Columbia University Libraries Announces Inaugural Digital Centers Interns
NEW YORK, November 28, 2012 –

The Columbia University Libraries is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Digital Centers Internship Program.  Six Columbia University graduate students have been awarded internships aimed at facilitating the collaboration between graduate students, librarians and technologists. These positions are rooted in research support activities in the humanities, science, and social science digital centers.


The recipients are:

Fanghua Li, Master's student in the Department of Statistics
Fanghua Li will be working with Jeffrey Lancaster, Emerging Technologies Coordinator, in the Digital Science Center (DSC) to promote outreach and engagement among faculty, students, and researchers in relation to an upcoming 3D printing pilot program developed by the DSC.

Alyssa Nasca, Master's student in the Department of Anthropology
Alyssa Nasca will be working with Ashley Jester, Data Services Coordinator, in the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) on a project analyzing digital texts which will allow her to shed light on the cultural perceptions of women, gender expression and body image, particularly as expressed through the interpretation of Lady Gaga.  Through her work on this project, Alyssa will be collaborating with DSSC staff to develop text analysis protocols and research guide. She will also help to create a sample text analysis data set that can be used to introduce future DSSC users to this methodology.

Matthew Previto, Master's student in the Department of Anthropology
Matthew Previto will be working with Jeremiah Trinidad-Christensen, GIS/ Map Librarian, in the Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) to review different archaeological uses of GIS, focusing on the ways that GIS technology has allowed the field of archaeology to develop new methods of site analysis.  Building upon this review, Matthew will demonstrate how GIS can be used to show features of archaeological sites, such as artifact density and lines of sight, in ways that provide better organization and visualization of this data to facilitate the interpretations of academic research.

Joe Sheppard, Doctoral student in the Classical Studies program
Joe Sheppard will be working with Bob Scott, Digital Humanities Librarian, in the Digital Humanities Center (DHC) to publish a marked-up digital edition of the ancient Roman tombstones kept in Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. These funerary inscriptions are important sources for social historians, but some fifty of Columbia's stones still remain to be published. Joe will work in collaboration with the U.S. Epigraphy Project to help organize a national database of Latin inscriptions with all of the texts, images and metadata fully searchable and immediately accessible to researchers around the world.

Julie Van Peteghem, Doctoral student in the Department of Italian
Julie Van Peteghem will be working with Alex Gil Fuentes, Digital Scholarship Coordinator, in the Digital Humanities Center (DHC) on the intertextual connections between Dante's "Divine Comedy" and Ovid's "Metamorphoses." Her work forms part of the revamping of the Digital Dante, lead by professor Teodolinda Barolini with the collaboration of the Columbia Center for Digital Research and Scholarship.

A doctoral student from the Department of Philosophy will also be working with Jeffrey Lancaster in the Digital Science Center to explore the role of makerspaces and hackerspaces in libraries.

The internship program is jointly funded by the Libraries and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  For more information on the Digital Centers Internship Program, please visit the program site.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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