Zach Coble


Masters in Interactive Telecommunications (2018), New York University, New York
M.A. (2011) Library and Information Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
B.A. (2008) History, Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas

Current Position

New York University Libraries
Head, Digital Scholarship Services
October 2016 - present

Previous Work

New York University Libraries
Digital Scholarship Specialist
December 2013 - October 2016

Gettysburg College
Systems and Emerging Technologies Librarian
June 2011 - November 2013


Digital humanities, scholarly communication, open access, new media, bibliometrics, publishing ethics, digital libraries, academic libraries

Chapters and Papers

(Dis)Placed Urban Histories: Combining Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Community Engagement
Zach Coble and Rebecca Amato
In Quick Hits for Teaching Digital Humanities: Successful Strategies from Award-Winning Teachers, Indiana University Press, 2020

Computational Thinking-Centered Pedagogy: A Collecting Data with Web Scraping Workshop
Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, 2020

Collecting Data with Web Scraping
In DLFteach Toolkit: Lesson Plans for Digital Scholarship, edited by Liz Rodrigues and Erin Pappas, 2019

Art and GLAM: Promoting Creative Uses of Archives
Adjacent: ITP and IMA Journal of Emerging Media, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2018

An Investigation of Retracted Articles in the Biomedical Literature
John Budd, Zach Coble, Alison Abritis
Association for Information Science and Technology, 2016

Getting Started With Digital Humanities in Libraries
In Career Transitions for Librarians: Proven Strategies for Moving to Another Type of Library, edited by Davis Erin Anderson and Raymond Pun, Rowman & Littlefield, 2016

Process as Product: Scholarly Communication Experiments in the Digital Humanities
Zach Coble, Sarah Potvin, Roxanne Shirazi
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 2(3):eP1137, 2014

Evaluating Digital Humanities Work: Guidelines for Librarians
Journal of Digital Humanities, Volume 1, Issue 4, 2012

Retracted Publications in Biomedicine: Cause for Concern
John M. Budd, Zach Coble, Katherine M. Anderson
Association of College and Research Libraries, 2011

Conference Presentations

Persistent Access to Website Citations in the DH Literature: A Bibliometric Analysis
Zach Coble and Jojo Karlin
Association for Computers and the Humanities 2021 Conference, sine loco, July 2021.

Tools for Emerging and Sustainable Digital Scholarship
Zach Coble and Nickoal Eickmann
Association of Research Libraries Digital Scholarship Institute, sine loco, July 2021.

Wikibabel: Procedural Knowledge Generation using Epistemology, Encyclopedias, and Machine Learning”
Association for Computers and the Humanities 2019, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, July 2019.

Next Generation of Scalable and Sustainable DH Services
Digital Humanities 2019, Utrecht, The Netherlands, July 2019

Creative Text Generation with NLP and Wikipedia
City.AI Data Science Days, New York, New York, June 2019

Old School Web Hosting at an Anything-But-Old-School University
Domains 2019
Durham, North Carolina, June 2019

For Wikibabel, See Algorithmically Generated Encyclopedia: Creative Text Generation Using Recurrent Neural Networks
Kings College London/NYU Digital Theory Summer School
London, UK, May 2019

Collecting Data with Web Scraping
Digital Frontiers/Digital Humanities Forum
Lawrence, Kansas, October 2018.

Using Data from the Web for Social Good
Distributed Web of Care Skillshare Series
New York, New York, July 2018

Machine Learning for Encyclopedias: Wikipedia and Procedural Knowledge Generation
fat cat FAB LAB Machine Learning Night
New York, New York, February 2018.

Web Hosting: Creating Infrastructure for Digital Storytelling
Rebecca Amato, Zach Coble, Bruno Guaraná
Digital Humanities Forum
Lawrence, Kansas, September 2017

Collections as Data: Curation, Access, and Analysis of Library and Archival Digital Material
Summoning the Archive
New York, New York, May 2017

Digital Humanities and Libraries in a Global Context: An Integrated Approach to Supporting Our Advanced Scholars
Zach Coble, Beth Russell
Digital Humanities Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, UAE, April 2017

Intro to the Command Line
New York, New York, February 2017

Translation Hack-a-thon!: Applying the Translation Toolkit to a Global dh+lib
Sarah Potvin, Élika Ortega, Isabel Galina, Alex Gil, Daniel Paul O'Donnell, Patrick Williams, Zoe Borovsky, Roxanne Shirazi, Zach Coble, and Glen Worthey
Digital Humanities 2016
Kraków, Poland, July 2016

The NYU Libraries Web Hosting Pilot: An Update and Lessons Learned
Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium
Victoria, British Columbia, June 2016

Digital Preservation Action Session
Zach Coble, Nicholas Schiller
Electronic Literature Organization
Victoria, British Columbia, June 2016

Planning and Designing Digital Humanities Projects
Melissa Beuoy, Zach Coble
City Food Workshop, NYU Shanghai
Shanghai, April 2016

Intro to the Command Line
New York, New York, February 2016

Modeling contributorship with TaDiRAH
J. Britt Holbrook, Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Micah Vandegrift, Zach Coble, April Hathcock, Korey Jackson
Scholarly Communication Institute
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, October 2015

Finding Source Material and Keeping Up with your Community
PressForward Institute
Fairfax, Virginia, August 2015

