In January 2019, Thomas Padilla, currently Visiting Digital Research Services Librarian at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), joined OCLC as Practitioner Researcher-in-Residence. In this six-month position, Padilla will investigate and facilitate OCLC’s engagement with the library data science community and will help inform OCLC’s research agenda.
In addition to his appointment at UNLV, Padilla is currently Principal Investigator of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–supported Collections as Data: Part to Whole, and he previously served as Principal Investigator of the Institute of Museum and Library Services–supported Always Already Computational: Collections as Data. Earlier, he was Humanities Data Curator at the University of California Santa Barbara and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Michigan State University. Prior to that he was at the Library of Congress doing digital preservation outreach and education.
He holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, an MA in History from San Francisco State University, and a BA in History from San Francisco State University. Thomas is a member of the Association for Computers and the Humanities Executive Council (2017–2021), the WhatEvery1Says Advisory Board, and the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group.