Information for Students
A generous five-year grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation is enabling the Palmer School to digitize materials in local historical societies, with an emphasis on Suffolk County. The $1.5 million grant provides fellowships for master’s and doctoral students to assist with the project.
About the Project
“Digitizing Local History Sources” began on February 1, 2017 and will end on January 31, 2022. The goal of the project is to digitize materials in 80 local historical societies. At the start of the project, the Palmer School established an on-campus Digitization Laboratory featuring two scanners:
- A “DT Atom Digitization System” manufactured by Digital Transitions
- An Epson Expression 12000XL with transparency adapter
The Palmer School also created two mobile digitization units, each containing an Epson Perfection V800 scanner and a Dell laptop computer. Students use these mobile units to digitize materials on-site at historical societies.
Scanned images are stored in Preservica Cloud Edition, a leading digital preservation system. Each historical society retains ownership of and controls access to its materials stored in Preservica.
The Project Director is Dr. Gregory Hunter. He may be reached at 516-299-2171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gardiner Foundation Master’s Fellowship
To be eligible for a Gardiner Foundation Master’s Fellowship, a student must be matriculated in either the Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) or the Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives and Records Management (CARM).
Gardiner Foundation Master’s Fellows receive six credits of tuition remission for each semester in which they are a fellow. At this point in the project, there is a maximum of nine Master’s Fellows per semester.
First-time Master’s Fellows must enroll in LIS 693, “Gardiner Foundation Internship.” LIS 693 is open to all Palmer School students at any point in the program. Students may only register for LIS 693 once. Students may apply for fellowships in additional semesters, subject to the availability of funds.
Master’s Fellows spend 120 hours during the semester assisting with the grant project. Fellows must be able to spend two days per week on the project, each day consisting of five hours. Some historical societies may be open on Saturday.
Master’s Fellows digitize historical images and create metadata for the images. Most of the digitization takes place at the local historical societies; fellows must travel to the historical societies to conduct on-site project activities. Fellows also use the digitization equipment in the on-campus laboratory.
Gardiner Foundation Doctoral Fellowship
To be eligible for the Gardiner Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, a student must be matriculated in the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Studies.
Gardiner Foundation Doctoral Fellows receive six credits of tuition remission for each semester in which they are a fellow. There will be a maximum of two Doctoral Fellows per semester. Students may apply for fellowships in additional semesters, subject to the availability of funds. A student may receive a Doctoral Fellowship for a maximum of four semesters.
Doctoral Fellows spend 120 hours during the semester assisting with the grant project. Doctoral Fellows perform quality assurance on scanned images and metadata, and enter items into Preservica. Most project activities are conducted in the on-campus Palmer School Digitization Laboratory.
Please see the application for the master’s level fellowship here:
Application for Master’s Fellowship
Please see the application for the doctoral level fellowship here:
Application for Doctoral Fellowship
Completed applications should be returned to the Palmer School Scholarship Committee via email to Heather.email@example.com.