Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections

We partner across JMU and in the surrounding communities to create, collect, steward, and imaginatively share unique collections in a variety of media types. We leverage the latest technologies and best practices in digital scholarship to support the exploration and understanding of our shared cultural heritage. Our expertise includes rare books, manuscripts, archives, digital archives, primary source instruction, preservation, conservation, digitization, digital pedagogy, and digital and immersive projects. The Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections (DSDC) department combines the Digital Projects and Special Collections teams.

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Name Title Phone Email
Ismail Mariam Ismail Graduate Assistant
Cosme-Brooks Iliana Cosme-Brooks Graduate Assistant
Carpenter Layne Carpenter Digital Archivist
Oates, Ph.D. N’Kosi Oates, Ph.D. Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture, Assistant Professor
Birch Caitlin Birch Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections 540-568-2885
Mlodynia Kirsten Mlodynia Digital Projects Specialist 540-568-6610
Morris Kate Morris Head of Special Collections 540-568-3444
Merkel Julia Merkel Preservation Officer 540-568-7040
Hegg Kevin Hegg Head of Digital Projects 540-568-6945
Cole Tiffany Cole Special Collections Archivist 540-568-5166
Benavides Faith Benavides Special Collections Public Services Coordinator 540-568-3612
Saunders Grover Saunders Immersive & Digital Projects Specialist 540-568-3572
Amyot Cairdeas Bodeene Amyot Cairdeas Digital and Audiovisual Archivist 540-568-8858