We of DIG (Stanford Libraries' Digital Initiatives Group), and of the larger Stanford digital humanities community, are all very pleased to welcome Jacqueline Hettel as our newest colleague. After a long, nationwide search, she joined us on February 1 in the role of Digital Humanities Developer. Although she has yet to mark her 1-week anniversary at Stanford, she is already making her mark on our work with important contributions to a number of different Library projects.
Jacque (pronounced /ˈdʒækɪ/ -- or, for us non-linguists, just plain "Jackie") is on the cusp of completing her PhD in English Linguistics at the University of Georgia. Her dissertation topic is of uniquely broad interest, applying digital humanities methods to questions important for the humanities, the social sciences, and the engineering sciences: Harnessing the Power of Proximity: A Corpus-Based Analysis of Variation in the Language of the Regulated Nuclear Industry. She has also been an active collaborator in the Linguistic Atlas Project, a major international collaboration, for several years, working closely with some of the leading digital humanists in U.S., Finland, and elsewhere.
Although Jacque continues her scholarly work in corpus linguistics, her focus in DIG and in her work with other Library units will be on more general digital humanities support for the campus community, on the development and support of DIG-based digital library efforts, and on strengthening our collaborations with DLSS, SUL subject specialists, and others in the Libraries. In addition to plenty of actual coding, Jacque also plans to be active in research, teaching, and outreach -- efforts you'll surely be hearing more about in the very near future.
We're extremely proud and happy to be joined by a young scholar with the knowledge, enthusiasm, and promise that Jacque has amply demonstrated, and we invite you all to get to know her better in the coming weeks, months, and years. Her office is on the first floor of the Green Library Bing Wing, but you'll probably see her around the Libraries and elsewhere on campus. When you do, don't hesitate to say hello to our exceptionally friendly new colleague.