Founding Partners

The founding partners include: Digital Scholarship at Founders Memorial Library and NIU Outreach eLearning Services. These partners bring a unique mix of technical and scholarly skills to the Lab. The Digitization Unit has compiled an impressive library of digitized historical documents and artifacts. eLearning Services has worked with faculty and other content experts to produce more than 100 online courses and learning modules, and a variety of online services for educators, state governments, associations, museums, and businesses.

The lab is co-directed by Aline Click of NIU Outreach eLearning Services and Drew Vandecreek of the NIU Digital Scholarship at Founders Memorial Library.

Aline Click is the Director of NIU eLearning Services and has provided leadership in online education for NIU since 1998. Her background in electronic media, web development, educational technology, project management and leadership of the highly successful eLearning Services team demonstrates her passion for NIU.

Drew VandeCreek is the Director of Digital Scholarship at Founders Memorial Library and is responsible for coordination of Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project activities with partner institutions, including the selection of material for digitization and establishment of standards for digital capture and cataloging of material.

Professional Staff

The DCL is supported by professional staff working together to achieve common goals for the university.

Faculty and Staff

NIU faculty and staff are invited to contribute their energy, enthusiasm, and expertise by partnering with the Digital Convergence Lab, participating in shared research, coaching a team of students on an experiential learning project, or presenting at a community workshop.



Digital Scholarship at NIU

In keeping with its mission to help the university community to integrate digital technologies into teaching, learning and research activities, the Digital Convergence Lab supports digital scholarship activities.

Digital scholarship can take a number of forms. It can be as simple as the publication of a traditional scholarly work in a digital form, such as that used by many academic journals. Researchers have also used digital technology to develop different ways to present and consider data and communicate their conclusions.

The term digital scholarship can also refer to the use of digital objects as source material or evidence, as in the case of a literary scholar using a text digitized from an analog source, or a born-digital text. The use of a digital text may be preferable for a researcher hoping to use basic word-search technology, or other, more complex means, to explore the text.

Software developers and scholars in a number of academic fields have provided researchers with a wealth of tools.

For example, scholars can use data mining technology to analyze data sets far larger than a human being, or team of individuals, could ever master.

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