Get to Know BC’s Digital Scholarship Team: Chelcie Rowell

Chelcie hikes in Pilot Mountain State Park, North Carolina
Trailside on North Carolina’s Pilot Mountain.

In January I joined Boston College Libraries as Digital Scholarship Librarian and History Liaison. This hybrid positions draws upon both functional and subject expertise. As a functional specialist in digital tools and methods, I co-create with members of the Boston College community as they develop digital projects related to research and teaching. As a subject specialist for history, I build the library’s history collections, consult with history faculty and students on their research, and lead research sessions within history classes. At any moment you may find me acting as project manager, connector, translator, consultant, or coach. I perform many roles because collaborative (digital) research and teaching take many shapes depending upon the aspirations and expertise of team members.

Before coming to BC, I was the Digital Initiatives Librarian at Wake Forest’s Z. Smith Reynolds Library, where I oversaw the digitization of rare and unique materials, as well as working closely with faculty and students on digital projects. At Wake Forest my responsibilities spanned back-of-house and front-of-house. Coming to BC was an opportunity to turn my orientation fully outward, engaging deeply in digital scholarship and pedagogy within the context of a particular discipline.

Outside of work, I walk as often as I can, with or without a destination. For me, walking is an experience of embodied thinking. My most memorable walks have traced human & geological landmarks depicted by Tim Robinson’s deep map of Ireland’s Aran Islands.

Header image: Chelcie Rowell, aerial view of sea cliffs beside Dún Aonghasa, Inis Mór, County Galway. CC BY 4.0.