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The NCSU Libraries has announced the appointment of the 2008-2010 NCSU Libraries Fellows, effective July 1, 2008: Cory Lown, Dan Lucas, Genya O’Gara, Andreas Orphanides, and David Zwicky.
The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program develops future leaders for academic libraries, with a focus on science, engineering, and digital librarianship; on diversity; and on library management. Now in its ninth year, the program continues to attract an impressive group of talented new graduates from universities throughout North America. NCSU Libraries Fellows are appointed for a two-year term as members of the library faculty, combining a project assignment on an initiative of strategic importance with a half-time appointment in a home department.
Cory Lown is soon to graduate with the Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), where he was awarded the Margaret Ellen Kalp Fellowship. He is currently a research fellow with the Center for Research and Development of Digital Libraries (CRADLE) at UNC-CH, where he coordinates a national survey on the information seeking behavior of scientists. In addition, Lown is studying user search behavior in faceted online catalog systems by the server logs of NCSU Libraries’ Endeca-based catalog. Before attending graduate school, he worked in the private sector as a Product Search Specialist and Technical Content Editor, assessing and improving search and navigation on e-commerce websites. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Hamilton College.
Lown will serve in Digital Library Initiatives with a project assignment, NCSU Libraries Collections: Making Data Work for Us, in Collection Management.
Daniel Lucas will complete the Master of Science in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With a background in web development and graphic design, he has been responsible for designing, developing, publishing, and editing websites in education and government settings, including the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. While in graduate school, Lucas has worked for ibiblio.org, an open source software archive, where he has redesigned the website for improved functionality. He has additional experience working with several content management systems. Lucas completed the Visual Communications sequence to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with a concentration in Computer Science from UNC-CH.
Lucas has a home department assignment in Digital Library Initiatives. In his project, New Media Initiatives, he will draw upon his background in visual communications and web development to investigate and implement new media design, services, and content in Research and Information Services.
Genya O’Gara will earn the Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently a research assistant in the Office of Scholarly Communication at Duke University Libraries. Her analysis of faculty publications at Duke is contributing to the development of a database that will provide guidance to the faculty regarding their intellectual property rights. This assignment is closely related to her research on U.S. copyright policy, including the effects of Creative Commons, Open Access, Institutional Repositories, and the concepts of Fair Use on current law. O’Gara also works as graduate assistant in the NCSU Libraries, providing reference assistance to users of the Special Collections Research Center. Before pursuing graduate education in librarianship, O’Gara held a research position with a law firm, where she led a project to analyze documents and create a database of information on water rights for the Northern Arapaho Tribe. O’Gara holds the Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Evergreen State College.
O’Gara’s home department will be Collection Management. Her project in the Special Collections Research Center, Exposing Modern Archival Collections: Documenting Kannapolis, will draw upon her experience with primary research materials.
Andreas Orphanides will receive the Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was the recipient of the Margaret Ellen Kalp Fellowship. He is a Carolina Academic Library Associate in the Reference Department of the House Undergraduate Library, UNC-CH, where he provides library instruction and reference services. He maintains and edits the UNC-CH Libraries’ citation tutorial and designed a web-accessible iconographic map of the Undergraduate Library. Orphanides is also serving as the Software Development Intern for Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), working on the implementation of “Search TRLN,” using Endeca to enable simultaneous searching of the library catalogs of Duke, NC Central, NC State, and UNC-CH. After completing a Mathematics Teaching Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy, he taught Upper School Mathematics at the Wheeler School, Providence, Rhode Island before embarking on a career in libraries. Orphanides holds the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with minors in English and Religion from Oberlin College.
Orphanides will have a home department in Information Technology and a project, E-Learning Resources for Teaching and Learning, in Research and Information Services.
David Zwicky will complete the Master of Arts in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the UW-Madison Libraries, he has worked in the Metadata and the Web units of the Digital Collections Center, creating metadata, managing, maintaining, and designing websites and RSS feeds, as well as preparing digital materials for web publication. As Digital Publishing Assistant for the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, he manages the day-to-day operations of the Journal of Insect Science, an online, open access journal. He completed a practicum in Library Information Literacy Instruction, where he taught information skills to undergraduate and graduate engineering students. Zwicky holds the Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
With a home assignment in the Textiles Library, Zwicky will serve Textiles and Engineering students and will use his digital library skills on his project, Data Repository Development, in Digital Library Initiatives.