The NCSU Libraries is very pleased to announce the appointment of the 2011 – 2013 class of NCSU Libraries Fellows: Bertha Chang, Michael Kastellec, Michael Nutt, and Charlie Morris. All appointments are effective July 1, 2011, with the exception of Charlie Morris’ which will begin August 1, 2011.
The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program develops future leaders for academic libraries, with a focus on science, engineering, digital librarianship, diversity, and library management. For more than ten years, the program has attracted 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 an assignment on an initiative of strategic importance with an appointment in a home department.
Bertha Chang is soon to graduate with the Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While earning her degree, Chang served as a graduate assistant at the Grainger Engineering Library where she provided reference services and selected resources in the areas of engineering and physics. She was selected by the Association of Research Libraries for participation in its Career Enhancement Program. As part of that program, she completed an internship in the summer of 2010 with the NCSU Libraries in which she developed an information literacy curriculum for students in materials science and engineering, and created video tutorials on engineering handbooks.
Before beginning her studies in Library and Information Science, Chang built a career at Applied Materials, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor capital equipment. She served as program manager for the PVD Metal Gate Program, and as senior engineering manger for the PVD Applications Laboratory. Chang earned the Ph.D in Ceramics and the B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and held a School of Engineering graduate fellowship at Stanford University. Her research and publications focused on processing of dielectric thin films for high-Tc superconducting device applications and characterization of their epitaxial and microstructural development.
Michael Kastellec will graduate with the Master of Library and Information Science, Technology Track, from Valdosta State University, where he was awarded an MLIS Merit Scholarship. For the past five years, Kastellec has been the computer specialist at the Oconee County Libraries in the Athens Regional Library System. As the sole IT specialist for two branch libraries, his responsibilities included support for every element of computer operations, consultation on technology budgeting, planning and policy, and at the regional level, coordination on purchasing and problem resolution. He was responsible for technology training for both patrons and staff and launched a regular series of classes on topics of interest related to technology. Additionally, he provided library services including reference, collection development, and public relations for the branch library. As member of the regional Web Development Team, he evaluated and improved the regional library system’s web pages, and is currently collaborating on a complete redesign of the regional website, with a transition to CMS architecture.
Kastellec earned the B.S. in Science, Technology, and Culture from The Georgia Institute of Technology. He was co-presenter of “Making Library Websites More Usable” at the Georgia Library Association/Council of Media Organizations XXI.
Charlie Morris will earn the Master of Science in Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Morris brings a rich background in instructional technology and web development to the Fellows program. Most recently, he has been the distance education and web coordinator for NC State’s College of Natural Resources. In that role he collaborates with faculty to develop and implement distance education courses and programs. He is also the web developer for MEASURE Evaluation at the Carolina Population Center where he is developing data visualizations for geographically oriented data related to orphans in Kenya. He previously served as a member of the DELTA Instructional Services team here.
Morris earned the B.S. in Business Administration and the B.A. in History from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He is the recipient of several DELTA IDEA grants, a two-time winner of the Pride of the Wolfpack, and a nominee for both the University Award for Excellence and the Gertrude Cox Award. He has presented across the state on topics relating to instructional technology, including a recent presentation at UNC CAUSE entitled “Delivering Digital Classroom Content: The Hybrid Theory of Classroom Capture,” and has served as facilitator for a Tri-IT meeting, “Instructional Technology Development and Training for Faculty.”
Michael Nutt is soon to complete the Master of Science in Information Science from UNC-CH. While pursuing his studies he has served as research assistant to the Carolina Digital Library and Archive, as well as lab assistant in IT Services at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS). He founded the Carolina Digital Story Lab, a student group that uses digital technologies to record, share, and preserve the stories of the student community, as well as wikumentary.net, a community effort to explore the intersection of wikis and documentaries. Before beginning his graduate studies, Nutt was the multimedia technician in the Department of Communication Studies at UNC-CH.
Nutt holds the B.A. in Communication Studies and the Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the School of Social Work, UNC-CH. His honors include selection as the Michael Hooker Fellow in Applied Networking, as a Scholar in the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory Scholars Program, and as a recipient of the James C. Lampley Award for Excellence in Multimedia. He has been an exhibitor at the Carrboro Flicker Festival and at the Johnston Center Multimedia Festival and presented a paper, “The Story Economy,” at the Community Informatics Resource Network Conference in Prato, Italy, in November, 2008.