CDRS Interns

Each semester we are joined by a team of dedicated interns that assist CDRS staff on a number of projects. Interns explore first-hand effective systems for creating, disseminating, and preserving digital scholarly content, and their skills and contributions to CDRS are integral to helping us achieve our mission to increase the utility and impact of research produced at Columbia.

Current Interns: Fall 2014

Allison Piazza, Academic Commons and Outreach Intern

Morgan O’Reilly, Academic Commons and Outreach Intern

Daniello Cacace, Video Intern

Past Interns

Summer 2014

Arden Kirkland, Research Data Management Intern

Spring 2013

Malina Thiede, Digital Repository Intern

Diana Sapanaro, Research Data Management Intern

Caroline Fulford, Production Intern

Katherine Kotacska, Video Intern

Jiebei Luo, Special Projects Intern

Fall 2013

Malina Thiede, Scholarly Communication Intern

Noreen Whysel, Digital Repository Intern

Eric Mortensen, Digital Repository Intern

Summer 2013

Nathasha Alvarez, ARL Intern

Michelle Lee, Digital Repository Intern

Liz Marotta, Video Intern

Kerri O’Connell, Production Intern

Spring 2013

Mark Daly, Social Media Intern

Leeroy Kang, Video Intern

Julie Hunter, Data Management Intern

Lauren Spiro, Production Intern

Fall 2012

Mark Daly, Social Media Intern

Teresa Silva, Scholarly Communication/ARL Intern Intern

Leila Sterman, Scholarly Communication Intern

Summer 2012

Sarah Prindle, Audio Visual Project Intern

Twila Rios, Audio Visual Project Intern

Russell White, Scholarly Communication Program Intern

Spring 2012

John Tomlinson, Scholarly Communication Intern

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Allison Piazza, Academic Commons and Outreach Intern

Allison Piazza (@APinLibraryland) is a graduate student at Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS). She works as a Data Coordinator at Columbia University Medical Center’s Department of OBGYN in the Division of Family Planning and Preventive Services.  In Fall 2013, she participated in a METRO Innovative Internshipat Weill Cornell Medical College Library working on a usability study of systematic review software.  Her interests include medical librarianship, institutional research repositories, and scholarly communication.  More information about Allison can be found at allisonpiazza.com.


Morgan O’Reilly, Academic Commons and Outreach Intern

Morgan O’Reilly holds a B.A. in English and Communications from the University of Connecticut. She is currently a graduate student in her penultimate semester at Long Island University’s Palmer School studying Library and Information Sciences. She has experience working as an ephemera archive intern at the Museum of the City of New York as well as an off-air brand creative project manager intern at Comedy Central. Morgan is interested in becoming a children’s librarian when she is finished with her degree. Her background in communications and social media led her to the CDRS team. In her coveted spare time, she enjoys reading, yoga and coaching lacrosse.


Daniello Cacace, Video Intern

Daniello is a graduate student of Library Science at Rutgers University. He will be graduating in June with a specialization in digital libraries and hopes to pursue a career in video preservation. He is the Assistant Director of the ACT UP Oral History Project, a non-profit grassroots video archive that documents the AIDS crisis in NYC during the 80’s and 90’s. While working for the AUOHP, he aided in the curation of two exhibitions, at Harvard University and White Columns Gallery, and assisted in the production of the documentary United in Anger: A History of ACT UP. This fall he will be attending the AMIA conference as a panelist, speaking on the subject of digital preservation in reference to LGBT archives.


Arden Kirkland, Research Data Management Intern

Arden Kirkland (@ardeninred) is an MLIS candidate at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, where she is also pursuing a CAS in Digital Libraries. Most recently she has been a research assistant on a project to create a wiki for a Capability Maturity Model for Research Data Management. Her love for digital collections grew out of a project to provide access to a small research collection of historic clothing at Vassar College, using the Omeka platform. Arden’s MLIS work builds upon her MFA, with an interest in helping communities in the Arts and Humanities to recognize the value of their research data and make it available for inter-disciplinary and inter-institutional reuse. She is a member of the core working group for HistoricDress.org, based at the Five Colleges in MA, developing standards and best practices for specialized access to diverse digital collections of historic clothing and related materials. Arden’s work can be explored at www.ardenkirkland.com.


