Excel for Math (Offered Fall semester, 2017)
    • Learn the basics of Excel in this introductory SkillShop. When you’re finished, you will be able to identify the layout of a spreadsheet in Excel, identify and execute some basic functions (like adding or averaging columns of data) and create a line graph with a set of data.
Information Literacy Instruction
  • Spring 2018. ART 301 with Carly Marino and Kimberly Stelter for Heather Madar. Multiple sessions covering Omeka exhibit creation.
  • Fall 2017. ENGL 350 librarian instruction with Kyle Morgan for Janet Winston.
  • Fall 2017. NAS 307 with Carly Marino for Kerri Malloy. Multiple sessions covering Omeka exhibit creation.

Committees and Work Groups

Humboldt State University Library
  • First Year Experience & Student Success Librarian search committee, Chair, October 2018-April 2019. Successfully filled.
  • Diversity and Social Justice Working Group, Member, August 2018-present
    • Charge: We are a library working group committed to addressing racial equity issues within the library and on our campus. Our goals are to partner with campus constituents and community members, host events, and align our values with our institutional mission of social justice.
  • The Discovery Adhocracy, Chair and Founder, August 2018-present
    • Charge: The Adhocracy is asked to advise the Discovery & Metadata Services Librarian on issues related to resource discovery and the user experience.
  • Instruction Working Group, Member, August 2016-present
    • Charge: We are faculty who provide instruction and this is a time to gain skills to become better instruction librarians. 
  • Student Supervisors Group, Member, July 2016-present
    • Charge: This unit of student assistant supervisors meets monthly to discuss budgets, events, training, and professional development.
  • Marketing and Outreach Committee, Member, August 2016-January 2018
    • Charge: The Marketing and Outreach Committee publishes the Library Newsletter and promotes events at the Library. As a member, I contributed to the newsletters and ideas for event marketing.
  • ULMS Working Group, Member, July 2016-April 2018
    • The ULMS Working Group consists of members representing each of the major areas of back and front end management of the library. Our charge was to oversee the implementation of the new system, Alma, for our functional areas. We continue to meet on a monthly basis to troubleshoot, diagnose, plan, implement, and assess the system in a post-migratory state.
  • Digital Media & Learning Librarian search committee, Member, January 2017-April 2017
    • Led to successful recruitment of Tim Miller.
  • Courtesy committee, Member, August 2016-May 2017
    • Charge: Coordinate events throughout the year for library staff and student workers. The Courtesy Committee seeks to recognize staff accomplishments, boost morale, and celebrate the achievements of our student assistants.
HSU Service
  • California Faculty Association e-board member, library liaison and representative, September 2018-present
    • Elections committee chair, 2021
    • Elections committee chair, 2020
  • Provost Search Committee, Member, January 2020-May 2020
    • Successfully filled
  • International Programs Screening Committee, Member, August 2017, Three year term
    • Charge: Review applications, interview applicants, and submit recommendations to the Chancellor’s Office.
CSU Service
  • Discovery Functional Committee Primo VE Test Group Member (all campus membership), January 2020-June 2021
    • CSU campus-wide testing committee
  • ScholarWorks IR LOD/Metadata Interest Group, Member, August 2018-present
    • Charge: This interest group will survey and assess metadata, controlled vocabulary, and linked open data best practices among international repositories and make recommendations for related ScholarWorks standards.
  • EAR Electronic Books workgroup, Member, February 2017-April 2017
    • Charge: Provide COLD with a proposal for moving electronic book acquisition from local to central post ULMS Implementation. Chair Naomi Moy. As a member of this workgroup, I participated in the creation of a survey for acquisitions managers regarding their feelings towards centralizing purchases for ebook packages at the Chancellor’s Office.

Library Profession Service

Professional development

  • Government Documents Coordinator Certification. In progress. October 2020-present. Online.
  • ELUNA Conference. May 2021. Hosted by Ex Libris. Online.
  • Cascadia Open Education Summit, April 2021, Hosted by BCC. Online.
  • FDLP Conference, October 2020. Online.
  • Seeing White Podcast Circle participant, September 28-November 2, 2018. Led by Tim Miller. Humboldt State University Library. Arcata, CA.
  • CSU ULMS Summer Meeting, August 13-14 2018. Office of the Chancellor for California State University System. Long Beach, CA.
  • SCELC eResource Hackfest, July 16-18 2018. University of the Pacific. Stockton, CA.
  • Primo by Ex Libris certification, August 2018.
  • Alma by Ex Libris certification
  • Rare Book School Cataloging, July 2014

Grants, Honors, and Awards

2020 AL$ Grant

2018-2019 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Program (RSCA) Grant: Finding their way: usability and user experience testing of library resources at Humboldt State University Library

2015 GLCA-GLAA Expanding Collaboration Initiative Grant: Strengthening Bonds Through a Collaborative Professional Development Program with Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco

2014 Nyenhuis Grant (Hope College), Rare Book Cataloging at the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia

2011-2012 Max Kade German-American Fellowship (Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis). See for examples of transcriptions and translations