Fellows Profiles

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of the 2018-2020 class of NCSU Libraries Fellows: Alexa Carter, Emily Higgs, and Mia Partlow, effective 2 July 2018; Alex Valencia, effective 16 July 2018.

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.

Alexa Carter completed a Master of Science in Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She interned at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Research Library, and supported scientific researchers and assisting in technical services. She also served as a Practicum Assessment Researcher at the U.S. Geological Survey- Core Science, Analytics, Synthesis, and Libraries Division, where she designed and conducted usability studies. Carter was a participant in Experience Assessment (UX-A), a project funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian grant program. As a User Experience Researcher and Graduate Research Assistant in the program, she conducted research and data analysis of the scholarly reading behavior of academic faculty and staff, as well as evaluating and assessing graduate students’ experiences with services and spaces. Carter has presented her assessment research at the Empirical Librarians Conference, the 40th Annual College of Communication and Information Research Symposium, the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference, and the Charleston Conference. Carter is a Diversity Scholar in the Association of Research Libraries’ Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce, as well as an American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholar. She holds the Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been named the Lois Madden Todd Library Fellow for 2018/19. Established by Lois Madden Todd, the first woman graduate in chemical engineering at NC State, this endowment helps support recruitment and professional development for the named Fellow. Carter's home department is Research Engagement. Her initiative is Listening to our Users and their Data (based in User Experience).

Emily Higgs holds a Master's of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. As a graduated student, she engaged in coursework focused on digital archives and programming for cultural data analysis. Higgs used machine learning in Python to identify patterns in online metadata from 35 cultural institutions accessed through the Digital Public Library of America API. While pursuing her degree, she served as the Digital Projects Intern at the Southwestern University Special Collections and Archives where she used digital scholarship tools to support faculty projects and taught students Omeka, SketchUp, and how to properly use Special Collections materials. In her previous position at the IT lab at the University of Texas School of Information, she expanded the lab’s maker space and associated documentation for 3D printing technologies. She presented Beyond Outreach: Working with Students and Classes as Curators at the upcoming Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Annual Conference. Higgs has also held positions at the Stitt Library at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. She holds the Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Religious Studies from Rice University. Higgs has been named a Donald E. Moreland Library Faculty Fellow for 2018/19. Donald Moreland, an alumnus and professor at North Carolina State University, established this endowment to help support recruitment and professional development for the named Fellow. Higg’s home department is in the Special Collections Research Center. Her initiative is Prototyping and Preparing for a New Learning Space: The Innovation Studio at the D.H. Hill Library (based in Learning Spaces & Services).

Mia Partlow earned a Master of Library Science degree with specialization in digital humanities from Indiana University Bloomington. Partlow served as a Digital Methods Specialist and Graduate Assistant at the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities where she provides consultations on digital skills acquisition and methodological framing for quantitative humanities research, including working with students and faculty to identify tools and platforms appropriate for their research questions. She has worked with scholars to create, clean, and normalize datasets and to develop datasets for classroom activities. She has created workshops and programming, including a Code With Your Kid community event and recently presented Choosing a Digital Method: Mapping at the Institute for Digital Arts & Humanities Workshop Series. Partlow brings with her a rich background in public radio and television, having served as both a Corporate Development Associate and Projects Coordinator at WFIU Public Radio and WTIU Public Television. As an AmeriCorps team member, she planned major fundraising events and developed monthly workshops in partnership with community groups and nonprofits as part of post-Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts. She holds the Master of Arts in American Studies from New York University and the Bachelor of Arts, with highest distinction, in Political Science and Gender Studies from Indiana University Bloomington. Partlow has been named the Cyma Rubin Library Fellow for 2018/19. 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, whose endowment helps support recruitment and professional development for the named Fellow. Partlow’s home department will be in Data & Visualization Services. Her initiative will be Context-aware services: Towards a more streamlined and informative experience (based in Access Services).

Alex Valencia a completed a Master of Library and Information Science at UCLA. Valencia served as the Inquiry Specialist for the UCLA Library, and provided academic research assistance and developing the library’s graphic novel collection for the Powell Library, the university’s main undergraduate library. He also served as the Co-President of Books Beyond Bars, a student group that collects, organizes, and delivers reading materials to the children residing in the Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Detention Center in Sylmar, California. Valencia acquired grant funding for the group and has doubled the number of volunteers active in the program. He is an ALA Spectrum Scholar and the recipient of both the CLA Begun Scholarship and the Osbourne Family Fellowship. Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Valencia was a program volunteer in the Santa Cruz Public Library System and Librarian at Skyline Elementary School in the South San Francisco Unified School District, where he implemented a variety of new programs, including a superhero themed academic reader progress chart, puzzle competitions, and a chess club. He also added books featuring diverse female protagonists to the library’s collection. Valencia holds the Bachelor of Science in Business Management from San Francisco State University. Valencia has also been named a Donald E. Moreland Library Faculty Fellow for 2018/19. He has a home assignment in Learning Spaces & Services. His initiative is Developing & Integrating Video Gaming Collections for NC State Research & Teaching (based in Collections and Research Strategy).


Current & Former Fellows

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