My name is Stewart Varner and I am the Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of North Carolina’s Davis Library. As a member of the Research and Instructional Services team, I help scholars incorporate technology into their research.
I got my start in digital scholarship as a graduate student in Emory University’s Institute for the Liberal Arts. In the summer of 2003, I took a job in the Beck Center working on the Emory Women Writers Resource Project (EWWRP). I started out scanning books and eventually found myself encoding the texts with TEI tags. After taking a couple of years off to finish course work and start my dissertation, I received a Woodruff Fellowship to return to the Beck Center. I had such a good time that I decided to go to library school (while wrapping up my dissertation) and to pursue a career in libraries.
In May of 2010 I graduated from Emory with a Ph.D. in American Studies. Later that summer, I graduated from the University of North Texas with a degree in Library and Information Science. I worked as the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Emory from 2010 until early 2014. In my current position, I am able to use my background in academic research, my experience with digital humanities and my training as a librarian to help the University of North Carolina build a 21st century library that is a center for research and focused on engaging the academic community.