Lab Members

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Ricardo Punzalan

Ricky is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland iSchool. His research contributes to the growing body of work considering on the impact of digitization and online access to both archival institutions and the users they serve. He also works to establish the next generation of archival training and to create ways to bring the archival imperative to serve diverse audiences and communities. His website is rpunzalan.com.

Postdocs

Morgan Daniels

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Morgan Daniels is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland iSchool, where she is conducting an assessment of digital preservation needs and practices at the USDA’s National Agricultural Library.  In her previous role as the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow for Data Curation at Vanderbilt University she developed data curation services and educational resources for the campus community on the topic of research data management.  Morgan holds a doctorate in information studies from the University of Michigan where her research examined the relationships between data reuse needs and practices of individuals in several research communities.

Kathryn Gucer

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Katie is a scholar of information networks, past and present. As a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UMD iSchool, she works on several projects in digital curation for the National Agricultural Library.  She is building a Drupal-based digital library of historical materials illuminating the history of the Animal Welfare Act for the Animal Welfare Information Center. This two-year project incorporates a user study and serves as a catalyst for NAL to review and revise its broader digitization workflows and policies.  A humanities scholar (Ph.D. Northwestern, 2001), Katie’s current book project, Web of Exiles, examines cross-cultural information exchange in 1582-1685, a taste of which can be had here.

Adam Kriesberg

Adam is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UMD iSchool, working primarily on data curation research at the National Agricultural Library. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan School of Information in May 2015, where he wrote his dissertation about public-private partnerships involving state and territorial archives in the United States. For more about Adam, check out his website adamkriesberg.com.

Diana Marsh

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Diana E. Marsh is an Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow at the American Philosophical Society (APS), where she is researching digital knowledge sharing in Native communities. Her project was inspired by the findings of the Smithsonian- UMD project, “Valuing Our Scans.” She was co-curator on the exhibition “Gathering Voices: Thomas Jefferson and Native America” (open through December 2016), which showcases the APS’s Native American and Indigenous archival collections, and their re-use in communities today. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Her website is https://dianaemarsh.squarespace.com.

Doctoral Students

Masters Students

2016-2017 Masters Fellows

Arpit Chandra

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Arpit is currently pursuing his masters in information management.  He did his bachelors in computer science and is interested in web development. At NAL, he is helping with the website migration.

Namratha Jagadeesh

Namratha is a graduate student at the University of Maryland pursuing a masters in Information Management. She completed her undergraduate studies in India and holds a bachelors degree in Information Technology. She has always wanted to pursue a career in data analytic and management and feels that working with NAL is a great way to start this journey.

Shashank Kava

Shashank is a graduate student at University of Maryland pursuing his masters in Information Management. He has worked for three years as a database developer at the National Stock Exchange of India. He has always wanted to pursue a career in data management and data analytics and is really excited to be a part of the National Agricultural Library fellowship.

Sheryl Mathias

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Sheryl is a graduate student at University of Maryland pursuing her Masters in Information Management. She received a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from India and is interested in Information Architecture and Website design. She currently works as an iSchool Digital Curation Fellow at the National Agricultural Library. Her work at NAL involves building a Rural Housing Online Exhibit for the Rural Information Center, which will provide access to historical NAL information on rural housing items. She is also involved in integrating rainfall simulator database publications with the Water and Agricultural Information Center Website.

Jennifer Proctor

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Jennifer is pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science with a focus on Archives and Digital Curation.  She received a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh and is interested in digital access issues and social history archival collections.  Her work at NAL focuses on the User Experience of the i5k insect genomics project.

Shivam earned his Bachelor’s in Computer Engineering and graduated in 2011 from Pune University, India. He worked for five years in the software industry where he got to work on different web development and database technologies as well as multiple domains including healthcare and social media. Currently pursuing his Masters in Information Management at the University of Maryland, College Park, he feels passionate about analyzing data to uncover trends and coming up with visualizations to aid in decision making. At NAL, he intends to combine his vast experience in software/website development with the science of analyzing data.

Caroline Hayden

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Caroline Hayden is a second-year graduate student in the iSchool’s Archives and Digital Curation Program. She currently works at the University of Maryland as a digitization assistant and as a fellow at the National Agricultural Library. Her interests are in digital preservation policy creation, digitization workflows, and special collections.

Kerry Huller

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Kerry is a second year Master of Library Science (MLS) student at the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing on the Archives and Digital Curation specialization. She is a student employee working for the Historic Maryland Newspapers Project at UMD Libraries, as well as a Digital Curation Fellow at the National Agricultural Library. Prior to my graduate studies, she spent many years working in photography and journalism after receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in photojournalism from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Sohini Sarkar

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Sohini is a graduate student at University of Maryland pursuing a masters in Information Management. She completed  her undergraduate studies back in India and holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science and Technology. She has always wanted to pursue a career in data management and thus is excited to be part of the NAL Digital curation Fellowship!

Taira Sullivan

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Taira Sullivan graduated from Washington College with a B.A. in History in 2015. Over the past three years she has interned at the United States Naval Academy Museum, Maryland State Archives, and Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. During the spring of 2015, she was Project Archivist of The C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience’s World War II oral history project.