Get to Know BC’s Digital Scholarship Team: Sarah Melton

Cat sitting next to a box of cannoliI’m the Head of Digital Scholarship at Boston College, but I’m new to the Boston area. I came to BC in September 2016 from Emory University’s Center for Digital Scholarship, where I was the digital projects coordinator. While at Emory, I had the opportunity to work on a number of publicly-engaged digital projects, and I’m thrilled to bring that experience here to BC. My academic background is in public history, and I’m especially interested in how we can make scholarship more accessible to wider audiences.

To that end, I’ve worked on a number of open access, open source, open data, and open educational resource advocacy initiatives. I’m a member of the Open Access Button team, an app to provide instant, legal access to research and data. I have a special interest in open scholarly publishing—if you’re at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute this year, I’ll be offering a free workshop on digital publishing in the humanities!

When I’m not at work, I’m exploring Boston’s cannoli and craft beer scene, herding my two cats away from said cannoli, watching professional wrestling. (Sometimes unsuccessfully, as pictured here.) I’ve also taken up knitting as a way to get through the New England winter and am seriously considering learning the sport of curling.

Header image: Eric Fischer, Locals and Tourists #14: Boston. CC-BY-SA.