NIUDL Team

The Northern Illinois University Digital Library (NIUDL) is created and maintained by staff in the Technical Services Department and the Digital Collections and Scholarship Unit at Founders Memorial Library. Team members provide metadata and website development, digital preservation, and imaging services.

Matthew Short, Digital Collections and Metadata Librarian, is the web developer, system administrator, and metadata and digital asset manager for NIUDL. He created and manages the Nickels and Dimes project and developed the NIUDL website. Matt has a MLIS and C.A.S. in Digital Libraries from the University of Illinois. His research interests include linked data, text mining, and late nineteenth century popular fiction.

Christian Lash, Metadata Assistant, works with the Metadata Librarian to create and manage non-MARC metadata and prepares files for publishing to NIUDL. They have a Graduate Certificate in LGBT Studies from NIU and are currently pursuing an MLIS from the University of Illinois.

Jaime Schumacher, Senior Director of Digital Collections and Scholarship, is responsible for publicity and coordinating content creation. She served as the Project Director for the Digital POWRR project and has an MLS from the University of Illinois.

Brian Conant, Digital Scanning Coordinator, manages the Internal Scanning Unit, where he oversees scanning. He has an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.

Digital Collections Steering Committee

The Digital Collections Steering committee is charged with strategic planning and promotion for NIUDL. Current members include:

Jana Brubaker, Acting Associate Dean, Collections, Technical Services, and Digital Scholarship

Matthew Short, Metadata Librarian

Jaime Schumacher, Senior Director, Digital Collections and Scholarship

Lynne Thomas, Department Head, Distinctive Collections

Cindy Ditzler, University Archivst and Director, Regional History Center and University Archives 

Hao Phan, Curator, South East Asia Collection

Drew VandeCreek, Director, Digital Humanities Projects

Past Team Members

NIU has been involved in digitization projects for nearly two decades. Previous team members include:

Stacey Erdman, Digital Collections Curator

Tara Dirst, Technical Coordinator

Anitha Paruchuri, Web Developer

Nathan Books, System Administrator

Charles Larry, Graphic Designer

Maria Dimanschtein, Graphic Designer

Matt Dotson, Recording Engingeer