My name is Brian M. Watson (but my friends call me Bri). I’m an archivist, historian and PhD. student focusing on equitable cataloging, linked data, archival studies & sexuality.

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The HistSex Project My Musings & Bloggings

I am a PhD. student at University of British Columbia’s iSchool, the Archivist-Historian for the Haslam Collection on Polyamory part of the American Psychological Association’s Division 44 Committee on Consensual Nonmonogamy. I also run the history of sexuality project HistSex.org and contribute to theHomosaurus, an international linked data vocabulary for queer terminology.

In the past, I’ve worked at the Kinsey Institute Library & Special Collections where I revised Sexual Nomenclature, A Thesaurus, and as a research/project assistant with Dr. Marika Cifor and Dr. Robert D. Montoya on a project called Classifying, Documenting, and Preserving Human Sexuality at the Kinsey Institute. For a time, I was also the host of The AskHistorians Podcast.

I am currently especially interested in equitable cataloging in GLAMS (Galleries, Archives, Libraries, Museums, & Special Collections), linked data vocabularies, histories of sexuality, knowledge organization, and archival studies.


  • Equitable Cataloging
  • Linked Data Vocabularies
  • History of Sexuality
  • Archival Studies


  • PhD. in Library, Archival and Information Studies

    The University of British Columbia

  • MLIS, Archives & Digital Humanities, 2020

    Indiana University Bloomington

  • MA, History and Culture, 2013

    Drew University

  • BA, English & History, 2011

    Keene State College

Relevant Experience



Book Editor — Litwin Books

Editor of Ethics in Linked Data

Jan 2021 – Present
  • • Along with Kathleen Burlingame, Alexandra Provo, editing and coordinating contributions that explore the consideration (or lack thereof) of ethics in linked data initiatives.
  • Curating chapters from practitioners, technologists, and developers working on linked data initiatives; scholars working at the intersection of ethics, cultural heritage, and technology; and workers in GLAMS, among others examining what it means to be ethical in a linked data environment, and especially case studies, theoretical and practice-based essays, stories, content analyses, and other methods.

Teaching Assistant - Dr. Julia Bullard

University of British Columbia

Sep 2020 – Present Vancouver
  • Worked as a Teaching assistant for LIBR 509.
  • Course description: Serves as an introduction to issues in organization of information and documents including: analysis of intellectual and physical characteristics of documents; principles and practice in surrogate creation, including standards and selection of metadata elements; theory of classification, including semantic relationships and facet analysis; creation of controlled vocabularies; and display and arrangement. Provides the student with the analytical tools to assess how information is organized in an information system.

Research Assistant - Dr. Julia Bullard

Subject from the Margins

Jan 2020 – Present Vancouver
  • PhD. Research Assistant working under Dr. Juila Bullard on several interconnecting projects, including SSHRC-funded Subject description from the margins: Indigenous and Canadian scholarship, focusing on marginalized subjects and library cataloging. Working with several graduate students to achieve project goals.

Archivist-Historian; Executive Board

American Psychological Association, Division 44 Committee on Consensusal Nonmonogamy

May 2019 – Present
  • Serving on the executive board, working closely with co-leads Dr. Heath Schechinger and Dr. Amy Moors to document and preserve the work of 100+ professionals at 50 universities worldwide into the Kenneth R. Haslam Collection on Polyamory at the Kinsey Institute. Required significant education on archival practices and federal regulations (FERPA, HIPAA ,and others). Also manage the taskforces' KO and archiving workflows.

Graduate Assistant ; Intern

Kinsey Institute Library and Special Collections

Jan 2018 – May 2020 Indiana
  • Worked on several different collections at the Kinsey, including traditional, audiovisual, and born-digital collections.
  • Helped manage a 100,000+ item digital library, including audio, video, and image items, both digitized and born-digital.
  • Revised the internal vocabulary Sexual Nomenclature.
  • Transformed the controlled vocabulary from ANSI-standard to a SKOS linked data vocabulary.



2020 Carnegie-Whitney Grant for 50 Years On, Many Years Past

American Library Association

2020 Diversity and Inclusion Conference Scholarship

Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) ; Deferred to 2021.

2020 OVGTSL Diversity Conference Scholarship

Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians Diversity Scholarship.

