New Students at the Margery Somers Foster Center

This semester at the Margery Somers Foster Center there will be four Rutgers University students working on their respective research projects. With their combined effort, the MSFC is sure to be teeming with hard work and dedication. The four students and their projects, some coinciding with each other, are listed below.

Lauren Carboy is in her final semester of the Master of Library and Information Science Program at Rutgers online.


She is currently involved in a for-credit internship focusing in digital libraries. Her main project involves the Douglass Alumnae Oral History Project, which collects the stories of various Douglass Women’s College/NJC graduates throughout the years by way of interview. While additionally working on project organization, digitization, and transcription itself, Lauren plans on creating a short video documentary on one specific new interviewee, Susan Schwirk, and the unique story she has to tell. She hopes that working on the project and the video will display her digital, multimedia, and organizational skills positively, as well as giving her welcomed experience in digital humanities.


Alex DelPriore is in his second semester of the on-campus MLIS program at Rutgers, with a planned specialization in Digital Libraries. photoHe is currently exploring options for a virtual map and tour of the Mabel Smith Douglass Library, utilizing multimedia including 360° panorama views and video, to enable online users to familiarize themselves with the facilities, services, and spaces the library has to offer. Alex is also working on new potential formats and programs for a second mapping project of Douglass Campus which is fully explained in the next paragraph below.


Along with Lauren and Alex, there are two Aresty students working within the Margery Somers Foster Center. Kelly Y. Jin is a Douglass Residential College student who plans to graduate in 2017.

Kelly Jin

She is majoring in computer science, and her project is entitled “Mapping Douglass Campus with Douglass Women’s Narratives: 1930’s through 1960’s.” In collaboration with the Douglass Alumnae Oral History Project, the assignment will take information from the interviews about buildings, landmarks, and physical spaces that were valued by the students on campus, and map them on an interactive map of Douglass Campus. The project will surely create an experiential narrative of college spaces over the course of four decades. It will also examine the women’s liberation movement in the 1960’s and the changes that amassed from it.


The second Aresty student is Aya Sakar, a senior double majoring in English and History with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Aya Sakar

Aya is working on yet another project, entitled “Perspectives on Diversity and Multiculturalism on Douglass Campus from the 1930’s to the 1980’s.”This project hopes to illustrate how Douglass became a diverse and multicultural community, putting its focus on Rutgers black student protests, civil rights activism in the 1960’s, and showing how diversity affected campus culture with its influence on policies, student life, and the enrollment and hiring processes. The project will demonstrate Aya’s researching skills, as well as her digital and multimedia knowledge production skills.