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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Ismail Mariam Ismail
Graduate Assistant
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Cosme-Brooks Iliana Cosme-Brooks
Graduate Assistant
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Carpenter Layne Carpenter
Digital Archivist

Oates, Ph.D. N’Kosi Oates, Ph.D.
Instruction Librarian and Curator for Black Arts and Culture, Assistant Professor
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Birch Caitlin Birch
Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections
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Mlodynia Kirsten Mlodynia
Digital Projects Specialist

Morris Kate Morris
Head of Special Collections

Merkel Julia Merkel
Preservation Officer
Kevin Hegg

Hegg Kevin Hegg
Head of Digital Projects

Cole Tiffany Cole
Special Collections Archivist

Benavides Faith Benavides
Special Collections Public Services Coordinator
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Saunders Grover Saunders
Immersive & Digital Projects Specialist
Bodeene Amyot

Amyot Cairdeas Bodeene Amyot Cairdeas
Digital and Audiovisual Archivist