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Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows

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The Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows program includes a cohort of juniors and seniors each year. Partially funded by a generous gift from Penn Libraries' Board Member Jim Hoesley and his wife Sandee, and conducted in collaboration with Career Services, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF), the program aims to demystify technology, provide hands-on training and a website building project, and foster career connections.

This program is designed for juniors and seniors who are not familiar with the technology topics described below. It focuses on building confidence, providing learning strategies and encouraging creative exploration of software and technologies commonly used in the workplace. Comfort and confidence with, and a strong foundation in technology skills can provide a valuable edge in many job and internship searches. Students meet with library staff to plan out personalized programs, and delve deeper into technologies particularly relevant to careers of interest. Since the program provides workshops throughout the academic year, this may not be a good fit for those who plan to study abroad for a semester or more. Attendance at all workshops is a requirement for completion. Students create a professional website, which could include a web portfolio or online resume in preparation for job, internship or graduate school search. Students are selected based on level of interest and match between their needs and planned training.
Hands-on workshops provide 20 hours of instruction on eight topics:
  1. Graphic Design and Visual Literacy - software, design principles, formats
  2. Web Resources - search strategies, bookmark management, evaluation and privacy
  3. Files, Folders, Formats - finding, organizing, converting and publishing files
  4. Spreadsheets and Excel - data analysis, importing data, constructing charts and tables
  5. PowerPoint - good design choices, animations, integration
  6. Web Design - basic concepts and templates, what to include on a professional website
  7. Using the Web to enhance your job search - presented by Career Services - PennLink, social networking sites, researching employers, guidelines for portfolios and resumes.
  8. Collaboration and Management - sharing data, calendars, team-based projects
2014 Cohort
  • Khari Austin-Rawls
  • Danielle Chuang
  • Hannah Dardashti
  • Audrey Harnagel
  • Jelani Hayes
  • Robert Hsu
  • Kimberly Kolor
  • Jacklyn Kornstein
  • Thuy Le
  • Charity Migwi
  • Stephanie Munoz
  • Joseph Prado
  • Ileana Santos-Gonzalez
  • Wing Tung (Dyana) So
2013 Cohort
  • Carolina Angel C'14
  • Davis Butner C'14
  • Hua Chen C'15
  • Debby Chiang C'15
  • Ann-jie Ching C'15
  • Annie Guo C'15
  • Yessenia Gutierrez C'14
  • Joanne Ho C'15
  • Joyce Kim C'15
  • Danielle Landress C'15
  • Irene Manousiouthakis C'14
  • Breanna Moore C'15
  • Brian Mund C'14
  • Julie Palomba C'14
  • Rosemary Santos C'14
  • Mirela Zaneva C'14

Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Carolina Angel, Yessenia Gutierrez, Irene Manousiouthakis, Carton Rogers (Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries), Brian Mund, Breanna Moore, Joyce Kim and Hua Chen.
2012 Cohort
  • Maryam Alireza C'13
  • Elliott Brooks C'14
  • Morgan Finkelstein C'13
  • Afuah Frimpong C'14
  • William Gilbert C'13
  • Brittney Joyce C'14
  • Catherine Kipsang C'13
  • Marguerite Leone C'13
  • Samuel Lim E'13 W'13
  • Chase Merlin C'13
  • Franco Nilo C'13
  • Kara Silberthau C'13
  • Alexis Van Eyken C'14 - On Exposure blog
  • Stella Ying C'13

Pictured left to right: Alexis Van Eyken, Chase Merlin, Morgan Finkelstein, Afuah Frimpong, Carton Rogers (Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries), Marguerite Leone, Kara Silberthau, Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres, and Brittney Joyce.
2011 Cohort
  • Emily Blecker C'12
  • Christian De Luna C'12
  • Michael Gorshein C'12
  • Isabelle Sun C'13

Pictured left to right: Grisselle DeFrank, Christian De Luna, Julia Wolfe, Carton Rogers (Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries), Ross Kelley, and Marwa Ibrahim.
2010 Cohort
  • Anna Elizabeth Adler C'11 - Project website
  • Adam Behrens C'11
  • Rachael Durkin C'11
  • ChuanKeat Josh Foo C'12
  • Nitya Kanuri C'12
  • Mansi Kothari C'12
  • Melissa Rutman C'11
  • Zhicong Wang C/E'11

Pictured left to right: Linda Wang, Carton Rogers (Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries), Adam Behrens, and Tayler Sorensen.

Hoesley Program activities from previous years
Highlights from 2008-2009 year include:
  • WIC staff consulted with Penn Career Services on topics most relevant for graduating seniors entering the workplace, identifying graphic/web design and spreadsheets as priority topics.
  • PhotoShop, iMovie, Excel, PowerPoint and Google classes are now offered each month on a regular schedule. Attendance has been steady and has included students, faculty and staff.
  • Spreadsheet classes now include: Excel Basics, Excel and Data Analysis, and Excel Charts.
  • WIC conducted its first workshops on Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Access and Adobe InDesign in Spring 2009.
  • WIC arranged for guest presenters to speak about Keynote and FileMaker Pro.
  • WIC conducted several workshops in web design, especially Dreamweaver, as both public workshops and private sessions for specific SAS classes.
  • Staff from the School of Design trained WIC staff on Final Cut Pro, a professional video editing software. Subsequently, WIC conducted two sessions of Final Cut Pro training for a Penn Law class and public sessions are planned for Summer 2009. WIC also assisted PennGSE students with Final Cut Pro.
  • By request, WIC conducted a private workshop for a student group on graphic design for publicity flyers.
  • Other workshop topics that assist with workplace readiness include: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and Lexis-Nexis, J-Stor and more.
  • Online Tutorials and current workshop details are available online.