Fellows Profiles

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the 2016-2018 class of NCSU Libraries Fellows: Hannah Rainey, effective 1 June 2016; Nushrat Khan, Danica Lewis, Jesse Lopez, Lillian Rigling, and Peter Schreiner, effective 1 July 2016.

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 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.

Nushrat Khan is completing the Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), pursuing coursework in data curation and socio-technical data analytics. As a graduate assistant with UIUC Library’s Scholarly Communication and Repository Services, she has worked to automate data and metadata ingestion into the repository as part of the National Science Foundation funded project, SEAD (Sustainable Environment Actionable Data). She completed a placement at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford, working on an Early English Books Online dataset, which included natural language processing and linked data in a digital library. Khan holds the Bachelor of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Tsukuba, Japan, the Diploma in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nippon Engineering College, Tokyo, and the Diploma in Japanese Language, Bunka Institute of Language, Tokyo.

Khan has been named the Henry McDonald Tate Computer Science Library Fellow, 2016. Established by Hope Tate, past President of the Friends of the Library, this memorial endowment serves as a tribute to her late husband, an alumnus of NC State’s Computer Science program, and helps support the NCSU Libraries Fellows Program.

Khan’s home department will be in Digital Library Initiatives. Her initiative will be “Exploring Linked Data and the Semantic Web.”


Danica Lewis is completing the Master of Science in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), with a specialization in data curation, emphasis on academic and medical librarianship. Her work conducting field research as part of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Costa Rica program influenced her decision to pursue graduate studies in librarianship. She has since completed a practicum with the Intermountain Medical Center’s Community Health Information Center, as well as an internship with Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University. She has served as a Teaching Assistant for Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratory and has volunteered with several library outreach programs. Lewis holds the Bachelor of Arts in Biology magna cum laude from Knox College, where she was a Knox Founders Merit Scholar, a Knox Muelder Merit Scholar, and Alvah Peterson Biology Scholar of the Year in 2013-14.

Lewis’s home department will be in Collections & Resesarch Strategy. Her initiative will be “Libraries and Public Science.”


Jesse Lopez is completing the Master of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University, with a certificate in Information Management. He has served as a Graduate Assistant at the Reference Desk, with Discovery Services, and in the School of Library and Information Science. As an Archives Intern, he conducted primary source research for the “Ethnic Layers of Detroit Project,” Department of Anthropology, as part of an interdisciplinary project to document and share the complex layers of Detroit’s ethnic histories, cultures, and linguistics through an interactive digital storytelling web portal. Lopez was an Association of Research Libraries CEP (Career Enhancement Program) Fellow and a Project IDOL (Increasing Diversity of Libraries) Fellow. Before beginning graduate studies, Lopez served as a Linguist and Analyst with the United States Marine Corps. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Lopez’s home department will be in Administration. His initiative will be “Enhancing Research Support for Research Data Management.”


Hannah Rainey earned the Master of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She has served as a Reference Services Graduate Intern in the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas Libraries, and as a Schema Normalization Intern for Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), a project to make descriptions of archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across Texas available to the public. Before pursuing graduate studies, Rainey was a Junior Fellow at the Library of Congress, a highly selective program in which students inventory, describe, and explore collection holdings and assist with digital preservation outreach activities, while gaining exposure to a broad spectrum of library work. Rainey is an ALA Spectrum Scholar and an Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Scholar. She holds the Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Studies from Wellesley College.  

Rainey has been named the Cyma Rubin Library Fellow, 2016. 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.

Rainey’s home department will be in Research and Information Services.  Her initiative will be “Effective Stewardship of Library Data.”

Lillian Rigling is completing the Master of Information in Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto. She is serving as a Graduate Assistant in the Scholarly Communication and Copyright Office, working on several projects including the “Zero to Low Cost Course Pilot Project,” providing free course materials by digitizing and licensing content available through the library system and assisting in organizing the national “Copyright in Canada Conference 2015,” a conference to examine the effects of Canada’s  Copyright Pentalogy and the Copyright Modernization Act. Rigling also serves as an Institutional Repositories Graduate Assistant, working with the Institutional Repositories Librarian as the primary point of mediated deposit for faculty and research groups adding materials to TSpace, the University of Toronto’s digital repository. Rigling holds the Honours Bachelor of Arts in English, Drama, and Writing and Rhetoric from the University of Toronto.

Rigling’s home department will be in the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center. Her initiative will be “Developing Online Teaching and Learning.”


Peter Schreiner is completing the Master of Library Science at Emporia State University. He currently serves as Assistant Archivist in the Lewis and Clark College Special Collections and Archives and as the Moving Image and Photo Intern for the Oregon Historical Society Library. Schreiner is a professional musician who toured with groups including songs:ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. and previously worked as a  Production Associate for Puma Video Productions. Combining his interest in media production and preservation, he brings his expertise with audiovisual production to the work of facilitating access to content contained on legacy and digital media formats. Before pursuing graduate studies, he was the Owner/Operator of Schreiner Arts, producing custom carpentry, interior design, restoration, and remodeling. He holds the Bachelor of Fine Arts with concentration in Photography from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Schreiner’s home department will be in Access and Delivery Services. His initiative will be “Creating Virtual Reality/Emerging Technology Spaces.”

Lewis, Lopez, Rigling, and Schreiner have been named Donald E. Moreland Library Faculty Fellows, 2016.  Donald Moreland was a faculty member in the College of Agriculture at NC State for more than fifty years. His generous support of the NCSU Libraries includes this endowment to help recruit and retain key library faculty.

Current & Former Fellows

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