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
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 2019- - Data for Public Good Fellowship
- 2017- - Digital Humanities Research Institute
Other Drop-in and Course-Specific Workshops:
- The Command Line
- Data Management
- APIs (Application Programming Interfaces)
- HTML, CSS
- 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)
- 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)