Fellows Profiles

Announcement: NCSU Libraries Fellows 2013-2015

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the 2013-2015 class of NCSU Libraries Fellows: Kevin Beswick, effective 4 March 2013, and Jason Evans Groth and Brandon O'Connell, both effective 1 July 2013.

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. 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.

Kevin Beswick recently graduated with the Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario. While pursuing his graduate studies, he served as library systems assistant in the J.N. Desmarais Library at Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario. In addition to management of public and staff workstations and server administration, he contributed to the development of a unit test suite for open source projects OpenSFR and Evergreen. He also developed a library reserves application, a library blog, study guides, and participated in the development and administration of a consortial library system that services four major universities. Previously, Beswick was an application developer at Equinox Software, where he worked to improve the build and installation processes for both Evergreen and its underlying framework, OpenSRF. He was also a customer experience representative at Chapters/Indigo Books in Sudbury, Ontario.

At the 2011 Evergreen International Conference, Beswick presented “Testing 1…2…3…-Unit Testing in Evergreen.” He co-wrote “Quick Lookup Laptops in the Library: Leveraging Linux with a SLAX LiveCD,” which appeared in the Code4lib Journal. Beswick holds the Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) from Laurentian University.

Beswick has been named the Henry McDonald Tate Fellow. Established by Hope Tate, President of the Friends of the Library, this memorial endowment serves as a tribute to her late husband, who was a graduate of NC State in Computer Science, and helps support the NCSU Libraries Fellows Program. 

Beswick holds a home assignment in Information Technology and a strategic initiative in Digital Library Initiatives, focused on mobile-first library search and discovery tools.

Jason Evans Groth is completing the Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science with Digital Libraries Specialization at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington. While completing his graduate studies, Evans Groth has held a variety of positions on the IU campus and in the community. As the XML applications graduate assistant in the Digital Library Program at IU, he applied XML and XSLT technologies to a range of IU digital library projects, including the Victorian Women Writers Project and the Sage Costume Collection. He was the graduate assistant in the Media Preservation Initiative, where he evaluated media collections, and he was the media preservation assistant and film archivist for the IU Library Film Archives. In the IU School of Library and Information Science, he was a graduate assistant to two professors, and he served as a teaching assistant for courses at the IU Jacobs School of Music, including History of Rock and Roll 1970s/1980s. At the Monroe County Public Library, Evans Groth was the Project Manager for “It’s Your Money,” where he developed a curriculum and taught workshops on financial literacy.

Before pursuing his graduate studies, Evans Groth was the Assistant Meeting Director for the Organization of American Historians. He is also an accomplished professional musician, having toured around the world with acts such as Magnolia Electric Co., the Watson Twins, and Jens Lekman. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in History and English, with a minor in Telecommunications, from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Evans Groth will serve as the Cyma Rubin Fellow. Cyma Rubin, past president of the Friends of the Library and holder of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from North Carolina State University, is an award-winning producer of musicals, documentaries, and exhibitions. Her generous support helps sustain the Fellows Program.

Evans Groth will begin his fellowship at the NCSU Libraries with a home assignment in User Experience and will work on a strategic initiative to curate born-digital resources, co-managed by the Special Collections Research Center and Digital Library Initiatives.

Brendan O’Connell recently graduated with the Master of Science in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. O’Connell brings with him a broad range of experience. At the School of Information and Library Science, he was a research assistant for the Cyber-Infrastructure for Billions of Electronic Records (CI-BER) project, where he assisted in the design of programs to download and extract metadata from federal government databases, and he was the Programming Co-Chair for Checked Out, developing and promoting programs to increase awareness of diversity issues at the school. He served as outreach intern for NC LIVE, promoting usage of NC LIVE resources, designing and assessing training programs, and conducting outreach visits to member libraries. His other library experience includes positions at the Chatham Community Library, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and Wesleyan University Olin Library. He has published an article entitled “eBooks as a Collection and a Service: a Public Library Instruction Program to Support eBook Use,” in the Journal of Library Innovation.

O’Connell has also served as a teacher in a variety of settings. He taught English as a second language for Kaplan International Centers, and he designed and taught an afterschool program on art and technology at a technology charter middle school in Harlem, New York. He was a teaching fellow with the French Ministry of Education and Culture, where he designed and taught conversation courses in a French vocational high school and middle school. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music, with departmental honors, from Wesleyan University.

O’Connell’s home assignment is with User Experience. His strategic initiative will focus on data-informed collection building, based in Collection Management.

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