NCSU Libraries Fellows 2006-2008

We are pleased to announce the appointment of four NCSU Libraries Fellows: 
Lisa Boxill (effective 1 September 2006), Janelle Joseph (effective 1 July 2006), Jim Ruth (effective 1 July 2006), and Markus Wust (effective 1 October 2006), as the Fellows class of 2006-2008.

The NCSU Libraries Fellows Program develops future leaders for academic libraries, with a focus on science, engineering and digital librarianship, and on library management.  Now in its eighth year, the program continues to attract a diverse and 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 a project assignment on an initiative of strategic importance with a half-time appointment in a home department.

Lisa Boxill will receive the Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), where she was the recipient of the SEALL Scholarship for Library School students.  Boxill holds the Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School and the Bachelor of Arts with honors in Philosophy and American Studies from UNC-CH, where she was a Pogue Scholar. 

In 2005 Boxill was named an ARL Academy Fellow.  The ARL Academy is a partnership between the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and three library and information science schools.  With funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Academy recruits and prepares MLIS students with graduate degrees in other disciplines for careers in academic and research librarianship.  Her Fellowship included a 240-hour assignment at Duke Law Library.  She has also served as a Faculty Research Assistant and Graduate Assistant in the UNC-CH Katherine R. Everett Law Library.   Before entering librarianship, Boxill served as a Law Clerk, Summer Associate at Dechert, LLP in New York City, and as Extern-in-Chambers to the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles.  At Harvard Law School, she served as Deputy Editor in Chief for the Blackletter Law Journal and was secretary of the Black Law Student Association.

Boxill’s home department assignment will be in the Special Collections Research Center.  She will have two complementary project assignments: License Review and Analysis for  E-Matrix and Copyright Assessment for Digitized Collections. 

Janelle Joseph received the Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library  Science from the University of Arizona, where she also earned the Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics, with concentration on International Trade and Development.  Her undergraduate program included an internship in the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service in Washington, D.C.

As a graduate student, Joseph was selected for a Knowledge River Scholarship, an IMLS-funded initiative at the University of Arizona that prepares information professionals to address the library and information needs and perspectives of Hispanics and Native Americans.  The Knowledge River program includes a graduate assistantship, which Joseph completed as a member of the Social Sciences Team in the Main Library of the University of Arizona Libraries.  Among her accomplishments in that role were the creation of a comprehensive bibliography of the publications of the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau and the identification and acquisition of documents concerning tribal water rights.  Joseph’s background includes development experience as a prospect research coordinator and paraprofessional library experience in interlibrary loan at the University of Arizona.  Joseph is a member of the American Library Association, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the American Indian Library Association.

Joseph’s home department will be Collection Management.  Her project assignment will support planning for the Learning Commons opening, and the delivery and assessment of services in the Commons environment.

James Ruth will be awarded the Master of Science in Library Science in May 2006 from the  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He holds the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a minor in Economics, from Duke University. 

In 2004, Ruth was named a Carolina Academic Library Association Fellow (CALA) with assignment to the Brauer Math Physics Library of UNC-CH.  The CALA program provides a practice-based supplement to academic coursework that introduces graduate students to key issues in academic librarianship and the culture of the profession.  His responsibilities included reference and web services, a preservation project for the library’s general and special collections, and collection management, including selection of materials for the physics collection.  As an undergraduate, Ruth completed engineering internships with Creative Pultrusions, Inc. and JLG Industries.  He also worked as a student assistant and a library paraprofessional in the Vesic Library for Engineering, Mathematics and Physics at Duke University.  In 2005, Ruth served as committee secretary for the Librarians Association at the UNC-CH (LAUNC-CH) conference planning committee and attended the Association of Research Libraries Management Skills Institute. He was the Kevin Deford Gorter Award Recipient (2001) for his work as founder of and fundraiser for the Duke Waterski Team, the second highest funded sports club at the university.

Research and Information Services will be Ruth’s home department, where he will serve as part of the Engineering Services Team.  In his project assignment he will join the Libraries’ development staff in fundraising activities for the NCSU Libraries Capital Campaign.  

Markus Wust will be one of the first graduates of a new Inter-faculty Combined Degree program for the Master of Library and Information Studies and the Master of Arts in Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta.  Wust also holds the M.A. in German Literature from the University of Georgia and is completing the requirements for the Ph.D. in German Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at the University of Alberta.  His undergraduate degree in North American Literature and History is from the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.  He is the recipient of several scholarships and awards, including the Province of Alberta Graduate Scholarship.

In his current graduate program, Wust serves as Graduate Assistant in the School of Library and Information Studies, designing a new school website and providing technology instruction to new students.  He has served as  Research Assistant for the Text Analysis Portal for Research (TAPoR) and as Technology Mentor for the Technology Edge for Arts Students Project at the University of Alberta.  For the past four years, Wust has been the Assistant Editor for Seminar, the literary journal of the Canadian Association of University Teachers of German.  He has been a language instructor, has published several articles and book reviews, made numerous conference presentations on topics in humanities computing and in German literature, and helped plan the School of Library and Information Studies Professional Development Day and the 5th Annual Humanities Computing Graduate Student Conference.

Wust’s home department will be Digital Library Initiatives. His project assignment will be in Special Collections supporting NCSU Libraries’ expanding digitization program.