Columbia University Libraries to Host Two Association of Research Libraries Fellows
NEW YORK, February 1, 2013 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services (CUL/IS) is pleased to announce it will host two Association of Research Libraries (ARL) fellows as part of the ARL’s Career Enhancement Program (CEP): Nathasha Alvarez of Long Island University and Jennifer Ferretti of Pratt Institute. 

Both students are currently pursuing Master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences and are set to begin their fellowships on June 3, 2013.

Ms. Alvarez will complete her fellowship in CUL/IS’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS). CDRS plans to assign a portion of her time to the area of assessment for Academic Commons, Columbia University’s digital repository where faculty, students, and staff of Columbia and its affiliate institutions can deposit the results of their scholarly work and research.  She will assist with the design and implementation of an investigation of social sharing of scholarly content as a part of CDRS’s ongoing effort to upgrade the functionality and user interface for the repository to integrate social sharing into their system. Additionally, Ms. Alvarez will conduct a systematic review and outreach campaign to various departments of the Engineering School to encourage their adoption of an Open Access resolution of research output.  Ms. Alvarez’s mentor for this fellowship will be Kathleen Dreyer, Business Librarian. 

Ms. Ferretti will work with the Libraries’ Humanities and History division on the development of a training program and digital humanities project. In Fall 2012, and running in parallel with the expansion of the Digital Humanities Center, the Humanities and History division initiated a two-year training program for liaison librarians and other professional staff to acquire new skills and methodologies to support the digital humanities. Ms. Ferretti will help with the development of a set of practical training units and exercises focused on individual contributions to a common and ongoing project to document the history of Morningside Heights and its environs (the area in Manhattan where Columbia University is located) in the period prior to 1896. In particular, Ms. Ferretti’s digitization experience will lend itself to the geospatial component of this project as the division digitizes the Libraries’ historic maps. Ms. Ferretti’s mentor for this fellowship will be Kathryn Pope, Head of the Scholarly Communications Program at CDRS.

MS. Alvarez and Ms. Ferretti were among 10 fellows selected by a Coordinating Committee to participate in this competitive diversity recruitment program.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program gives Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) students from underrepresented groups an opportunity to jump-start their careers in research libraries by providing a robust fellowship experience.  Columbia joins University of Arizona, University of Kentucky, National Library of Medicine, and the University of Michigan as 2013 host institutions.

The goal of this program is to assist in creating a diverse research library community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in research intensive environments and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

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:

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