Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellowship
The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Digital Library Fellowship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth to spend a year learning and contributing to new directions in the open dissemination of digital materials resulting from Dartmouth’s scholarship, research, and educational activities. The fellowship is designed to be tailored to the individual interests of the fellow in support of the missions of the Digital Library Program and the Scholarly Communication Program. The Fellow is encouraged to develop a project that furthers these missions. There are opportunities to develop knowledge of digital publishing, including copyright and metadata; to support initiatives in the digital humanities; to develop digital projects; to develop skills in teaching and marketing about key initiatives; and to collaborate on projects with other Fellows and staff across the Dartmouth Library.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, comfort with information technology, and an enthusiasm for learning new tools and concepts are essential. Creative thinking, grace in handling multiple projects, and a sense of humor are welcomed!
The Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellowship runs from July through June and includes full-time pay and benefits.
Eligibility: This fellowship is open to graduating seniors and graduate students of Dartmouth College with an interest in digital technology and libraries. Please note: Candidates must have completed their undergraduate or graduate degree before July 1, 2019.
Current and Past Fellows and Interns
Madeline Miller is the 2018/19 Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellow, where she contributes to a variety of digital library projects throughout the Dartmouth Library system. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she graduated from Dartmouth in 2018 with a degree in Cognitive Science and started her fellowship as a way to learn about digital library fields and technologies. She enjoys the many opportunities for learning new skills, finding mentors throughout the library, and taking part in collaborative projects between colleagues with whom she works. Madeline is especially interested in how libraries are evolving with new technology and social movements, and how different areas of interest can intersect to create new experiences. In her free time, she is an instructor at the Dartmouth Jewelry studio, plays flute in the Dartmouth College Marching Band and Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, tutors in ESL, and teaches Nordic skiing for beginners.
The Digital Library Fellowship involves work throughout different departments of the library. With the Scholarly Communication department, Madeline populates Dartmouth’s open repository for faculty scholarship, which provides opportunities in exploring tools for data cleaning and manipulation. As a member of the Open Dartmouth Working Group, she created marketing materials and helped organize events for Open Access Week, including working in the Dartmouth Book Arts Workshop to create posters and planning a screening for a documentary about open access publishing. Madeline produces and processes for a number of digital library projects for the group that handles Digital Production. Her favorite so far involves a collection of early American comic almanacs, which she loves for the delightfully bizarre illustrations and humor from the 1800s. Madeline's work in redeveloping Dartmouth's Simple Book Repair Manual led her to close collaboration with Dartmouth’s preservation department as well as the Jones Media Center Fellow. She is also working on a self-designed project with Rauner on a case study concerning the donation process and digital development of the history of a student organization, where she hopes to explore the structures and processes from both the perspective of the librarians as well as the perspective of a student.
Monica Erives is the second Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellow. She graduated from Dartmouth in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies. As a student, she held a couple student positions in the library's Preservation Office and Special Collections Library. She also worked at the Dartmouth Organic Farm as an intern and student farm manager, where she assisted in class lab visits, led educational workshops, and managed fieldwork. After graduating, Monica began working at the Academic Skills Center as their Peer Tutoring Program Coordinator. Now, back in the library, she is pursuing her M.L.I.S through Simmons College and excited to have the opportunity to learn about digital library production, assessment, and preservation.
As the Digital Library Program Fellow, Monica produces and processes digital objects, contributes metadata to the Photo Files Collection, and writes for the DLP blog. She is also a member of the Open Dartmouth Work Group and assists with Open Access initiatives and events. Currently, she has been researching the accessibility of DLP's digital collections. Through continual accessibility testing of DLP's item and collection-level pages, she is hoping to raise awareness around the importance of web accessibility for digital libraries and make Dartmouth's digital collections more accessible.
Kevin Warstadt is the first Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Fellow. Kevin grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He studied film and literature at Georgia Tech where he earned his B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture. While there he directed the award nominated short film, With a Whimper. He now studies writing and culture in the MALS program. He manages arbitrarity.com and is a contributor to notcatalog.com.
As the Digital Program Fellow, Kevin produces digital objects through photo capture and scanning, curates faculty publications through Symplectic Elements, edits and marks up text for the e-Media Journal, and writes blog posts on digital collections. He also represents the Digital Program on the Library Marketing and Communications Committee. The position has given him the opportunity to see the many different aspects of library work and to collaborate with his colleagues at the library.
