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LSU Libraries welcomes Scott Ziegler

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Scott Ziegler has joined LSU Libraries faculty as Head of Digital Programs & Services.

In his new role, Ziegler will develop strategies for the Libraries’ digitization and preservation operations, ensuring access to and preservation of the library’s digital assets.  Ziegler will also serve as an ambassador for the Libraries’ digital programs by building and maintaining working relationships with the university community and external partners.  In addition, he will supervise the development and management of the Libraries’ online presence, digital exhibitions, and digital scholarship.

Ziegler earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, with a specialization in Digital Libraries and Archives, but he began his post-secondary education here at LSU, earning BA and MA degrees in Philosophy.

Prior to accepting his new position at LSU Libraries, Ziegler spent most of his professional career at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA, which is considered the oldest learned society in the United States, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin.  At this organization, Ziegler progressed through a number of positions, including Digital Archives Technician, Web Development Librarian, and, finally, Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology.

While at the American Philosophical Society (APS), Ziegler was integral in the formation of the Center for Digital Scholarship and engaged in a host of interesting and innovative projects.  For example, he and his colleagues were able to make the data of the APS’s Admission Books of the Eastern State Penitentiary accessible online. Ziegler’s work with these resources caught the interest of Slate magazine, leading to an article on this work, “Admissions Books for an Early-19th-Century Prison Hold a Wealth of Stories.”  The Penitentiary book project work also paved the road for other innovative and educational projects, such as one called Eastern Apps: Visualizing Historic Prison Data, a set of digital tools for the manipulation and exploration of the prison data.

“Our state has a unique culture, and it’s an honor to have a part in promoting and preserving it,” Ziegler said.  “I am excited to join the dedicated and talented team of librarians at LSU who make the collections accessible and relevant to the student body and larger community. I see my role as a continuation toward this goal.  Though the tools may be new, the mission is not.”

Ziegler is originally from New Orleans. In his spare time he enjoys reading. He is currently learning to play the accordion and juggle, both of which amuse his two children.

Paul Hrycaj is a Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian at the LSU Libraries.

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