Stephen Zweibel

szweibel (at) gc (dot) cuny (dot) edu

Mina Rees Library Room 2313
The Graduate Center
City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Professional Experience

CUNY Graduate Center: Digital Scholarship Librarian, Assistant Professor, Aug. 2016-Present (Data & Digital Projects Librarian, Instructor, Aug 2015-Aug 2016)

  • Support, coordinate, collaborate, and consult with faculty and students on digital research projects
  • Write scripts and create applications that automate processes for the library
  • Lead library workshops on research and technology, and embed in classrooms to teach digital techniques
  • Lead the Web Team, determining website design and functionality
  • Take primary responsibility for developing, maintaining, implementing changes in library website
  • Act as institutional expert on computer programming in the humanities
  • Advise researchers and grant applicants on data management
  • Provide regular reference support and subject liaison work, including collection development, for the following programs/topics:
    • Comparative Literature, Data Visualization, Demography, Digital Humanities, French, Geography, Language & Literacy, MALS, Music, Psychology of Political Behavior

Hunter College: Visiting Lecturer Oct. 2012-Aug. 2015

  • Planned, built, and deployed a mobile, responsive library catalog for CUNY+, including custom API
  • Developed a web application to track and analyze reference data (frequency, length, and nature of questions) to inform personnel and resource management; in use across Hunter College Libraries
  • Wrote a macro to automate catalog record deletion, saving thousands of hours of cataloging labor
  • Provided reference research service to graduates and undergraduates at the Health Professions Library
  • Taught information literacy classes to students on search strategy: Medline, CINAHL, APA, Refworks, Zotero
  • Led workshops to teach programming (Python, JavaScript) to CUNY librarians

Adjunct Reference Librarian Sep. 2010-Oct. 2012

  • Developed and piloted an RFID book inventory solution, using a programmable microcontroller

New York University: Adjunct Reference/Cataloging/Virtual Reference Librarian Sep. 2010-Jan. 2013

  • Provided reference service to students, faculty, and staff at Bobst Library
  • Answered virtual reference questions via email, IM, and text
  • Created original catalog records for the Tamiment Library collection of rare radical literature

Columbia University: Intern, Special Collections Metadata and Cataloging Nov. 2009-Aug. 2010

  • Designed project to reclaim ‘lost’ items in collections, wrote instructional documents for implementation
  • Generated original and copy catalog records for the Gillette collection of rare 17th and 18th century pamphlets
  • Cataloged the Avery Library’s collection of architectural literature


  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Digital Humanities Track, CUNY Graduate Center, February 2016.
  • Master of Science in Library Information Science, Palmer School of Long Island University, June 2010.
  • Bachelor of Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, May 2008.


  • Manager of Open Educational Resources: National Endowment of the Humanities Advancement for Digital Humanities Research Institute, 2019. $250,000
  • Coordinator, Workshop Leader: National Endowment of the Humanities Start-up Grant for Digital Humanities Research Institute, 2017. $60,000
  • Co-Principal Investigator: National Endowment of the Humanities Start-Up Grant for DH Box, 2015. $60,000
  • Principal Investigator: ACERT Faculty Innovations in Teaching with Technology Grant, 2014. $2,000


Peer Reviewed Publications

  • 2020 - Shirazi, R. and Zweibel, S. Documenting digital projects: Instituting guidelines for digital dissertations and theses. College and Research Libraries 81(7).
  • 2020 - Zweibel, S. Scraping BePress: Downloading Dissertations for Preservation. Code4Lib Journal 47.

Invited Publications

  • 2012 - Zweibel, S., and Lane, Z. (2012). Probing the Effects of Policy Changes by Evaluating Circulation Activity Data at Columbia University Libraries. The Serials Librarian 63(1):17-27.

Other Publications

Conference Participation


  • 2019 - “Web APIs with Python.” Invited workshop. Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2019 (June 3-14), Victoria, BC, CA.
  • 2018 - “Web APIs with Python.” Invited workshop. Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2018 (June 4-15), Victoria, BC, CA.

