Libraries, Media Services, & Archives

Heather Tompkins

Head, Library Collection Services

Office: Coeur de Catherine 65

Phone: 651.690.6653


About Heather

Heather Tompkins is head of library collection services, the department that acquires, maintains, and evaluates library collections, and works with others to develop and make collections discoverable and accessible. In this role, she provides leadership for Sophia, the University's institutional repository, and participates actively in the library's digital scholarship and scholarly communication programs. Prior to coming to St. Kate's, she was the reference and instruction librarian for humanities at Carleton College where she co-developed a program for mentoring undergraduates doing digital humanities work, participated in user need and assessment, and coordinated government documents.

Heather has been active in regional and national library organizations and is a former chair of the Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) of ACRL. She has a BA in American Studies and a MA in History, both from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

She is thrilled to be a part of the St. Catherine community.

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • Digital Scholarship & Scholarly Communication
  • Assessment in Academic Libraries
  • American Studies & History
  • Poetry
  • Local Arts
  • Swimming

Selected Publications & Presentations


Jastram, Iris, Danya Leebaw, and Heather Tompkins. "Situating Information Literacy Within the Curriculum: Using a Rubric to Shape a Program," Portal 14 (2014): 165-186.

Bradley, Laurel, Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Aisling Quigley, and Heather Tompkins. “Cultivating a Curatorial Culture through the College Library.” In A Handbook for Academic Museums: Exhibitions and Eduction, edited by Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold, 415-443. Edinburgh: MuseumsEtc, 2012.

Jastram, Iris, Danya Leebaw, and Heather Tompkins. "CSI(L) Carleton: Forensic Librarians and Reflective Practices." In the Library With the Lead Pipe. December 14, 2011.

Nixon, Andrea, Paula Lackie, and Heather Tompkins. "Curricular Uses of Visual Material: A Research-Driven Process for Improving Institutional Sources of Curricular Support." Academic Commons . September 2009.

Hinchliffe, Lisa Janicke, Christine Skoglund, Jeni Venker Weidenbenner, Heather Tompkins, and Amy Jansen. “Examining the Context: New Voices Reflect on Information Literacy.” Information Literacy & Instruction Column. Reference & User Services Quarterly 42 (2003): 311-317.


"Dangerous DH Liaisons: Librarians (Re)claiming Centrality in Digital Collaborations." Presentation with Alexis Logsdon and Amy Mars. Library Technology Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, March 17, 2016.

"Supporting DH/DS at Liberal Arts Colleges: Organizing for Sustainability." Panel presenter with Jason Paul. Liberal Arts Colleges Preconference, DLF Forum, Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 25, 2015.

“Brewing up New Flavors of Assessment: Using Student Writing as Artifacts of Learning.” Invited Pre-Conference Workshop with Iris Jastram. LOEX Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, April 30, 2015.

“LGBT Resources on Both Sides of the Border.” Invited presentation with Danya Leebaw. North Dakota/Manitoba Chapter Association of College and Research Libraries, Fargo, ND, April 27, 2015.

“One Thing Leads to Another: Fostering an Open Library with Student Partners.” Presentation with Susan Hoang, Kristin Partlo, Kaylin Land, Alice Cohen, Edward Malner, and Carrie Hanson. ARLD Day (Minnesota ACRL Chapter), Chanhassen, MN, April 24, 2015.

“Old Wine in New Bottles: Opening Up CONTENTdm Collections for Curriculum Use.” Presentation with Hsianghui Lui-Spencer and Sahree Kasper. Library Technology Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, March 18, 2015.

"We Go Together": LGBT Users' Needs and Librarians' Support.” Presentation with Bobby Bothmann and Rachel Wexelbaum. MLA Annual Conference, Mankato, MN, October 9, 2014.

“Collaborative Outreach and Education for Research Data Management and Use.” Presentation with Kristin Partlo and Jason Paul. Upper Midwest Digital Collections Conference, University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, August 19, 2014.

“Digital Humanities and Academic Libraries: Theory and Practice, Power and Privilege.” Organized and moderated panel which included Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Jane Nichols, Roxanne Shirazi, and Megan Wacha. WGSS Annual program at ALA, Las Vegas, NV, June 30, 2014.

