Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program

Application Deadline

March 31, 2019

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

Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for students who are unfamiliar with the technology topics listed 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 foundational technology skills can provide a valuable edge in many job and internship searches.

All rising juniors and seniors may apply. 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 and monthly meetings is a requirement for completion. The hands-on workshops will provide 8 hours of instruction over the academic year, and monthly meetings will provide context for core topics and opportunities to discuss topics with professionals in the field. Students will be selected based on level of interest and match between their needs and planned training. Students must be willing to commit up front their availability between 12pm and 2pm on Fridays for monthly meetings for the duration of the academic year (fall and spring semesters).

The program will select a cohort of up to 10 students in May. Students will meet as a cohort with library staff in September to plan out a personalized program, and will have opportunities to delve deeper into technologies particularly relevant to careers of interest. The substantial technology expertise of the Weigle Information Commons and Vitale Digital Media Lab staff will be integral. Workshops with hands-on instruction and guest speakers on career-related planning will address the following topics:

  • Digital/information literacy - finding, evaluating, sharing and creating content using technology and online resources

  • Presentation skills - good design choices, animations, integration

  • Web design  - basic concepts and templates, what to include on a professional website

  • Social media, networking, and online identity - creating online personae for professional purposes

  • Using the Web to enhance your job search - PennLink, researching employers, guidelines for portfolios and resumes (Career Services)

  • Spreadsheets and data organization - data analysis, importing data, constructing charts and tables

  • Graphic design and visual literacy - software, design principles, formats

  • Coding and programming - basic principles, software, and applications


Digital Design Project

In addition to formal instruction, students will undertake a guided digital design project. Students will create design materials and gain an understanding of various technologies, which could include a professional website web portfolio or online resume in preparation for job, internship or graduate school search. Collaboration within the cohort and small-group work is expected. Each student will present their completed project at a culminating event to an audience that includes recent alumni and professionals who use digital literacy skills in their careers, and receive personalized feedback.

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