Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities

Jennifer Coggins, 2017

Jennifer Coggins

What work are you doing now?

I am currently Archivist for Collection Development in Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library. In that role, I facilitate the collection of special collections materials by working with collection donors, developing policies and procedures with my colleagues, and identifying collecting areas of interest. I work to preserve materials that address gaps in documentation and respond to research and instruction needs, with an emphasis on local history. 

Previously, I served as the Collections Management and Engagement Archivist in the University Archives at the University of North Carolina. There, I preserved and provided access to materials documenting the history of the university and promoted engagement with that history.


Why did you choose to pursue the certificate in Digital Public Humanities?

I wanted to expand my repertoire of skills and tools for engaging the public with history through digital media. My work at UNC Chapel Hill included developing online exhibits and guides, and I wanted to make these resources more meaningful and engaging to the communities I served


What knowledge or skills from the program have been particularly valuable to you?

The principles of digital public history I learned through the program have been fundamental in shaping my approach to presenting historical materials and information online. The program also introduced me to a number of new tools and methods that I have since been able to apply or recommend to colleagues.