Malina Thiede, Digital Repository Intern

Malina Thiede is a graduate student at Pratt’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS). After working as a student reference assistant as an undergrad, she went on to teach English as a second language and work as an administrator and immigration advisor at a school. She is in her penultimate semester of study at Pratt SILS. Her professional interests include scholarly communication, government information, issues in information policy, and digital resources.

Diana Sapanaro, Research Data Management Intern

Diana Sapanaro holds a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies from Pace University in New York City. She has experience working as a research assistant, as well as a teacher’s assistant for a Social Theories course. Her love of knowledge and research combined with an interest in digital technologies led her to pursue her M.S. in Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute. Diana is also interested in the outreach and instruction of academic libraries. Additionally, her passion for digital initiatives makes her excited to be a part of the team at The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship.

Caroline Fulford, Production Intern

Caroline is an MLIS student at Rutgers, concentrating in Knowledge Management and Digital Libraries. In her studies and career interests, she seeks a happy medium between her academic library background and her burgeoning interest in the science & politics of information in the digital age. As an academic publishing intern at CDRS this spring, she hopes to learn more about the field at this crucial period of change and innovation. In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, overthinking pop culture, and reading several novels at once.

Jiebei Luo, Special Projects Intern

Jiebei is currently a student in the MLIS program at Rutgers with a focus on digital libraries. Before coming to CDRS, she completed digital library and metadata internships at the Publishing Department of Sesame Street, Rutgers Law Library and Fashion Institute of Technology. Her academic interests include database design, data curation, metadata and website design. In her spare time, Jiebei enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, cooking and baking.

Katherine Kotacska

Katherine Kotacska has a B.A. in French Translation from Montclair State University in 2012. During her time at M.S.U, Katherine worked at Sprague Library and assisted on student film productions. Her love of both film and libraries encouraged her to pursue a M.S. in Information and Library Science at Pratt Institute, which led her to CRDS’s video production internship at Columbia University to learn more about film technology.

Noreen Whysel, Digital Repository Intern

Noreen Whysel is a second year MLIS student at Pratt Institute, concentrating in Digital Humanities and User Experience. She is especially interested in linked open data, geographic information systems, and digital archives. She has been involved in the User Experience and GIS communities in NYC, managing non-profit operations for the Information Architecture Institute and serving on steering committees at local GIS and web design organizations for many years. As a freelance web designer and information architect, she has worked with startups, education, finance, real estate and local community organizations. She earned a BA in Psychology at Columbia College. Find out more about Noreen’s work at www.whysel.com.

Eric Mortensen, Digital Repository Intern

Eric is presently working towards his MLIS at Pratt Institute in New York City. Prior to starting graduate study in library science, Eric worked for several years as a web developer for CNNMoney. His interests include digital archives, cultural preservation, and metadata. A native of Iowa, Eric holds a BA in Music and German from Simpson College. Prior to joining CDRS, he interned with the Carnegie Hall Archives.

Nathasha Alvarez, ARL Intern

Nathasha joined CDRS as an ARL 2013 Fellow, serving as a metadata and social media intern for Columbia’s Academic Commons. In addition to describing and sharing content created by the Columbia community, Nathasha also researches the developing scholarly communication needs of scholarly societies. She will complete her Masters in Library and Information Science at LIU Palmer and Masters of Arts in Archives and Public History at NYU in December 2013.

Michelle Lee, Digital Repository Intern

Michelle is a New Yorker who spent several years working in community and environmental journalism before she decided to pursue another passion: library science. She is currently a graduate student at the Pratt Institute. Other interests include art, literature and photography.

Liz Marotta, Video Intern

Liz is a graduate student at Long Island University and will receive her MLIS in 2014. She is also working toward a certificate in Archives and Records Management and a concentration in Rare Books and Manuscripts. As the senior production editor at Fairchild Books, Liz handles the production of print titles and e-books for higher education. She has also worked with instructors on developing educational content for DVDs and supplements. Prior to this, Liz was the assistant production manager at Scholastic Inc. She holds a B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Journalism from St. John’s University.