2020 LD4 Conference Travel Award

$2000 Conference Travel Award

IUB Janice Kilner Egloff Scholarship

Indiana University Bloomington

Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellowship

Archives Unleashed and Columbia University Datathon Award

ArchivesUnleashed & Columbia University Libraries

Kinsey Institute Library Graduate Fellow

Kinsey Institute

Indiana University Bloomington Margaret Griffin Coffin Fellow

Indiana University Bloomington

Recent Publications

Library and Archive Specific Skills


Paper, photo, born-digital.

Digital Archiving

Omeka, Mukurtu, Scalar, ArchivesSpace

Finding Aids

Linked Data


Oral Histories

Controlled Vocabularies


Knowledge Organization

Dublin Core, EAD, MODS, MARC, etc.

Open Access

Social Media

reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Canva, Wordpress)








Proficiencies (Digital)


Classic & Semantic

Microsoft Office

Online Collaboration

Google Documents, Prezi, etc.

Educational Software

Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas

Adobe Creative Suite

Creative Cloud, Acrobat, InDesign



Server & Desktop

Languages & Coding








Basic to Intermediate



LAMP Servers








ACRL Women & Gender Studies Student Fellow

American Library Association National Student2Staff Award

Indiana University May Copeland Fellow

Drew University David Kohn Thesis Award

Other Experience

Current and Past



The Algernon Charles Swinburne Project

Sep 2019 – May 2020
  • XML-TEI Encoding of Swinburne’s letters and essays. This project is funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. ​

Researcher: Classifying, Documenting, and Preserving Human Sexuality at the Kinsey Institute

Dr. Marika Cifor, Dr. Robert D. Montoya

Jan 2019 – May 2020
  • Prepared literature and archival collection reviews. The research is a multi-disciplinary project involving archival studies, knowledge organization, and history, the third of which is my focus and contribution. My contributions to the research have grown out of my own research into the history of the classification and organization of sexualities in Western contexts between Hirschfield and Kinsey.

‘The Price of Admission’ GLAMs and Internship Diversity

Dr. Marika Cifor

Jan 2019 – May 2020
  • Undertook a large literature review of all the available information on GLAM internships and diversity, and then prepared data on nearly 400 institutions of higher education in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

Open Access Graduate Assistant

Scholarly Communications, Indiana University Libraries

Aug 2018 – Dec 2018 XXX
  • Worked on several major projects within the Scholarly Communications department and among other Indiana University school units. This includes projects such as the management and understanding of the institutional DSpace repository, blogging, preparing educational materials, administrating Open Journal Systems for Open Access Journals.
  • Contributed towards the promotion, event planning and development of the department.
  • Developed a social media strategy for the promotion of Scholarly Communications work including blogging, podcasts, and videos on Twitter and other platforms. Also helped in the management and distribution of departmental email accounts and email newsletters.

Adjunct Professor

New England College

Aug 2015 – Aug 2018
  • Taught American History, Essay Writing, and Democracy to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.

  • Used class and internet participation, outside engagement in teaching 20-30 pupils.

  • Instructed on a variety of topics, including creative poetry, freshman composition, and literature classes.


Adjunct Professor

New England College

Aug 2015 – Aug 2018
  • Taught American History, Essay Writing, and Democracy to freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
  • Used class and internet participation, outside engagement in teaching 20-30 pupils.
  • Instructed on a variety of topics, including creative poetry, freshman composition, and literature classes.

Historical Researcher and Cataloger

Jul 2015 – Aug 2016
  • Provided research and information for company that sought to disrupt the usual antique store model by selling directly to consumers.
  • Supervised a team of 20 photographers and listers.

International Researcher and Author


Jan 2013 – Jan 2018
  • Researched and wrote a book on the development of censorship and obscenity, which resulted in an interview on Conan O’Brien, and inspired a number of interviews, articles and more.
  • Spent nearly seven months abroad conducting international research on restricted material.

CFO, Moderator, Podcast Host


Jan 2012 – Sep 2019
  • Helped in the establishment of AskHistorians as the largest academic public history forum with nearly 1MM subscribers, 20MM monthly pageviews, and 20-30,000 monthly podcast listeners and financial supporters.
  • Received recognition from the AHA and NCPH and collaborated with the Library of Congress and other institutions.