Digital Humanities, Western Europe, and the DiRT Directory
American Libraries Association Annual Conference
San Francisco, June 2015

DSS @ NYU: Digital Scholarship Services in the NYU Libraries
Zach Coble, April Hathcock
American Libraries Association Annual Conference
San Francisco, June 2015

Libraries as Collaborators in Digital Scholarship: Balancing Experimentation and Sustainability
Digital Scholarship Colloquium
Zach Coble, Sarah Potvin, Stewart Varner
Cleveland, Ohio, November 2014

Experimental Scholarly Publishing: Building New Models with Distributed Communities of Practice
Digital Library Federation Forum
Zach Coble, Sarah Potvin, Lisa Rhody, Stephanie Westcott, Jenn Riley, Roxanne Shirazi, Mark Fisher, Andrew Weidner
Atlanta, Georgia, October 2014

Getting an Earful: The Unexpected Services of a Digital Scholarship Unit
Digital Library Federation Forum
Zach Coble, Monica McCormick, Jennifer Vinopal
Atlanta, Georgia, October 2014

Introduction to Omeka Workshop
Zach Coble
Bard Graduate Center Digital Media Lab’s Omeka Day
New York, New York, June 2014

Digital Humanities: New Roles for Libraries
Rutgers University MLIS Program Colloquium Speaker Series
Monica McCormick, Zach Coble, Kayo Denda, Krista White, Jen Hunter
New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 2014

Intro to Omeka Workshop
THATCamp Harrisburg
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, October 2013

Libraries and Publishing
THATCamp ACRL, Association of College and Research Libraries
Zach Coble, Melanie Schlosser, Stewart Varner
Indianapolis, Indiana, April 2013

Launching an Institutional Repository and Library Publishing Platform with Digital Commons
Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference
Zach Coble, Carolyn Sautter, Janelle Wertzberger
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, October 2012

Using Omeka to Create a Simple and Elegant Digital Library
Zach Coble, Brian Cain
Missouri Library Association
Kansas City, Missouri, October 2011

Retracted Publications in Biomedicine: Cause for Concern
John M. Budd, Zach Coble, Katherine M. Anderson
Association of College and Research Libraries
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 2011

Conference Posters

Wikibabel: Epistemology, Encyclopedias, and Procedural Knowledge Generation
Fake News Horror Show!
New York, NY, June 2018

Scaling and Diversifying at the Intersection of Digital Humanities and Libraries: An Update from dh+lib
Sarah Potvin, John Russell, Roxanne Shirazi, Caro Pinto, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Patrick Williams, Zach Coble, and Thomas Padilla
Texas Conference on Digital Libraries
Austin, Texas, May 2016

PressForward Develops New Models of Scholarly Communication
Association of College and Research Libraries
Stephanie Westcott, Lisa Rhody, Sarah Potvin, Roxanne Shirazi, Zach Coble, Caro Pinto
Portland, Oregon, March 2015

Enhancing Scholarly Communication and Communities with the PressForward Plugin
Digital Humanities 2014 Conference
Joan Fragaszy Troyano, Lisa Rhody, Zach Coble, Roxanne Shirazi, Sarah Potvin, Caro Pinto, Kim Nguyen
Lausanne, Switzerland, July 2014

dh+lib: behind the scenes
Zach Coble, Sarah Potvin, Roxanne Shirazi
Digital Library Federation Forum
Austin, Texas, November 2013

ALA Emerging Leaders: Improving Orientation and Enhancing Leadership
American Library Association Annual Conference
Zach Coble, Katlin Heidgerken-Greene, Mararet Heller
Chicago, Illinois, June 2013

The Phenomena of Retraction in Biomedical Literature
John M. Budd, Zach Coble, Katherine M. Anderson
MOBIUS Library Consortium
Columbia, Missouri, June 2010


Dean’s Award, NYU Libraries, June 2016
Outstanding Young Professional, University of Missouri, March 2015
American Library Association Emerging Leader, class of 2013
Kevin Freeman Travel Grant, Music Library Association, February 2011
Student Grant Award, North American Serials Interest Group, June 2010


Steering committee, NYCDH, February 2014 - present
Reviewer, HathiTrust Copyright Review Program, U.S. State & Government Docs, 2017 - 2018
Co-editor, dh+lib, 2012 - 2018
       Founding editor, dh+lib Review
Steering committee, DiRT Directory, 2012 - 2017
Convener, ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group, July 2014 - July 2015
Member, ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, July 2013 - July 2015
       Editor, Scholarly Communication Column, College & Research Libraries News, July 2013 - July 2015
Member, LITA Publications Committee, July 2012 - June 2014
Member, ACRL Professional Development Coordinating Committee, July 2012 - June 2014
Organizer, LibHack Hackathon, January 2014
Contributor, digitalcultureweek, University of Michigan Press, June 2012 - October 2012
Co-chair, Technical Arrangements & Support Conference Committee, Pennsylvania Library Association, February 2012 - February 2013
Conference Volunteer, ACRL Cyber Zed Shed, April 2011
Conference Volunteer, Missouri Library Association, October 2010
Treasurer, ALA Student Chapter, University of Missouri, April 2009 - April 2011

Professional Organizations

American Library Association
       Association of College and Research Libraries
Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
       Association for Computing and the Humanities
Electronic Literature Organization