Kerri O’Connell, Production Intern

Kerri is currently working towards her Masters of Science in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute in New York City. She received her Bachelors Degree in American History and Studio Art from Clark University in Worcester, MA. After completing her first year at Pratt Kerri interned at Scholastic, Inc. during the summer of 2012. She worked in the library cataloging incoming resources and assisting with reference work. At the end of her internship she produced a research project for the Pratt SILS Practicum program titled “User Centered Systems and the Role of a Publisher’s Library” which focused on the library’s assistance to users who work on the production of books and e-books, and the ways in which the library’s system is engineered to adequately respond to user needs. After that Kerri interned briefly at E-Flux where she worked on streamlining and managing their 3,000+ piece collection of art books and materials before moving on to intern at Infotrieve, an information services and content management provider for businesses. Kerri worked at Infotrieve from November 2012-May 2013 providing clients with hard to find documents and initiating and maintaining individual contact with publishers in order to fill document requests. She will be graduating in December 2013.

Mark Daly, Social Media Intern

Mark joined CDRS in September 2012 as a social media intern while also serving as a virtual reference intern for Columbia University Libraries. In addition to spreading the word about the interesting research deposited at Columbia’s Academic Commons, he also researches the use of social media at Columbia University. Mark’s interests include digital repositories,open access and linked data. He will complete his Masters in Library and Information Science at the Pratt Institute School of Library and Information Science in May 2013.

Teresa Silva, Scholarly Communication/ARL Intern

Teresa joined CDRS in January 2012, as the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Career Enhancement Program fellow. She is in her final year of pursuing a Masters in Library and Information Science at the Pratt Institute School of Library and Information Science. Her interests include open access, scholarly communication, digital humanities, and instructional technologies. While at CDRS Teresa primary role has been assisting in Academic Commons, Columbia’s online repository. She has helped with various projects that include outreach to researchers and students of Columbia University, cataloging of student theses, reviewing Columbia University researchers’ curriculum vitae, and communicating via social media the ever-growing collection that can be found in Academic Commons.

Leila Sterman, Scholarly Communication Intern

Leila joined CDRS as the Scholarly Communications Intern in the Fall of 2012 as she completed her last semester in the SILS program at Pratt Institute. While at CDRS Leila worked on cataloging scholarly communications items as they were deposited into Academic Commons. She also worked to promote the use of Academic Commons content to the world through social media, especially Twitter. Leila’s interests include digital repositories, teaching, scholarly communication and open access.

Sarah Prindle, Audio Visual Project Intern

As Audiovisual Preservation Intern, Sarah worked to develop a database of information for the moving image collection at CDRS as well as at Barnard College’s library, as part of a project to assess the preservation and digitization needs of a variety of AV materials. Collecting metadata including content, format, copyrights, and preservation status, Sarah worked at the beginning stages of an assessment of the “preservation for access” needs of the large AV collection at CDRS. Sarah is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s GSLIS, focusing on audiovisual materials and academic librarianship.

Twila Rios, Audio Visual Project Intern

Twila interned at CDRS as part of a joint internship with the Barnard College’s Lehman Library in summer 2012. She will graduate with her MLIS from the Pratt Institute School of Library and Information Science in spring of 2013. She is interested in all things digital, but especially digital preservation and digital collections management. In her previous career she was a Windows network administrator for small organizations and non-profits, where she practiced adapting to ever changing technology and creative problem solving on a budget! While at CDRS and Barnard Twila helped to transcribe two audio/visual collections and assess them for preservation needs, creating two databases. She also converted a word document to a spreadsheet and performed data cleaning using various formulas or scripts, learned to digitize video tapes, and researched copyright issues for audio/visual materials. In her last year of graduate school Twila is interning at the Brooklyn Historical Society as part of Project CHART, digitizing and cataloging historic photographs for website access, and once again working with digital collections, metadata cleanup, and preservation concerns.

Russell White, Scholarly Communication Intern

Russell served as an intern at CDRS during the summer of 2012, just prior to completing his MSLIS at Long Island University in September 2012. His interests include eBooks, library-based publishing, digital preservation, digital humanities, and library systems. Russell has a background in trade publishing, with a focus on content management and eBook development. While at CDRS, he worked on a variety of projects that included conducting outreach to faculty related to Academic Commons, producing humanities eBooks, and writing Python code to assist with a research study.

John Tomlinson, Scholarly Communication Intern

John was an intern with CDRS from January into April 2012, just after earning a master of library and information science degree from the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science. At CDRS he worked on outreach for the Academic Commons (Columbia’s online institutional repository), with the web production team, and on ebook production. His interests are in using technology to support shared learning in large communities, particularly for social change and innovation.

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