Fellows Profiles


We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the 2015-2017 class of NCSU Libraries Fellows: Alison Blaine, James Cheng, Lauren Di Monte, Ekatarina Grguric, and Madison Sullivan, effective 1 July 2015, and Todd Stoffer, effective 1 September 2015.

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 fifteen 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.       

Alison Blaine completed a Master of Science in Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). While pursuing her graduate studies, Blaine was appointed as a Carolina Academic Libraries Associate. She held positions in the Research Hub and the Carolina Digital Repository at UNC-CH, as well as at the International Area Studies Collection at Duke University. Blaine came to the field of information science with a background in teaching. She held positions at North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics and Enloe Gifted and Talented High School. She holds the Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and the Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.   Blaine’s home department will be in Digital Library Initiatives, with a focus on supporting researchers working with visualization and the high tech spaces. Her initiative will be "Enhancing Student Success in Management, Education, and Social Sciences" (Research and Information Services).

James Cheng completed a Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). Cheng has worked with faculty at the university to provide technical assistance and create visualizations for projects that include the creation of an online Virtual Organization Resources and Toolkits Exchange. His library experience includes work at the Center for Transportation Research Library at UT-Austin and at the Tutt Library at Colorado College. As an ALA Spectrum Scholar, he received the National Library of Medicine/Medical Library Association Scholarship. He was named a Diversity Scholar in the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. Cheng holds the Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience from Colorado College.   Cheng’s home department will be in the Veterinary Medicine Library. His initiative will be "Advancing Support for Research, Teaching, and Learning in a High-Tech Library" (Centennial Campus Research Services).

Lauren Di Monte completed the Master of Science in Information Science at the University of Toronto. She has served as both an Instructional Technology Support Specialist and Reference & Research Support Specialist at the Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). She has contributed to a variety of projects, including a 3D printer pilot project; the development and creation of a video tour of the UTM Library; and “The Chaperone,” an Arduino-based critical-making project. Her presentations include “Teaching (and Learning) with Social Media” and “Engaging Faculty with Courseware.”  She holds the Master of Arts, with distinction, in Interdisciplinary Studies from York University in Toronto and the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto.   Di Monte’s home department will be in Administration, with a focus on recruiting and visitor relations. Her initiative will be “Launching and Sustaining a Makerspace in the D.H. Hill Library” (User Experience).

Ekatarina Grguric completed a Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), with a focus on Human Computer Interaction. Most recently, she has been working as a student librarian in the UBC Library Systems and IT, conducting user testing for a new Open Collections website. As a co-op student for the BC Digitization Project, she wrangled metadata from institutions around British Columbia to conform to the Canadiana CMR XML schema and documented the process. She explored issues around the application of conceptual blending principles while serving as a research assistant at UBC. She has presented on conceptual blending, metadata wrangling, and ways in which digital libraries can support digital humanists. She also collaborated on a project that explored critical making with Raspberry Pi computers. Grguric holds the Bachelor of Arts in English Honours and History Honours from UBC.   Grguric’s home department will be in User Experience, working with the web team. Her initiative will be “Exploring the Libraries Role in Supporting Open Science" (DLI).

Todd Stoffer completed a Master of Library Science, with a Specialization in the Curation and Management of Digital Assets, at the University of Maryland (UMD). He has been serving as the IT coordinator at UMD, supervising the primary campus computer support and repair center. He also assisted in the website migration and provided meeting support for the Coalition for Networked Information and was a project manager at Market Hardware. He is a Six Sigma Green Belt and is both an Apple and Dell Authorized Technician. Stoffer holds the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a focus on comparative governments of Mexico and South America, from Colorado State University. He also holds a certificate in Central and East European Studies from the University of Economics in Prague, Czech Republic.   Stoffer’s home department will be Digital Library Initiatives. His initiative will be “Web Archiving” (Special Collections Research Center).

Madison Sullivan completed a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, with a Specialization in Data Curation and a Certificate in Special Collections Librarianship, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I). While completing her graduate studies, Sullivan has been serving as a digital preservation graduate assistant at the U of I Main Library and as a special collections graduate library assistant at the U of I Funk ACES Library. She has also held positions at the Missouri History Museum Library and Research Center and the Webster University Art Department Slide Library. She currently serves as the Publicity/Social Media Officer for the ALA, Student Chapter. Sullivan holds the Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Criticism from Webster University.   Sullivan’s home department will be in Research and Information Services. Her initiative will be "Expanding the Libraries Social Media Profile" (External Relations).

Current & Former Fellows

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