Lib/Lab Fellows

Apply for Fall ‘18

Interested in collaborative projects that span disciplinary boundaries, that bring networked technologies to bear on conventional scholarship, that demand a critical consideration of just what we mean by “the digital”?

The Libraries are now accepting applications for digital scholarship opportunity for the fall semester. Accepted students will receive level 3 student employment for one semester to engage in theory and practice of digital scholarship and to collaborate on projects already in the works.

Now in its third year, the LibLab Fellows can expect a combination of open lab hours and weekly meetings, through which Fellows will be exposed to:

  • Web development and design, plus digital media, text analysis, and/or data visualization depending on time/interests
  • Current conversations around digital environments from a variety of perspectives
  • Experience with project management, design thinking and tools for collaboration

How much of a commitment will it be?

Fellows will be expected to contribute an average of 6 hours a week, including discussions and lab meetings. Students can expect to contribute to new project design and implementation, as well as less glamorous tasks (though no less important!) such as documentation and maintenance.

Unless we decide otherwise as a group, we will generally try to convene weekly from 2-4pm on Fridays.

Who should apply?

You! While priority will be given to Sophomores and Juniors, the application is open to all current students, all majors. No background in computer science or web development is necessary, though students who get the most out of the experience tend to answer yes to the following:

  • Do you feel proficient with any OS (Windows, macOS, Linux)?
  • Do you feel comfortable learning new software and web interfaces on your own?
  • When tech problems come up, do you feel confident–maybe even curious–about finding solutions?
  • Do you feel comfortable writing and speaking about pressing, complex issues for diverse audiences?

Any experience with the command line or with HTML/CSS is helpful but not required.