Summer 2021 Projects

Improving the Visibility of U-M Library's Holdings in Judeo-Spanish (Ladino) 

Mentor: Gabriel Mordoch, Irving M. Hermelin Curator of Judaica

This project will focus on our library’s holdings in Judeo-Spanish (Ladino). Currently, the library catalog indicates that there are 115 items classified under the subject "Ladino language," 78 under "Ladino literature," 51 under "Folk songs, Ladino," and 49 under "Songs, Ladino." However, there are probably many more items in or about Ladino held by our library.

The objective and goal of the project is to enhance the visibility and discoverability of these materials, which are more or less invisible in the catalog. The impact: a more robust Ladino collection, a clear pathway to further collection development, and the possibility of engaging students in the research of Ladino language, history, and culture.

All work can be done remotely.

Required Skills: Basic Ladino language skills 

Desired Skills (not required): knowledge about Jewish-Spanish culture

A Survey of Global Open Access Policies

Mentor: Melissa Smith Levine, Director, Copyright Office

The purpose of this project is to do a literature review and inventory of world-wide open access publishing and data policies. The selected student will develop an easy-to-use discussion document for our campus to support faculty seeking funding and as a way to inform and engage faculty in the policy and pragmatics of open scholarship. The scope will include documentation of government policies such as Plan S and foundations such as Gates, Sloan, Mellon, Arcadia, Robert Wood Johnson, and Doris Duke. 

This project will support several of the library’s strategic objectives and the student will coordinate with librarians and possibly with organizations such as SPARC, Creative Commons, Communia. The work product might take the form of an annotated bibliography or a library research guide.

All work can be done remotely.

Desired Skills (not required): Interest in open access issues or legal issues in research; organizational skills and interest in writing and communication.

200th Anniversary of the Greek War of Independence 

Mentor: Zachary Quint, Librarian for Classical Studies and Modern Greek

In 2021, Greece will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Greek War of Independence. Greece's struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire started in 1821 and lasted about 10 years. There were many participants in the war, including the Ottoman Empire, Russia, Egypt, Britain, France, and others. The student working on this project will create a library guide (or a webpage) with a curated set of U-M resources to mark this historical event.

The Greek War of Independence provides a unique lens to view attitudes towards nation building, military tactics, cultural heritage, religion, international relations, and much more. Contextualizing the resources in the larger socio- political climate of the 19th century would help the larger community understand the importance of the event and of our resources (for example, the war inspired the name for our neighbor city-- Ypsilanti).

All work can be done remotely.

Desired Skills (not required): Interest in history or interest in international relations and politics. No knowledge of Modern Greek required. 

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