Heather Soyka earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh iSchool. Her teaching areas include archives, archival appraisal, research methods, and research data management.
Most recently her research examines the reproducibility of community engagement and other record-keeping factors relevant to the sustainability of structures for research data sharing and reuse. She applies continuum theory and methods to her archival studies research, and has been a member of the Records Continuum Research Group since 2014. She has published research in national and international journals, including: Archival Science, the International Journal of Digital Curation, the American Archivist, Research Library Issues, the Journal of eScience Librarianship and Preservation, Technology, and Culture. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Society of American Archivists.
Before joining the faculty at Kent State, she held a postdoctoral fellowship with DataONE, a project funded by the National Science Foundation that is concerned with open access and use of multi-national, multi-scale environmental and ecological science data. She was previously based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and often collaborates with colleagues across various disciplines, including ecology, biology, and computer science.
Ph.D. - Library and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh, M.S. - Library and Information Science, with concentration in Archives and Records Management, Simmons University, B.A. - History, The Ohio State University
Soyka, H. (2020). Commentary on accountability and evidence: Archivists in interesting times. In Bastian, J. & Yakel, E. (eds.), Defining a discipline: Archival research and practice in the 21st Century. Society of American Archivist. ISBN: 978-1945246272
Soyka, H. and Wilczek, E. (2020). Ten years of archival education research institutes (AERI): A snapshot. Archival Science, 20, 221-244. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10502-020-09331-2
Soyka, H. (2018). Seeking sustainability and inclusivity with transparent practices for research data management. Research Library Issues, 296, 49-52. https://doi.org/10.29242/rli.296.7.
Hou, C. Y., Soyka, H., Hutchison, V., Serna, I., Allen, C., Budden, A. (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of data management training. International Journal of Digital Curation 12(2), 47-60. https://doi.org/10.2218/ijdc.v12i2.508
Soyka, H., Budden, A., Hutchison, V., Bloom, D., Duckles, J., et al. (2017). Using peer review to support development of community resources for research data management. Journal of eScience Librarianship, 6(2). https://.doi.org/10.7191/jeslib.2017.1114
Society of American Archivists, Research Forum Co-chair (August 2017-Present) • Archival Education and Research Institute, Executive Board Member (2019-Present) • Archival Education and Research Institute, Data/Infrastructure Working Group, Co-Chair (2019-Present) • Society of American Archivists, American Archivist Editorial Board (2016-2020) • Kent State University Press, Editorial Board (2018-Present) • DataONE Community Engagement and Outreach (CEO) Working Group (2017-2020)
Lancour, Immroth, Brewster Award for Outstanding International Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh iSchool (2015).