Heidi Elaine Dowding obtained her bachelor’s degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture from Michigan State University in 2007, where she focused on the history and meaning of graffiti art as political statement. From there, she taught English as a second language in South Korea for two years, prior to undertaking her graduate studies. Heidi obtained her master’s in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2012. During her studies she worked as a reference assistant in the graduate library, and also as the director of research at Le Chateau Art Gallery.
After completing her MLIS, Heidi managed the Digitization Centre at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. In September 2013, Heidi took part in the inaugural cohort of the National Digital Stewardship Residency program at the Library of Congress, where she and nine colleagues worked on specific challenges in local institutions. Situated at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, her project focused on developing a holistic digital asset management solution to meet the needs of a diverse cultural heritage institution. Heidi is currently working at Huygens ING in the Hague.