Thanks for visiting! My name is Eleanor "Nora" Mattern and I am a librarian and researcher at the University of Chicago Library, where I focus on designing and delivering scholarly communications services and supporting digital preservation activities. I previously held a joint appointment at the University of Pittsburgh as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Computing and Information and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Scholarship Services at the University Library System. I earned my PhD in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014. 

As an information steward, I am deeply committed to contributing to the preservation of digital data, archival materials, and complex and web-based scholarship. I am pleased to be part of the IMLS funded Civic Switchboard project, which aims to develop the capacity of academic and public libraries to be active partners in their civic data ecosystems. My research interests are also rooted in issues of ownership, namely the ownership of information and cultural heritage. It is an area of focus that stems from my undergraduate study at Lehigh University, when I first embarked on an examination of repatriation and the role of documentation in settling disputes surrounding cultural objects. As a doctoral student at the iSchool at Pitt, I began to investigate ownership in the context of government records. In this research, I examine the distinguishing line between government records and personal records and the tensions, controversies, debates, and ambiguities that surround this distinction.

This site overviews my publication and teaching. Please contact me at and find my Google Scholar page here.