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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 encourages creative exploration of technologies commonly used in our rapidly evolving 21st century workplace and beyond. Throughout the experience, Fellows will receive hands-on training and support as they develop a digital project of their choice. Students can apply via our CURF Listing each March for the following academic year.


Who Should Apply?

This program is designed for students who have not had opportunities to work with technology in depth. Comfort with foundational technology skills and experience with emerging technologies can provide a valuable edge in many job and internship searches. The fellowship focuses on building confidence, providing learning strategies, and fostering career connections. Students from the humanities are particularly encouraged to apply.

All rising juniors and seniors may apply. Since Fellows are expected to commit for the full academic year, this is not a good fit for those who plan to study abroad during the fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters. Bimonthly workshops and meetings will provide hands-on training and opportunities for discussion, project planning, and collaboration. Attendance at all workshops and meetings is a requirement for completion. Students will be selected based on level of interest, potential project ideas, and match between their needs and training opportunities. Students must be willing to commit up front to availability from 12-1 PM on Fridays for meetings in the Education Commons TinkerLab for the duration of the academic year.

Program Details

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.

Fellows will have opportunities to delve deeper into technologies particularly relevant to careers of interest. The substantial technology expertise of the Penn Libraries’ Learning 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:

  • Web design - basic concepts and templates, what to include on a professional website
  • Emerging technology - 3D printing and scanning, augmented and virtual reality, robotics
  • Graphic design and visual literacy - software, design principles, formats
  • Social media, networking, and online identity - creating online personas for professional purposes, best practices for digital privacy
  • Coding and programming - basic principles, software, and applications
  • Digital media - photography and video production, audio recording and editing
  • Spreadsheets and data organization - data analysis, importing data, constructing charts and tables
  • Digital/information literacy - finding, evaluating, sharing and creating content using technology and online resources
  • Using the web to enhance your job search - PennLink, researching employers, guidelines for portfolios and resumes
  • Presentation skills - design choices, animations, integration

Over the course of the year, students will undertake a guided project of their choice incorporating the skills learned throughout the fellowship. Students will gain an understanding of various technologies while creating a project relevant to their interests and career goals, such as developing a professional website or web portfolio or preparing and teaching a workshop. Collaboration within the cohort and small-group work is expected. Each student will present their completed project at a culminating event and receive personalized feedback.

Hoesley and Seltzer Program Applications Due March 31st

We are currently accepting applications for two undergraduate programs for the 2020-2021 academic year:  the Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows and the Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards. The Hoesley Program is open to current sophomores and juniors who are interested in broadening their digital literacy and technology skills and fostering career...