Invited Talks

  • 2021 - ACRL ETD Formatting User’s Group, June 2021.
  • 2015 - DH Box lightning talk. Invited presentation at CUNY Graduate Center, November 2015, New York, NY.
  • 2015 - “Know Thy Shelf.” Invited presentation at Columbia Library, May 2015, New York, NY.
  • 2014 - “DH Box: A Computer Lab in the Cloud.” Invited presentation at Hunter ACERT, May 2014, New York, NY.

Invited Panels

  • 2019 - “Digital Humanities Research Institute.” ACH 2019 (July 23-26), Pittsburgh, PA. Panelist.
  • 2018 - “Assessment in Reference” LACUNY Assessment Fair 2018 (April), New York, NY. Panelist.
  • 2017 - “Open Source Lit, Open Source Crit.” MLA 2017 (January 5-8), Philadelphia, PA. Panelist.
  • 2016 - “Ideas in Circulation: Open Scholarship for Social Justice” CUNY Graduate Center 2016 (February), New York, NY. Moderator.

Poster Presentations

  • 2017 - “DH Box.” With Jojo Karlin, Patrick Smyth. Poster (peer-reviewed published proceedings). Digital Humanities 2017 (August 8-11), Montreal, CA.
  • 2016 - “Crafting the Digital Front Matter: Guidelines for Depositing Digital Dissertations.” With Roxanne Shirazi. Poster presented at the US Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Association (USETDA) Conference 2016 (September 25-28), Columbus, OH.
  • 2016 - “DH Box: Building Cloud-Based Infrastructure for the Digital Humanities.” With Jojo Karlin, Patrick Smyth. Poster presented at the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities 2016 (May 28-June 3), Calgary, Alberta, CA.


  • 2015 - “DH Box: A Push-Button Computer Lab.” Presented at METRO Annual Conference 2015, New York, NY.
  • 2014 - “DH Box: A Push-Button Computer Lab.” Presented at CUNY 13th Annual IT Conference 2014 (December), New York, NY.
  • 2013 - “Life with Pi: Microcomputing in Academia.” Presented at CUNY 12th Annual IT Conference 2013 (December), New York, NY.
  • 2013 - “Augur for Reference Desk Statistics.” Presented at METRO Reference SIG 2013 (September), New York, NY.
  • 2013 - “Building a Library Catalog API.” Presented at METRO Code4Lib SIG 2013 (April), New York, NY.

Web and Application/Tool Development

  • 2019-21 - DHRI Curriculum website
  • 2018-19 - Redesign of CUNY Graduate Center Library website
  • 2014-19 - DH Box, digital humanities laboratory in the cloud
  • 2013-16 - Augur, reference desk statistics tracking application
  • 2013 - CUNY+ mobile catalog
  • 2012 - Know Thy Shelf, RFID library inventory solution using microcontroller


Special Workshops

  • 2019- - Data for Public Good Fellowship
  • 2017- - Digital Humanities Research Institute

Other Drop-in and Course-Specific Workshops:

  • The Command Line
  • Python
  • JavaScript
  • Data Management
  • Databases
  • APIs (Application Programming Interfaces)
  • Text Analysis
  • Introduction to Research for Master’s Students
  • Citation Management

Service to the Profession


  • 2019 - Reviewer for Library Information Technology Association book proposal
  • 2018 - Reviewer for Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy
  • 2017 - Reviewer for GC Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant proposals
  • 2016 - Reviewer for NEH DH grants
  • 2016 - Reviewer for GC PDIG proposals

Committees, Roundtables, and Working Groups

  • CUNY Graduate Center IT Committee (2017-present)
  • CUNY Libraries Alma Analytics Working Group (2019-20)
  • LACUNY Executive Council (2015-17)
  • Chair, LACUNY Emerging Technology Committee (2013-15)
  • Digital Preservation Working Group, Graduate Center Library (2018-present)
  • Chair, Web Committee, Graduate Center Library (2016-present)


Python, JavaScript, PHP;
CMSs and Digital Repositories:
WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, Blackboard
Database Management:
MySQL, Access
Library Management Systems:
Ex Libris Aleph, OCLC Connexion, EZproxy, Voyager
Dublin Core, RDA, MODS, MARC21, AACR2
French (Intermediate), Ancient Greek (Reading)