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 Digital Collections and 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