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Ellie's Intro

My name is Ellie and I am super excited to be part of HASTAC Scholars and looking forward to learning, dialoguing, and collaborating with all of you!

I am an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Doctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) where I am a first year PhD student in the School of Information and Library Science (SILS).  My research interest is in community-based collections, underrepresented groups, social capital, and digital humanities.

Previous to my Ph.D. program, I was an Associate Librarian/Professor at California State University Channel Islands (CI) for six years where I was the Outreach Coordinator for the University Library.  This entailed promoting library collections and services, early childhood literacy programs, library event programming, and exhibits for students, faculty, and the community.  In addition, I also did reference, information literacy instruction, and taught an undergraduate critical thinking course.  

It was during this time that I became interested in capturing the Filipino American community and local history.  Working with the local Filipino community, we collected and digitized images to create primary source material that was added to our local library collection, Calisphere, and the Online Archive of California.  The Filipinos in Ventura County digital image project was made possible by grants from the California Council for the Promotion of History and the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the California State Library’s Local History Digital Resources Project.

Prior to UNC, I earned an M.L.I.S. at UCLA, a M.A. in Religion at Claremont School of Theology, and a B.A. in Art History with a Minor in Religious Studies at UC Irvine.  Before I was a librarian, I was a Teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District and taught Language Arts and Social Studies.

Lastly, I am excited to have this opportunity as a HASTAC Scholar.  I am interested in digital pedagogy, storytelling, and innovative digital humanities tools that transform the ways we interact, visualize, and tell stories with data.




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