“Providing Coordinated Support for Digital Humanities at a Liberal Arts College.” Panel with Nancy Aarsvold, Carly Born, Jason Menard, Jason Paul, and Kasia Gonnerman. GUS Day: Minnesota Private College Consortium Annual Technology Conference, St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, January 17, 2014.

“'How is this different from critical thinking?': The Risks and Rewards of Deepening Faculty Involvement in an Information Literacy Rubric." Paper presentation with Danya Leebaw and Kristin Partlo. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference, Indianapolis, IN, April 12, 2013.

"What a Queer Idea: LGBT Resources for Your Library." Presentation with Danya Leebaw, Bobby Bothmann, Rachel Wexelbaum, Karen Hogan, and Jennifer Hootman. Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, October 2012.

"Learning in Public: Experiments in Curricular Exhibitions." Presentation with Margaret Pezalla Granlund, Aisling Quigley, Kerry Morgan, Natasha Pestich. VIZ conference, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, September 29, 2012.

"Fair Use, Metadata, Archiving and Curating Digital Humanities Projects." Plenary Session with Ginny Moran Heinrich and Jill Strass. Mellon Digital Humanities Workshop, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, September 22, 2012.

“From Bus Boycotts and Readings Forts to Gardens and Gov Docs: Challenges and Opportunities in Student Curated Library Exhibits.” Presentation with Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, David Silver, and Sam Demas. Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference, Philadelphia, PA, March 31, 2011.

“Empowering Library Users and Creating Exhibits to Share with Pachyderm.” Panel with Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, Jennifer Hootman, and Matt Lee. Library Technology Conference, St. Paul, MN, March 17, 2011.

"Bus Boycotts, Government Printing, and Mars: Using Collaborative Exhibits to Connect Collections and Curriculum." Presentation with Margaret Pezalla-Granlund. ARLD Day (Minnesota ACRL Chapter), Chanhassen, MN, April 22, 2010.

“Aligning Curricular Support With Student Acculturation: Results from a Mixed-Method Study.” Presentation with Andrea Nixon and Paula Lackie. Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring Project Briefing, Minneapolis, MN, April 7, 2009.

“Avatarbrarians: Librarians at the Point of Need.” Panel moderator. Library Technology Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, May 29, 2008.

"What's On-Line and What's on Campus to Support Student Writing with Numbers?" Plenary Session with Paula Lackie, National Numeracy Network, Writing with Numbers Workshop, Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH, May 16, 2008.

"Community, Curriculum & Communication: Thoughts from a Successful Liaisons Program." Invited presentation with Ann Zawistoski. Massachusetts Library Association (MLA), Annual Meeting, Cape Cod, MA, May 8, 2008.

“Social Media and Academic Libraries.” Presentation. Social Media in Higher Education Conference, North Dakota State University, March 18, 2008.

“Converging Literacies: Supporting Student Work in the Disciplines.” Facilitated Bush Foundation Information Literacy Workshop. University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, March 13, 2008.

“Once Upon a Furl in a Podcast Long Ago: Using New Technologies to Support Library Instruction.” Panel with Joan Lippencott, Kathleen Burnett, and Kathryn Shaunnessy. ALA Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., June 25, 2007.

“Ripple Effects: The Unintended Benefits of Collaboration,” Presentation with Kevin Chapman and Eric Hinsdale at EDUCAUSE Midwest Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, March 13, 2007.

"Connecting Institutional Assessment with the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning." Panel with Jo Beld, Christopher Brooks, Diane LeBlanc, Howard Thorsheim, Elizabeth Ciner, and Neil Lutsky. Innovations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, February 17, 2007.

“The Surprising Benefits of Library/IT Collaboration.” Presentation with Eric Hinsdale and Kevin Chapman. GUS Day: Minnesota Private College Consortium Technology Conference, St. Joseph, MN, January 12, 2007.

“Blogs and Feeds and the Government, Oh My!” Presentation with Jodi Carleson and Amy West. Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Annual Conference, St. Cloud, MN, September 28, 2006.

“When Worlds Collide: Training IT Student Workers in the Library.” Poster session with Eric Hinsdale. ALA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 25, 2006.