Mitchell Jacobs '14 is the third Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Intern. Mitchell graduated with a major in Linguistics as well as English, with a concentration on poetry. While an undergraduate, he interned as a docent at the Frost Place museum in Franconia, NH, a former home and farm of the poet Robert Frost. On campus, he wrote for the humor magazine Jack-O-Lantern and helped edit the literary magazine Stonefence Review. He also plays French horn in the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble and Marching Band.
At DDLP, he has helped scan historic Dartmouth photos and dissertations, guest written for Rauner's Special Collections Blog, and tidied up HTML files for Dartmouth's online journal Linguistic Discovery. His main focus has been increasing the discoverability of our digital collections around the web. He performed an audit of all the catalogues and databases the collections did or did not appear in and has reached out to several for inclusion. He has enhanced Wikipedia pages with links to collections and journal articles and has learned methods of Search Engine Optimization to ensure Google users find us on the first page.
Taylor Hornig '13 is the Dartmouth College Library's second Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Intern. Taylor graduated in 2013 with a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Classical Studies. Her prior experience includes work at the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratories, and as a research assistant in the Environmental Studies Program, where she served as a teaching assistant for an introductory class, assisted in laboratory research, and provided editorial services for faculty and graduate students. So far, Taylor has tidied up our website; contributed to the scanning and quality assurance of items from the Dartmouth Photo Files; prepared additional Dartmouth films from the 1930s-1960s to add to our online library; worked on the Brut Chronicle; done troubleshooting for Dartmouth's new online journal, Elementa; prepared many e-books for uploading to our website and documented her procedure in a detailed workflow; researched and prepared reports on accessibility standards; helped prepare a new website for the Encyclopedia Arctica; and created a TEI markup of Winter Carnival: A Century of Dartmouth Posters.
Shaun Akhtar '12 was the Dartmouth College Library's inaugural Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Intern. Shaun graduated in 2012 with a BA in English and Astronomy. During his time at Dartmouth he worked as a student assistant in the Academic Skills Center, the Institute for Writing and Rhetoric, the Collis Center for Student Involvement, and Tiltfactor Laboratory. He also held various editing positions at The Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, and the Lifelines literary and art journal (Dartmouth Medical School), and is a member of Phi Tau Coeducational Fraternity.
As Digital Library Intern, Shaun worked on a full-scale review of the current online collections and web pages, investigated how our collections are represented in online search and discovery services, implemented Google Analytics throughout the Digital Library Program website, and contributed to documentation and revision of digital production workflows. In July 2013, Shaun moved to the Library's Cataloging and Metadata Services department as Cataloging and Metadata Specialist II, and continues to work closely with the Dartmouth Digital Library Program.
Past One-Term Student Interns
Prior to the start of the year-long post-graduate internship in July 2012, the Dartmouth College Library was pleased to be able to offer several current students the opportunity during an off-term to work full-time for a 10-week term. We benefited greatly from their skill, enthusiasm, and productivity.
Spring Term 2012
Grace Kouba '13 spent the first part of her 10-week internship applying her copyediting and HTML skills to our website, and working to prepare Dartmouth dissertations for the upcoming launch of our Dartmouth Digital Dissertations Project. She then moved on to participate in the workflow planning, early digitization, and launch of the Dartmouth Photo Files (1860-present), 80,000 images of life at Dartmouth College from various sources, including scenes of campus grounds, facilities, people, and events (including sports teams, student organizations, and Commencement). Finally, Grace assisted in the job search and interview process for the 2012-2013 Edward Connery Lathem '51 Digital Library Intern.
Winter Term 2012
Ningyu Li '12 (MALS) divided her internship between digital production and the Jones Media Center. Working with Laura Neill '13, she scanned rare 18th century documents for the Samson Occom Circles project, the Papers of Charles Tenney, and several thousand pages of World War Two press translations from Japan. She also provided detailed metadata summaries for several dozen digitized films about Dartmouth from the 1930s-1960s, to aid in their discovery and use. In the Jones Media Center, Ningyu worked on a range of projects including an inventory of non-cataloged videos; the re-labeling of government document CD-ROMs; digitizing audio-cassette tapes for a pilot digitization/transcription project; and testing the SAMMA Solo video digitization equipment.
Laura Neill ’13 divided her internship between digital production and delivery activities. Working with Ningyu Li '12 (MALS), she scanned rare 18th century documents for the Samson Occom Circles project, the Papers of Charles Tenney, and several thousand pages of World War Two press translations from Japan. Laura also undertook a rich variety of post-production tasks, mounting the audio and text files for a Robert Oppenheimer lecture at Dartmouth in 1959; building an entire website around a set of previously digitized correspondence of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry from the war of 1812; and completing an entire redesign of the Dartmouth Digital Program website.