American Council of Learned Societies, Mellon Foundation Help Newberry Further Digital Initiatives

January 2012

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has chosen the Newberry to host a two-year Public Fellow to work with the newly created Department of Digital Initiatives and Services to develop an integrated digital strategy for research and learning in the humanities. The Newberry is one of only 13 organizations in the country—and the only one in the Midwest—selected for the program, which will place recent PhD awardees from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at 13 government and nonprofit entities. Made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy.

The Newberry is in the midst of multiple ongoing, technology-based activities such developing a digital asset management system, determining how to manage and preserve born-digital assets, producing digital publications and online exhibitions for scholarly and general audiences. The Public Fellow will be hired as the Assistant Director, Digital Initiatives and Services, and will contribute to the Newberry’s evolving digital program.