by Davis Erin Anderson, Community Engagement Manager, METRO
Culture in Transit, our Knight News Challenge-winning project, debuted at ALA Midwinter last January. In the months since then, we have been working hard to put the pieces in place to get CIT officially underway. The project's goal is to share the rich cultural heritage of New York institutions and community members via online digital collections. In order to accomplish this task, our first mission was to build a team of knowledgeable Digitization Specialists.
Each of the partner organizations on the project (Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and METRO) will host a Culture in Transit Digital Specialist who will venture to libraries throughout the city with a mobile digitization toolkit in hand.
We're excited to welcome Caroline Catchpole to METRO, Sarah Quick to BPL, and Maggie Schreiner to Queens Library.
Caroline Catchpole is the METRO Mobile Digitization Specialist for Culture in Transit, a project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
She has worked in the archives and library sector for 10 years with a special focus on the digitization of cultural heritage material and increasing access to archives since 2009. Most recently she served as Archivist for the Wallace Correspondence Project at the Natural History Museum in London. This project, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, sought to digitize the correspondence and assorted manuscripts of nineteenth century naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace and place the digitized content online.
Caroline obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management from University College London and a B.A. in History from the University of Essex.
Sarah Quick is a Mobile Digitization Specialist for Brooklyn Public Library.
She is a former research assistant for the library’s Brooklyn Collection and has contributed to digitization projects at the Frick Art Reference Library and Green-Wood Cemetery.
Sarah recently earned a masters degree in Information and Library Science from the Pratt Institute where she developed an interest in digital preservation, image archives and New York City history.
She is a native of Philadelphia, where she attended Moore College of Art and Design, earning a B.F.A. in Photography and Digital Arts.
Maggie Schreiner is the Culture in Transit Mobile Digitization Specialist at Queens Library.
Maggie has previously worked at New York University's Digital Library Technology Services, as an imaging technician, and at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, as an archivist. She also previously managed the digital collections at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY.
Maggie has worked extensively on community history in NYC, most recently as the lead curator of the exhibition We Won't Move: Tenants Organize in NYC, which was developed collaboratively with tenant associations from across the city. The exhibition is on view at Interference Archive until June 15, 2015. Maggie has also contributed to digital history projects with the Metropolitan Council on Housing, the Guantánamo Public Memory Project, and CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities.
Maggie holds an MA in Archives and Public History from NYU.
We (METRO) plan to launch a pilot this summer, and will soon be asking for expressions of interest from the METRO community. Details will be announced in the days ahead.