North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries has selected the new fellows for next fall, one of which is an alumnus of the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Beginning this summer, Brendan O'Connell (MSLS '12) will start a two-year term appointment as a NCSU Libraries Fellow. During that time, O'Connell will be working on a variety of projects related to academic librarianship at North Carolina State University.
"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," said Susan Nutter, vice provost and director of Libraries in a letter announcing the fellowships. "For more than ten 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."
O’Connell recently graduated with the Master of Science in Library Science and brings with him a broad range of experience. At SILS, he was a research assistant for the Cyber-Infrastructure for Billions of Electronic Records (CI-BER) project, where he assisted in the design of programs to download and extract metadata from federal government databases and he was the programming co-chair for Checked Out, developing and promoting programs to increase awareness of diversity issues at the school. He served as outreach intern for NC LIVE, promoting usage of NC LIVE resources, designing and assessing training programs and conducting outreach visits to member libraries. His other library experience includes positions at the Chatham Community Library, the Chapel Hill Public Library and Wesleyan University Olin Library. He has published an article entitled “eBooks as a Collection and a Service: a Public Library Instruction Program to Support eBook Use,” in the Journal of Library Innovation.
O’Connell has also served as a teacher in a variety of settings. He taught English as a second language for Kaplan International Centers, and he designed and taught an afterschool program on art and technology at a technology charter middle school in Harlem, NY. He was a teaching fellow with the French Ministry of Education and Culture, where he designed and taught conversation courses in a French vocational high school and middle school. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music, with departmental honors, from Wesleyan University.
O’Connell’s home assignment is with User Experience. His strategic initiative will focus on data-informed collection building, based in Collection Management.
He joins two other fellows, Kevin Beswick, whose home assignment in Information Technology and a strategic initiative in Digital Library Initiatives, focused on mobile-first library search and discovery tools; and Jason Evans Groth who is completing the Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science with Digital Libraries Specialization at Indiana University, Bloomington. Groth's home assignment is in User Experience and he will work on a strategic initiative to curate born-digital resources, co-managed by the Special Collections Research Center and Digital Library Initiatives.