The Northern Illinois University Digital Library (NIUDL) is created and maintained by staff in the Technical Services Department and Internal Scanning Unit at Founders Memorial Library. Team members provide metadata and website development, digital preservation, and imaging services.
Matthew Short, 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 B.S. in Child Development and Graduate Certificate in LGBT Studies from NIU, and will soon be pursuing an MLIS from the University of Illinois.
Brian Conant, Digital Scanning Coordinator, is responsible for managing the Internal Scanning Unit and oversees scanning and processing. He has an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University.
Digital Collections Advisory Committee
The Digital Collections Advisory Committee is charged with strategic planning, project development, and publicity for NIUDL. Current members include:
Jana Brubaker, Acting Associate Dean, Collections and Technical Services
Matthew Short, Metadata Librarian
Lynne Thomas, Curator, Rare Books and Special 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
Jaime Schumacher, Senior Director, Digital Collections & Scholarship
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
Jennifer Erbach, Curriculum Designer
Chris Freiler, Curriculum Developer
Matt Dotson, Recording Engingeer