Summer 2022 Projects

Elections in Africa Web Collection 

Mentors: Scott Witmer, Digital Preservation Specialist and Loyd Mbabu, Librarian for African Studies, Collection Coordinator for International Studies

The student working on this project will help develop the Elections in Africa Web Collection, an important resource to preserve web content that’s at risk of disappearing after elections have occurred. The student will contribute to the growth of the collection by selecting and archiving websites related to African elections occurring in 2022. 

In the early stages of the project, the student will consult with the Librarian for African Studies to coordinate research and conceive a collection development plan to select content documenting 2022 African elections, such as the websites of political parties and candidates. Under the guidance of the library’s Digital Preservation Specialist, the student will work remotely to archive the selected websites using the Internet Archive’s Archive-It tool. The student will also learn how to set up and run web crawls to add new seeds for selected sites, perform quality assurance checks of archived pages, and create descriptive metadata.

Mode: All work can be done remotely.

Desired Skills (not required): An interest in the subject area of African politics.

The Centenary of the Greco-Turkish War

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

The interns working on this project will create an online exhibit that will highlight U-M Library resources (such as maps, primary documents, etc.) and contextualize the importance of the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) to not only the Greeks and Turks but also to the United States and Europe. 

The interns will gain an understanding of the war, learn how to search for library resources, contextualize historically sensitive material, learn how to write for the web, develop project management skills, integrate best web accessibility practices, and work in a small team. The culmination of these activities and acquired skills will be an online exhibit that will help the U-M community and others easily understand the impact of the war and the value of library resources. 

Mode: Hybrid (part in-person, part virtual)

Desired Skills (not required): No special skills required. No need to know Greek or Turkish.

Dance for Mother Earth - University of Michigan Powwow, A History 

Mentors: Ariel Ojibway, Information Resources Assistant; Marna Clowney-Robinson, Graduate Student Experience Librarian; and Bridget Kennedy, Operations Supervisor 

The students working on this project would help design an exhibit in the Hatcher Library featuring the history of the Dance for Mother Earth powwow at the University of Michigan. Besides exploring archival materials, research might include interviews with community members. 

The student would gain first-hand experience of the powwow and also learn about the independent nations living within the borders of the state and their cultural practices. They would acquire an understanding of the University of Michigan's relationship with this state's first peoples and in-depth knowledge of the history of the powwow at the University. They would also gain hands-on museum and library display experience by helping design this exhibit.

Mode: Hybrid (part in-person, part virtual)

Desired Skills (not required): An open mind and a willingness to try new things. Knowledge of Illustrator or other Adobe Creative Cloud tools is preferred but not required.